Olympus PEN E-P1 with kit 14-42mm lens £258.49 at Wilkinson cameras - HotUKDeals
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cheapest it's been!!

*Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds system
*Stylish design with metal finish
*SLR image quality
*12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
*Built-in I.S. with max. 4 EV steps efficiency
*Adapter for all ZUIKO DIGITAL & OM lenses
*TruePic V image processor
*Easy operation
*New developed GUI for easiest operation via Live Control
*Automatic recognition of common scenes possible with i-Auto
*Clear skin with e-Portrait
*Two dials for easy handling
*Creativity & HD Movie
*HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters
*Art Filters, Multi-Aspect ratios, Multi Exposure function
*Art Filters can be applied to previously taken RAW images in the camera and with Olympus software
*Enhanced creativity with special lenses e.g. fisheye is available via the Four Thirds lens adapter
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#2
sorry link does not work i put the wrong one in and don't know how to change it in the main thread
#3
Have to love the old skool look of this.
#4
A lot of camera for the money.
#5
and only an extra £160 for a flash.
I'll pass.
#6
These were over £500 when first out. A bargain at this price. Now £249
#7
They were offering a free flash but it looks like that offer ended in January 2010 - unless anybody knos different.
#8
Hot , cheapesrt ive seen .. !!! ... :)
#9
Baldieman64
and only an extra £160 for a flash.I'll pass.

This is the difference between compact and SLR, you have to invest to get the best out of it. I have a Canon EOS and it has built in flash..... it gives terrible results and ruins the quality, I bought a £200 external flash gun and what a difference!!! You can't vote this cold because its more pro than you're willing to pay for, suggest you look for a nice bridge like the Lumix, built in flash, good results and cheap. This is speciality kit and as such has a speciality price ;)
2 Likes #10
I didn't vote hot or cold. I was simply alerting people to something that they may not have noticed.
Oh and this is not a DSLR. it may boast a quality lens that is detatchable and produce great images but it ain't the same animal.
#11
Baldieman64
I didn't vote hot or cold. I was simply alerting people to something that they may not have noticed.Oh and this is not a DSLR. it may boast a quality lens that is detatchable and produce great images but it ain't the same animal.

Yes, if we're being technical its not got a reflex mirror, but thats why its a lot more compact than all of the DSLR on the market. However, where it counts, its more SLR than a compact, or most "bridges" for that matter.
#12
It an Olympus so voted cold and it look bulky and horrible.

Regard Akram Ali
#13
frakison
Baldieman64
I didn't vote hot or cold. I was simply alerting people to something that they may not have noticed.Oh and this is not a DSLR. it may boast a quality lens that is detatchable and produce great images but it ain't the same animal.


Yes, if we're being technical its not got a reflex mirror, but thats why its a lot more compact than all of the DSLR on the market. However, where it counts, its more SLR than a compact, or most "bridges" for that matter.


This is DSLR camera without viewfinder. Please do your research before speaking. It's not as good as GF1, but good value for money.
#14
Great price for this camera, but the later (and originally cheaper priced) EPL1 is so much better. I'd wait for that to drop once the obligatory EPL2 appears.
#15
The Saab of photography lol. Definitely a marmite thing going on but Olympus are every bit as good as Canon and Nikon. Hot from me.
#16
Bought this about a month ago from Park Cameras for £295, which was an excellent deal then. If your seriously considering ditching or complimenting your big camera you will not be disappointed, miles better looking than the new version. For those who viewed them on the poor plastic display units found in many of the high street stores, were a little apprehensive to purchase as it did not feel quite right, felt a little light and dare I say it cheap, then you will have a huge smile on your face when you pull her out of the box, she is voluptuous and takes spectacular shots even in macro mode. This is a classic which you'l find hard to part with...Im not a tourist! Not often an adverting campaign get it right see Kevin Spacey in the ad http://****/bky7ke
#17
sburley
Great price for this camera, but the later (and originally cheaper priced) EPL1 is so much better. I'd wait for that to drop once the obligatory EPL2 appears.


Doesn't look nearly as good unfortunately :( IMHO you buy this camera if you want a stylish looking camera that takes superb quality pics. If I was going to go for the ugly ass EPL1 I would rather just buy the GF1 instead as it's a far superior camera.
#18
Fantastic offer. I bought one of these when they first came out - it is a great camera. And my other camera is an EOS 5D II. I take this one wherever I don't want the bulk of a heavy SLR. The results are excellent. The comment about "it's an Olympus so it's not good" is ignorant.

