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Olympus PEN E-P1
Olympus PEN E-P1

Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus PEN E-P2.

Olympus PEN E-P1

We've given the E-P1 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

[Read our full Olympus E-P1 review] The Olympus PEN EP-1 recalls the look and feel of the original Olympus PEN camera, but don't let the retro appearance confuse you; The EP-1 is the most forward-thinking innovation in digital photography in years. The EP-1 utilizes the Micro Four Thirds standard shared by Olympus and Panasonic. This allows cameras to take SLR-quality photographs without the mirrors or prisms that cause those cameras to be so large and bulky. The EP-1 has a large 12-megapixel sensor, the same sensor found in Olympus's SLR models, tucked inside a relatively small, lightweight form factor. It's incredibly portable, stylishly designed, and takes great photos (and HD video as well). Those looking to buy into Micro Four Thirds might want to consider  the new E-PL1 -- somehow, it takes the best features of the E-P1, fits them into a smaller body, includes a built-in flash, and still costs less. Update 11/10: The E-P1 was a ground-breaker for sure, but the latest generation of mirrorless cameras outclass this original by a longshot.


  • Micro Four Thirds camera
  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Live View LCD
  • TruePic V Image Processing
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Intelligent Auto and Full Manual controls
  • 720p high-definition video recording (AVI format)
  • Secure Digital High Capacity memory storage
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 2.7 X x 1.4"
  • Part Number: SILVERW1442MMLENS
  • UPC: 050332169869
  • Release Date: Jul 05, 2009

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