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

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £687
inc VAT

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


17.3x13mm 12.2-megapixel sensor, 3.0x zoom (28-84mm equivalent), 485g

The E-P1 delivers on its promise of SLR-quality images from a compact-sized camera, but it’s disappointing that its performance and controls are more in line with compacts than SLRs. We could accept some compromises for the sake of size, but there are simply too many here for such an expensive camera.

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Basic Specifications

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CCD effective megapixels 12.2 megapixels
CCD size 17.3x13mm
Viewfinder none
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Optical zoom 3.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-84mm
Image stabilisation optical, sensor shift
Maximum image resolution 4,032×3,024
Maximum movie resolution 1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG, RAW; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDHC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type 8.4V 1,100mAh Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 300 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI
Body material aluminium
Accessories USB and AV cables, neck strap
Weight 485g
Size 70x120x78mm

Buying Information

Price £687

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 60 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture range f/3.5-f/22 (wide), f/5.6-f/22 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 6400
Exposure compensation +/-3 EV
White balance auto, 7 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness, dynamic range
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 25cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, spot, face detect
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket

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