Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of E-PL1 vs 400D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from 43rumors.com, trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Canon EOS 400D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 400D  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of PEN E-PL1 vs EOS 400D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

PEN E-PL1
487 ISO
EOS 400D
664 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL1
820 ms
EOS 400D
200 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

PEN E-PL1
70 ms
EOS 400D
105 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-PL1
2,200 ms
EOS 400D
2,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL1
3 fps
EOS 400D
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-PL1
290 photos
EOS 400D
370 photos

Features Key features of the PEN E-PL1  vs EOS 400D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

PEN E-PL1
12.2 MP
EOS 400D
10.1 MP

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

PEN E-PL1
2.7"
EOS 400D
2.5"

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

PEN E-PL1
18.4 microns
EOS 400D
32.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

PEN E-PL1  vs EOS 400D 

9.0
9.0
The kit lens produces almost no barrel distortion at wide angle.
PEN E-PL1

7.4
7.8
The LCD display grew from 1.8 to 2.5 inches, which essentially squeezed the status/info LCD into the ether.
EOS 400D

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

PEN E-PL1  vs
EOS 400D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 10.1 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024 3888 x 2592
Size Four Thirds APS-C
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 1.6x
Pixel size 18.4 microns 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Focus points 11 9

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Pentamirror
Coverage N/A 95%
Magnification N/A 0.8x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 3 fps
Battery life 290 370
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 820 ms 200 ms
Shutter lag 70 ms 105 ms
Startup delay 2,200 ms 2,500 ms

video

PEN E-PL1  vs
EOS 400D 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps None
Shoots video in 24p No N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack None N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/2000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 115 x 72 x 42 mm 127 x 94 x 65 mm
Thickness 42 mm 65 mm
Weight 334 g 556 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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