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Help decide between e-p1 and e-pl1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by m43baby, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. m43baby

    m43baby Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 1, 2011
    Hello, I use my GH1 for video and wanted to purchase an m43 Olympus mainly for the great jpegs right out of camera. I found a refurb e-pl1 w/14-42 for$249 and a refurb e-p1 with 17mm f 2.8 and vf for $370. Which camera is better in high ISO? Which body is smaller without any lens attached? I'm really having a tough time deciding. I've only used P&S cameras and my gh1 for video.
     
  2. zerotiu

    zerotiu Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    Sep 13, 2011
    Indonesia-Singapore
    ISO performance is the same.

    EPL1 has pop up flash.

    If I'm not wrong, EP1 is wider than EPL1, EPL1 is taller than EP1.
     
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    The E-PL1 is slightly better at high ISO. The bodies are fairly similar in size.

    Personally, I'd suggest looking a little higher - an E-PM1 or E-PL2. The E-PL1's controls can be frustrating, and the 14-42 kit lens it comes with is quite slow to focus. The E-P1 17mm combo is cute, but you will likely find yourself wanting a zoom lens.

    E-PM1 kits are going for $400 new. The body is smaller than either, produces great JPEGs, and has a kit lens that focuses quickly and accurately. The E-PL2 is fine too, though harder to find at low prices.

    If you decide to get the E-PL1, try and get a body without the lens (I've seen them for ~$180 refurbished) and then buy a second-hand 14-42II or 14-42IIR lens. You'll spend slightly more but you'll find the lens a lot more pleasant to use than the original 14-42.

    DH
     
  4. Operationally, the E-P1 is the better camera. For handling and image output, the E-PL1 is better. Once I'd tried the E-PL1 I hardly ever used the E-P1 again. The price of the new E-PM1 does put price of either of those two in perspective for someone new to Olympus, but after being interested initially I figured that there wasn't a great reason for an existing E-PL1 owner like myself to upgrade.
     
  5. G.Sal

    G.Sal Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Jul 4, 2011
    The Philippines
    I think the improvement in the AF speed of the newer 14-42 vs 14-42 mark I is negligible in the old bodies unless mounted on the newer models.
     
  6. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

    273
    Sep 20, 2011
    I have an E-PL1 and the newer Oly 14-42 is noticeably faster at AF.
     
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  7. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    527
    Oct 21, 2010
    I think a significant advantage of E-PL1 over E-P1 is its ability to accept vf-2 (and vf-3).
     
  8. m43baby

    m43baby Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Jan 1, 2011
    $400 for E-PM1 where? I've only seen it $450. I think this might be my best option if I find it for $400. I can get a refurb E-pl2 for $400.
     
  9. m43baby

    m43baby Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Jan 1, 2011
    Actually there is a video review of the E-PL1 and shows that it's much better than e-p1 in high ISO. I think i will be choosing between e- pl1 because of the price and e-pl2, if there is really an e-pm1 for $400
     
  10. zerotiu

    zerotiu Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    Sep 13, 2011
    Indonesia-Singapore
    yep..I was wrong :redface:
    You can always get the better bodies than epl1 if you buy the refurbished one / used one :smile:
     
  11. m43baby

    m43baby Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Jan 1, 2011
    I also see people say the e-p1 is slow AF at 0.6 second , really that's considered slow? I guess people with SLRs are spoiled I thought slow would be 2 seconds.
     
  12. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    You'll get your 2s in low light..
     
  13. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    532
    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Mark
    It will just feel like 2 seconds :smile:
     
  14. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Don't blame the E-P1 for all of that. A good portion is the original kit lens. Use a faster lens (the 14-42mk2 or Panasonic 14-45) and the focus will be a lot faster. The newer bodies are faster still, but it's less of a headache.

    For the E-PM1, I know ********** on eBay sells for $05 (good outfit - I got my first digital Pen from them). There are probably others.

    DH
     
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