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Olympus PEN E-P1 Compact System Camera with 14-42mm lens (Silver + Black) £399.00 @ Jessops

£399.00 @ Jessops
Seems like a decent price from a reputable supplier. The famous Olympus Pen trade name is reborn with this remarkable camera that combines the ease of use and portability of a digital compact camer… Read More
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Seems like a decent price from a reputable supplier.

The famous Olympus Pen trade name is reborn with this remarkable camera that combines the ease of use and portability of a digital compact camera with the interchangeable lens facility found on a digital SLR. The Olympus Pen E-P1 is also able to record movies in High Definition and has image stabilisation and dust reduction features. Also featured is a range of art filter effects from a range including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole. These can be applied to both still images and movies.

Digital SLR Quality
Due to the omission of a pentaprism and mirror assembly, the E-P1 is surprisingly small but retains the quality features found on digital SLR cameras. Using the ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds lens system, the E-P1 is also compatible (with an optional adapter) with standard Four Thirds lenses and old Olympus OM-series lenses (in manual modes). As regards image quality, this camera boasts a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor for crystal clear details and image detail is processed using the TruePic V image processor, allowing Art Filters to be used and an ISO of up to 6400 to be realised. In-camera image stabilisation also means that camera shake is combatted whatever lens is fitted.

Creative Control
As well as having art filters, the E-P1 can also superimpose several images in RAW mode. You can also choose from four aspect ratios.

In Movie Mode you can vary depth of field, angle of view and autofocus during recording. High Definition (1280x720p) can be captured for up to 5 minutes at 30fps in a single shot with high quality stereo PCM sound recording. Footage can then be played back in either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio.

The Live Control interface; introduced on this model, enables you to view the effects of a selected function in real time on the large 3.0 LCD display.

In addition, i-Auto mode automatically chooses shooting preferences from six commonly used options, including portrait, landscape and night. As a bonus, e-Portrait mode is great for flattering people shots, smoothing away wrinkles and blemishes.

Additional Features:
Face Detection for well exposed and focused faces
Shadow Adjustment Technology for better exposure and detail in shadow areas
20 shooting modes (5 exposure modes, i-Auto, and 14 scene-based modes)
Level Gauge
Supersonic Wave Filter for effective dust reduction
Simultaneous writing to JPEG and RAW
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#1
silly price for a camera be £100 in a years time walk away
#2
LOUGHBORO GUY
silly price for a camera be £100 in a years time walk away



Don't agree. This is an SLR class camera (producing much better photos than any compact camera) and will never go down to anywhere near £100.

very good price, heat added. :thinking:
#3
LOUGHBORO GUY
silly price for a camera be £100 in a years time walk away


based on what exactly? :?
#4
The price has already gone down from around £600 to now £400. Competition in the mirror-less DSLR market (specially from Samsung and Sony, which produce a full size APS sensor mirror-less DSLR) will force prices down further.

Remember, the 3/4 sensor is about 40% smaller than an APS sensor, so Olympus and Panasonic mirror-less cameras should be much smaller, IMO.
#5
Was this not £700 when it was released? Wish I had a spare £399.. Hot
#6
Yep £699.99 RRP
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002CGS52K/ref=asc_df_B002CGS52K669156?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=***************&linkCode=asn&creative=7974&creativeASIN=B002CGS52K

The RRP is way over the top, especially now as (mentioned by pet2000) the new compact APS cameras are on the way. It's a nice piece of kit though. :thumbsup:
#7
Scorching hot deal. Good find OP
#8
toonarmani
based on what exactly? :?


on prices today :whistling::whistling:
#9
pet2000
The price has already gone down from around £600 to now £400. Competition in the mirror-less DSLR market (specially from Samsung and Sony, which produce a full size APS sensor mirror-less DSLR) will force prices down further.

Remember, the 3/4 sensor is about 40% smaller than an APS sensor, so Olympus and Panasonic mirror-less cameras should be much smaller, IMO.


I think you mean 4/3 sensor... (four thirds)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system
#10
I love the retro-style on these.

