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Olympus PEN E-P1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 666 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and design. The usability and portability also get good opinions, whereas the storage and screen get mixed comments. There are some negative reviews about the shutter and viewfinder.

performance, portability, usability, design, image quality

flash, viewfinder, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-P1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Olympus Pen E-P1


It's not an SLR, it's not a compact, but it sure is pretty

May, 2011

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Olympus Pen E-P1 digital camera


Olympus' latest digital camera harks back, in terms of the name at least, to the famed Pen range of half frame (a half frame of 35mm film that is) Olympus cameras first introduced in 1959 and that heralded the sale of 17-million units between its...

Image quality, handling, super control panel, comprehensive, creative feature set, good dust reduction system, retro styling, build, lenses

No (built-in) viewfinder, no built-in flash, price

The E-P1 looks hard to justify at £700 (and a significant further price increase needs to be added when the optional lenses, viewfinder and flash are factored in) given it is not a DSLR but priced like one. When you start to factor in the handling,...

Jul, 2009

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Olympus PEN E-P1 review


Styled on the classic precursor to the SLR, the E-P1 has more than just retro looks going for it. But does it hit the sweet spot between compact and DSLR?

It has a few shortcomings, but the E-P1 is a camera of unique character in a world of dull-looking compacts

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Olympus Pen E-P1 - First Look


We saw the prototype of the E-P1 behind glass at a number of shows in 2008, but always questioned whether Olympus would actually go through with the nostalgia-infused camera that is the new Pen. We spent the day with the new Micro Four Thirds model at...

Image quality, simple to use, distinct design, 720p movie capture, fun to use

No viewfinder, no flash, styling will deter some

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Olympus Pen E-P1 with 14-42mm lens review


Could have been great, but at this price we wouldn't be prepared to live with its weaknesses.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Rosemary Hattersley (

Olympus PEN E-P1 review


The 12.3Mp Olympus PEN E-P1 is larger than a standard compact digital camera such as a Canon Ixus or a Sony Cyber-shot and has interchangeable lenses. Here's our…

The retro feel of the Olympus E-P1 is wonderful. It's the sort of camera that puts a smile on your face when you use it and we loved the amount of control it gave us over what we took and its final look. In fact, our main criticism of a camera...

Jun, 2009

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

European Camera 2009-2010 -> Olympus PEN E-P1


The Olympus PEN E-P1 is an elegant camera with an appealing retro design. The camera utilises the new mirror- and prism-less Micro Four Thirds system, which allows the E-P1 to be very compact and lightweight. Besides the compact Micro Four Thirds...

Jun, 2009

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Olympus E-P1 - Review / Test Report


very good effective resolution, Efficient dust reduction system, Build-in images stabilizer

One of the slowest AF, No viewfinder, No build-in flash, Static display hard to see in sunny conditions, Insufficient number of lenses

Finally Olympus released their first micro-four-thirds digital camera styled in the retro design of the classic Olympus PEN - a highly successful series of half frame cameras in the 60ies. Obviously they feel that the time is about right for such...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Akihabara News (

Olympus E-P1, a Really Nice Surprise: The Review


Extremely well built, with great lenses, the E-P1 is a good surprise… You will finally be able to reach DSLR photo quality in an extremely compact, but heavy camera. However, its price, as well as its limited video capability makes the E-P1 a bit...

Oct, 2011

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Olympus E-P1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1


FourThirds Showdown: Micro FourThirds has been welcomed by enthusiasts due to its compact build and DSLR sensor. The Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic GF1 are two retro looking models that offer many artistic features.

Great build; Retro design; Lovely retro design; Cool arty modes; Good colour rendition; Good noise performance; Excellent continuous shooting mode; Nice auto white-balance system; Nice Art modes; Sharp images

Electronic viewfinder is optional

Jan, 2010

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