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Olympus E-PL1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Olympus E-PL1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are overall positive. The portability and price are also appreciated, but the battery and shutter get critical views. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom and performance.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

screen, durability, viewfinder, shutter, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-PL1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Olympus E-PL1 camera


Newly introduced, and at the exact same price as Olympus' recently reviewed E-600 Four Thirds digital SLR with 14-42mm kit lens, is the manufacturer's latest Micro Four Thirds system hybrid in the E-PL1 Digital Pen. Small-ish and easy-ish to use,...

On-board flash, operation simplifying Live Guide, the E-PL1 offers the cheapest entry point to date into the Pen camera range

Plastic construction where the E-P1 and E-P2 offered steel, pared down ISO and LCD

Small-ish and easy-ish to use, Olympus is claiming "big camera" results from its latest Pen. Pictures from it are invariably a match for its acclaimed predecessors if they're not quite, to our eyes, as sharp as a similarly priced mid-range DSLR with a...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Tim Smalley (

Olympus E-PL1 review


More sensibly priced than earlier compact Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-PL1 is a definite step in the right direction

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Olympus E-PL1


A good value at under $600 with lens, the Olympus E-PL1 offers D-SLR image quality without the clunky build. But if you're looking for speed, sluggish focusing speeds leave this camera in the dust behind Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds offerings and D-SLRs.

Currently the least-expensive Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy. Beautiful, sharp images. Newbie-friendly features.

Sluggish autofocus. Noticeable shutter lag. Flimsy-feeling build. Proprietary USB port.

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Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Lexy Savvides (

Olympus E-PL1


Pop-up flash. Excellent SLR image quality for the price. Good noise control. HD video recording.

Slow autofocus. Small, low-resolution LCD.

The E-PL1 isn't fast enough to accurately capture moving subjects, but as a cheap entry into the Micro Four Thirds format it's a pretty good camera indeed.

Oct, 2010

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Amazing price performance

not the fastest auto focus

Jun, 2012

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Fabulous image quality (only shot JPEG so far) Very compact and easy to carry around

Body good but lenses a bit plasticky Menus not as slick as other cameras I have used

Feb, 2012

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Superb image quality, and a quality feel to the camera. I wanted as close as I could get to DSLR quality without the bulk of carrying a massive great camera around with me, and this kit seems to deliver. Purchasing another couple of prime lenses to...

Menu system can seem a little daunting at first, with quite a few important settings hidden away, but I found the book "dummies guide to the E-PL1" very useful and this has helped. Low light focusing can be a little hit and miss, and I wouldn't...

Jan, 2012

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Sharp pictures. Both lenses give excellent photo coverage and the range they reach is great.

I keep pressing the movie record button accidentally with my thumb, but that will be easier with time.

Jan, 2012

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Olympus have not spared any expense when it came to picture qualitty. Also good value for money and coat pocket size.

The build quality overall is good but the cheap plasticy buttons does not suite a prime camera.

Jan, 2012

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Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses


Easy for a novice moving up from a click and shoot - you can just leave it on auto setting if you want, but the "live guide" is easy to use to alter settings and this in turn leads you to experiment further with the other options. The camera has a nice...

Cannot fit your pocket when the lens is on. The 40-150mm lens extends a long way when in use and looks a bit silly on such a compact camera. I imagine that a wide angle pancake lens would be more to scale, be more pocketable and be more versatile.

Nov, 2011

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