Olympus E-PL1 Manual User Guide and Product Specification

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Table of Contents:

    1. The Introduction
    2. The Overall Look
    3. Camera Specification
    4. Price and Impression
    5. Manual User Guide

The Introduction to Olympus E-PL1 Manual

When it comes to the question of what is the most important part of an electronic product especially digital camera product, we say it is the manual. It is because with the manual, both users and enthusiast will be able to get the needed information about a certain product. With this manual too, the learning process upon the camera product is started.Olympus E-PL1 Manual User Guide and Product Specification

So, we can say that manual is the best reference when we want to understand the digital camera product. This is what motivates us to bring Olympus E-PL1 Manual User Guide here, with this manual we hope that we can help you understanding this Olympus camera product better than before.

Overall Look of Olympus E-PL1

It is generally known that look is something important that becomes a consideration for people in buying digital camera product. With the look, People can instantly attracted to a certain digital camera product. More than that, sometimes the choice of camera look is also reflecting the personality of owner as well as the classiness of the camera itself. So, before we hit the Olympus E-PL1 Manual User Guide directly, now we are going to talk about the look of this camera first.

Olympus E-PL1 Manual - Olympus modern designed cameraOlympus E-PL1 becomes the moment when they leave retro design into something modern. The mixture of two harmonious tones on the case is quite interesting to avoid the boredom. Plastic and aluminum construct most body to give maximum protection from tear and scratch. However, you need to be careful for not dropping it repeatedly.

As stated in Olympus E-PL1 manual, this material also brings very light total weight at 482 gram including kit lens and battery. Talking about the body, the E-PL1 has smaller body compared to its predecessor at 482 gram. Reviewing from the outlook, there is no significant changes on the camera components, Olympus fans must be familiar with them.

Olympus E-PL1 Specification

Meet another Olympus E-P series, the incredible Olympus E-PL1. This camera has officially launched right on April 2010 with the official name of Olympus PEN E-PL1. For your information, it just takes over a year to unveil this machine. The new E-PL1 is also said to be the most rapidly expanding Micro Four Thirds digital camera line. So, what changes you can find on this product? Find out the complete detail below.

Moving forward to the feature and specification, Olympus E-PL1 advanced 12.30 effective megapixels. Olympus E-PL1 Manual states that you will find Live MOS sensor technology on this camera, adopting the previous product. A good improvement can be found on its in-body Image Stabilization which claimed to be 3-stop effectiveness. In case you get some troubles in Live Guide feature, now it comes in simpler Live Guide interface.

Olympus E-PL1 Manual - camera sideThis camera is now ready with built-in flash that will be meaningful in low light area. Not only taking outstanding pictures, the E-PL1 also works well in 720p HD video recording. Moreover, it is now supported by Direct Record movie button for real-time video recording. The users do not need other device for pictures editing, thanks for 6 Art Filter creative effects for making it comes true.

In light sensitivity sector, this cool camera offers adjustable ISO setting from 100 up to 3200, as stated in Olympus E-PL1 manual. Another feature you will use it daily is the 2.7” LCD Screen with 230.000 active dots inside for brilliant graphic quality. Last but not least, the camera body is specially designed to fit with additional electronic viewfinder.

