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The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a micro 4/3rds camera that features an interchangeable lens system similar to DSLRs.

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Pros

interchangeable lens

5 agree

built-in pop up flash

4 agree

easy to use auto mode - great for those who know very little about camera fundamentals (however it does very little to teach them)

3 agree

various manual camera settings / filters are available for use, and effects are displayed in real time, applied directly to the photos

2 agree

records video in 720p high definition

2 agree

accessory port for add-on accessories like an electronic viewfinder

2 agree

records to easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC flash cards

2 agree

nice and compact mirror-less design

2 agree

compatible with an external mic through the use of an adapter

2 agree

continuous AF and AF tracking

2 agree

HDMI output for displaying images and video directly onto a compatible HDTV / display

1 agrees

New simplified onscreen interface

1 agrees

great for both professionals, enthusiasts and less skilled amateurs alike - plenty of manual control along with an easy to use iAUTO mode (which adjusts the camera's shutter, aperture etc... based on what the users wants, without expressly stating so)

1 agrees
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Cons

doesn't look as refined as the more expensive E-P1 and E-P2

3 agree

AF motor noise is noticeable in video mode

3 agree

records video in Motion JPEG format

3 agree

mono microphone

2 agree

no knobs - requires a ton of button pressing for the experienced photographer to take full manual control

2 agree

Simplified interface can be cumbersome and confusing if you're used to manual controls

1 agrees

cheap feeling kit lens, buttons

1 agrees
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The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a micro 4/3rds camera that features an interchangeable lens system similar to DSLRs.  It is a consumer oriented version of the Olympus PEN E-P2. With a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens and the ability to shoot HD video this camera is intended for consumers who want the image quality provided by a DSLR sized sensor, but the compactness of a point and shoot.  Additional features include a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD screen, a Live View function to preview images, a Direct Button for easy video recording and the ability to capture images to SD/SDHC cards.  The PEN E-PL1 also has an optional underwater housing which allows it to be used as deep as 40 meters.

Features
  • 12.3 megapixel camera
  • 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens
  • Interchangeable lens
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD screen
  • Live View function
  • HD video with high-quality audio
  • Direct Button for easy recording
  • Live Guide interface
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC cards
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