- 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
- Announced November 2010
- Superseded the Olympus E-PL1
- Renewed by Olympus E-PL2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-PL1s summary
Olympus E-PL1s is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first launched on November of 2010. The camera comes with a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4032 x 3024.
Olympus introduced this camera in order to replace the previous Olympus E-PL1 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the updated Olympus E-PL2 (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.
The E-PL1s comes in at #108 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #505 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
Here is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Olympus E-PL1s family
The Olympus E-PL1s is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.
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Olympus E-PL1s Gallery
You can check the E-PL1s from several angles in the gallery below.
Olympus E-PL1s Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Olympus E-PL1s based on factors which are typically regarded as crucial in a camera.
Olympus E-PL1s Sensor specifications
The Olympus E-PL1s features the Truepic V processor. The sensor size in the Olympus E-PL1s is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 4032 x 3024 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW files are saved so the user has wider margin for error.
The image underneath shows the E-PL1s's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The E-PL1s sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus E-PL1s dimensions
Olympus E-PL1s is 0.74 pounds (334g / 11.78 oz) and features outer proportions of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g so the Olympus E-PL1s is similar when compared to other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a image of the Olympus E-PL1s alongside a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the E-PL1s.
Olympus E-PL1s Lens specifications
The E-PL1s uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that are available. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the E-PL1s.
Olympus E-PL1s Connectivity
The E-PL1s has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Olympus E-PL1s Video specifications
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus E-PL1s is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should shoot for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port so you get little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to buy an alternative model in case you require decent audio in your video clips.
Olympus E-PL1s Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Olympus E-PL1s so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Olympus E-PL1s Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-PL1s comes with a 2.7 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus E-PL1s are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinders are really useful in sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Olympus E-PL1s Shutter specifications
Olympus E-PL1s can shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus E-PL1s Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus E-PL1s includes both built-in flash and external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/160 seconds.
Olympus E-PL1s Autofocus specifications
Olympus E-PL1s includes just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it helpful for portraits.
The AF system comes with 11 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking AF for objects on the move. Olympus E-PL1s has manual focus when required in low light situations or you require more precise control on focus.
Olympus E-PL1s Battery life
The battery life (BLS-1) in the Olympus E-PL1s is built to last for 290 photographs as per the CIPA standards which is lesser compared with its rivals. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has got the best (650) battery life in this range of cameras.
Below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Olympus E-PL1s for different categories of photography
The following diagram presents a outline of the Olympus E-PL1s for different categories of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.
Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography advice
The Olympus E-PL1s receives a score of 60 which is decent, meaning that it is reasonably acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the option to utilize off-camera flash.
Olympus E-PL1s as a Street photography camera
With a above average rating of 74, the Olympus E-PL1s is a respectable choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus E-PL1s Sports photography information
A really bad sports photography points tally of 45 indicates the Olympus E-PL1s is not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Size is super crucial in selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus E-PL1s gets a reasonable 52 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably appropriate to take on your vacations.
Olympus E-PL1s Landscape photography factors
When you are looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-PL1s and it's moderate score of 55 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate compared to its rivals.
Olympus E-PL1s as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus E-PL1s is not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad score of 30.
Olympus E-PL1s Alternatives
If you want replacements to the E-PL1s, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The chart here will give you a summary of the E-PL1s vs it's highest rated competitors shown above.
These are various other cameras you may consider as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.