Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Interchangeable Digital Camera

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP digital camera with is a small camera that can do bigger jobs. The camera body is packed with technology normally found in professional DSLR cameras and High-Definition (HD) camcorders. Check the specification and more details below.

Body material Plastic with metal front panel
Sensor • 4/3″ Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
• 17.3 x 13.0 mm active area
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
Dust suppression Supersonic Wave Filter
Image processor TruePic V
Image sizes (Still) • 4032 x 3024
• 3200 x 2400
• 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image sizes (Movie) • 1280 x 720 (HD)@ 30 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
Movie length • 7 min @ HD
• 14 min @ 640 x 480
Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default), 3:2, 16:9, 6:6
File formats • RAW
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI Motion JPEG
Lenses • Micro Four Thirds Mount
• Range of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
• Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
• Compatible with standard Four Thirds lenses via adapter.
Auto focus • Imager Contrast Detection AF system
• 11-area multiple AF
• When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
Focus Area Selectable • Automatic
• Manual
• Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
• Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
• Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
Focus modes • Single shot AF (S- AF)
• Continuous AF (C-AF)
• Manual focus (MF)
• Single + Continous (S-AF+ MF)
• AF Tracking (C-AF+ TR)
Exposure modes • iAuto
• Program AE (with shift)
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• Art Filter
• Scene select
Sensitivity • Auto : ISO 200 – 3200 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
• Manual ISO 100 – 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
AE Lock • AE lock available
• AF lock with shutter release half-press in Single AF mode
Exposure comp. • Up to ± 3.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
AE Bracketing • 3 frames
• 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
Exposure fine tune • ±1EV in 1/6EV steps
Shutter speed • 60-1/2000 sec
Flash X-sync speed • 1/30 – 1/160
• 1/125 – 1/2000 with ‘Super FP’ compatible flash
WB fine tuning • Red – Blue: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
• Green – Magenta: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
WB Bracketing • 3 frames
• 2, 4 or 6 steps
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Drive modes • Single
• Sequential
• Self-timer (2 or 12 sec)
Continuous • 3.0 fps
• RAW: 10 frames maximum
Internal Flash • Guide number 10 @ ISO 200 (7 @ ISO 100)
• TTL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
• 5500K ± 400K color temperature
• Wireless control (4 channels) up to 3 groups
External Flash • Hot-Shoe
• Compatible with E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)
• External Flash Control : TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-Auto, FP-Manual
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
• Flash power: Up to ± 3EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
On-screen information, live control mode (Additional info in Super Control Panel mode, engaged via custom settings menu, in green) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP, AF frame, Colour space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning
Electronic Viewfinder • External (optional)
LCD monitor • 2.7″ HyperCrystal LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% frame coverage
• 15 step brightness adjustment
• 15 step Color Balance adjustment (R-B, G-M)
Editing • RAW development
• JPEG editing (B&W, Sepia, Red eye reduction, Color saturation, Resize, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Anti red-eye)
Storage • SD/SDHC
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
• Mini HDMI
• Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
Optional Accessories • Flash FL-14, FL-20, FL-36, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-50R
• Adaptor MF-2 for OM lenses
• Adaptor MMF-1 for four thirds lenses
• VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder
• SEMA-1 stereo mic kit
• PT-EP01 underwater housing
Power BLS-1 1150 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Dimensions 115mm (W) x 72mm (H) x 42mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
4.5″ x 2.8″ x 1.7″
Weight (no batt) 334g (296g)
Box contents E-PL1 Body, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

The E-PL1 has a large-size image sensor similar to Olympus E-30 and E-620 DSLR models. You will find the E-PL1 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor is “eight times larger than the average point-and-shoot camera sensor.”

This E-PL1 camera has 19 Scene-Select modes. The Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode automatically identify shooting objects and adjusts settings for the best snap based on the situation. Face detection technology of E-PL1 recognizes up to eight faces at once within the focus area, and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp portraits. The iEnhance feature automatically works with iAuto to enrich color in any subject and can be used in any mode.

The E-PL1 supports a variety of lenses to maximize its imaging functionality. Users are allowed to add everything from an extreme wide-angle fish-eye lens to a super-telephoto lens that will change the way one photograph.


There is 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD for clear viewing experience when shooting still images or videos which provides a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees. The E-PL1 comes with a built-in pop-up flash which is the first in Olympus PEN series. The camera also works with external flashes, including the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R for professional photographers.

That’s all about the Olympus PEN E-PL1. This camera is available in Amazon.com.
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