You don't need to buy the flash at full price. I would imagine most people here would know how to get a deal on it. I've seen the Oly flash go for about £50 on ebay. Or you can get a third party alternative from Sigma or Metz. Apparently the Panasonic flashes also work, but I'm not sure about that - you should check that out.

The E-P1 is far better built than the EPL-1, and has far superior ergonomics. The difference in performance is marginal - you get a few more filters and FX with the EPL-1 and supposedly slightly faster auto-focus. I've tried them side-by-side and the difference in AF is not noticeable.
#19
CTPAHHIK


This is DSLR camera without viewfinder. Please do your research before speaking. It's not as good as GF1, but good value for money.


Maybe you need research, it not DSLR but aparently DSLR quality images. No mirror. Research my friend before talk.

Regard Akram Ali
#20
price is very good, you can pay this for a lumix tz10 which is no where near the same qulity, fingers crossed, the sony nex5 drops this low
#21
fantastic quality...really good deal and right price
#22
Akramasif
CTPAHHIK


This is DSLR camera without viewfinder. Please do your research before speaking. It's not as good as GF1, but good value for money.


Maybe you need research, it not DSLR but aparently DSLR quality images. No mirror. Research my friend before talk.

Regard Akram Ali


DSLR uses mirror to direct light to viewfinder. This one does not have viewfinder, hence no need for mirror. If that makes it non DSLR then it's not, but CMOS/CCD sensors are identical to DSLR model.
#23
Ditched my canon 450d for one of these a month ago and never looked back, with the panny 17mm lens the is probably the best camera i have ever owned, its like a poor man's leica and in low light you dont even need a flash with the faster panny lens. I did photography degree, build, looks, quality and performance this is a steal and the faster 0.95 lenses coming soon will make this a classic.
#24
Akramasif
CTPAHHIK
This is DSLR camera without viewfinder. Please do your research before speaking. It's not as good as GF1, but good value for money.
Maybe you need research, it not DSLR but aparently DSLR quality images. No mirror. Research my friend before talk.Regard Akram Ali

+1 Google is your friend (_;)
#25
CTPAHHIK
Akramasif
CTPAHHIK
This is DSLR camera without viewfinder. Please do your research before speaking. It's not as good as GF1, but good value for money.
Maybe you need research, it not DSLR but aparently DSLR quality images. No mirror. Research my friend before talk.Regard Akram Ali
DSLR uses mirror to direct light to viewfinder. This one does not have viewfinder, hence no need for mirror. If that makes it non DSLR then it's not, but CMOS/CCD sensors are identical to DSLR model.
Buddy, you're arguing against yourself here. Single Lens Reflex or SLR is the mechanism by which you see what you get via a mirror which moves up when you press the shutter which allows light onto the CMOS = picture taken. This has no mirror so ITS NOT AN SLR, its good, if not better than many DSLR, BUT ITS NOT AN SLR in the same way that my Focus is not a Ferrari, yes it has wheels, yes it has an engine, but ITS NOT A FERRARI. Is it that hard a concept to grasp?!?!? oO

Edited By: frakison on Oct 30, 2010 13:35: .
#26
Why are people voting cold because they don't like the product. It's like voting cold on a gallon of marmite for a penny, you might not like the product but its the best price available for it. That's what the site is about? In laymans terms it is a dslr without the viewfinder as it has the same size sensor, but obviously without the bits necessary to be an slr. You'd get better pics out of this than a equivalent priced point and shoot for sure.
#27
Janesy B
Why are people voting cold because they don't like the product. It's like voting cold on a gallon of marmite for a penny, you might not like the product but its the best price available for it. That's what the site is about? In laymans terms it is a dslr without the viewfinder as it has the same size sensor, but obviously without the bits necessary to be an slr. You'd get better pics out of this than a equivalent priced point and shoot for sure.

Read the post above yours, a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, minus a Single Lens Reflex system, will never be a DSLR regardless of what terms you want to use. The sensor size has no bearing whatsoever on what constitutes a DSLR camera.

Should add that these are great little cameras, and this is a really good price, have some heat


Edited By: kiwikeen on Oct 30, 2010 14:41: :
#28
I know very well what a dslr is, I have a 550D.. I was barely stating that it has a comparable sensor size to a dslr and putting it in layman terms. A DSLR will only ever have a 1.5x or 1.6 crop sensor or full frame... This camera gives you a dslr sensor in a compact body.
#29
tigger80
price is very good, you can pay this for a lumix tz10 which is no where near the same qulity, fingers crossed, the sony nex5 drops this low


Yeah you could if you overpay for the TZ10, but that has rather more range than this as they both come out of their boxes. You'd need more than double the cost of the TZ10 (190ish currently after cashback) to get that. Hardly like for like comparison.

