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Old Feb 26, 2010, 9:27 AM   #1
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Default E-P1 vs E-PL1 image quality... same?

Hopefully not a silly question...

Forgetting for a moment the re-designed ergonomics (to me the E-PL1 appears to be designed to suit someone stepping up from a point-and-shoot type camera), I'm wondering whether at the end of the day the E-PL1 actually produces the same image quality as the E-P1?

Particularly interesting to me is high ISO performance. I note that the PL1 does not do ISO6400, and I'm curious of the comparison between P1 and PL1 at ISO1600 and 3200..... I appreciate that at these sensitivity levels there will be noise, but is it the same on both?
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Old Feb 26, 2010, 9:30 AM   #2
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It has the same parts as the EP-2, and with the test shots I took with a sd card i brought with me. The epl1 and the EP2 photos look identical. Hope that helps. I did not compare it to the p1
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Interesting.... I need to find comparisons then between the P1 and P2.
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I had a quick look at Steve's review - it would seem that the E-P1 and E-P2 are pretty much one and the same....

The E-P2 shares over 90% of it's features with its "little" brother, including a 12.3-Megapixel Live MOS image sensor, TruePic V image processor, Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system, 3.0-inch LCD screen, 324-area TTL ESP metering system, 11-area Contrast Detection AF system, sensor-shift Image Stabilization, built-in digital leveling function, 720p HD video capture, JPEG and RAW image formats (RAW + JPEG available), sensitivity settings from ISO 100 - 6400 (in 1/3 or 1EV steps), sRGB or Adobe RGB color space options, and burst mode shooting at up to 3fps.

...certainly when it comes to the imaging side of things (forgetting AF tracking, art filters etc.etc.).

From that, I would conclude that essentially (from an image quality and high-ISO performance perspective) the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1 are all the same.
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That is for sure with the ep2 and epl1. I can attest to that.
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yes, the image quality between those cameras is identical.

the differ only in features and controls.
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Old Feb 26, 2010, 9:47 AM   #7
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So it was a silly question....

I do wonder if Olympus would see fit to include any of the newer features in the E-P1 via firmware updates (e.g. 'diorama' effect, AF-tracking etc..)?

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Not a silly question, as not every one knows that info. Questions are good, it helps you make a more inform decision.

Now stop talking about the epl1, I am getting very tempted to not wait for the EVF and get the camera today. Slow snow day in nyc. And I have nothing to do right now.
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Shoturtle,

i think you have something to do... the EVF will be available the same day whether or not you already have the cam :P
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Hards,

You are tempting me, It is just 10 min away to grab that camera. Well I have the macro and adapter coming. Now just the camera is need. Hmmmmmmmmmm, decisions decisions. wait or not to wait.
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