Featuring a new interface specifically designed to be more friendly to compact camera users, the new Olympus E-PL1 is an entry-level model that makes PEN series photographic quality accessible to an even wider range of consumers than before. For imaging, the E-PL1 employs a 4/3-inch, 12.3-megapixel high speed Live MOS Sensor and TruePic V image processing engine that are designed to deliver quality that rivals that of digital SLR systems.
In addition to delivering high-quality photos with full-auto ease, the E-PL1 features a new Live Guide interface that makes it easy for users to exercise their creativity. With the Live Guide, even users who have only used point-and-shoot cameras can easily and intuitively adjust brightness, hue, background defocusing, and other image parametersand get the results they want without learning a lot of SLR-class photographic techniques.
Light, compact, Micro Four Thirds System design and a built-in flash assure an easy transition for first-time interchangeable lens camera users. A choice of black, champagne gold, and blue body colors (North America) are also being offered to suit a broader range of customer preferences.
New features include a dedicated Movie mode button that enables 720p HD movie recording at a moment's notice, and i-Enhance Picture mode (originally introduced on the E-P2), which delivers images with exceptional clarity and heightened realism that fully communicate the excitement of the moment.
Six Art Filters are
also offered, including a new Gentle Sepia filter, and they can be applied
to movies as well as still-image shooting. Like the E-P2, the E-PL1 is
equipped with an accessory port that can be used to attach a high-definition
VF-2 Live Viewfinder or SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Set 1.
Dust Reduction System: When changing lenses, a digital camera's image sensor is inevitably exposed to contamination by airborne dust particles. If any of those particles adhere to the camera's low-pass filter or image sensor, they appear as spots and blemishes in every photo.
Olympus was the first to offer a solution to this issue with its SSWF (Super-Sonic Wave Filter), and it has continued to evolve the technology to meet the dust-protection needs of the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds System standard. The shape of the SSWF has been changed from circular to rectangular, and the supersonic oscillator has been divided into two vertically arranged sections. The resulting system is extremely compact, but remains highly effective at removing all types of dust, whether held by electrostatic forces or intramolecular bonds.
AF live View With AF Tracking: AF Live View works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way. AF Tracking locks your subject into focus right on the LCD, and constantly adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving. With this mode, a simple push of the AF button and shutter release enables you to keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus.
In-Camera Editing: Make changes to your image after the shot, right in the camera. Adjust for red eye, crop an image, change the aspect ratio or saturation, change your image to black and white -- and much more! In-Camera jpeg edit functions allow you to quickly tweak your images right in the camera so you can easily upload them to your favorite web site and share them with friends and family.
Face Detection: Advanced face detection technology enables the camera to detect up to 8 faces and optimizes focus. The Shadow Adjustment Technology optimizes the exposure to ensure that faces in the foreground and scenery in the background are both properly exposed. Even in backlit situations, auto gradation adjustment can brighten the faces without over-exposing the background, making it easy to capture the scene just as it appears to the human eye. In addition, face detection can be used during image playback to quickly select and magnify subjects to check their facial expression.
The ePortrait Scene-Select mode is useful for smoothing out the facial
features of your subjects, which is a tremendous plus for High Definition
video playback, or apply ePortrait post shot via .jpeg edit.
Multiple Aspect Ratio Shooting: The Olympus E-PL1 lets you select one of four Aspect Ratios (4:3, 3.2, 16.9 and 6.6) that help frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like. Aspect ratios are available for still photo and HD movie capture, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.
Accessory Port: The Olympus E-PL1 includes a port for new accessories including the SEMA-1 Microphone adapter set and the VF-2 live-finder, a detachable electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder easily slides onto the camera's accessory port and hot shoe to provide 1.15x magnification for a 100% field of view.
The VF-2 rotates up
90 degrees which is useful when shooting subjects from challenging angles.
The external accessory port also allows for connection with the new EMA-1
external microphone adapter for enhanced audio capture. The Microphone
Adapter will be bundled with the ME51SW Stereo Microphone Set (for Olympus
digital recorders) and offered as the SEMA-1 Microphone Set 1 (avail.
late Feb. 2010).
