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  • 5.5 Megapixel
  • SLR/Professional
  • 1.8 in. LCD Panel
  • CompactFlash Card Type I, IBM Microdrive
  • External Flash
  • Release Date: Oct 08, 2003

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Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
A Good "Work Horse" Camera (Tom Scott — 05/09/2007)

I'm a portrait photographer who's been with large multi-studio company for 10 years. We purchased 14 E-1 cameras 3 years ago and are still using them for our indoor studio work. We found that they are not very useful for outdoor portrait photography. There is no auto white balance setting. However, they are excellent for 100% indoor studio work. A couple problems we have had over the past 3 years is that the side ports (to connect the camera to a computer) break often. It is vital to not giggle the wires when they are connected to the camera! Also, the camera's setting often return to factory settings, especaially if you let the batteries die while still in the camera. But overall, we believe it is a good "work horse" of a camera, easy to use, lightweight enough for our female shooters to handle, and provide excellent quality.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Olympus E-1 (Robert Steinbach — 10/13/2006)

After a hiatus of several years, I decided to take up photography again. I spent almost a year reading reviews and handling several 'prosumer' DSLRs. Because of the build quality and optical quality of the lenses, I decided on the Olympus E-System. I started out with the E-300 - I didn't appreciate the all plastic construction of the E-500. I was so impressed with the E-300 two lens kit I went on to purchase six more lenses and recently an E-1 body. The E-1 handles superbly; in my opinion every control is where it should be located. The overall balance and feel is excellent. Any concerns that I may have had about resolution, 5 mega-pixels as opposed to E-300������s 8 mega-pixels, vanished after returning from my first ������field trip������ with the E-1. The mid-range or prosumer lenses ������ my favorite is the 50-200mm ������ have a quality that can be compared to any lens that I have used from any one of a number of camera makers. The depth and richness of color that this combination produces is reminiscent of my Leica rangefinder film cameras. There is a subtle ������softness������, not an out-of-focus softness, but a lack of the harsh ������photocopy������ look. The images are sharp with good contrast having a natural look and feel. All-in-all with the E-1������s excellent construction and bargain-basement prices for the body these days this camera is an excellent buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredible quality and color (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Olympus always leads the way, having done so with film equipment - the smaller, lighter OM-1 - then with TTL metering, ad OTF flash metering, etc. Too many firsts to mention. So I was eager to have their first and the world's first digital from top to bottom SLR. And I have not been disappointed.

The color from the 5.1 megapixel CCD is astounding. I have shot sunsets with clouds, early morning mountaintops, portraits under every kind of condition, and the color is always excellent. The color using flash is also superb, which is difficult especially when using it as fill.

The body does everything Olympus says it does, giving the user freedom of expression. Program exposure is very accurate, even under backlit situations, and of course I have options from every automatic to everything manual. Controls are sensibly placed (with the lone exception of the WB control on the front of the camera, which I hit too often), easy t use, and easy to return to default.

The body is a ton lighter than the Nikon D2H (which I use in my employment with a newspaper), making it much easier at the end of the day, when pictures still need to be made. It is strong, scratch resistant, water resistant, etc. Well made, as always from Olympus.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought mine as soon as it came out and it has performed flawlessly. The feel of the camera is great, and it's incredibly forgiving! Excellent lens selection makes the whole system unbeatable.