May 28, 2012
I love Olympus cameras and own three digital and two film. That being said my favorite has to be my E-PL1. What a great little camera. Fantastic photos, amazing videos and with an andaptor i'm able to use all my Olympus film lenses. A wonderful array of features and it looks so good. People are always asking me about my PEN when I'm shooting and I'm sure I convinced many to get one. Olympus is a trend setter in the world of photography and the PEN is one of the best cameras they make. I've included a photo of our cat Abby I shot with the E-PL1 in manual mode.
May 23, 2012
I was looking for a digital camera that I could use my lenses from a film camera. This camera offered so many choices when taking pictures that it is a great learning machine. The fact that there was a Dummies Book for this camera helped to simplify the learning curve. You should think about the V-2 view finder, it really helps when taking a picture in strong light. The Olympus company has a lot of help for you on their web site. My only negative is the Bulb setting. You must hand hold the shutter for long time exposures.
May 22, 2012
This camera has great value. I recently purchased an EPL1 kit with lens for under 250 dollars. This camera is great takes beautiful pictures. Features are easy to access with live guides, unless you are coming from a DSLR, which i am not, you may find this more time consuming than the dials on most DSLR; however, if coming from point and shoot like me. this is a great camera. I love that i can manually adjust settings. And it was easy to learn on my own. Just put in auto mode look at settings and it gives you a good starting point for adjusting manually.
Pros - picture quality, easy of use for a point and shoot background. Compact size and interchangeable lenses. Also i love the art modes. I use these quite often. And the manual setting makes it perfect for my beginning photography.
Cons - Lenses are expensive compared to what i paid for the camera and kit lens, No viewfinder (this is good for shooting outside in bright light), auto focus is a little slow; although i did update my firmware and there is a noticeable increase in AF speed. Good job Olympus.
May 21, 2012
This is a great little camera ! I was looking for something that would allow me to shoot good quality images without having to drag around my Big Kit, the E-PL1 did this completely. Small in size, great image quality ( best JPG engine on the planet), nice handling, and some good glass.
I've finally see what all the M4/3 people have been raving about.
May 17, 2012
great camera at a great value
contains features that make photography fun, easy and productive
May 17, 2012
I am a musician and writer who has been in a bit of an artistic rut as of late, so I decided to rekindle my interest in photography and bought the Olympus PEN E-PL1. I have been creating images on and off for several years, but this camera is inspiring me to do more with photography than I ever have. The image quality is excellent. It feels good in the hand. I like the sounds it makes, mechanical and real. I feel it is a good tool, one that will help me learn about the mechanics of photography, and let me not think about them when I don't want to and still be able to create quality images. I liked it so much after 2 weeks that I bought a second one for my son.
May 17, 2012
I purchased this camera to shoot highly detailed closups of antique porcelain. Fantastic, crisp images. Always having people ask what kind of camera I used to take spectacular photos. However, just two months past the one year warranty, it suddenly will not focus with the lens zoomed in. It just gives a black screen "check status of lens" message and makes a whirring sound. I have never dropped or taken this camera in the rain, and am extremely careful with my electronic devices. I expected Olympus to have higher quality standards. All of my previous cameras of other brands have lasted for many years and are still running fine. Wish I could recommend Olympus because the image quality was better than the other brands, but due to the early breakdown I cannot.
May 14, 2012
E-PL1 is an amazing light second camera, with DSLR image quality, for all situations.
May 11, 2012
We are happy with the quality, but wanted more zoom than the 14-42, so we have already added the Zuiko 40-150 lens which needs an expensive adapter the OLYMPUS MMF-2 four thirds to micro 4/3. If we would have researched more and the cameras advertising would have shown all the options better we could have purchased all as a bundle.
May 06, 2012
This camera is super, lite and handy, however, I have found one little flaw. When using the camera for outside photos, if the sun is behind you, you may have trouble viewing the LCD Screen, I use a large hat, but am currently coming up with something to shield the sun for the LCD Screen, other then that, which is not an Olympus issue, it's just an issue with the digital camera world as a whole, camera is highly recommendable.