The revolutionary Olympus E-1 Interchangeable lens Digital SLR is designed to deliver the best digital images for professional photographers today and into the future. It is a dynamic camera that can handle many types of photographic situations and deliver superior results in a wide range of settings, from indoor to studio, fashion to journalism, sports to portrait photography, and more.
The camera features a new, high performance Super Latitude Full Frame Transfer CCD from Kodak (the KAF-5101CE), which delivers the highest dynamic range, lowest noise levels and best color of any camera in its class. This innovative 5 Megapixel CCD outperforms many higher Megapixel count imagers. In addition, the E-1 utilizes new and existing technologies like the exclusive Olympus TruePic Technology to achieve the highest image quality and most realistic digital photographs. Newly developed Noise Filter technology and the existing Noise Reduction technology produce clear, clean files. A newly developed Supersonic Wave Filter significantly reduces the chances of dust settling on the CCD or image and blocking pixels.
The E-1 is built to last with a magnesium alloy metal body that is lightweight and durable for heavy daily use by the most demanding professional photographers. A splash-proof body and lenses provide maximum protection against dust and moisture, allowing photographers to shoot in the most difficult conditions without concern for the performance or life of the product. The system delivers a true film-like experience with fast shooting and operating speeds, dramatically reducing the lag time often associated with digital cameras, while second generation coreless motors in the Digital Specific Lenses achieve focus speeds comparable to or better than the best film SLR lenses.
The E-1's new progressive Full Frame Transfer CCD with separate camera control SDRAM and large SDRAM buffer, coupled with the E-1's parallel data processing 3 ASIC Digital Processor engine, overcomes many of the bottlenecks in image processing and camera operations. The E-1 can capture images at 3 frames per second for a burst of 12 frames in all image quality modes in addition, newly developed capture software delivers another boost in shooting speed, allowing direct capture of data to a computer.
The Four-Thirds System - A New Standard For Digital SLR Camera Systems
The Four Thirds system establishes a new common standard for digital cameras. Using a 4/3-type CCD or other image sensor, it will facilitate the development of dedicated digital camera lens systems for outstanding quality while also being smaller than their counterparts for 35 mm film SLRs. Furthermore, by creating a standard for camera body lens mounts, it lets photographers combine bodies and lenses from different manufacturers for a wider choice.
Uses Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses
The Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses are perfectly matched with the 4/3-type image sensor to deliver light more directly to each of the imager's pixels. By filling each pixel more precisely, the outcome is clear, accurate color, sharp contrast and bright images even at the edges. Optimized for digital photography, Aspherical and ED glass elements ensure even more beautifully refined clarity and color. Faster apertures ranging from f2.8/3.5 and faster, along with the compact size and light weight of the lenses, provide the flexibility needed to attain such impressive results anywhere. And these are just some of the many advantages provided by the new Four Thirds system. Each Zuiko Digital Specific Lens also contains its own CPU to further solidify a richly colored, clear image. These "smart" lenses transfer data specific to the lens being used to the system's software to correct potential distortions and aberrations that occur in all lenses.
Full-Frame Transfer CCD
To meet the high-quality image demands of the professional photographer, the E-1 SLR uses a Full-Frame Transfer CCD (FT-CCD). The FT-CCD is a Progressive scan sensor producing higher image quality than is found with many equal or higher megapixel CCD models. Unique to the E-1, the FT-CCD offers many advantages over traditional Interline CCDs found in many competing digital SLRs. The key benefits of the FT-CCD include its high sensitivity - due to a larger pixel capture area - and a high Signal/Noise ratio - along with the ability to capture more electrons for a higher dynamic range from black to white.
Multi-point AF System
Built for the accuracy and speed requirements of the professional photographer, the E-1 features a three-point auto focus system designed to work specifically with the Four Thirds System to produce quick and accurate focus regardless of the situation. The system uses three user selectable or automatic AF points (Left, Center, Right) and offers 3 versatile focusing modes (Single AF, Continuous AF, or Manual focus). Customizable modes provide further versatility as the photographer can choose their preference. Mixed AF/MF mode lets the photographer make fine adjustments or focus manually after AF is performed in the S-AF mode. Or in the Manual focus mode you can also set the camera to AF with the push of the AEL button. Focus Priority can be set, or you can select Release Priority. Focus Priority prevents the shutter from firing until perfect focus is reached, while Release Priority releases the shutter even when the subject is not in perfect focus making sure you get that shot you have to have. Users also may choose from 12 AE and AF lock modes, and can set the rotational direction of the focus ring to suit the preference of how the focus will be adjusted on the lens. Dark environments can also be easily conquered due to the E-1's AF assist illuminator.
Color Space Selection and Color Adjustment Controls
The E-1 allows the user to select their choice of image capture using sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces. sRGB is the color space standard for computer monitors, inkjet printers, scanners, and the Internet, and is used in most digital cameras on the market today. Adobe RGB offers the color space which is suitable to pre-press and printing on CMYK printers. The E-1 also provides 5 color saturation adjustment modes - ranging from Accurate CS 0 to saturated showy colors CS 4 - and 4 memory color adjustment modes for specific color emphasis - including Apple Red, Spring Green, Blue Sky and Soft Red (for Euro Asian skin tones).