SDHC memory cards: The E-PL1 is capable of recording video to SDHC media cards to accommodate large files. (SDHC Class 6 cards are recommended.) Videos, stills and high-fidelity audio can also be output via HDMI cable-direct to any HD television.
Multiple Exposure: Multi-exposure shooting with Live View display: Images previously captured and recorded in RAW data format can be displayed on the Live View monitor while framing the current scene, making it easy to create artistically balanced multi-exposure compositions. Automatic gain correction can be performed in-camera, and even non-consecutive shots taken at different times and places can be used superimposed on each other via the play/edit menu (RAW data only, up to 3 images).
TruePic V Image Processor: In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO.
Optional Underwater Housing: The new cameras compact design makes it the perfect companion for all of your dive trips. The PT-EP01 underwater housing has been specially customized for the Olympus E-PL1 and is waterproof to a depth of 40 meters (approximately 130 feet). With its durable, high-quality polycarbonate construction, this Olympus housing protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land.
HDMI output for high-quality image and movie playback: The E-PL1 can be connected to an HDMI-equipped TV set via a commercially available HDMIHDMI Mini cable to view high-quality HD movies and still images with stereo audio.
When the E-PL1 is connected to a compatible TV set by an HDMI cable (sold separately), the HDMI Control function enables users to control image playback via the TV's remote control unit. It's a great way to enjoy slideshows with the ease and convenience of regular TV programming.
New image browsing and organizing software: The software automatically classifies the pictures according to their recording date when uploading to the PC. It is also capable of recognizing the persons shot as subjects and classify the pictures accordingly. In addition, it can assign recording location information for each classified event or each picture. By making classification and organization of multiple pictures simple and easy, The software enables you to easily find the pictures you're looking for. Viewing, printing or even RAW development is also possible.
Availability: The Olympus E-PL1 will be available in March 2010. It includes the E-PL1 Body, M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLS-1), Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCS-1), Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, Manuals and Registration card.
Pricing / Product Configurations
E-PL1 Body with M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens: Estimated Street Price $599.99 US.
Olympus E-PL1 Camera Specifications
|Product type||Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds Mount|
|Effective Pixels||12.3 million pixels|
|Sensor type||High speed Live MOS Sensor|
|Total no. of pixels||Approx. 13.1 million pixels|
|Aspect ratio||1.33 (4:3)|
|Filter array||Primary color filter (RGB)|
|Dust reduction||Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)|
|Still Image File format||RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG|
|Recording image size||[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels|
RAW: 4032 (H) x 3042 (V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx.
Set1 (LF): 4032 (H) x 3042 (V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
Set2 (LN): 4032 (H) x 3042 (V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
Set3 (MN): 2560 (H) x 1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4 (SN): 1024(H) x 768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
4032 x 3024 Large
3200 x 2400 Middle
2560 x 1920
1600 x 1200 Small
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|File Compression: 4 levels for each image size||Super Fine Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Movie Recording format||AVI Motion JPEG (30fps)|
1280 (H) x 720 (V) Aspect 16:9
SD: 640 (H) x 480 (V) Aspect 4:3 (VGA)
|Movie Compression Ratio||1/12 (HD), 1/8 (SD)|
|Movie File Size||Max 2GB (limited by AVI format)|
|Movie Maximum Recording Time||HD: 7min, SD: 14min|
|Sound Recording format||Wave
Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
|Sound Maximum Recording Time||Picture
with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
|Live View (LV) Type||Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type|
|LV Field of view||100%|
|Live View Display Mode||Normal Mode, Grid Line Mode, Histogram Mode (3 types), Magnified View Mode, Comparable View Mode, OFF Mode (for OVF user)|
|Magnification Ratio||x7, x10, x14|
|Live View screen information||Aperture
value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting
Mode, Battery Check, My Mode, Internal Temperature Warning, Face Detection,
Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential
shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation
mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
|LV Display of Face Detection||Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed|
|Live View AF||High speed imager AF|
|Image Stabilizer (IS) System||Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)|
|Image Stabilizer Modes||3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF|
|Image Stabilizer Manual Function with older OM lenses||input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000|
|IS effective compensation range||Approx. 3EV steps (in maximum effect with 50mm lens)|
|IS for Movie||Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS)|
|LCD monitor type||2.7 inches, HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating, Approx. 230,000 dots, 100% playback field of view|
|LCD Brightness control||+7 levels and -7 levels|
|LCD Colour balance||+7 levels and -7 levels|
Contrast Detection AF system
