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OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 Black 12.3 MP 2.7" 230K HyperCrystal AR Coating LCD Interchangeable Lens Live View Digital Camera w/ Black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f

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  • Six in camera Art Filters
  • Big Sensor, not a Big Body
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • New Easy-to-Use Live Guide
  • In Camera Slideshow with Sound
  • New Direct Button for HD Movies

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Olympus crams SLR-quality performance into a compact Digital Camera body with its E-PL1. The integrated Multiple Exposure, In-Body Image Stabilization, powerful TruePic V Image Processor and a 2.7-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 2.7-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 M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 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-PL1 is the choice for you!

  • newegg 12.3 Megapixel The Olympus E-PL1 features a newly-developed 12.3 megapixel high speed 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-PL1 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 Lenses 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 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD The large, high-resolution 2.7" 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.
  • newegg Imager Shift Image Stabilization Olympus' image shift image stabilization technology counters the effect of camera shake so your images are kept sharp even when the camera is moving.
  • newegg Bundled with M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm Lens Designed exclusively for the Micro Four Thirds System, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm lens delivers light to every corner of the image sensor and ensures edge-to-edge sharpness for both still and moving images.

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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
13.1 MP
Effective Pixels
12.3 MP
Aspect Ratio
4:3 (Horizontal : Vertical)
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)

Compensation: +/-7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)

LCD Monitor

2.7" 230K HyperCrystal AR Coating
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 tracking (C-AF + TR)
AF Points
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
Focus Lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode


Exposure Control
(1) i Auto (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
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 - 3200(customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 100 - 3200, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
AE Lock


Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
60 - 1/2000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)


Flash Mode
TTL-Auto, Manual(Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
Flash Range
10 (Fno/m) at ISO200, 7 (Fno/m) at ISO100
External Flash
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.
Maximum Burst
RAW mode: 10 frames
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels


Scene Modes
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
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)

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 x720 @ 30 fps
SD: 640 x 480 @ 30 fps

File Size: Max 2GB (Limited by AVI format)

Maximum Recording Time: HD: 7min / SD: 14min
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720


Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount


Mini HDMI type-C

Power Source

BLS-1 Li-ion Battery


Art Filter: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia
Easy-to Use-live Guide Control
iAUTO with iEnhance
In-camera Editing
Face Detection
Shadow Adjustment Technology
Underwater Housing

Dimensions & Weight

4.51" x 2.84" x 1.63" / 114.6 mm x 72.2mm x 41.5mm
10.44 oz. / 296g (body only)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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