Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) £199 @ SRS MicroSystems
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) £199 @ SRS MicroSystems

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) £199 @ SRS MicroSystems

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Available in red, white or black. Seems much cheaper than elsewhere as shown on camerapricebuster.

Details from SRS site below:

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is the third model in the Olympus PEN series of Micro Four Thirds System interchangeable lens digital cameras. It's predecessors, the Olympus PEN E-P1 and E-P2, introduced last year, were widely acclaimed for their light, compact form, distinctive design, and superior image quality.

In addition to delivering high-quality photos with full-auto ease, the Olympus E-PL1 features a new Live Guide interface that makes it easy for users to exercise their creativity. With the Live Guide, even users who have only used point-and-shoot cameras can easily and intuitively adjust brightness, hue, background defocusing, and other image parameters—and get the results they want without learning a lot of SLR-class photographic techniques. Light, compact, Micro Four Thirds System design and a built-in flash assure an easy transition for first-time interchangeable lens camera users.

New features include a dedicated Movie mode button that enables 720p HD movie recording at a moment's notice, and i-ENHENCE Picture mode (originally introduced on the E-P2), which delivers images with exceptional clarity and heightened realism that fully communicate the excitement of the moment. Six Art Filters are also offered, including a new Gentle Sepia filter, and they can be applied to movies as well as still-image shooting. Like the E-P2, the E-PL1 is equipped with an accessory port that can be used to attach a high-definition VF-2 Live Viewfinder or SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Set 1.

Main Features:
12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS image sensor.
TruePic V image processing engine for high-quality, SLR-class imaging.
Large, easy-to-operate controls with a high degree of customizability.
i-ENHENCE Picture mode for clear imaging with a heightened sense of realism.
In-camera image stabilization that supports a wide range of lenses.
One-touch Enlarge button for easy detail confirmation in Live View.
Wide-area AF for easier framing and focusing.
Multi-exposure function with simultaneous LCD monitor display.
Supports high-quality VF-2 Live Viewfinder and SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Set.
Choice of 4 aspect ratios to suit users' creative objectives and display format preferences.
HDMI output for high-quality image and movie playback.
Multi-Mix Slideshow playback with background music.
e-Portrait function for smooth rendering of skin texture.
MF Assist function for manual focusing with auto image magnification.
High-precision 324-zone evaluative metering system.
Proven dust reduction system for worry-free lens changes.
Continuous-tracking AF that locks onto subject and tracks movement in the frame.
Shadow Adjustment Control function for balanced exposure of foreground subjects and background scenery.
Gradation Auto to prevent blown highlights and blocked-in shadows.

Box Contents:
Olympus E-PL1 Body, Olympus BLS-1 Battery, Olympus BCS-1 Charger, Body cap, Shoulder Strap, USB Cable, Video Cable, Instructions, Warranty Card.


Not a bad price for the body only but you are restricted in the choice of lenses due to FourThirds size and the cheapest is £109.00, total £308.00.
The same body and lens deal at Amazon is from £279.99.

Might have been tempted if it had have been with lens. Coold from me as cheaper option is with the lens, and a camera without a lens is of little use

Thought you could just get cheap adaptors and use the multitude of old school Olympus lenses, is that wrong?

You can, but then you're stuck with manual focus. Although adapters are available for pretty much any lenses you care to choose - not just olympus.

I'm sure you can get an adapter to use 4/3 lenses - which will then autofocus - OK still not cheap lenses though. this is micro 4/3s

Not sure if the cheap adapters will do focus confirm on this model?


Not sure if the cheap adapters will do focus confirm on this model?

I have Pixco adapters for my E-PL1 for Minolta MD mount and Nikon AI for about £12 each (sold by a HK seller) None at this price will do focus as there is no electronics. These are used with E=PL1 set to Aperture mode. Focus is made easier by live view with the image magnified. As there is no prism in the "view" to assist manual focus so it is slower to get to sharp focus.

E-PL1 without any lenses is really intended for specialised used. The kit lenses are excellent quality and the best value was the kit set with two lenses as individual Olympus lenses are very expensive when bought separately.
Edited by: "splender" 20th May 2011
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