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Olympus E-PL1 Compact System Camera - Black (14-42mm Black Lens Kit) (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Olympus
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds System with accessory port
  • Easiest operation with Live Guide and iEnhance
  • Integrated flash
  • HD Movie and HDMI control
  • 6 Art Filters, Multi Exposure function and Multi-Aspect ratios
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Olympus Pen E-PL5 Compact System Camera - Black (16.1 MP, M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens Kit) 3 inch LCD Olympus Pen E-PL5 Compact System Camera - Black (16.1 MP, M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens Kit) 3 inch LCD 4.6 out of 5 stars (28)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 12.1 x 7 cm ; 299 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: N3839292
  • ASIN: B0036DE108
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,616 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit at a great price 12 Jun 2011
Colour Name:Red| Size Name:14-42mm Black Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
I seriously love this camera. I had been using super-zooms (Panasonic Lumix TZ and Canon Powershots) before this so it was definitely a step up from those but i can't compare with DSL-Rs.

+ Great photo quality
+ quite portable with the standard lens
+ Excellent video capture
+ good battery life
+ excellent build quality

- UI not too easy to get the hang of - I had to consult the manual just to figure out how to change to manual focus mode.
- The lens cap is easy to misplace (just happened to me) as there is no string etc. to attach it to the lens. A new one will cost around 11 pounds.
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus PL1 is indeed a great camera buy one 5 Nov 2010
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:14-42mm Black Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
Like many others and perhaps like the reader of this review, I agonised over buying either a Sony NEX3 or 5 or a Lumix etc etc and went as far as to go and hold all of them, before choosing the Olympus. I am a professional photographer, so need a camera I can adjust and meddle with, I also own some other quality equipment, so the results a camera produces are important to me.
Well I can honestly say I am delighted with this camera. The quality out of the camera is very very good, it holds well in the hand, it is small enough to cart around and flexible enough to expand system wise.
The downside of all thse new formats is the price of the lenses, and its what swayed me away from the Sony in the end, as the Sony telephoto is almost 1000 and that is an often neglected fact which is a killer as far as most will be concerned, apart from the fact that the NEX range is not at all small with anything other than the pancake lens on it.
So there we are for a system camera flexible enough for the enthusiast, small enough to be carried, good enough to leave the big SLR's around ...... buy an Olympus PL1, don't take my word for it read DP review they like it to.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All most of us will ever need 4 Jan 2011
By Mark Z
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:14-42mm Black Lens Kit
Having relied on basic compacts for many years, I discovered (or should I say "rediscovered", as I once had an SLR) an interest in photography after I started using my daughter's Canon G10. I wanted something with interchangeable lenses that could cover the full spectrum of creative photography without the bulk of a DSLR. Frankly, I would be embarrassed to be seen carrying about some of the monster kit that you see these days, particularly when much of it is only used for family snaps. The beauty of the E-PL1 is that gives virtually nothing away to mid-priced DSLR's in terms of image quality (read the review on "DP Review"), but it is understated and much easier to carry. The price is well within a "reasonable" budget for sensible amateurs, and upgrading can be achieved by tapping into the full range of Olympus lenses, although I will probably stick with the (currently somewhat limited) micro four-thirds range.

Compared to a full-size DSLR you sacrifice some convenience as many of the functions can only be accessed through the menu system, but everything is there if you need it. One thing I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND is to purchase a copy of "Olympus PEN E-PL1 for Dummies". This marvellous book has helped me to get comfortable will all the camera's features and to set it up to suit my preferences.

After three months getting familiar with the camera's functionality, I am now starting to shoot in RAW and have recently downloaded the free Olympus Viewer 2 software to do the processing. Compared to the E-PL1's excellent built-in JPEG processing, shooting in RAW delivers small but worthwhile improvements.

My next purchase will be the VF2 electronic viewfinder, which I have heard so many good things about.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackin' camera 18 Nov 2010
Colour Name:Champagne|Size Name:14-42mm Silver Lens Kit
I'm very pleased with this excellent camera, just waiting on delivery of the EPL 1 Dummies guide I ordered from Amazon so I can really start to get the most from it. I had done considerable research over several months before making my decision. The most important things to me were ease of use, the ability to take "proper" photos and size; the latter became important when I had handled several of the entry level DSLR cameras and found them to be heavy and awkward to hold. This little beauty feels really secure in your hand and is ready to take pictures in an instant. Having upgraded from a bridge camera (Lumix FZ8) I can confirm the significant improvement in the quality of pictures I am now taking. I'm also starting to experiment; learning to play with depth of field is both challenging and rewarding. It's also noticable when you crop your images that very little noise is in evidence.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent backup for an SLR 25 May 2010
Colour Name:White|Size Name:14-42mm Silver Lens Kit
I bought this for my wife to replace her Canon Powershot S50 and as a backup for my DSLR (for when I don't feel like lugging around a heavy kit). Overall I have been impressed with the camera especially the picture quality. JPEGS are excellent (sharp as well as vibrant) and reduce the need to shoot RAW. The controls are OK - I tend to shoot manual exposure a lot and just about manage with it although some dials/wheels would be useful (like the E-P1/2). Focus speed is acceptable for me. Basically, anyone coming from compact cameras will be perfectly happy but anyone expecting mid-range SLR focus speed is going to be disappointed. My main advice to Olympus would be to make the camera even smaller (like the Sony NEX-3/5)!!

Does it replace my D700? Absolutely not but it is a perfectly acceptable replacement for when I don't want to carry the bulk of the D700.
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Very good buy....excellent camera and lovely design and finish !! Glad I bought this as I use it a lot !!
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Published 16 months ago by J. Harris
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Published 19 months ago by Mr. D. Booth
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Published 22 months ago by Worldupstairs
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a view finder short of perfect
Purchased one of these beauties to replace a Canon that could eat through batteries faster than the space shuttle! Read more
Published 23 months ago by j0hnhill
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you might expect
It took me a lot of researching before I decided to go with this camera. I'd owned an Olympus E-450 DSLR camera previously and had been more than impressed with it so I knew I'd be... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by badlymademan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera, not such a great system however.
This is a nice camera for everyday photography, capturing sharp images and offering plenty of options for manual exposure, though the relatively narrow aperture of the 14-42mm lens... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Ash
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