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LCD attachment on the Olympus E-1

The LCD screen on the Olympus E-1 is fixed to the body. This solid attachment means that the connection between camera body and rear screen is very sturdy and the LCD is less likely to be damaged, for example, during a camera tumble than a hinged design. On the other hand, the fixed screen design does not make it possible to articulate the LCD for better visibility during odd-angle shots.

In terms of size and resolution, the rear LCD of the Olympus E-1 measures 1.8 inches and offers a resolution of 134,000 dots. The panel is not touch sensitive.

Olympus E-1 Screen Specs
Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
Viewfinder Field of View 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.48x
Top-Level Screen Control Panel
LCD Size 1.8 inch
LCD Resolution 134k dots
LCD Attachment Fixed screen
Touch Input No touchscreen

Back side of the Olympus E-1 with LCD

E-1 and credit card rear side

As can be seen from the rear-side image, the 1.8-inch LCD occupies a large part of the backside of the camera. For comparison, the diagonal on a standard credit card measures 4 inches.


Camera to camera comparisons

The Olympus E-1 is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera that was revealed to the public in June 2003 and is equipped with a Four Thirds sensor. It offers a resolution of 4.9 megapixel. In the United States, the camera was initially launched at a price of $1,699.

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The table below compares the rear screen specs of the Olympus E-1 to those of several similar cameras. Additionally, the table includes some information on other core features, such as the viewfinder, shutter, flash, and image stabilization system.

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LCD and Other Feature Comparison
#   Camera
(Type or
000 dots)
(inch/000 dots)
Olympus E-1optical Y1.8 / 134 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s n n
Canon 6D Mark IIoptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.5/s n n
Canon 7Doptical Y3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/8000s 8.0/s Y n
Leica Digilux 3optical n2.5 / 207 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
Nikon D500optical Y3.2 / 2359 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0/s n n
Nikon D610optical Y3.2 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
Nikon D7000optical Y3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/8000s 6.0/s Y n
Olympus E-5optical Y3.0 / 920 swivel n 1/8000s 5.0/s Y Y
Olympus E-3optical Y2.5 / 230 swivel n 1/8000s 5.0/s Y Y
Olympus E-330optical n2.5 / 215 tilting n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
Olympus E-300optical n1.8 / 134 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5/s Y n
Note: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

One useful feature of the E-1 is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.


    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Olympus E-1
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date June 2003
    Launch Price USD 1 699
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CCD
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 225 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 4.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 2 560 x 1 920 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.78 μm
    Pixel Density 2.19 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 3 200 ISO
    Image Processor TruePic
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.48x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Size 1.8 inch
    LCD Resolution 134k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy150 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or XD cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Dual card slots
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type BLM-1 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)750 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 141 x 104 x 81 mm
    (5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2 in)
    Camera Weight 738 g (26.0 oz)

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