Olympus E-PL1 Quick Specification

Body material Plastic with metal front panel
Sensor • 4/3″ Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
• 17.3 x 13.0 mm active area
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
Dust suppression Supersonic Wave Filter
Image stabilization • “Supersonic Wave Drive” (in-body sensor shift)
• Three modes: Horizontal+Vertical, Vertical only, Horizontal only
• Up to 3 EV compensation (claimed)*
Image processor TruePic V
Image sizes (Still) • 4032 x 3024
• 3200 x 2400
• 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image sizes (Movie) • 1280 x 720 (HD)@ 30 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
Movie length • 7 min @ HD
• 14 min @ 640 x 480
Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default), 3:2, 16:9, 6:6
File formats • RAW
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI Motion JPEG
Lenses  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
 • Range of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
 • Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
 • Compatible with standard Four Thirds lenses via adapter.
Auto focus  • Imager Contrast Detection AF system
 • 11-area multiple AF
 • When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
Focus Area Selectable  • Automatic
 • Manual
 • Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
 • Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
 • Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
Focus modes  • Single shot AF (S- AF)
 • Continuous AF (C-AF)
 • Manual focus (MF)
 • Single + Continous (S-AF+ MF)
 • AF Tracking (C-AF+ TR)*
AF assist lamp  • No
Exposure modes  • iAuto
 • Program AE (with shift)
 • Aperture priority AE
 • Shutter priority AE
 • Manual
 • Art Filter
 • Scene select
Scene modes  • Portrait
 • e-Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Landscape + Portrait
 • Macro
 • Sport
 • Night Scene
 • Night + Portrait
 • Children
 • High Key
 • Low Key
 • DIS mode
 • Nature Macro
 • Candle
 • Sunset
 • Documents
 • Panorama
 • Fireworks
 • Beach & Snow
Art Filter  • Pop art
 • Soft focus
 • Pale & light color
 • Light tone
 • Grainy film
 • Pin hole
 • Diorama*
 • Gentle sepia*
Sensitivity  • Auto : ISO 200 – 3200 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
 • Manual ISO 100 – 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Metering system  • TTL Image Sensor metering system
 • 324-zone multi-pattern
Metering modes  • Digital ESP (324-area multi-pattern metering)
 • Center-Weighted Average
 • Spot (1%)
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
AE Lock  • AE lock available
 • AF lock with shutter release half-press in Single AF mode
Exposure comp.  • Up to ± 3.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
AE Bracketing  • 3 frames
 • 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
Exposure fine tune  • ±1EV in 1/6EV steps
Shutter speed  • 60-1/2000 sec*
Flash X-sync speed  • 1/30 – 1/160*
 • 1/125 – 1/2000 with ‘Super FP’ compatible flash
White balance  • Auto
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Flash
 • Daylight
 • Fluorescent 1
 • Fluorescent 2
 • Fluorescent 3
 • Lamp
 • 1 custom preset
 • Kelvin (2000 – 14000 K)
WB fine tuning  • Red – Blue: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
 • Green – Magenta: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
WB Bracketing  • 3 frames
 • 2, 4 or 6 steps
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Image parameters  • iEnhance (3 levels)
 • Saturation – 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted)
 • Sharpness – 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
 • Contrast- 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
 • B&W filter (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
 • B&W/Sepia toning (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green)
 • Gradation (4 levels)
Drive modes  • Single
 • Sequential
 • Self-timer (2 or 12 sec)
Continuous  • 3.0 fps
 • RAW: 10 frames maximum
Internal Flash  • Guide number 10 @ ISO 200 (7 @ ISO 100)
 • TTL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
 • 5500K ± 400K color temperature
 • Wireless control (4 channels) up to 3 groups
External Flash  • Hot-Shoe
 • Compatible with E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)
 • External Flash Control : TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-Auto, FP-Manual
 • Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
 • Flash power: Up to ± 3EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
On-screen information, live control mode (Additional info in Super Control Panel mode, engaged via custom settings menu, in green)  • Battery information
 • Shooting mode
 • Shutter speed
 • Aperture value
 • Exposure compensation value
 • ISO sensitivity
 • Exposure compensation indicator
 • Exposure indicator
 • Flash intensity compensation indicator
 • Date
 • Auto BKT setting
 • NR setting
 • WB
 • WB compensation value
 • Record mode
 • Flash Status
 • Image size
 • Drive mode
 • Flash intensity compensation value
 • Metering mode
 • Recordable still image number
 • Focusing mode
 • Gradation
 • IS activating mode
 • Face detection
 • My Mode
 • Multi Exposure
 • Aspect Ratio
 • Super FP
 • AF frame
 • Colour space
 • Sharpness
 • Contrast
 • Saturation
 • Internal Temperature Warning
Orientation sensor  • No*
Electronic Viewfinder  • External (optional)*
LCD monitor  • 2.7″ HyperCrystal LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating*
 • 230,000 pixels
 • 100% frame coverage
 • 15 step brightness adjustment
 • 15 step Color Balance adjustment (R-B, G-M)
Live View  • 100% field of view
 • Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
 • AF operation
 • 7x – 14x magnification*
Live View Modes  • Normal Mode
 • Grid Line Mode (4 types)*
 • Histogram Mode
 • Highlight & Shadow Mode*
 • Comparison View Mode
Live View Information  • Aperture value
 • Shutter speed
 • Auto Bracket
 • AE Lock
 • AF mode
 • IS
 • Shooting Mode
 • Battery Check
 • My Mode
 • Internal Temperature Warning
 • Face Detection
 • Histogram
 • Number of storable still pictures
 • Record mode
 • ISO
 • Sequential shooting
 • Self-timer
 • White Balance
 • Metering Mode
 • AF confirmation mark
 • Exposure Compensation Value
 • Spot metering Area
 • Only when E-system Flash attached : Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
Playback functions  • Single-frame
 • Information Display
 • Index Display(4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
 • Close-up (2 – 14X)
 • Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
 • Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Editing  • RAW development
 • JPEG editing (B&W, Sepia, Red eye reduction, Color saturation, Resize, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Anti red-eye)
Storage  • SD/SDHC
Connectivity  • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
 • Mini HDMI
 • Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
Optional Accessories  • Flash FL-14, FL-20, FL-36, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-50R
 • Adaptor MF-2 for OM lenses
 • Adaptor MMF-1 for four thirds lenses
 • VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder*
 • SEMA-1 stereo mic kit*
 • PT-EP01 underwater housing*
Power BLS-1 1150 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Dimensions 115mm (W) x 72mm (H) x 42mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
4.5″ x 2.8″ x 1.7″
Weight (no batt) 334g (296g)
Box contents E-PL1 Body, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM*, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

Olympus E-PL1 Price and Impression

Olympus E-PL1 Manual - camera back sideSo far, Olympus E-PL1 gives competitive rivalry to the Olympus E-P2. Advanced Image Stabilization, direct record movie button, built-in flash, and modern look have already won your heart.

Unfortunately, it seems to be downgrade in the body material, maximum shutter speed and control dials. Well, in conclusion, the E-PL1 is worth to try as your daily use micro four-thirds camera. Get it at 600 USD and tell your friends about the experience.

The Olympus E-PL1 Manual User Guidance

As we stated at the beginning of this article, the aim of providing this writing is to bring the Olympus E-PL1 Manual. This is the manual that will give you the information related to the specification, features, operation, instruction, camera manual, and others.

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