got my E-PL1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by twalker294, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    The UPS man dropped off a nice brown B&H box about an hour and a half ago. First impressions:

    * The build quality is excellent. If this is inferior to the E-P1/E-P2, I'd love to see what one of those is built like. The EPL1 feels better than my Canon G9 did and I considered it a well built camera.

    * The size is about what I expected -- just right.

    * The LCD is just fine as far as quality goes. And the refresh rate is very good. Totally usable, though I'll probably go for the VF2 soon.

    * All of the controls have a quality feel to them, especially the mode dial.

    * Image quality -- WOW. Even with the cheapo plastic kit lens, the image quality is outstanding. I really can't believe I am getting these kind of pictures from a camera this small. Having been a DSLR user for 7 years, I've always thought of compact cameras as a compromise between convenience and image quality (and until MFT, they were.)

    * Movie quality -- pretty good. It's good enough for what I'll be using it for. I didn't buy it to be a video camera but it's good to know it's there when I need it.

    * AF speed -- yep, it's fairly slow. About the same as my G9 was. Not a big deal though since I won't be shooting fast action with this camera anyway.

    Now I can't wait to get the 20/1.7. If I'm getting pictures like this with the kit lens, I can't wait to see what that baby's gonna do :)

    Oh and I only posted this now because the battery is charging. It's killing me!!! :biggrin:
  2. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2010
    Congratulations! I'm loving mine at the moment. :smile:

    ISO 800, kit zoom:
  3. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I am so happy I bought my E-PL1 last minute the night before my Hawaii trip. It was on sale at Fry's Electronic for an unbelievable price of $449 brand new and sealed, including lens! I looked online now and the price went back up to $599, so I got lucky and the photos from Hawaii are amazing!! 100x better than my Panasonic TZ5! So happy with my camera!
  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    me too

    I like my EPL1 quite a lot. I agree that IMHO the build quality is terrific. It's also a real blast to use. Reminds me of shooting film with my old fixed lens RF camera. Wait until you try it with some MF lenses. Then the real fun begins.