Hot price, £100 cheaper than elsewhere.
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#11
jgtuk
I think you mean 4/3 sensor... (four thirds)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system


This is Micro 4/3's though http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system#Micro_Four_Thirds_system

The normal 4/3's sensors are only seen in Olympus' SLR's.
#12
pet2000;8729285
The price has already gone down from around £600 to now £400. Competition in the mirror-less DSLR market (specially from Samsung and Sony, which produce a full size APS sensor mirror-less DSLR) will force prices down further.

Remember, the 3/4 sensor is about 40% smaller than an APS sensor, so Olympus and Panasonic mirror-less cameras should be much smaller, IMO.

You were corrected in the GF1 thread yet you still continue to post the same incorrect information - this post is a load of nonsense, you still can't even get the size right which is 4/3 not a smaller 3/4in. The reason this camera has been reduced is because it's been replaced by the E-P2 and the E-PL1, as Olympus have now discontinued it - micro 4/3 is very much dominant in the mirrorless market, Samsung have failed to gain any traction.

An APS-C sensor is not a 'full size' sensor, it is larger than a 4/3 sensor but still considerably smaller than a 35mm format camera. 40% misleadingly refers to surface area which exaggerates the difference between 4/3 and APS-C, in reality they offer similar performance particularly as Olympus/Panasonic have pretty closed the gap to APS-C in high ISO with the E-PL1 offering similar high ISO performance to the best of the entry level SLRs in the 550D. Unlike any of the other mirrorless cameras, the Olympus offers in body IS which stabilises all lenses including the pancake primes and any legacy lenses.

Micro 4/3 is smaller than its rivals, the saving with the sensor size is in the lenses rather than the body - the Sony NEX series does offer a smaller body but at the cost of poor controls and ergonomics, its lenses are clearly larger than micro 4/3 or slower (their pancake is over a stop slower). In addition micro 4/3 has the advantage of two different companies which gives it the largest lens range of any of the mirrorless systems due to the large headstart with plenty more on the way.

For those considering this camera there are a few genuine issues to be aware which are the lack of flash, no electronic viewfinder, slow autofocus, low-res rear screen (3in 230K) and limited movie mode (m-jpeg 720p only). The E-P2 has an accessory slot to allow an EVF to be attached although made few other improvements, the E-PL1 is intended to be a cheaper version with simpler controls, it is compatible with the EVF, it has an onboard flash and the best image quality of the three. Although the E-PL1 lacks the metal finish and twin control wheels it is worth considering for its other improvements, Jessops have it for 490 with the same lens.

John
#13
kharma45;8732602
This is Micro 4/3's though http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system#Micro_Four_Thirds_system

The normal 4/3's sensors are only seen in Olympus' SLR's.

No, the normal 4/3 sensors are also in the micro 4/3 cameras - the E-30, E-620, E-P1, E-P2, E-PL1, G1 and GF1 all share the same Panasonic 12MP sensor.

John
#14
havent wanted one of these for ages, and as mentioned were around £600-700 and that was cheap.

Great price. Heat +
#15
Johnmcl7
No, the normal 4/3 sensors are also in the micro 4/3 cameras - the E-30, E-620, E-P1, E-P2, E-PL1, G1 and GF1 all share the same Panasonic 12MP sensor.

John


Oh right, is it just the mount that is different?

I thought the sensor was slightly smaller again too.
1 Like #16
kharma45
Oh right, is it just the mount that is different?

I thought the sensor was slightly smaller again too.


No, the sensor is identical in size to the 4/3 SLR cameras - micro 4/3 has a smaller mount diameter, two extra communication pins (for video use) and half the distance from the rear of the lens to the sensor by dropping the mirror entirely. The Panasonic DMC-GH1 is slightly different from all the other 4/3 and micro 4/3 cameras as it uses an oversized 14MP 3:2 ratio sensor to allow it to take 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 pictures without reducing the focal length similar to their compact cameras.

Micro 4/3 is electrically compatible with the full size 4/3 which means with a mount adapter the micro 4/3 cameras can control aperture, focus, read focal length etc. back from the lens. However because there is no phase detect autofocus, there are AF issues - Panasonic cameras will only autofocus with the 4/3 lenses optimised for contrast detect AF which is mainly the later, lower range lenses. The Olympus cameras can autofocus with all the 4/3 lenses including those that aren't CDAF optimised however on the latter, AF performance is very poor.

