Olympus PEN E-P1
|Type||Micro Four Thirds|
|Production||September 2009– December 2010|
|Intro price||$750 USD body only (as of September 2009)|
|Micro Four Thirds|
|Compatible lenses||Micro Four Thirds/|
Four Thirds via opt. MMF1 adapter
|Sensor type||Live MOS|
|Sensor size||17.3mm × 13mm|
|Maximum||4,034 × 3,024 (12.2 )|
|ISO 200–6400; Extended: 100|
|Tungsten / Fluorescent (3) / Sunlight / Flash / Overcast / Shade|
|WB||3 frames; ±2, 4, 6 mired steps|
|modes||Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual (MF), S-AF + MF|
|areas||Face detection / 11-area / Single area|
|Exposure||3 frames (0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 steps)|
|Exposure modes||Auto / Program / Aperture priority / Shutter priority / Manual / Art Filter / Scene|
|0–18 EV (324-zone multi-pattern sensing system)|
|ESP / Spot / Center-weighted / Highlight / Shadow|
|External (not bundled)|
|Compatible flashes||see flash compatibility|
|Vertical travel focal-plane|
|range||Mech.: 1⁄4,000–2 sec.; Bulb: up to 30 min.|
|2-sec. or 12-sec. self-timer only|
|Size||3 in (76 mm) / 3:2 aspect|
|Latest version||1.4 (as of April 15, 2010)|
|see Video formats|
|AV Port(s)||Mini HDMI (type C) / RCA video out|
|Data Port(s)||USB 2.0|
|Body features||Metal / silver or white|
|Dimensions||Width: 120.5 mm (4.74 in)|
Height: 70.0 mm (2.76 in)
Depth: 35.0 mm (1.38 in)
|Weight||335 g (11.8 oz) (body only)|
|Battery||BLS-1 ( 7.2V, 1,150mAh)|
|Recording media||, Class 6 recommended|
|Successor||Olympus PEN E-P2|
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The Olympus PEN E-P1 is a digital mirrorless camera that is part of the Micro Four Thirds (M43) system. It was Olympus's first M43 offering and the initial model in the company's PEN line of rangefinder-style cameras. It is commonly referred to as simply the E-P1.
Rollout[edit | edit source]
Features[edit | edit source]
The design of the E-P1 is reminiscent of the Olympus Pen half frame film cameras which were popular in the 1960s and hence the new camera is marketed as the Olympus digital PEN. The E-P1 takes a number of design queues from the Olympus Pen F, by which it was clearly inspired.
A pair of lenses were introduced by Olympus alongside the E-P1, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 zoom and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 pancake-style prime lens. Reviewers noted that with the exception of the optical viewfinder, the E-P1 retained most of the features found on the Olympus E-620, a larger Four Thirds system , despite its compact M43 form factor.
In addition to Micro Four Thirds lenses, Olympus offered adapters for Four Thirds lenses and OM Zuiko lenses originally manufactured for use on the classic OM series of film SLR cameras that Olympus produced in the 1970s and 1980s. These lenses could be used due to the short flange focal distance of the M43 design. Third party suppliers would add adapters for manual focus lenses in many different lens mounts.
The E-P1 does not have a built-in optical or electronic viewfinder, but instead uses the large 3-inch (76 mm) color "HyperCrystal" on the rear of the camera. The fixed LCD panel with anti-reflective coating presents a 100% of the image as captured by the sensor. Olympus offered an accessory optical viewfinder, the VF-1, which was mounted in the flash hotshoe atop the camera and provided for an to match the 17mm lens.
In an interview, Mr Akira Watanabe, SLR Planning Department Manager for Olympus Imaging, explained that the E-P1 was developed to meet the demands of those who wanted a DSLR, but without the size problems that come with one.
Comparison with Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1[edit | edit source]
At the time of the announcement of the Olympus E-P1, there were two other Micro Four Thirds camera on the market, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, which is a hybrid video/stills camera. The three cameras materialize very different concepts, but all are built around a Four Thirds sized sensor and the Micro Four Thirds lens mount.
Both the G1 and GH1 have -inspired designs, with a hump on the top of the camera and a prominent grip for the right hand. The hump was necessary to accommodate the pentaprism in SLRs, but here it housed the (EVF). The E-P1, in contrast, has rangefinder-style design with a flat top and a tight button layout on the rear owing to its small size. In addition to the pentaprism hump and the grip the G1/GH1 adopted other conventions of the SLR-style including more dials and switches on the top and a looser button configuration on the rear. The E-P1 has a aluminium body, while the G1/GH1 are made of molded plastic. These two aesthetics (SLR-style vs. rangefinder-style) would continue to define future M43 cameras, with both companies eventually delivering cameras of each style
The E-P1 is more feature-rich than the G1 which is unsurprising given that it sold at a $200 price premium. The E-P1 has a built-in 2-axis sensor stabilization system and video recording capabilities, 6400 maximum ISO, the G1 does not have any of these. However, the G1 has an adjustable angle display, an electronic viewfinder and a built-in flash.
