Olympus E-1 Review

Overall Score

37

Main Features

  • 5 MP Four Thirds CCD Sensor
  • 100 - 3200 ISO
  • 1" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 141 x 104 x 81 mm, 735g.
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  • Replaced by: E-3

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Olympus E-1 Overview


First introduced in November, 2003, Olympus E-1 is a 5 MP DSLR with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Olympus replaced E-1 with Olympus E-3. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Olympus E-1 with Olympus E-3


Olympus E-1 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CCD sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Olympus E-1

Sensor resolution of Olympus E-1 ~ 2578 x 1938 pixels.

Olympus E-1 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 4,996,164 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Olympus E-1


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus E-1 with competitors in pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
Environmental Sealing
Flash Sync Port
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
5 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Image Stabilization
Low Resolution Sensor: 5 MP
Low Screen Resolution: 134k dots
Weight: 735g
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No AF Face Detection
Small LCD Screen: 1"
Slow Continuous Shooting: 134 fps
Type Scores

Olympus E-1 has an Overall Score of 37/100 and ranked #200 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #874 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Olympus E-1 Scores
Imaging score
34
Features score
30
Value for money score
51
Portability score
72
Overall score
37
Average Scores in Pro DSLR
Imaging Score
57
Features Score
49
Value For Money Score
61
Portability Score
49
Overall score
55

Physical Dimensions of Olympus E-1


Olympus E-1 weighs 735g and has external dimensions of 141 x 104 x 81mm (5.55 x 4.09 x 3.19"). Considering that the average weight of Pro DSLR cameras is 1280g, Olympus E-1 is 545 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Olympus E-1 is less by 14mm more than the average length in Pro DSLR.

Weight Comparison
Pro DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-1
735g
Average weight
1280g
Min weight
735g
Max weight
1585g

Thickness Comparison
Pro DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-1
81mm
Average Thickness
85mm
Min Thickness
74mm
Max Thickness
123mm

Here is the front and top view image of Olympus E-1 with the dimensions:

Olympus E-1

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight E-1 Dimensions E-1
Olympus E-3 Olympus E-3 890 g 735 g 142 x 116 x 75 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Olympus E-5 Olympus E-5 800 g 735 g 143 x 117 x 75 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Nikon D1X Nikon D1X 1200 g 735 g 157 x 153 x 85 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Nikon D4s Nikon D4s 1350 g 735 g 160 x 157 x 91 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Nikon D810 Nikon D810 980 g 735 g 146 x 123 x 82 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Canon EOS 70D Canon 70D 755 g 735 g 139 x 104 x 79 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Nikon D750 Nikon D750 840 g 735 g 141 x 113 x 78 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Canon EOS 100D Canon 100D 407 g 735 g 117 x 91 x 69 mm 141 x 104 x 81 mm

Specifications of Olympus E-1


General
Brand Olympus
Model E-1
Announced November, 2003
Body Type Large SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 45
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 1"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 134k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.48
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 3
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 5 MP
Max Image Resolution 2560 x 1920
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 0 shots
Battery Type
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 735 g
Physical Dimensions 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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