Olympus E-1 Review

Overall 35
Imaging 7
Features 18
Size 71
Price 1

Main Features

  • 5.0 MP Four Thirds CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 141 x 104 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 735 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Olympus E-3. Compare

Olympus E-1 Summary

This review is devoted to E-1 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Nov 29, 2003. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 5.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Olympus has replaced this product with their most recent model E-3. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Olympus E-1 vs. E-3

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #178 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 35/100 and it takes a rank of #1135 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus E-1 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus E-1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 1.8″
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 3
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Dust Proof: No

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Complete Comparison of Olympus E-1 With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus E-1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus E-1

Olympus E-1 has the following external dimensions 141 x 141 x 81 mm (55.51 x 40.94 x 31.89″) with the weight of 735 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus E-1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus E-1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 81mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus E-1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus E-1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus E-1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus E-1 — 81 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Olympus E-1 — 735 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Olympus E-1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus E-1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus E-1 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus E-1 boasts of a resolution of 5.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus E-1 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus E-1 features a 5.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus E-1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Olympus E-1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus E-1

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus E-1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 1.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 134k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in E-1 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.48x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus E-1 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, E-1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Olympus E-1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect E-1 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Olympus E-1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus E-1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus E-1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the E-1 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus E-1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Olympus E-1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (141 x 104 x 81 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (3)

Olympus E-1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-1 can be called a 79 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (141 x 104 x 81 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (3)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus E-1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (735 g)
  • Big size (141 x 104 x 81 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Olympus E-1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-1 can be called a 64 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (5 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus E-1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model E-1
Announced Nov 29, 2003
Body Type Large SLR"
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 45
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 1.8″
Screen Resolution 134k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.48
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 5.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 2560 x 1920
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 3
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 735 g
Physical Dimensions 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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