Olympus E-PL1 12MP Compact System Camera with 14-42mm lens  £199.99 @ Argos
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Olympus E-PL1 12MP Compact System Camera with 14-42mm lens £199.99 @ Argos

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Found 8th Jul 2012
Bargain again f you can get 1..............e use them for work and E-PL2's and these are great camera's worth every penny.

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Olympus E-PL1 12MP Compact System Camera with 14-42mm lens.

Itching to take professional pictures but intimidated by SLRs? Then look no further than the Olympus E-PL1. This camera has it all; high quality with point and shoot simplicity. 12.3 megapixels, 11 viewfinder focus points and 19 scene modes all provide you with clearer photos. Equipped with video capture and a shoulder strap, your camera goes wherever you do.

Camera model number E-PL1

12.3 megapixels.
Live MOS sensor, 17.3 x 12mm.
Viewfinder can be attached.
2.7in screen LCD.
11 focus points in the viewfinder.
ISO range from 100 to 3200.
Shutter speed of 1/2000 to 60 sec.
JPEG and NEF (RAW) file format.
Continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second (JPEG).
SD and SDHC memory card formats.
19 scene modes.
PictBridge compatible.
Full auto and manual settings.
Built-in flash.
Hot shoe for additional flash.
Video capture.
4 lenses available.
Includes shoulder strap, AV cable and USB cable.
Li-Ion batteries (included).
Size H7.22, W11.46, D4.15cm.
Weight 296g.

Lens model number M.Zuiko digital ED 14-42mm Lens

Focal length of 14-42mm.
Aperture f/3.5-22.
Image stabilization .
Includes lens case and lens caps.
Weight 150g.
Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.

renagade27

138 Comments

Nice find, i've added the retailer to your deals title

any good? whats the rrp normally?

Original Poster

swafe

any good? whats the rrp normally?



Great camera mate............and camera price buster have them priced at £315 body only.....camerapricebuster.co.uk/cat…tml

And here is a10 sec long expo shot with E-Pl1

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6555748667_8552dabac0_b.jpg
Morningside Church 2011 by icemanonline, on Flickr

and if you look at my recent shots with the E-Pl1 and 2 you can get an Idea of what to expect

flickr.com/pho…ne/

cheers


renagade27

Original Poster

bigflump

Nice find, i've added the retailer to your deals title



Thanks

renagade27

hi, is it better than canon s95?

Edited by: "luzax" 8th Jul 2012

renagade27

Great camera mate............and camera price buster have them priced at … Great camera mate............and camera price buster have them priced at £315 body only.....http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/cat51.htmland if you look at my recent shots with the E-Pl1 and 2 you can get an Idea of what to expecthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/icemanonline/cheers renagade27



nice shots, those white and grey borders really not needed

Original Poster

AugQX

nice shots, those white and grey borders really not needed




I like them!! and I get paid for shots - creative license!! Some like - some don't.....HeyHoo

Thx for the feedback


renagade27



renagade27

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7070/6967125693_148b72af16.jpg

Cracking little camera, go full auto and when you get confident go full manual. Much bigger sensor than compacts and not much smaller sensor than found in DSLR, great results.

reserved one will pick it up tomorrow

price is around £249-£299 (including lens in both)

2 available in WSM stores

will this be a significant improvement on my coolpix L120?
Edited by: "swafe" 8th Jul 2012

Original Poster

swafe

will this be a significant improvement on my coolpix L120?




Yes.........But take the time to read the manual and the results are brill.


Total control if you choose...... Fully automatic if not.

Renagade27

EPL1 focus is a little bit slow compared to 2 and 3. great camera but I would rather buy EPL2 or 3 with hindsight

Which is better Sony hx30 or this one?
Edited by: "madjid" 9th Jul 2012

How would this compare to a panasonic tz20. Ignoring things like gps and hd video. Picture quality and ease of manual operation.

Original Poster

madjid

Which is better Sony hx30 or this one?



All depends...............The Sony has the benefits of being a bridge, so covers a lot of area's and situations but the Olympus is better quality (shot wise IMHO) than any bridge but its all up to each person and what they intend to use the camera for!!


renagade27

grommachine

How would this compare to a panasonic tz20. Ignoring things like gps and … How would this compare to a panasonic tz20. Ignoring things like gps and hd video. Picture quality and ease of manual operation.



lol, different class

i have a tz10 and my sony nex3 is miles better - latter is in same class as the olympus - though my dslr is better than both

but each has its advantages and disadvantages - eg tz20 is pretty good though ive heard the tz20 is worse than the tz10 due to their stupid quest for more mpixels at the expense of quality but the tz20 is highly portable
Edited by: "royals" 9th Jul 2012

I've recently ordered a clearance Panasonic Lumix GF3 from Jessops for around £207 and I should have it by Tuesday (also 14-42mm lens).