When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
|Focus mode||Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)|
|Focusing point||11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)|
|Focusing point selection||Auto
from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
|AF lock||Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode|
|Manual Focus Assist||When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically|
TTL Image Sensor metering system
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering)
|Metering range||EV 0 - 18 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)|
(2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed)
(3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual
(6) Scene select AE
(7) Art Filter
|Scene select AE||Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow|
|ISO sensitivity||AUTO: ISO 200 - 3200(customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 100 - 3200, 1/3 or 1 EV steps|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable|
|Exposure bracketing||3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable|
|White Balance system||Set
to Auto or 8 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
|White balance compensation||±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)|
|Custom White Balance (Kelvin setting)||1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)|
|One-touch white balance||1 custom setting can be registered|
|White balance bracketing||3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Image Processing||i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone|
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone. 3 effect levels are available in i-Enhance
|Filter effects||Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone|
|Picture tone||Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone|
|Gradation||4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)|
|Shutter||Computerized focal-plane shutter|
|Shutter speed||60 - 1/2000 sec. Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)|
|Self-timer||Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)|
|Remote cable release||Not Available|
|Wireless remote control||Not Available|
|Drive mode||Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer|
|Continuous shooting speed||Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting|
|Max. recordable RAW pictures in burst||RAW mode: Max. 10 frames.|
|Max. recordable JPEG pictures in burst||JPEG
mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels
(Large normal mode: approx. 18 with Toshiba Super High Speed type "Class 6" 4GB)
|Flash Guide .No||10 (Fno/m) at ISO200, 7 (Fno/m) at ISO100|
|Flash Mode||TTL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)|
|Flash Color Temperature||5500±400°K|
|Wireless Flash Control||Available (4ch, 3 Groups)|
|Compatible external Flash||E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)|
|External Flash control||TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-Auto, FP-Manual|
|Flash mode for External Flash||Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.|
|Flash Synchronization speed||1/30
Super FP 1/125-1/2000
|Flash intensity control||Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps|
|Art Filter||Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia|
|Multiple Exposure Number of pictures||2 frames|
|Multiple Exposure Functions||Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture|
|Aspect Ratio||4:3 (Default), 3:2, 16:9, 6:6|
|Process||RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio|
|Super Control Panel Information (shooting)||Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP|
|Live Control Information (shooting)||Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio|
|Live Guide Setting Menu||Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP|
|Playback mode||Single-frame, Information Display, Index Display (4/9/16/25/100 frames, Calendar), Close-up (2 - 14X), Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause), Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)|
|Playback Information display||Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information|
|Languages||English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian|
|My mode||2 setting recordable|
|Erasing function||Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)|
|Protect function||Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)|
|RAW picture editing||RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)|
|JPEG editing||Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (colour depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), e-portrait|
|Image Overlay||Up to 3 RAW images|
|Print function||Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)|
|PC interface||USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available|
|TV interface||HDMI(HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)|
|USB/Video connector||Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, USB cable is available)|
|HDMI||Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)|
|Flash attachment||Hot shoe|
|Accessory attachment||Accessory port|
|Battery||BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)|
|Sleep mode||Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)|
of recordable pictures
(with 50% flash light)
290 shots (IS ON, CIPA test standard)
(with BLS-1 and Toshiba Class 6 SDHC 4GB card under CIPA testing standard)
|Dimensions||4.51 in (W) x 2.84 in (H) x 1.63 in (D) / 114.6 mm (W) x 72.2mm (H) x 41.5mm (D) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||10.44 oz / 296g (body only), 12.13 oz. / 344g(including Battery and Memory card)|
|Temperature||0 - 40℃ (operation) / -20 - 60℃ (storage)|
|Humidity||30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)|
|In the box||Body, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.|