Olympus E-PL1 Review

By Scott Gietler

Olympus E-PL1 Review

An in-depth look at the new Olympus PEN E-PL1 micro-four thirds camera, for land and underwater photography

Olympus E-PL1 review by Scott Gietler









Olympus E-PL1 First impressions

  • What's it like to use the PEN E-PL1 for the first time?

Why are people buying the E-PL1?

  • I surveyed some Oly E-PL1 owners to find out what they liked about the camera

Olympus E-PL1 Specifications

Olympus E-PL1 Pros and Cons, comparisons to compacts and dSLRs

  • A look at pros, cons, features auto-focus speeds and sensor sizes

Olympus E-PL1 Image tests

  • See images tests of high ISO, macro, diffraction and more

Conclusions for the Olympus E-PL1 for Land & Underwater photography

  • Is the Olympus E-PL1 camera the right choice for you? Is it good for land and underwater photography?

Olympus E-PL1 underwater photos

 Discuss this review

Olympus's E-PL1 marketing page

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Hi, I have an OLympus EPL1

Hi, I have an OLympus EPL1 and am looking for a nice ergonomic tray and arm can you tell me which tray model no's you chose or reccommend, please as I want to use it with twin Inons.
Cheers dave

I purchased the Olympus E-PL1

I purchased the Olympus E-PL1 a few months ago. I finally got to use it diving during a recent trip to Italy. I was looking for a more robust camera over my previous point and shoot. I really enjoyed this camera and got some excellent photos using a single strobe in various conditions. A previous review mentioned it as being overly buoyant but I found its slight positive buoyancy to be an advantage. I was able to attach it to a coil leash and it 'floated' along with me rather than dragging the bottom. I plan to try it out with a video light soon. Above the water, I was able to get some really amazing photos which has renewed my lost enthusiasm for taking pictures.

Hi seen your comment for the

Hi seen your comment for the epl-1 just got mine and the housing will hopefully come on monday as we are heading south for diving for 9 days I to previosly had a point and shoot system and have upgraded to this one. What i was wondering do you have any tips on what the best set up for functions for underwater with this camera should be ?? Have a tray and one strobe as well but not sure how to get this to work properly as i could not get it to work properly with my point and shoot at all but have to have it working for this set up any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Lori

hi Lori Which strobe are you

hi Lori

Which strobe are you getting? Normally you can put the strobe on "TTL", set the camera's flash mode to "Fill flash", and shoot in "M" mode (e.g. - F8, 1/125th, ISO 200). Let us know how it goes!


Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

Hi Lori, I have the E-PL1 and

Hi Lori,

I have the E-PL1 and use an Inon tray with 2 Inon S-2000 strobes. I have tried to use the two strobes with one of them connected via a glass fibre cable (from the small flash port on the housing) and the other using a mirror (comes with the strobe). I have found the mirror not totally reliable so I am getting a second glass fibre cable. Let me know what gear you've got and lets see whether I can give you more specific advice.



Great camera and housing.

Great camera and housing. Easily taken underwater with Ultralight's tray and arm system for single or
double strobes.