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June 24, 2003
Specifications of
Model E-1
Type Interchangeable Digital SLR Camera
Media Compact Flash Card (Type I, II ), Micro Drive
Imaging Size 17.4 x 13.1mm
Lens Mount Four Thirds Mount
Compatible Lens Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Camera Effective Pixel Number 5.0 million pixels
Type Full Frame Transfer CCD
Total Pixel Number 5.5 million pixels.
Aspect 4 : 3
Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Reduction System Yes
Type of Recording Format RAW , TIFF, JPEG (DCF)
Type of File Format RAW (12bit) , TIFF, JPEG (Exif 2.2),
RAW + JPEG Recording Yes
File Size
 2560x1920  Uncompressed  approx.  10MB
 2560x1920  1/2.7  Approx.  15MB
 2560x1920  1/2.7  Approx.  3.8MB
 2560x1920  1/8  Approx.  1.2MB
 1600X1200  1/2.7  Approx.  1.4MB
   1/8  Approx.  0.5MB
 1280x960  1/2.7  Approx.  0.9MB
   1/8  Approx.  0.3MB
 1024x768  1/2.7  Approx.  0.6MB
   1/8  Approx.  0.2MB
 640X480  1/2.7  Approx.  0.3MB
   1/8  Approx.  0.1MB
Viewfinder Type Eye level Pentaprism type Optical View Finder
Viewfield Coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. x0.96 with 50mm Lens set to infinity on -1 diopter
Eye Point 20mm
Diopter Adjustment Built-in type -3.0 to +1.0 dioptre
Focusing Screen Interchangeable type , FS-1 supplied
Mirror Quick Return Mirror
Viewfinder Information AF frame, AF lock, 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
Eye Piece Shutter Built-in type
Eye Cup Interchangeable type , EP-1 supplied
Depth of Field Preview Preview Button
Playback Monitor Type TFT Color LCD
Size 1.8 Inch/4.5 cm
Pixel Number 134,000 pixels
Viewfield Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Control +/- 7 steps
Protection Cover Detachable type, MC-1 supplied
Auto Focus Type TTL Phase Difference Detection System
Focus Mode Single AF / Continuous AF / Manual Focus
Focus Area 3 points
Detection Range 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
AF Lock Locked by first position of Shutter Button / AE Lock Button (Customizable)
Light Metering System TTL Metering at Open Aperture by 3 Zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Light Metering Mode ESP / Center Weighted Average / Spot (2%)
Detection Range ESP / Center Weighted Average; EV 1 to 20 (50mm F2, ISO 100, : Spot; EV 3 to 17 (50mm F2, ISO 100,)
Exposure Mode Program with Program Shift / Shutter Priority / Aperture Priority / Manual
Exposure Compensation up to +/- 5 EV with each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
AE Lock Locked by first position of Shutter Button / AE Lock Button (Customizable)
Exposure Bracketing 3 or 5 Frames in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Sensitivity Auto ISO 100 to 400
Manual ISO 100/200/400/800,
Expandable to 1600/3200
White Balance System Auto WB System Hybrid Detection System with White Balance Sensor and CCD Imager
Preset WB 12 Types (3000K / 3300K / 3600K / 3900K / 4000K / 4300K / 4500K / 4800K / 5300K / 6000K / 6600K / 7500K)
WB Compensation up to +/- 7 step in each 2mired step for each Auto / Preset setting
Custom Mode 4 Custom Settings
WB Bracketing 3 Frames with +/- 5/10/15 mired steps
Color Space sRGB / AdobeRGB
Saturation 5 levels and 4 kinds
Sharpness 7 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Shutter Type Electronic Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed P, A:2-1/4000
S, M:60-1/4000
Bulb (up to 8 minutes),
X-Sync Speed X = 1/180 Sec. Super FP (FP) up to 1/4000 Sec. for fill flash
Self Timer 12 or 2 Sec
Remote Control Wireless by RM-1 / Wired by RM-CB1
0 or 2sec.(selectable)
Drive System Drive Mode Single / Sequential Shooting
Sequential Shooting Speed 3.0 fps.
Max. Frame Number on Sequential Shooting 12 Frames (TIFF, JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG) except advanced noise filter setting)
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
Flash Control Type TTL Auto FP / TTL Auto for Olympus Dedicated Flash, Auto, or Manual
synchronization Mode Auto / Red-eye Reduction / Slow synchro / 2nd Curtain Slow Synchro / Fill-in for Exclusive Flash
Intensity Control up to +/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step for Exclusive Flash
Synchro Socket Yes (PC ISO type)
Play Back Display Mode Single / Zoom ( 2 / 3 / 4x) / Index (4 / 9 / 16 frames) / Slide Show
Information Exposure Mode, Metering Mode, Shutter Speed, F-Stop, Compensation level, ISO, Color Space, WB Mode, Focal Length, Focus Area, File Type, Contrast Level, Sharpness Level
Exposure Level View Histogram, High Light Point Warning
Video Signal Output Yes
Erase /
Erase Mode Single / All / Selected
Image Protect Mode Single
Menu Information REC, Play Back, Custom, Setup
Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hangul (English Set as Default)
Customize Custom Reset 4 types
PC Interface IEEE 1394, USB 2.0
Power supply Battery Rechargeable Li-ion battery Pack BLM-1/BLL-1 (Optional; Power Battery Holder SHLD-2)
Battery Check Automatic check
Sleep Mode Yes (1, 2, 5, 10min selectable )
AC Adapter OptionalACadapter:AC-1
AC 100V-240V, 50-60Hz; DC 9V
Size / Weight Dimensions 141 x 104 x 81 mm
Weight 660 g (without batteries and CF Card).
Environment Weather Proof Yes
Temperature Operating Range; 32ºF to 104ºF ( 0 to 40ºC),
Storage Range; -4ºF to 140ºF ( -20 to 60ºC)
Humidity Operating Range; 30 to 90%, Storage Range; 10% - 90%
Box contents E-1 Body, USB Cable, IEEE1394 Cable, Video Cable, Li-ion Battery Pack (BLM-1), Li-ion Battery Charger (BCM-1), Shoulder Strap, Manuals, Olympus Studio 1.0 (trial version)
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*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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