Olympus PEN E-PL1

olympus pen e-pl1
Release Date: May 2010
List Price: $600 USD
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The PEN E-PL1 adds a lot of features over the E-P1 and E-P2 and takes a few away - although not that many that you'd notice.

First and foremost, the E-PL1 gains a built-in flash: great for portability, but low in power. This exterior change is complemented by some improvements on the inside: the ability to take multiple exposures, art filters (for creative image enhancement without a computer) and the ability to fire off-camera Olympus flashes using the built-in flash as a trigger.

When you consider that the camera ADDS functionality while reducing its price, it makes it an attractive option in the Olympus PEN lineup.

List of Features

Image StabilizationIn Body
Memory CardSD / SDHC
Max. Shutter Speed1/2000
Max. Photo Capture3 per second
LCD2.7 inch (230,000 dots)
Flexible LCDNo
ViewfinderNot Included, Optional Electronic
AutofocusContrast AF
11 area
Face Detect AFYes
Aspect Ratios4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1
Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13mm
ISO Range100-3200
Movie ModesMotion JPEG:
1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie SoundStereo, Optional Microphone
HDMI PortYes
Accessory PortYes
Built-in FlashYes
Compatible LensesMicro 4/3
4/3 with adapter
OM with adapter
BatteryBLS-1 LiIon
Dimensions4.74 x 2.75 x 1.37in
120.5 x 70 x 35mm
Weight13.68oz (385g)
NotesMultiple exposures, art filters, wireless flash control