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Olympus E-1 digital camera
E-1
at a glance
2560 x 1920
1.8" lcd viewer
compact flash I / II
BLM-1 battery pack
Olympus E-1 review summary
camera date Jul 03  out of production
pixels / class 5.5M  SLR digital camera
overall rating good overall camera rating  12 reviews
image quality good image quality rating  
ease of use good usability rating  
camera body good camera body rating  
digital features average it its class digital features rating  
photogr. ctrls good photographic controls rating  
user profile user profile: digital photography enthusiast
comments  
Olympus E-1 specifications
lens / zoom  
focus / macro  auto | manual
metering mode  ESP, center weighted, spot
aperture  auto | manual
white balance  auto | manual - 12 presets
shutter  auto | manual / B, 60s - 1/4000s
exposure  +/- 5EV in 1/2 or 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  hot-shoe - 6 modes
viewfinder  ttl optical
iso ratings  100, 200, 400, 800, boost to 1600/3200
image size  2560x1920 / 1600x1200 / 1280x960 / 1024x768 / 640x480
image format  raw / tiff / jpeg (exif 2.2)
image compr.  SHQ / HQ / SQ
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer 12s /  2s
video options  
audio options  
connectivity  usb / video
storage  compact flash I / II
platform  Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, OS X 10.1.3 - 10.2.1
extra features  histogram display available
Olympus E-1 links
Reviews for novices and shutterbugs
16May04 Olympus E-1 review by DCViews
16May04 Olympus E-1 review by DCViews (nl)
02Aug04 Olympus E-1 review by Quesabesde (es)
01Feb04 Olympus E-1 review by megapixel.net
25Jun03 Olympus E-1 review by Steves-digicams
Reviews for shutterbugs and professionals
20Apr05 Olympus E-1 review by LuminousLandscape
01Dec04 Olympus E-1 review by Wrotniak.net
16Mar04 Olympus E-1 review by Imaging-resource
22Jan04 Olympus E-1 review by Dcresource
28Nov03 Olympus E-1 review by Dpreview
Introductions, previews and other reviews
30Dec03 Olympus E-1 review by LetsGoDigital
News, guides, hints & tips
20Nov07 Olympus E-1 firmware update version 1.5
17Jan06 Olympus updates firmware for some Zuiko lenses
12Jan05 Lenses for use with the Olympus digital SLRs
28Jun03 Introduction Olympus
Forum discussions
dpreview.com Olympus SLR Talk Forum
dpreview.com Olympus Talk Forum
imaging-resource.com  Olympus Forum
steves-digicams.com Olympus Forum
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Olympus E-1 announcement clippings


The Olympus E-System hails a new chapter in the history of photography. Now, the world's first SLR digital camera system realises the advantages of the Four Thirds Standard and is dedicated to the special requirements of digital SLR photography, presenting new benchmarks for professional image quality and performance. All components and accessories of the Olympus E-System – from the camera body, through flash units, to interchangeable lenses – have been expressly designed for digital use and ensure the system's performance potential is maximised in every instance. The Olympus E-System breaks the mould of previous digital SLR solutions and frees itself from the obstacles of the past.

Gone are the days when photographers had to contend with hindrances due to using lenses that were not originally designed for use with their camera backs. Problems such as a loss to wide-angle capability, insufficient lens resolution and cornershading are a thing of the past. The Olympus E-System adheres to the guidelines defined by the Four Thirds Standard that regulate type and diameter of the lens mount as well as the size of the image sensor and the flange back distance.  These guidelines not only guarantee complete lens interchangeability between any manufacturer complying with the set norms but also enable production of lenses fully optimised to digital camera requirements.

A five megapixel 4/3-type CCD ensures the light transmitted by the lens is captured in flawless detail. But it is not the pixel-count alone that is responsible for the professional image results. Unlike most digital cameras, the Olympus E-1 utilises a Full Frame Transfer CCD sensor, a type specifically developed for the capture of still images. In comparison to Interline Transfer counterparts found in the majority of digital models, the FFT-CCD is distinguished by a larger pixel area, with bigger photodiodes and transfer channels. This means more electrons can be captured. A high signal/noise ratio can therefore be achieved together with a wider dynamic range. Final images benefit from more exposure latitude, greater detail and less noise.


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