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The body feels very well-made, and is comfortable to shoot with.
The E-P1 comes in two two-tone bodies; black-and-silver and white-and-beige.
The body alone is a similar size as compact enthusiast models like the Canon PowerShot G10 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Despite the retro design, the control layout and menus are typical digital camera. The four-way navigation buttons are part of a dial, and you can use the zoom scroller to navigate as well.
The two-tone design carries across the back of the camera.
The 14-42mm lens is ingeniously designed to retract into a smaller footprint when not in use.
The recessed mode dial gives the top a nice clean look, and Olympus doesn't crowd it with more features than can comfortably fit.
I found this a bit odd.
The optional viewfinder only works with the 17mm lens. The lack of an eye-level viewfinder is a mixed blessing; yes, it keeps the camera smaller than models like the G10, but many people will miss the viewfinder.
An optional adapter allows you to use Four Thirds system lenses on the E-P1.
If you've got OM-1 lenses, there's an adapter for that too.
The lack of on-camera flash is a big drawback for the E-P1, though Olympus offers an optional hot-shoe flash with a relatively compact profile.
The optional flash on the camera.
Colorful vintage lens caps are also available.
Opt for the old-fashioned strap to keep the vintage theme going.
Olympus offers a 17mm lens kit (34mm equivalent) with the optional optical viewfinder.
In an unusual move, Olympus offers versions of the lenses that match the different body colors.