Olympus E-1 Digital Camera

Olympus E-1 Digital Camera

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When we say the E-1 is the first 100% all-digital SLR system built from the ground up, we mean it.Along with unrivalled digital technologies, the E-1 features an unparalleled design built to...More


When we say the E-1 is the first 100% all-digital SLR system built from the ground up, we mean it.Along with unrivalled digital technologies, the E-1 features an unparalleled design built to professional standards and specifically for digital photography, manufactured not to simply withstand the rigors of every day use with style and sophistication, but to conquer them as such for years to come.The body is made of magnesium alloy metal, making the E-1 an extremely durable digital SLR that was born for day-in and day-out use, and one so comfortable and lightweight you'll want to take it on every photographic journey you embark on. The alluring black finish and ergonomic shape gives the E-1 the look and feel that's so important to a quality camera you can trust with your most intimate creative expressions. We've designed the lens mount, buttons, dials, shutter release button, and shutter to function with precision under even the most continuous of demands. Dust-free technology removes any dust or debris that can settle on the image sensor to further help protect the camera. And making sure we left no stone unturned, all-weather construction protects your E-1 from the elements, ensuring it will continue to deliver outstanding image results time and time again.


Quick Glance
Memory Card SupportCompactFlash (CF) Card, Microdrive
LCD Screen Size1.8 in
Camera TypeDigital SLR Camera
Effective Megapixels5.1 Megapixel
Lens MountFour Thirds
Image Processor
Total Pixels5500000
Image SensorCCD
Other Features
FlashAuto Flash, Red-eye Reduction
Camera Body OnlyBody Only
Interface Connection1 x USB, 1 x IEEE 1394 FireWire, 1 x Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Height5.55 in
Weight1.44 lbs
Width4.09 in
Depth3.19 in
Warranty Information1 Year Limited
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Image FormatJPEG, TIFF
Minimum Diopter Adjustment-3
Battery IncludeYes
White BalanceAuto
Shortest Shutter Speed1/4000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed60 Second
Product ModelE-1
Software IncludedOlympus Viewer 1.0Adobe Photoshop ElementsWeb Photo School Lessons
Maximum Diopter Adjustment1
Brand NameOlympus
General FeaturesRed-Eye Reduction
Number of Resolution Modes5
Autofocus Points3
Maximum Image Resolution2560 x 1920
Autofocus TypePassive
Image Sensor Quantity1
Minimum Shutter Speed4000 1/f
Exposure ControlProgram with Program ShiftShutter PriorityAperture PriorityManualBulb
White Balance ModesAuto WB System: Hybrid detection system with white balance sensor and CCD imagerPreset WB: 12 Types (3000K, 3300K, 3600K, 3900K, 4000K, 4300K, 4500K, 4800K, 5500K, 6500K, 6600K, 7500K)Custom Mode: 4 settingsWB Compensation: up to +/- 7 step in each 2mired (20 K) step for each Auto/Preset settingWB Bracketing: 3 Frames with +/- 5/10/15 mired steps (50/100/150 K)
Wide AngleNo
DescriptionE-1, 5.0 Megapixel, Interchangeable Lens, SLR, Digital Camera
Battery Built-inNo
Camera ModesDrive Mode: Single, Sequential shootingSequential Shooting Speed: 3.0 frames per secondMaximum Frame Number of Sequential Shooting: 12 frames (TIFF, JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG)Display Mode: Single, Zoom (2x, 3x, 4x), Index (4, 9, 16 frames), Slide showErase Mode: Single, All, SelectedImage Protect Mode: Single/Selected
ISO Equivalencies100, 200, 400, 800
Max Horizontal Image Resolution2560 dpi
Frequency BandSensitivity:Auto: ISO 100 - 400Manual: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, Expandable to 1600/3200Viewfinder Information:AF frameAF lockAF point indicatorAF correct markMetering modeExposure modeShutter speedAperture valueAE lockAuto bracketWhite balanceExposure level indicatorExposure compensation indicatorExposure compensation value indicationFlashFP flashNumber of storable sequential picturesControl Panel Information:Flash modeMetering modeFocus modeRecord modeAperture valueShutter speedBattery checkNumber of storable still picturesImage quality adjustmentISOColor spaceWhite balanceRemote controlSelf-timerExposure level indicatorExposure compensation indicatorAF frameNumber of storable sequential picturesExposure compensation value indicationAuto bracketNoise reductionSingle-frame shooting/Sequential shootingMenu Languages:EnglishGermanFrenchSpanishJapaneseHangul
Normalized-Number of Image Sensor Pixels5
Maximum Shutter Speed180 1/f
Max Vertical Image Resolution1920 dpi
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20 Ratings | 5 Reviews

