Olympus PEN E-PL1
Olympus PEN E-PL1 shown in champagne gold with the kit Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
|Type||Micro Four Thirds, interchangeable lens camera|
|Lens||Micro Four Thirds system mount|
|Sensor||Four Thirds system 17.3 × 13.0 mm Live MOS|
|Maximum resolution||4032×3024 (12.3 megapixels)|
|Image processor||TruePic V|
|Flash||Yes, also hot shoe allows for a variety of external flashes|
|Shutter||1/2,000 to 60 s – 30 minutes bulb|
|Exposure modes||Program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual|
|Metering modes||ESP multi patterned, Center-weighted average (60%), Spot (2%)|
|Focus areas||11 area contrast detect auto-focus, selectable|
|Focus modes||Single, continuous, manual|
|Continuous shooting||3 frame/s|
|Optional viewfinders||Olympus VF-1 (optical), Olympus VF-2 or VF-3 (electronic)|
|Video/movie recording||720p video at 30 frames per second (frame/s) using M-JPEG|
|Rear LCD monitor||2.7" 230,000 pixel TFT LCD on screen with live preview|
|Storage||Secure Digital card|
|Battery||BLS-1 - Li-ion 7,2V 1150mAh|
|Dimensions||115 × 72 × 42 mm|
|Weight||334 g (0.736 lb)|
The Olympus PEN E-PL1, announced on 3 February 2010 was Olympus Corporation's third camera using the Micro Four Thirds system mount after the Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-P2. It was the first camera in Olympus' "PEN Lite" line.
The PEN E-PL1 is one of the lowest cost Micro Four Thirds cameras currently available, with a US dollar MSRP of $500.
In terms of market, DPReview considers the E-PL1 more aimed at the point-and-shoot (compact camera) market, rather than the DSLR market (like the E-P1 & E-P2) – it is more of a large-sensor compact than a small format DSLR. The E-PL1 is easy to use in automatic mode, but due to the small number of dedicated dials and buttons, it can be more awkward to use in manual modes compared to a DSLR.
A slightly updated E-PL1s was introduced in November 2010. The E-PL1s offered increased maximum ISO sensitivity and shipped with a slightly higher capacity battery and an updated version of the kit 14-42mm lens.
Differences from E-P1/E-P2
- No wireless/wired shutter release capability 
The E-PL1/E-PL1s were replaced in Olympus' PEN Lite line by the Olympus PEN E-PL2 which was announced in January 2011. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 was introduced in June 2011 and finally the Olympus PEN E-PL5 was introduced in September 2012. There was no E-PL4 in the line, as the number 4 is nearly homophonous to the word "death" and considered bad luck in Chinese culture.
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