Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1s

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      Overview

      In this comparison, we will evaluate the Olympus PEN E-P1 and the Olympus PEN E-PL1s, highlighting the advantages of each over the other, discussing their pros and cons, shared strengths and weaknesses, and providing a rating based on their available features and specifications to assist you in choosing the one that best suits your needs.

      Olympus PEN E-P1 was introduced in July 2009 and Olympus PEN E-PL1s was introduced in November 2010. Let us first list highlights of the models.

      Olympus PEN E-P1 Highlights

      • 12 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 100 - 6,400 Native ISO
      • 11 Focus Points
      • Image Stabilization
      • 3.0" 230k dot Fixed Screen
      • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • 1280 x 720 Video Shooting
      • 30 min Video Recording Limit

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s Highlights

      • 12 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 100 - 6,400 Native ISO
      • 11 Focus Points (11 Cross-type)
      • Image Stabilization
      • 2.7" 230k dot Fixed Screen
      • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • 1280 x 720 Video Shooting
      • 30 min Video Recording Limit
      • Built-in Flash

      Now that we've looked at the most essential specifications and gained a basic understanding of these cameras, we can delve into more details and see the differences between them.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-PL1s.

      PROS

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      •   Video Capture
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   HDMI Output
      •   Light - 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)
      •   Orientation Sensor
      •   Video Capture
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Built-in Flash
      •   HDMI Output
      •   Light - 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)

      CONS

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12 Megapixel
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Viewfinder
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 55
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1280 x 720
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 300 shots
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12 Megapixel
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1280 x 720
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/160 sec

      Advantage of Olympus PEN E-P1

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus PEN E-P1 over Olympus PEN E-PL1s.

      Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1s
      Larger Screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
      Higher Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) 1/4000 sec vs 1/2000 sec
      Higher Flash Sync Speed 1/180 sec vs 1/160 sec
      Longer Battery Life 300 shots vs 290 shots
      Orientation Sensor vs

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      Advantage of Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus PEN E-PL1s over Olympus PEN E-P1.

      Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1s
      Tracking Autofocus vs
      Viewfinder vs Electronic (optional)
      Built-in Flash vs
      Lighter 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz) vs 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Olympus PEN E-P1 Olympus PEN E-PL1s
        Video Capture
        Face Detection
        Live View Autofocus
        Image StabilizationSensor ShiftSensor Shift
        HDMI Output Mini type C Mini type C
        Light355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)
      WEAKNESSES Olympus PEN E-P1 Olympus PEN E-PL1s
        Small SensorMicro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds
        Low Resolution Sensor12 Megapixel12 Megapixel
        Timelapse Recording
        Few Focus Points1111
        Screen TypeFixedFixed
        Low Resolution Screen230k dot230k dot
        Low Max Continuous Shooting3.0 fps3.0 fps
        Low Video Resolution1280 x 7201280 x 720
        Low Video Recording Limit30 min30 min
        No Microphone Input
        No Headphone Output
        No Built-in GPS
        No Built-In Wi-Fi
        No Built-In Bluetooth
        No Environmental Sealing
        Short Battery Life300 shots290 shots

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Screen

      Olympus PEN E-P1 has a 3.0" screen with 230k dot resolution and Olympus PEN E-PL1s has a 2.7" screen with 230k dot resolution. Both have Fixed screens.

      Camera does not have a built-in viewfinder but an optional electronic viewfinder can be attached on Olympus PEN E-PL1s.

      Sensor

      Both models feature a 12 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 224.9 mm2. Their native ISO range is 100 - 6,400


      Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how different sensors compare with each other:

      Sensor size chart
      Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
      Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
      Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
      Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
      Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

      Photography Features

      Olympus PEN E-P1 is equipped with TruePic V processor and can take pictures up to 4032 x 3024 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 3200 x 2400, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 with 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios. Olympus PEN E-PL1s is equipped with Truepic V processor and can take pictures up to 4032 x 3024 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 with 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios.


      Lens Mount

      Cameras have Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Due to their Micro Four Thirds sensor their crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is equal to 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


      In-Body Image Stabilization

      The cameras have a built-in Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when cameras are paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

      Connectivity, Battery and Storage

      USB Inputs and HDMI Outputs

      Both models have USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) inputs for data transfer. Olympus PEN E-P1 has a Mini type C HDMI and Olympus PEN E-PL1s has a Mini type C HDMI connector for video signal output.


      Battery

      Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-PL1s come with BLS-1 battery pack with battery life of 300 shots on Olympus PEN E-P1 and with battery life of 290 shots on Olympus PEN E-PL1s.


      External Storage Slots

      Cameras have a single SD/SDHC card slot.

      Other Features

      Shutter

      Shutter speed can go up to 1/4000 sec on Olympus PEN E-P1, and up to 1/2000 sec on Olympus PEN E-PL1s. Cameras can shoot continuously up to 3.0 fps.


      Flash

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s has a built-in flash with maximum range of 10.00 m and also accepts external flash. Olympus PEN E-P1 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/180 sec on Olympus PEN E-P1 and 1/160 sec on Olympus PEN E-PL1s.

      Physical Parameters

      Olympus PEN E-P1 body has dimensions of 121 x 70 x 36 mm (4.76 x 2.76 x 1.42") and Olympus PEN E-PL1s body has dimensions of 115 x 72 x 42 mm (4.53 x 2.83 x 1.65"). Olympus PEN E-P1 weighs 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz) and Olympus PEN E-PL1s weighs 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz).

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      121 mm

      70 mm

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      115 mm

      72 mm

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      72 mm

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      Size comparisons of Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-PL1s for Different Types of Photography

      We give scores to the cameras for six types of photography based on their features and specifications. Let us see how suitable they are for each type of photography.

      Landscape Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      AVERAGE
      64
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      AVERAGE
      58
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing

      Sports Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      AVERAGE
      68
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Viewfinder
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 300 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      AVERAGE
      69
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

      Wildlife Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      AVERAGE
      60
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Viewfinder
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 300 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      AVERAGE
      61
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

      Portrait Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      GOOD
      81
      •   Small Sensor
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      76
      •   Small Sensor
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/160 sec

      Street Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      GOOD
      82
      •   Small Sensor
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Viewfinder
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)
      GOOD
      82
      •   Small Sensor
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)

      Travel Photography

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      GOOD
      83
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1280 x 720
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 300 shots
      GOOD
      83
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1280 x 720
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

      Evaluations

      We evaluate Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-PL1s and give them scores of 61 and 60 out of 100 recpectively. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      OVERALL
      61
      OVERALL
      60

      Sensor

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      AVERAGE
      65
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 55
      AVERAGE
      58
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   6,400 Highest Native ISO

      Photo

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      GOOD
      72
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      AVERAGE
      68
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/160 sec

      Video

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      POOR
      42
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1280 x 720
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      POOR
      42
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1280 x 720
      •   Low Video Recording Limit

      Focusing

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      AVERAGE
      67
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      AVERAGE
      66
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      POOR
      52
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Viewfinder
      AVERAGE
      63
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot

      Connectivity

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      AVERAGE
      65
      •   HDMI Output
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      AVERAGE
      65
      •   HDMI Output
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth

      Battery, Storage and Physical

      Olympus PEN E-P1

      Olympus PEN E-PL1s

      POOR
      41
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 300 shots
      POOR
      41
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 334 g (0.74 lb / 11.78 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots


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