The Olympus PEN E-PL1, announced on 3 February 2010 was Olympus Corporation's third camera using the Micro Four Thirds system mount after the Olympus PEN E-P1 and Olympus PEN E-P2. It was the first camera in Olympus' "PEN Lite" line.
The PEN E-PL1 is one of the lowest cost Micro Four Thirds cameras currently available, with a US dollar MSRP of $500.
In terms of market, DPReview considers the E-PL1 more aimed at the point-and-shoot (compact camera) market, rather than the DSLR market (like the E-P1 & E-P2) â" it is more of a large-sensor compact than a small format DSLR. The E-PL1 is easy to use in automatic mode, but due to the small number of dedicated dials and buttons, it can be more awkward to use in manual modes compared to a DSLR.
A slightly updated E-PL1s was introduced in November 2010. The E-PL1s offered increased maximum ISO sensitivity and shipped with a slightly higher capacity battery and an updated version of the kit 14-42mm lens.
Differences from E-P1/E-P2
- No wireless/wired shutter release capability
The E-PL1/E-PL1s were replaced in Olympus' PEN Lite line by the Olympus PEN E-PL2 which was announced in January 2011. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 was introduced in June 2011 and finally the Olympus PEN E-PL5 was introduced in September 2012. There was no E-PL4 in the line, as the number 4 is nearly homophonous to the word "death" and considered bad luck in Chinese culture.
- Olympus PEN E-PL2