Comfortable and Lighweight
the E-1 was built to be Lightweight for impressive portability and Ergonomically shaped for remarkable comfort. With appropriately placed buttons and controls for immediate access, and weighing a mere 23.5 oz, the E-1 provides dramatically improved handling over other digital SLR Cameras. Additionally, with compact, lighter lenses due to the new design based on a 4/3-type image sensor that's perfectly matched to the lenses themselves, the camera is even more comfortable to handle.
Supersonic Wave Filter
The Supersonic Wave Filter dramatically reduces dust and other particles from settling on the image sensor. Located between the shutter and the CCD, the Supersonic Wave Filter uses high-speed ultrasonic vibration to cause dust and other micro elements to fall off and be collected and held so they don't affect photographs. Automatic upon powering up the camera, this unique technology lets the professional shoot and interchange lenses with the confidence that their images won't be damaged or ruined by dust.
Durable and Spash Resistant
The E-1 is built with a lightweight magnesium alloy metal body to stand up to your professional demands, and features buttons, dials, a lens mount and other components engineered to resist wear and tear. Furthermore , it is constructed using an innovative splash-proof design to keep you working regardless of the elements.
Built for Speed
The new Olympus digital processing engines dramatically reduce image capture and recording time. Designed with speeds comparable to the best Pro digital and film SLR cameras, the E-1 is ready to meet the most demanding of professional needs including rapid shutter speeds, swift flash recycle speeds, and digital specific lenses for fast focusing and fast aperture. this high performance is achieved with a unique Parallel processing system around a new 3 ASIC digital engine. Each ASIC controls its own camera function: one dedicated to Image Processing; one solely to Interface Processing; and one to Camera Control.
External Flash Sync Options
The E-1 features a built-in synch socket to connect to studio strobes, infrared or radio slaves. Each is easily connected via an ISO standard PC synch cord. For portability, you can connect a number of external flashes by way of the built-in TTL hot shoe, including the FL-50, FL-40 and FL-20 Flashes from Olympus. And when desired, constant light sources can be used to meet your perfectly illuminate your subject.
Type: Interchangeable Digital SLR Camera
Compatible Lens: Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Lens Mount: Four Thirds mount
Body: Magnesium alloy
Media: Compact Flash Card (Type I, II), Micro Drive (16bit/32bit Format compatible)
4/3-type Full Frame Transfer CCD solid-state image sensor
5.5 million pixels
Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Protect Filter:
Supersonic Wave Filter
Eye level Pentaprism "High Eye Point" type Optical View Finder
Approx. 1.0 with 50mm lens set to infinity on -1 diopter
Built-in, -3 to +1
Interchangeable type (2 types), matte FS-1 supplied
AF frame, AF lock, AF point indicator, AF correct mark, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AE lock, Auto bracket, White balance, Exposure level indicator, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure compensation value indication, Flash, FP flash, Number of storable sequential pictures
Depth of Field Preview:
Preview button on body
Interchangeable (2 types), EP-1 supplied
Eye Piece Shutter:
TTL phase difference detection system
Single AF/Continuous AF/Manual
EV 0 to 19 (ISO 100)
Focus Area Selection:
Automatic Selection, Manual User Selection
AF Assist Lamp:
Built-in body-type and built-in optional Olympus dedicated flashes
Locked by first position of shutter button or AE lock button (customizable)
Light Metering System:
TTL full-aperture light metering by 3-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Modes:
ESP, Center-weighted average (6%), Spot (2%)
ESP, Center-weighted average: EV 3 to 20 (50mm f2, ISO 100),
EV 3 to 17 (50mm F2, ISO 100)
Program with Program Shift/Shutter Priority/Aperture Priority/Manual P, A:2-1/4000; S:60-1/4000; M: 60-1/4000 & Bulb
+/-5 steps EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Locked by first position of shutter button or AE lock button (customizable)
3 or 5 Frames in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step
ISO 100 - 400
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, Expandable to 1600/3200
Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
A, S, M, and Ps modes: 60 sec. - 1/4000
In P mode:
2 sec. - 1/4000 Bulb (up to 8 minutes
X = 1/180 Sec. Super FP (FP) up to 1/4000 Sec. for fill flash with FL 50
12 or 2 sec.
Wireless by RM-1, Wired by RM-CB1
Single, Sequential shooting
Sequential Shooting Speed:
3.0 frames per second
Max. Frame Number of Sequential Shooting:
12 frames (TIFF, JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG)
White Balance System
Auto WB System:
Hybrid detection system with white balance sensor and CCD imager
12 Types (3000K, 3300K, 3600K, 3900K, 4000K, 4300K, 4500K, 4800K, 5500K, 6500K, 6600K, 7500K)
up to +/- 7 step in each 2mired (20 K) step for each Auto/Preset setting
3 Frames with +/- 5/10/15 mired steps (50/100/150 K)
Type: TTL Auto FP, TTL Auto for Olympus dedicated flash, Auto, Manual
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchro, Slow synchro second curtain, Fill-in for exclusive flash
up to +/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step for Exclusive Flash
Yes (PC ISO type)
Control Panel Information
Flash mode, Metering mode, Focus mode, Record mode, Aperture value, Shutter speed, Battery check, Number of storable still pictures, Image quality adjustment, ISO, Color space, White balance, Remote control, Self-timer, Exposure level indicator, Exposure compensation indicator, AF frame, Number of storable sequential pictures, Exposure compensation value indication, Auto bracket, Noise reduction, Single-frame shooting/Sequential shooting