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OLYMPUS PEN DIGITAL E-P1 Silver 12.3 MP 3.0" 230K LCD Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera w/ Black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

  • Live MOS 12.3 MP
  • TruePic V
  • 3.0" 230K LCD
  • 1280 x 720
  • AUTO: ISO 200 - 6400(customizable, Default 200-1600) Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps, Movie ISO 160-1600
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
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Olympus crams SLR-quality performance into a compact Digital Camera body with its E-P1. This is the world's smallest 12.3-mexapixel interchangeable lens camera. The integrated Multiple Exposure, In-Body Image Stabilization, powerful TruePic V Image Processor and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor enhance the power of the camera and make it a unique instrument for the serious shutterbug.

Record your memories to SDHC cards and view your shots on the generous 3.0-inch LCD screen. Take beautiful candlelight wedding photos or dancing fireworks in the sky! Take great snow pictures in full sunlight! This camera can take wonderful shots anywhere! Six Art Filters let you replicate dramatic effects for great fun.

Bundled with an M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 3X zoom lens, this could just be an ideal DSLR system for you to transition from beginner to professional, or as a bridge to augment your shooting skills. If you're seeking a compact, full-featured camera, Olympus's E-P1 is the choice for you!

  • newegg 12.3 Megapixel The Olympus E-P1 features a newly-developed 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor to capture high-resolution images that accurately reproduce your composition with exquisite detail, rich gradations and natural colors.
  • newegg Micro Four Thirds System The Olympus E-P1 features the new mirror- and prism-less Micro Four Thirds system, offering the benefits of compact, lightweight performance and expandability and compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Four Thirds System Lens via the MMF-1 Adapter.
  • newegg TruePic V Image Processor Olympus' next generation TruePic V image processor delivers crystal-clear photos with true-to-life skin tones, precise color transitions, and reduced image noise at higher ISO settings.
  • newegg Stunning 3.0-inch HyperCrystal LCD The large, high-resolution 3.0" LCD displays 230,000 pixels in vivid color and incorporates HyperCrystal technology, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors for easier viewing in both preview and playback. It also provides a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, ensuring that images can be composed from even the most obscure angles.
  • newegg In-body Image Stabilization Built right into the camera body, the in-body image stabilization system compensates for camera shake by up to 4 EV steps in any direction and with any lens.
  • newegg Bundled with M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Lens Designed exclusively for the Micro Four Thirds System, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens delivers light to every corner of the image sensor and ensures edge-to-edge sharpness for both still and moving images.

Learn more about the Olympus America Inc. PEN E-P1


2.75" x 4.75" x 1.43" (H x W x D)
0.74 lb.
Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Live MOS
Image Sensor Size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Gross Pixels
Approx. 13.1 MP
Effective Pixels
12.3 MP
Aspect Ratio
4:3 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Cleaning System
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Image Stabilization
Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Image Processor
TruePic V
4032 x 3024

White Balance

White Balance
8 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)


Viewfinder Type
No built-in Viewfinder

LCD Monitor

3.0" 230K
LCD Coverage
Brightness Adjustment
+7 levels and -7 levels


Focus Type
Imager Contrast Detection AF system
Focusing Modes
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF
AF Points
11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focus Lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode


Exposure Control
(1) i Auto (2) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene select AE (7) Art Filter (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole)
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Metering System
TTL Image Sensor metering system

(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering)
(2) Center weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 200 - 6400(customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps, Movie ISO 160-1600


Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
60 - 1/4000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote Control Support
Yes (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)


Flash Type
No built-in Flash
External Flash
Compatible E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
Maximum Burst
RAW mode: Max. 10 frames.


Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow
Color Mode
Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
Live View Function
Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view: 100%
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
View finder 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; Only when E-system Flash attached : Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
AF: High speed imager AF
Single-frame, Information Display, Index Display(4/9/16/25/49/100 frames, Calendar), Close-up (2 - 14X), Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto mode available), Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)

Recording System

File Format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
Image Type
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording Media
SD / SDHC Card (Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting)


Movie Format
Movie Recording
HD: 1280 x 720 Aspect 16:9
SD: 640 x 480 Aspect 4:3

Maximum Recording Time: HD: 7min, SD: 14min
File Size: Max. 2GB (limited by AVI format)
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720


Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Lens Spec
M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42/3.5-5.6 Lens


Mini HDMI type-C

Power Source

BLS-1 Li-ion battery

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Olympus America Inc. PEN E-P1

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  • paul c.
  • 9/20/2009 12:43:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsep-1 exudes quality

Pros: only camera in the world that can use virtually any lens ever made with a large enuf image circle [every slr rangefinder 110 slr c mount etdc lens , over 10 adapters are available today and more are added every week

micro 4\3 is the future of high end consumer photograpy
the ep-1 exudes retro- cool, all metal styling
it make my nikon d90 look like a big black plastic piece of junk, im serious ,
image quality is superb ,all metal voigtlander lenses on this baby rock , manual focus a breeze, or use panny or olympus m4\3 lenses to autofocus
a camera you will not be able to put down

Cons: they didnt make this 5 yrs ago

Other Thoughts: buy this , it is a masterpiece of a camera

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  • Jeffrey L.
  • 9/8/2009 1:42:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGot old lenses?

Pros: beautiful design, can use pretty much any lens, and contrary to what others say, it focuses wicked fast, as long as you don't use the kit lens (which is a wonderful lens in it's own right). I shoot mainly old manual lenses from the 70s and 80s, and no other camera can rival it. If you know how to read the focus on the screen, then you'll almost never miss a shot (can be harder with faster lenses). Get the DMW-MA1 or the MMF-1 (same adapters, different colors and names, I use the MA1 with no compatibility issues) and the Olympus 25mm f2.8 and then see if you'll ever use another lens again!

Cons: Body shows dings like crazy if you get the metal one, and the battery door latch worries me, but I've never heard of issues with it, and I've never seen issues with it, and my other olympus cameras have never had any problems. Also, be REALLY careful changing lenses, since the sensor is always exposed when you take the lens off.

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  • William N.
  • 9/3/2009 10:54:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsFun but aggravating

Pros: Adapts to a wide range of manual aperture and focusing lenses via adapters. Sensor output is DSLR-quality. Relatively compact - not a pocket camera but light and unobtrusive compared to a midsize or larger DSLR.

Cons: Very slow AF compared to any decent DSLR. Many P&S cameras focus faster, and the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras all focus much faster than the E-P1. Some controls are well designed but the menu structure is deep, complex and poorly documented. Manual focusing assist mode makes all other camera settings inaccessible. You have to jump through modes to focus and adjust the camera. Image stabilization for manual lenses works but must be set for focal length each time you change to a non Four Thirds lens. Lenses in the E-P1 kits are mediocre. No built in flash means carrying an accessory flash if you need one. No AF assist illumination. LCD is a poor viewfinder under adverse bright light shooting. Accessory optical viewfinder helps, but you get no shooting information with such finders.

Other Thoughts: A camera for the few. P&S shooters with good compact cameras will find the E-P1 a step down in AF speed and built in lens versatility.

DSLR users wanting a compact with a capable sensor will find the potential image quality excellent, but actually using the camera is a disappointment except when a slow, methodical approach is what you want. It's not the digital heir to rangefinders or Pen cameras with reflex viewfinders. The Panasonic GF1 Micro Four Thirds has much faster AF and offers an accessory electronic viewfinder while maintaining most of the E-P1's characteristics. The Panasonic G1 and GH1 cameras aren't really that much larger or heavier and they have a state-of-the-art EVF and the fastest contrast detect autofocus available.

I plan on selling my E-P1 and lenses. Be sure you understand the limitations of this camera before you let the charming looks and the unfullfilled good idea of the camera hook you.

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  • paul c.
  • 8/28/2009 11:12:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: one of only only 3 cameras in the world that can use 1000`s of lenses
incredibly well built machine mates well with leica and voightlander manual focus lenses[ with an adapter] legacy om glass nikon canon,,. . . wow wee !!!!

Cons: af in low light just ok, not many olympus micro 4\3 lemses yey

Other Thoughts: the most exiting camera in the world today , im glad newegg finally has it , read some of the reviews on the internet , the is the camersa to own and was named european camera of the year for 2009 about a week ago . the only other option for leica lenses on a digital body cost about $8000 , a no brainer

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