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Olympus E-1 Digital SLR
By Tan Joe-sie
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 9th February, 2004
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  
Price : SGD4288

Behold, the Olympus E-1!

Other than winning the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) “Best Digital Consumer Camera” award in the year 2003 for the Olympus µ[mju:]400, Olympus, together with their developing partner Kodak, was also conferred TIPA's “Best Innovative Technology” award for their Four Thirds Digital System. It is with this new Four Thirds System, that they hope to introduce a completely new standard for 100% digital SLR photography.

So far, all digital SLR camera systems in the market have been designed to utilize components of pre-existing 35mm film-SLR cameras. The film SLR body, lens and flash units were simply made digital by combining them with new digital components such as adding in image sensors, LCD screens, etc…

Olympus claims that although mostly successful, they believe that the resulting cameras are not the optimum design due to more exacting optical requirements of digital photography. Thus, they set out together with Kodak in 2001 to pioneer a new standard in digital SLR photography by creating what is now known as the Four Thirds System.

From the camera body to the Zuiko DIGITAL lens and the electronic flash units, Olympus has tailored all these to fit the specific design requirements of digital photography.

Before we move on with the detailed aspects of the camera, here are the Olympus E-1’s detailed camera specifications:

Technical Specifications for the Olympus E-1
Suggested Retail Price S$4288 (body and 14-54mm standard zoom lens)
Camera Format Interchangeable Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Lens Format Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens (Equivalent to approx. 2x indicated focal length compared to 35mm format)
Lens Mount Four Thirds Mount
Dimensions 141mm(W) x 104mm(H) x 81mm(D)
Weight (without battery and card) 660g (740g with battery and card)
Remote Control Optional
Tripod Mount Yes
Operating Systems
  • Windows IEEE 1394:98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP
  • Windows USB 1.2:98SE/ ME
  • Windows USB 2.0:2000/ XP
  • Mac IEEE 1394/ USB1.1: Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, OS X 10.1.3-10.2.1
  • Image Capture
    Sensor Type 4/3-type Full Frame Transfer CCD solid-state image sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3mm (H) x 13.0mm (V)
    Photo Detectors 5.5 million
    Effective Pixels 5.1 million
    Type Computerised focal-plane shutter
  • P exposure mode: 2 - 1/4000 seconds
  • A, S and M exposure modes: 60 - 1/4000 seconds
  • Bulb: up to 8 mins
  • Focusing
    Auto Focus System TTL phase-contrast detection system
    Auto Focus Modes
  • Single AF
  • Continuous AF
  • Manual Focus
  • Focusing Points 3-point multiple AF (left, center, right)
    Focusing Point Selection Auto, Optional
    AF Illuminator Built-in (with range of approx. 0.7- 6.0m)
    ISO Settings ISO 100-800 ( ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 with ISO Boost)
    Light Metering
  • Digital ESP
  • Center-weighted average
  • Spot
  • Compensation -5 EV to +5EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV step increments
    Bracketing 3 or 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps
    Shooting Modes
  • P: Programme AE
  • A: Aperture Priority
  • S: Shutter Priority
  • M: Manual
  • Noise Reduction Yes
    White Balancing
    Type CCD and white balancing sensor
  • Auto
  • Preset (12 settings)
  • Manual One Touch ( max. 4 settings registered)
  • Compensation -7 to +7 steps in 1-step increments
    Bracketing 3 frames, within -3 to + 3 steps in 1-step increments
  • Single-frame
  • Sequential
  • Self-timer
  • Remote Control
  • Sequential Shooting 3.0 fps (max. 12 frames in all record modes)
    Self Timer 12 or 2 seconds
    Optional Remote Control 2 or 0 seconds
    Type Eye-level single-lens reflex
    Field of view Approx. 100%
    Magnification 0.96x
    Eyepoint 20mm
    Diopter Adjustment Range -3.0 to +1.0
    Depth of Field Preview Yes
    Focusing Screen Interchangeable
    Eye Cup Interchangeable
    LCD Monitor 1.8 inch TFT color LCD
    LCD Pixels Approx. 134 000 pixels
    Brightness Control 15 levels
  • Single-frame
  • Close-up
  • Index Display
  • Picture Rotation
  • Slideshow
  • Information Display
  • Information Display
  • Histogram Display
  • Highlight Display
  • Flash
    Synchronisation Synchronised with camera at 1/180 seconds or less
    Control Mode
  • TTL-Auto (TTL pre-flash mode)
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • In-built Flash No
    External Connection Hot-shoe, External flash connector
    Image Storage
    Recording Media Compact Flash Type I/II, Microdrive
    Recording Format
  • DCF
  • DPOF
  • EXIF 2.2
  • PRINT Image Matching II
  • File Format
  • RAW (12 bits)
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • JPEG
  • Number of Recording Pixels (Image Size)
    • (RAW, TIFF, SHQ, HQ)
      • 2560 x 1920
    • (SQ)
      • 1600 x 1200
      • 1280 x 960
      • 1024 x 768
      • 640 x 480
    Power Supply
    Battery BLM-1 Li-ion Batter Pack
    AC Power Supply AC-1 AC Adapter (optional)
    Others BLL-1 Li-ion Battery for HLD-2 Power Battery Holder (optional)
    Connection Ports
  • USB connector (mini-B)
  • IEEE 1394 connector
  • DC-in jack
  • Video-out jack
  • Remote cable connector
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