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Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P1 front
 
Olympus Stylus 1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
38
Features
65
Overall
48

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Key Specs

Olympus E-P1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • New Model is Olympus E-P2
Olympus 1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Updated by Olympus 1s
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Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Overview

Below is a in depth analysis of the Olympus E-P1 versus Olympus 1, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both built by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-P1 (12MP) and the 1 (12MP) is pretty similar but the E-P1 (Four Thirds) and 1 (1/1.7") possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The E-P1 was announced 5 years earlier than the 1 and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-P1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus 1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise view of how the E-P1 matches up against the 1 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P1 over the Olympus 1

 E-P1 1 

Reasons to pick Olympus 1 over the Olympus E-P1

 1 E-P1 
IntroducedNovember 2013July 2009More recent by 52 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-P1 and Olympus 1

 E-P1 1 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-P1 has got external measurements of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") with a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Olympus 1 has measurements of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") along with a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are using at the time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the E-P1 against the 1.

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the E-P1 and 1 is 86 and 79 respectively.

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph below will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-P1 and 1.

As you can see, the 2 cameras offer the same exact resolution albeit not the same sensor measurements. The E-P1 has got the bigger sensor which is going to make obtaining shallower DOF less difficult. The older E-P1 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P1 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus 1 as a Portrait photography camera
60
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
49
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
features face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Street photography details
Olympus 1 Street photography details
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
71
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
features touch to focus
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P1 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus 1 as a Sports photography camera
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
not so great battery life (300 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
44
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking focus
great battery life (410 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Travel photography highlights
Olympus 1 Travel photography highlights
43
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (300 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
61
great battery life (410 CIPA)
features touch to focus
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
great reach (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Landscape photography details
Olympus 1 Landscape photography details
60
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
not so great battery life (300 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
50
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (410 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Vlogging factors
Olympus 1 Vlogging factors
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone socket
32
rather wide (28mm)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of mic port
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Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus 1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P1 and Olympus 1
 Olympus PEN E-P1Olympus Stylus 1
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-P1 Olympus Stylus 1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-07-29 2013-11-25
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic V TruePic VI
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 25
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-300mm (10.7x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Available lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180 secs 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high speed: 640 x 480 (120p), 320 x 240 (240p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 355 gr (0.78 lbs) 402 gr (0.89 lbs)
Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 51
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 20.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 11.6
DXO Low light rating 536 179
Other
Battery life 300 shots 410 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $182 $700