I do find this tempting tbh, but still think the TZ10 is more convenient.

Edited By: Pondlife on Oct 30, 2010 16:47: ;)
#30
Janesy B
I know very well what a dslr is, I have a 550D.. I was barely stating that it has a comparable sensor size to a dslr and putting it in layman terms. A DSLR will only ever have a 1.5x or 1.6 crop sensor or full frame... This camera gives you a dslr sensor in a compact body.

Dont get wound up, you're right that this is a DSLR without the SLR, so lets just call it a D and move on :D
#31
is there warranty? not sure
#32
Super hot!! Tempted by one of these when they first came out till I saw the price and the fact it had no flash. Now I already have an Olympus FL-36 flash it's a no brainer. Have ordered and am super pleased :) These are still selling at double this price elsewhere!
#33
Janesy B
I know very well what a dslr is, I have a 550D.. I was barely stating that it has a comparable sensor size to a dslr and putting it in layman terms. A DSLR will only ever have a 1.5x or 1.6 crop sensor or full frame... This camera gives you a dslr sensor in a compact body.

While you may know that you own a DSLR, you prove time and time again that you have no understanding of what separates a DSLR from any other type of camera.

The one and only factor which separates a DSLR from any other type of camera is the Single Lens Reflex system. Everything else is irrelevant, including the sensor size which varies hugely between all types of camera, DSLR's included.

Then again maybe Canon have been lying to me all these years about the sensor in every 1D I have ever owned. I have always assumed it contained the 28.7X19mm sensor, with a crop ratio of 1.3, they claimed. But have never actually pulled any of them apart to check. oO

Maybe you should contact Watchdog and blow the whistle on all the crooked DSLR manufacturers out there. :D


Edited By: kiwikeen on Oct 30, 2010 19:32: Couldn't resist
#34
@ kiwikeen.... you jammy get :p, I'd love to have a 1D, are you a pro? I thought my pics were OK until I saw some RAW wedding pics from a 1D...... amazing!!!!
#35
A very nice Camera at a very good price
As for SLR image quality, that is marketing nonsense.
There are SLRs and SLRs.
The two primary factors affecting image quality are sensor and lens quality.
The E-P1 uses what is known as the Micro Four Thirds system.
Similar Four Thirds sensors are used in some DSLRs so, true the E-P1 should be able to achieve comparable image quality. Most DSLRs however have larger sensors commonly APS-C and some have much larger sensors ie 35mm FF.
The sensor size isn't the only sensor parameter that affects image quality but it is a major one.
Olympus make some fine lenses so no worries on that front
In summary, very nice camera at a very nice price.

Excellent review at DPReview
#36
pretty good for a dslr...
#37
Thanks OP, ordered one!
#38
Thanks from me too OP, just ordered as well.
I've been looking a while at the micro 4/3rds cameras to save lugging my DSLR around and to replace an ageing G7.
Having studied Sonys NEX, Panasonic GF1 and the Olympus E-PL1 there was not much between them with plus and minuses for each (I was swaying towards the better image quality of the GF1/E-PL1).
The EP1 at £250 is a bargain though.
#39
kiwikeen
Janesy B
I know very well what a dslr is, I have a 550D.. I was barely stating that it has a comparable sensor size to a dslr and putting it in layman terms. A DSLR will only ever have a 1.5x or 1.6 crop sensor or full frame... This camera gives you a dslr sensor in a compact body.


While you may know that you own a DSLR, you prove time and time again that you have no understanding of what separates a DSLR from any other type of camera.

The one and only factor which separates a DSLR from any other type of camera is the Single Lens Reflex system. Everything else is irrelevant, including the sensor size which varies hugely between all types of camera, DSLR's included.

Then again maybe Canon have been lying to me all these years about the sensor in every 1D I have ever owned. I have always assumed it contained the 28.7X19mm sensor, with a crop ratio of 1.3, they claimed. But have never actually pulled any of them apart to check. oO

Maybe you should contact Watchdog and blow the whistle on all the crooked DSLR manufacturers out there. :D



You certainly like a petty argument don't you? Again my point was that this offers DSLR quality in a compact body owing to it's larger sensor. The key advantage of a DSLR over a typical point and shoot aside from lens quality, is the size of the sensor. Regardless if it's full from or 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6.... crop factor. All still larger than your nan's point and shoot. I could keep going in circles however it's boring.
#40
Would there be any use swapping this for my canon g9, regards image quality etc

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