Both Panasonic and Olympus provide a mount adapter which are identical aside from different badges/colour, they are simply a physical extension tube to restore the correct distance between the lens and the sensor with an electrical passthrough to allow the camera to communicate with the lens.

John
#17
LOUGHBORO GUY
silly price for a camera be £100 in a years time walk away

You have no idea what you're talking about, do you?
[mod]#18
LOUGHBORO GUY
silly price for a camera be £100 in a years time walk away


You have access to time travel? Awesome
Or is that just a wild thread spoiling guess?
#19
good price voted hot

however i would pesonally wait until the sony nex camera are released to see if that starts a bigger price war.. warehouse express have a pre-order for the nex3 + 16mm pancake for £449 and let's face it if you're buying these for their compact size, you're kinda foiled the moment you move away from the pancake primes
#20
Just ordered the NEX 5 with twin lens (16mm and 18 to 55), 16gb fast card, case and hq sony digital photo frame for £645 from Jessops (with quidco). Gets lots of good reviews.
#21
Not a very good review..! :oops:
dpreview link :Here
was planning to buy a small SLR
Edit:Hot tho for the concept !!
#22
godsakes
good price voted hot

however i would pesonally wait until the sony nex camera are released to see if that starts a bigger price war.. warehouse express have a pre-order for the nex3 + 16mm pancake for £449 and let's face it if you're buying these for their compact size, you're kinda foiled the moment you move away from the pancake primes


For this particular size of body I very much agree as I find anything other than the 20mm F1.7 on the GF1 fairly pointless however as a package I think they system does make for a very compact setup. My walkaround set up is a Rezo 160 shoulder bag which I can carry the GF1, GH1, 7-14mm, 14-140mm, 20mm F1.7 and an addon mic - the same bag can't even take a 4/3 body with the Zuiko Digital 7-14mm lens.

John
#23
Big mistake not to include a viewfinder on this level of camera.
#24
turdburglar
Big mistake not to include a viewfinder on this level of camera.


well it's kinda the point... DSLR quality, interchangable lenses at compact size - the mirror box system (inc viewfinder) has to go to get it to this size

the other forum i go to refer to this class of camera as EVIL (electronic viewfinder interchangable lens)
#25
Nice build quality but sorry, I personally can't take a camera that doesn't have a viewfinder at this price point too seriously. I know many people don't use them but most serious photographers certainly do and this is serious money.
#26
I have to say I think the viewfinder is fairly pointless on this size of camera, if I'm using it on its own then I want it as small as possible which means no attachments and the 20mm F1.7 lens, I've no interest in the EVF for the GF1. If I'm going to use the viewfinder then I prefer having the slightly larger GH1 which offers an excellent builtin viewfinder along with other better features.

John
#27
You can add a viewfinder. It's an extra £100 though.
#28
I've tried to buy this with jessops finance... they're reviewing my app, I have a feeling due to the fact I selected 'No' to PPI. I can hope anyway. Should find out yes or no next week.
#29
andywedge
You have access to time travel? Awesome


How did you know? :w00t::w00t: its a secret! :p
#30
good price. although i will wait another year before dippin in. more lens, lower price. and i prefer th G1 which is a similar price.

micro 4/3 is the future.
#31
SaltyCDogg;8733798
You can add a viewfinder. It's an extra £100 though.

You can't - the only viewfinder available is a fixed optical one which sits in the hotshoe for the 17mm lens. The Olympus EVF is not compatible with the E-P1 as it doesn't have necessary connection, at the moment it only works with the E-P2 and the E-PL1. The Panasonic EVF only works with the GF1, neither of the EVFs are cross compatible.

John
#32
Johnmcl7
You can't


You can. But as you rightly point out it only accurately portrays the view from the 17mm lens, didn't realise that, makes it seem even more expensive for what little use it is.

You'd think for your £100 they could at least put something together that allowed you to dial in a different focal length. Considering that a £100 compact with a viewfinder (if you can still find one) is capable of performing this trick.
#33
this is a SUPER hot price..

I dont know why but i still think the E-PL1 at 499.99 is a more attractive proposition with its much lighter body ( slighty smaller width ) and a built in Pop up flash.. wish that comes down soon in price which is doubtful it will...