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  • Olympus E1

    By alan Crawley  Jan 6, 2007

    ### This camera is a discontinued model, and remaining stock is available at amazing bargain prices. Anyone who is used to a 35mm film SLR will instinctively be able to operate it. It has to be the best put-together cameras available, and is one of those...pieces of equipment that instantly feels right in the hands. The "Four Thirds" format means that you are tied-into that system for any lens purchases, but it means that a lens is a dedicated item, and there are no compromises with its compatibility. Also it means that the lens is smaller and lighter than others. It may only be 5 megapixels, but with full-frame transfer and a superior lens, picture quality is of a very high standard. Bodies with a kit lens are very cheap,but other accessories are at their normal, quite high prices. Expect to see a replacement soon, but for anyone satisfied with the current spec, this is the one to buy. I have owned mine for seven months and am still being impressed by it. For anyone still doubtful, get hold of one and press the shutter-release-the sound is one of absolute mechanical perfection! Read more Less

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  • The Olympus E-1

    By TRH  Apr 25, 2007

    ### Early in 2006, Cameta Camera began selling E-1's at fire-sale prices on Ebay. I had just bought an E300 (which I still have)...but when I found I could get an E-1 body for under $500, I jumped at it and have not had a single regret. The E300 sits in...my camera bag most of the time. The E-1 coupled with the excellent Zuiko 14-54 is an unbeatable combination for a wide range of photographic situations. Both the body and this lens are "splashproof". Being a photo hobbiest rather than a working pro, I could never afford nor justify a pro dSLR of the E-1's build quality and feature set, which typically cost well over $3,000. If you can, grab one of these. I'm glad I did! Read more Less

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  • Olympus E-1 Not evolt E-1 !

    By Galen  Apr 21, 2007

    This is the E-1 Not the Evolt E-1 and it is Pro Camera not a semi pro as the other rater stated. Evolt is another class and they are the semi pro line of Olymus cameras. However they are extremly nice as well...

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  • Olympus E-1 is still excellent

    By g.m  Aug 11, 2008

    Newly I upgrated to Olympus E-3 and found, that the ergonomics of E-1 is better. Great camera, especially now you can get it for little more as 200 euro. Excellent picture quality (at ISO

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  • Great starter camera for non-pros

    By Snowball Rex  Feb 2, 2007

    ### I actually loved this camera. In fact I still love it. I spent a lot of time looking for the right camera for the amount of money I had. At the time I was lucky that a newer model had come out and the price had dropped. For anyone looking to get a se...mi-professional camera and feeling like you have a professional camera without spending professional prices this is the camera for you. Small things like changing any manual settings can be slow some times but you easily get used to it and your fine. Others include the weight but the reality that any camera with a prism is going to have that problem, I mean you were looking for a professional or semi professional camera. That comes with the territory I loved the lens, it can do macro and extremely well actually. I got some great shots. The build quality is superb. Everything feels solid. The door for the memory feels like a door, same for the usb and so on. Other small touches like that are also great. I finally have to say that this is a camera that is well worth taking a serious look at if your interested in photography but not a professional or don't have a huge budget. Hope you enjoy Read more Less

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