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The Olympus PEN E-PL1, announced on 3 February 2010[1] was Olympus Corporation's third camera using the Micro Four Thirds system mount after the Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-P2. It was the first camera in Olympus' "PEN Lite" line.

Olympus Pen E-PL1
Olympus PEN E-PL1.jpg
Olympus PEN E-PL1 shown in champagne gold with the kit Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
TypeMicro Four Thirds, interchangeable lens camera
LensMicro Four Thirds system mount
SensorFour Thirds system 17.3 × 13.0 mm Live MOS
Maximum resolution4032×3024 (12.3 megapixels)
StorageSecure Digital card
Focus modesSingle, continuous, manual
Focus areas11 area contrast detect auto-focus, selectable
Exposure modesProgram, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual
Metering modesESP multi patterned, Center-weighted average (60%), Spot (2%)
FlashYes, also hot shoe allows for a variety of external flashes
Shutter1/2,000 to 60 s – 30 minutes bulb
Continuous shooting3 frame/s
Viewfinderlive preview
Optional viewfindersOlympus VF-1 (optical), Olympus VF-2 or VF-3 (electronic)
Image processing
Image processorTruePic V
Video/movie recording720p video at 30 frames per second (frame/s) using M-JPEG
Rear LCD monitor2.7" 230,000 pixel TFT LCD on screen with live preview
BatteryBLS-1 - Li-ion 7,2V 1150mAh
Dimensions115 × 72 × 42 mm
Weight334 g (0.736 lb)
Made in China



The PEN E-PL1 is one of the lowest cost Micro Four Thirds cameras currently available, with a US dollar MSRP of $500.

In terms of market, DPReview considers the E-PL1 more aimed at the point-and-shoot (compact camera) market, rather than the DSLR market (like the E-P1 & E-P2) – it is more of a large-sensor compact than a small format DSLR. The E-PL1 is easy to use in automatic mode, but due to the small number of dedicated dials and buttons, it can be more awkward to use in manual modes compared to a DSLR.

A slightly updated E-PL1s was introduced in November 2010. The E-PL1s offered increased maximum ISO sensitivity and shipped with a slightly higher capacity battery and an updated version of the kit 14-42mm lens.

Differences from E-P1/E-P2Edit

  • No wireless/wired shutter release capability [2]

Successor ModelEdit

The E-PL1/E-PL1s were replaced in Olympus' PEN Lite line by the Olympus PEN E-PL2 which was announced in January 2011. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 was introduced in June 2011 and finally the Olympus PEN E-PL5 was introduced in September 2012. There was no E-PL4 in the line, as the number 4 is nearly homophonous to the word "death" and considered bad luck in Japanese culture.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Olympus unveils the affordable Pen". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^

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