Olympus PEN E-P1 Review

Overall Score

56

Main Features

  • 12 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 121 x 70 x 36 mm, 355g.
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  • Replaced by: PEN E-P2

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Olympus PEN E-P1 Overview


First introduced in July, 2009, Olympus PEN E-P1 is a 12 MP Mirrorless with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Olympus replaced PEN E-P1 with Olympus E-P2. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Olympus E-P1 with Olympus E-P2


Olympus E-P1 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Olympus PEN E-P1

Sensor resolution of Olympus E-P1 ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Olympus E-P1 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Olympus E-P1 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Olympus PEN E-P5 Olympus E-P5 2013 16MP 100 - 25600 420g 122 x 69 x 37mm
Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus E-P3 2011 12MP 100 - 12800 369g 122 x 69 x 34mm
Olympus PEN E-P2 Olympus E-P2 2010 12MP 100 - 6400 355g 121 x 70 x 36mm
Olympus PEN E-P1 Olympus E-P1 2009 12MP 100 - 6400 355g 121 x 70 x 36mm

Proc and Cons of Olympus E-P1


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus PEN E-P1 with competitors in entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
11 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
AF Face Detection
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
355g Light Body
3 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
Low Battery Life: 300 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No Built-in Viewfinder
Slow Continuous Shooting: 230 fps
Type Scores

Olympus PEN E-P1 has an Overall Score of 56/100 and ranked #175 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #404 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Olympus E-P1 Scores
Imaging score
46
Features score
51
Value for money score
70
Portability score
91
Overall score
56
Average Scores in Entry-Level Mirrorless
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
61
Value For Money Score
76
Portability Score
91
Overall score
63

Physical Dimensions of Olympus E-P1


Olympus PEN E-P1 weighs 355g and has external dimensions of 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.76 x 2.76 x 1.42"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras is 323g, Olympus E-P1 is 32 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Olympus E-P1
355g
Average weight
323g
Min weight
180g
Max weight
561g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Olympus E-P1
36mm
Average Thickness
40mm
Min Thickness
23mm
Max Thickness
85mm

Here is the front and top view image of Olympus PEN E-P1 with the dimensions:

Olympus PEN E-P1

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight PEN E-P1 Dimensions PEN E-P1
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Olympus E-PL1 334 g 355 g 115 x 72 x 42 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus PEN E-P2 Olympus E-P2 355 g 355 g 121 x 70 x 36 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus PEN E-PM1 Olympus E-PM1 265 g 355 g 110 x 64 x 34 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus E-P3 369 g 355 g 122 x 69 x 34 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus E-PL7 357 g 355 g 115 x 67 x 38 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus PEN E-P5 Olympus E-P5 420 g 355 g 122 x 69 x 37 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Olympus E-PL3 313 g 355 g 110 x 64 x 37 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Olympus E-M10 396 g 355 g 119 x 82 x 46 mm 121 x 70 x 36 mm

Specifications of Olympus PEN E-P1


General
Brand Olympus
Model PEN E-P1
Announced July, 2009
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 103
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder None
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
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 11
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, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4032 x 3024
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
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 300 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model BLS-1
Physical
Weight 355 g
Physical Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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