Would I better off returning the Panasonic and going for this one?


Edited by: "TheQuilt" 9th Jul 2012

Original Poster

grommachine

How would this compare to a panasonic tz20. Ignoring things like gps and … How would this compare to a panasonic tz20. Ignoring things like gps and hd video. Picture quality and ease of manual operation.



Again same sort of position but I think the Panasonic has better image quality than the Sony bridge anyway but I would say IMHO (And I use the Panasonic FZ45 too) this Olympus is better in terms of quality but doesn't have the reach as only comes with the 14-42 against the Panny 20 times OP. But its a matter of opinion, each to our own.

renagade27

Original Poster

TheQuilt

I've recently ordered a clearance Panasonic Lumix GF3 from Jessops for … I've recently ordered a clearance Panasonic Lumix GF3 from Jessops for around £207 and I should have it by Tuesday (also 14-42mm lens).Would I better off returning the Panasonic and going for this one?



The GF3 is a good camera and some like it over the Oly, I would maybe try the Panasonic and see if you like it 1st...............My only issue with the GF3 is that its all touchscreen, not a lot of control! Apart from that, good camera.

renagade27

renagade27

The GF3 is a good camera and some like it over the Oly, I would maybe try … The GF3 is a good camera and some like it over the Oly, I would maybe try the Panasonic and see if you like it 1st...............My only issue with the GF3 is that its all touchscreen, not a lot of control! Apart from that, good camera.renagade27



Thanks! If it gets delivered tomorrow, I'll have a play with it. Managed to reserve the Olympus camera at the Argos in Watford. The reservation is valid until the end of Tuesday. So, if I decide to keep my Panasonic, I am happy to forward the reservation number to anyone, who wants it, in and around the Watford area.
Edited by: "TheQuilt" 9th Jul 2012

Been looking to step up from my ( basic! ) Samsung camera... I recently got the L120 which I gave to my son, since it was a bit too basic for my needs, being fully auto.

Just reserved this, I've read a few reviews on the EPL-1... none had anything bad to say about the camera.... Yes, there are plus and minus points for several cameras around this level.... but the EPL-1 very much looks to fit my needs and I certainly can't grumble at the price.

Heat added... THANKS to the OP.

renagade27

The GF3 is a good camera and some like it over the Oly, I would maybe try … The GF3 is a good camera and some like it over the Oly, I would maybe try the Panasonic and see if you like it 1st...............My only issue with the GF3 is that its all touchscreen, not a lot of control! Apart from that, good camera.renagade27



I don't understand why people say there's less control on the GF3.. I've had a G1-GH1-GF3-GF5 and the same manual functions are there! Even things like AE lock..

Just got last one in my local area....thought I'd be too late as I pondered. Thanks OP

elliotsamuda

I don't understand why people say there's less control on the GF3.. I've … I don't understand why people say there's less control on the GF3.. I've had a G1-GH1-GF3-GF5 and the same manual functions are there! Even things like AE lock..



I have the GF3. I thought the touch screen would be a bit of a gimmick, but it becomes really useful for focusing.

Will this take better pics than my iPhone 4s? There's stock near me

A very good price but it lacks AVCHD for video. MotionJPEG doesn't cut it. Also the M4/3 sensor is 40% smaller than APS/C so won't get the same results in low light as a DSLR or something like a Sony Nex.

Having said all of that it kicks bridge camera ass and looks cool!

Original Poster

SpamJavelin

A very good price but it lacks AVCHD for video. MotionJPEG doesn't cut … A very good price but it lacks AVCHD for video. MotionJPEG doesn't cut it. Also the M4/3 sensor is 40% smaller than APS/C so won't get the same results in low light as a DSLR or something like a Sony Nex.Having said all of that it kicks bridge camera ass and looks cool!




I have posted a few low light and long exposures using this camera and when setup right the shots are brilliant.

Upto iso1600 in- doors handheld, shots campers very well with Sony NEX systems and some DSLR's.

