Olympus E-P1 Micro DSLR Review

Posted: June 29, 2009
Olympus E-P1 Micro DSLR Review

Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn take a look at the Olympus E-P1 Micro DSLR, the world's smallest 12.3 megapixel interchangeable lens camera.

What You Need to Know

  • The camera is only 11 oz.
  • It is 3" deep with the retractable lens: the lens is only 14-42 mm (normal is 18-55 mm)
  • Everything works just the way a point and shoot does, so if you're familiar with that, you'll be able to use this with no problem
  • It takes a little long to take a picture, because the auto focus is slow
  • The camera has no built-in flash or viewfinder, but you can buy them for $100 each
  • Using the camera you can record video in 720p and even though it's not full high def, the video looks really good
  • The art filters turned out to be surprisingly useful; styles like black and white, soft focus, and pop art complement the photos well
  • Overall, these features are a lot of fun to use
  • Olympus' micro four thirds technology has the same photo quality as a standard DSLR
  • Normal light pictures are very sharp and detailed and colors look good
  • Low light pictures are evenly exposed and look good, but it's tough not having a flash, because sometimes it results in blurry or tinted pictures


  • $800 with a lens

Overall Rating



Comments are Closed

  • Cresty

    Please get a Camera guy who knows what he's talking about. There is alot more to "SLR" than just switching lenses. And "Orangish tins" wut?

    Posted: June 30, 2009 3:11 PM
  • Armada88

    Hey I'm looking to be a producer, can you guys review any keyboards, studio mics, drum machines etc., on the show?

    Posted: June 30, 2009 10:20 AM
  • olwick

    Why do you keep calling it a DSLR? There's no "reflex" involved. It's a new classification entirely. Not a point & shoot, not a DSLR.

    And the "orangey when you zoom in" comment made me laugh. You obviously don't know how to adjust white balance on the camera, and it certainly doesn't have anything to do with zooming.

    I think you should stick to reviewing video games.

    Posted: June 30, 2009 7:20 AM
  • bgreene

    Hey! Thanks for not missing an episode! That's better than me, and I work here!

    The truth is, anything 4 and above is what we consider worth buying. We are recommending it at that point.

    If it's in the 3 range, we think it's up to you.

    Below that, we say just steer clear.

    We don't think anything will ever be a 5, because nothing is perfect.

    Posted: June 29, 2009 7:22 PM
  • carrzp

    I haven't missed an episode in probably 8 months, and it seems like you guys review a gaming computer or two, maybe a cell phone, and some worthless P.O.S that no one in their right mind would buy (like that verizon portable Wi-Fi thing), and then you're right back to cameras. Can you review things that are worth buying for a change? I'm honestly not going to buy anything you don't give a 4.5.

    Posted: June 29, 2009 6:03 PM