Successor[edit | edit source]
Reviews[edit | edit source]
Selected reviews of the E-P1:
- Olympus Pen E-P1 In-depth Review, Digital Photography Review
- Olympus E-P1 Review, Imaging Resource
- Olympus E-P1 Digital Camera Review, ePHOTOzine
- Olympus PEN E-P1, Camera Labs
- Camera Test: Olympus E-P1, Popular Photography
- Olympus’ E-P1; The Return Of The Olympus Pen, Shutterbug
- Olympus E-P1 Review, Photography Blog
- Olympus E-P1 Review, bythom
Awards & recognition[edit | edit source]
- The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) named the E-P1 its best "European Camera" for 2009–2010.
- The PEN E-P1 was named the 2010 "Camera of the Year" by the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club. It also garnered the "Readers Award" from the same group based on the results of an online poll.
Manuals & catalogs[edit | edit source]
- E-P1 Instruction Manual PDF (English) 164 pages
- Download manuals in other languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese)
- Not a Point & Shoot. Not an SLR...It's a PEN (E-P1 brochure) PDF (English) 12 pages
- Olympus E-P1 System Chart PDF (English/ French/ Spanish) 1 page
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Media related to Olympus E-P1 at Wikimedia Commons
- "Olympus PEN E-P1 (product page)". Olympus UK. UK. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10.
- "Q&A for E-P1". Olympus Japan. Archived from the original on 2017-12-16.
Images[edit | edit source]
- Camera images
Top view w/ 17mm lens
- Images taken with E-P1
Media related to Taken with Olympus E-P1 at Wikimedia Commons
Firmware updates[edit | edit source]
Olympus has released four updates for the E-P1:
|1.1||September 15, 2009|
|1.2||January 13, 2010||
|1.3||March 3, 2010||
|1.4||April 15, 2010||
Recording formats[edit | edit source]
Still photography formats[edit | edit source]
|Image capture options||Image sizes|
|, or both||Super Fine (SF)
|4:3[a]||(L)arge||4,032 x 3,024||12.2|
|(M)edium||3,200 x 2,400||7.7|
|2,560 x 1,920||4.9|
|1,600 x 1,200||1.9|
|(S)mall||1,280 x 960||1.2|
|1,024 x 768||0.8|
|640 x 480||0.3|
Video formats[edit | edit source]
AVI Motion JPEG[edit | edit source]
|Menu designation||()||(frames/sec.)||Max. recording time (min.)||Max. file size||Sound|
|HD||16:9||(1280 × 720)||30||7||2 GB||Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, WAV|
|SD||4:3||(640 × 480)||14|
Sources[edit | edit source]
- "PEN E-P1". Olympus UK & Ireland. Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- Joinson, Simon; Westlake, Andrew (July 29, 2009). "Olympus Pen E-P1 In-depth Review". Digital Photography Review. Archived from the original on 2021-11-08. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
- "Olympus E-P1 Pen Digital Camera Body (Silver)". B&H Photo and Video (US retailer). Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.
- "PEN E-P1 Software & Apps". Olympus US Support. Archived from the original on 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
- "Introduction of OLYMPUS PEN E-P1 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera". Olympus Global (Press release). June 16, 2009. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
- Grayson, Matt (June 18, 2009). "Olympus E-P1 Digital Camera Review". ePHOTOzine. UK. Archived from the original on 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "Introducing the OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera with detachable Live Viewfinder". Olympus Global (Press release). November 12, 2009. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "Olympus launches E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera". Digital Photography Review. November 5, 2009. Archived from the original on 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "Introducing the New Generation System Camera OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera with a new Live Guide interface". Olympus Global (Press release). February 3, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Barnett, Shawn; Weidelich, Zig; Etchells, Dave (September 25, 2009). "Olympus E-P1 Review". Imaging Resource. Archived from the original on 2021-04-25. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Laing, Gordon (November 28, 2009). "Olympus PEN E-P1". Camera Labs. Archived from the original on 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Ryan, Philip (September 30, 2009). "Camera Test: Olympus E-P1". Popular Photography. Archived from the original on 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Farace, Joe (January 1, 2010). "Olympus' E-P1; The Return Of The Olympus Pen". Shutterbug. Archived from the original on 2021-02-27. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Goldstein, Mark (July 13, 2009). "Olympus E-P1 Review". Photography Blog. Archived from the original on 2021-04-22. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Hogan, Thom (2009). "Olympus E-P1 Review". ByThom.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-19.
- "Photography awards: 2009-2010". EISA. Archived from the original on 2017-09-19.
- "Olympus Celebrates PEN E-P1 Grand Prix Victory". Amateur Photographer. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 2020-10-29. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "OLYMPUS PEN E-P1 receives Japan Camera Grand Prix 2010 Camera of the Year and Readers Awards". Olympus (Press release). May 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "Olympus Digital Camera E-P1 Instruction Manual" (PDF). Olympus USA. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "Not a Point & Shoot. Not an SLR...It's a PEN" (PDF). ManualsLib. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "Olympus E-P1 System Chart" (PDF). Olympus USA. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- "Camera Finder / Olympus / E-P1". Flickr. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
- Arva-Toth, Zoltan (September 15, 2009). "Olympus Issues Firmware Updates for E-P1 & Two Lenses". Photography Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Arva-Toth, Zoltan (January 13, 2010). "Olympus E-P1 Firmware 1.2". Photography Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Arva-Toth, Zoltan (March 3, 2010). "Olympus E-P1 Firmware 1.3". Photography Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Arva-Toth, Zoltan (April 15, 2010). "Olympus to Release Firmware Updates for Micro Four Thirds Cameras". Photography Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2021-12-16.