Having handled the sony nex, id still prefer the pen. dont get me wrong thats a beautiful piece of kit aswell..

P.S talking of four thirds Jessops has the Olympus e-620 twin lens kit at 499.99 !!... not online but instore where they r getting rid of this 'obsolete' stock apparently... chek your local stores... this was in brum. where they hav 1 left i think (yest).
#34
Kavanne
I've tried to buy this with jessops finance... they're reviewing my app, I have a feeling due to the fact I selected 'No' to PPI. I can hope anyway. Should find out yes or no next week.

Thanks for sharing that with us - we're all on the edges of our seats awaiting the outcome!

This is something nice to have, not must have. If you can't afford it don't buy it. You're behaving like our last government and look where that's got us.
#35
nevermind
#36
billy99one
this is a SUPER hot price..

I dont know why but i still think the E-PL1 at 499.99 is a more attractive proposition with its much lighter body ( slighty smaller width ) and a built in Pop up flash.. wish that comes down soon in price which is doubtful it will...

Having handled the sony nex, id still prefer the pen. dont get me wrong thats a beautiful piece of kit aswell..


i thought the E-PL1 didn't have a popup flash (it's the GF1 that has it)? but one great feature on favour of the E-PL1 is built-in image stabilisation. Seems strange to me that sony have not gone for that option and instead have gone for an in-lens solution (given that's what they use for the alpha range)

at this point i don't know what to make of the sony nex, there's suggestions the nex->alpha adapters won't AF with alpha lenses which (as a sony alpha user) is a huge downer for me, the menu system is also supposed to be a bit naff. On the other hand it looks to be price competitive and has a better sensor.
#37
crazyczar
Not a very good review..! :oops:
dpreview link :Here
was planning to buy a small SLR
Edit:Hot tho for the concept !!



Original Rating (July 2009): Highly Recommended

Yeah Right :whistling:
#38
I had this Camera @Paris for three Days with the pancake Lens, I love it. The Creative Art Filter are Amazing. I also take with me my 5D MKII . I ended using the PEN more. for Travel and Candy Snap Shots there is nothing like This. Also the Videos are Amazing. and This Body is one of the most Beautiful out there. The Noise Was acceptable and details Really nice with the Small Lens in Low Light. If you want beautiful pictures Who Need Flash on top the camera? regarding the 14-42mm can't give an opinion but don't have a lot of hopes. But I think by Xmas you will be able to buy the Pancake Kit for £399 which will be an steal
#39
godsakes
i thought the E-PL1 didn't have a popup flash (it's the GF1 that has it)? but one great feature on favour of the E-PL1 is built-in image stabilisation. Seems strange to me that sony have not gone for that option and instead have gone for an in-lens solution (given that's what they use for the alpha range)

The E-PL1 does have a pop-up flash although the E-P1 and E-P2 don't despite being higher up in the range, the E-PL1's onboard flash can remote control the FL-36R and FL-50R which is a rather neat trick the Panasonic GF1 nor any of the other Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras can do. I think the onboard flash is handy as by mixing it with high iso and wide aperture then dialling down its power a bit you can get some lighting into the scene without the 'caught in the headlights' look. It's just a shame they've simplified the controls as much as they have.


at this point i don't know what to make of the sony nex, there's suggestions the nex->alpha adapters won't AF with alpha lenses which (as a sony alpha user) is a huge downer for me, the menu system is also supposed to be a bit naff. On the other hand it looks to be price competitive and has a better sensor.


The price is extremely impressive on the NEX cameras and I like their panorama modes although it's disappointing they don't have onboard IS a that's the one feature I really miss on the Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras. The controls look appalling, no onboard flash and no EVF option either (tilted screen is great though) which is offputting but I'm still curious to see how the system develops.

John
#40
godsakes
i thought the E-PL1 didn't have a popup flash (it's the GF1 that has it)? but one great feature on favour of the E-PL1 is built-in image stabilisation.


E-PL1 has the flash for sure. and as mentioned the ability to remote control the FL-36R and FL-50R is awsome.

Is it me or the prices for the Olympus Micro4/3 adaptors are ridicolous..!!!!! hope people are factoring that cost aswell who need it.

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