Learning how to use it out of auto makes all the difference.

I will see if we can find direct comparison tests on video to show

Renagade27

Don't forget the bundled 4gb memory card and soft case included in the argos pack. Got one of these myself a while back at 197 (with argos discount included). Could have saved myself another 20 if I had waited, but looking there's none in my area at the moment.

This is indeed a very good camera, the 14-42mm is nothing to grumble at either, the sharpness is very good. Ergonomics are suprisingly good for such a small camera with a full size 4/3 sensor (same one they have in their semi pro E-30). Highly customisible menus, don't limit yourself, open up the full menu control. Also make sure you pull up the super user control (dSLR style screen with all the main variables you want ot change within easy reach). Very well controlled noise levels (I would turn the noise filtering to low, as the standard noise filtering is a bit agressive at higher ISOs). Below are two reviews, for the camera and for the lens, linky...

dpreview.com/rev…pl1
slrgear.com/rev…/15

P.S. the first one reviews says no continuous AF for video, they're wrong you can have continuous AF for video. You will pick up focusing sounds with the built in mic though, I would upgrade to a video specific lens or get an external mic. Also the lack of a control dial is not a big deal, I'm used to having one, and I didn't miss it much. Changing f-stop/shutter speed/exposure compensation in their respective modes is very simple (one button click and you don't need both hands as the review states).
Edited by: "peniole" 9th Jul 2012

Since there are others on here showing off their results, it's given me the confidence to post a recent sample of my work...

http://www.hostmyjpg.com/images/1e885758c6_my_olympus.jpg

(I'm really pleased with the improvements that the E-PL1 has brought to my photography)...

Cracking little camera ....no doubt you'll get equally great results.





Edited by: "HankMcSpank" 9th Jul 2012

Reserved...
However still pondering over whether to sell my 6 week old GF3 + 14mm Pancake and actually buy the EPL1 instead?

do you get a free 4gb card and camera case? or do you need to buy the special offer with sd card to get this?

From Argos site under special offer
"Free camera case and 4GB memory card. Offer available in pack. Offer ends 20 July 2012"

Is this is the case then its even hotter

Voted hot as it Looks like a good camera for the price.

Only thing that spoils it for me (and this applies to a lot of other cameras as well) is the lack of an optical viewfinder.I've used screens on several cameras now and tried to get used to it but I hate composing photographs with them and so the viewfinder is a must have for me.

zermattbusby

Reserved...However still pondering over whether to sell my 6 week old GF3 … Reserved...However still pondering over whether to sell my 6 week old GF3 + 14mm Pancake and actually buy the EPL1 instead?



Sell the body ,keep the lens as both cameras are micro 4/3 it will fit the Oly mount and give great wide angle results.

philb100

Voted hot as it Looks like a good camera for the price.Only thing that … Voted hot as it Looks like a good camera for the price.Only thing that spoils it for me (and this applies to a lot of other cameras as well) is the lack of an optical viewfinder.I've used screens on several cameras now and tried to get used to it but I hate composing photographs with them and so the viewfinder is a must have for me.



Good point and totally agree with you ,however Oly do a range of viewfinders VF2 VF3 , VF2 is the better but more expensive, VF3 requires a firmware update for the EPL1 but thats no problem.

Dont forget the camera has in body stabilisation so you can use old lenses without camera shake, i have two thirty year old Olympus OM lenses with an adapter, cheap glass great results.

one available in St.Helens Merseyside if that is of help to anyone

johnjoedb

do you get a free 4gb card and camera case? or do you need to buy the … do you get a free 4gb card and camera case? or do you need to buy the special offer with sd card to get this?From Argos site under special offer "Free camera case and 4GB memory card. Offer available in pack. Offer ends 20 July 2012"Is this is the case then its even hotter



Sounds like you do - can anyone who has bought one confirm that there are some kind of offer details inside the box?

Original Poster

db2332

Good point and totally agree with you ,however Oly do a range of … Good point and totally agree with you ,however Oly do a range of viewfinders VF2 VF3 , VF2 is the better but more expensive, VF3 requires a firmware update for the EPL1 but thats no problem.



Think the E-Pl1 needs the firmware updated to use the VF3 but takes 3 mins or so..........and with the VF3 or 2 attached............you have a very good camera with the advantage or using the EVF and precise focusing............and if using older lenses in manual, much much better.

I just ordered the VF3 for my E-PL2 .


renagade27
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