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Olympus E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 10.7x Oct 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
- Metal body- Live Guide for stills and movies, offering full intuitive in easy-to-use interface- Reduced button design- 7.6cm/3.0" 460,000 dot colour LCD for easily framing, reviewing and sharing... More
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29 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Olympus has good average reviews for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

3D Compatible

The Olympus E-PM1 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the E-PM1 are not 3D compatible.

Other 3D compatible digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the NX2000 ($714.29), or the NX300 ($657.68) both from Samsung or the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus E-PM1 supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PM1 do not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support video recording and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Fujifilm X-P ($117.45) or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the 1 S1 ($188.88), and the 1 J2 both from Nikon are also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus E-PM1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the E-PM1.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-PM1, the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17), or the Nikon 1 S1 ($188.88).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PM1 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PM1 also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Olympus PEN E-PM1, the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17), or the Nikon 1 S1 ($188.88) which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 11x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 150x. The Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly big digital zoom (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 14x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($561.94) is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider including the Q10 ($205.04), or the Q10 ($205.04) both from Pentax or the Fujifilm X-E1 which has better reviews; or the X-P ($117.45), or the X-P ($117.45) both from Fujifilm which is cheaper.

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Light

With a weight of only 217 grams, the Olympus E-PM1 is fairly light compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PM1. Cameras of this age and spec have weights of between 70g and 680g, and the average weight is 310g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm X-P ($117.45) (400g) which is also cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of cameras of a comparable type and age to the E-PM1 range from 0.25s to 240s. The Olympus E-PM1 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PM1.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 22, the Olympus E-PM1 has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst MILC cameras of this age. The average maximum aperture of MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years is 16.

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Features Six Flash Modes

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Olympus E-PM1 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it have a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. This digital camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction.

A ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction is actually the best flash exposure correction across all MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PM1.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst flash exposure correction is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus digital camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Big Maximum Magnification

The maximum magnification of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PM1 range from 0.14x to 14x, and the average maximum magnification is 6.4x. The Olympus E-PM1 has a very big maximum magnification (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the E-PM1.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PM1 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. Across all cameras of a comparable age and spec to the E-PM1 the worst still image resolution is 1024 x 768 and the best is 12416 x 1856.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO speeds "1600" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the E-PM1, the Olympus E-PM1's maximum focal length of 300 millimeters is one of the longest. MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PM1 have maximum focal lengths of between 27mm and 870mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

Most cameras that have been around for more than two years have between 4 and 10 flash guides, including the Olympus E-PM1 which has ten flash guides.

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Three Aspheric Elements

The Olympus E-PM1 is a three aspheric element camera.

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Narrow

At only 109.5 millimeters, the Olympus E-PM1 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the E-PM1. The average width of digital cameras that are a similar age to the E-PM1 is 120mm, and the widths range from 98mm to 170mm.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Olympus camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PM1. The auto focus "Face tracking", "Multi Point Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Olympus E-PM1 does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17), the Samsung NX2000 ($714.29), or the Sony Alpha A5100L which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras of this age and spec do not have a GPS. The Olympus E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Samsung NX300 ($657.68), or the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus E-PM1 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the E-PM1 do not have an image stabiliser. The Olympus E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 12.3 megapixels, the Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the E-PM1. The average megapixel count of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago is 17MP, and the megapixel counts range from 2.3MP to 46MP.

If this digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Lumix DMC-GM5 ($469.95) (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-G6 ($546.95) (16.05MP) both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95) (14.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Six Shooting Modes

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of shooting modes than most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Auto", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to the E-PM1 range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP. The Olympus E-PM1 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 13.1 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PM1 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PM1 is 6000 x 4000 pixels and the worst is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

At only 460,000 pixels, the Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1. Comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolutions of between 33 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels.

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Only Bluetooth Connection

The Olympus E-PM1 supports a Bluetooth connection which is better than the USB 2 connection supported by most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

This digital camera's connection type (Bluetooth) is actually the worst supported connection type across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the E-PM1.

A Wireless LAN connection is the best supported connection type across comparable types of digital camera.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 10mm to 80mm, and the average minimum focal length is 27mm. With a minimum focal length of 80 millimeters, the Olympus E-PM1's minimum focal length is one of the longest amongst digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

At 200, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1. The smallest minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of this age and spec is 50 and the biggest is 200.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus E-PM1

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Olympus released the E-PM1.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 4/3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the E-PM1.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Fujifilm X-P ($117.45) which is cheaper; or the Pentax Q10 ($205.04), and the Olympus PEN E-PM1 which has better reviews are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Samsung NX300 ($657.68) (3.31") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Wind Filter
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
Connection
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Electronic Compass
Altimeter
Barometer
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Network Ready
Other Features
Shock Proof
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Digital SLR
Maximum Magnification

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epm1pur, epm1kit, N3862692, E-PM1 kit, PEN E-PL7, P-202853-2, olympus 161, v20601bbe000, V20601EBE000, olympus epm1, V20601FNE000, olympus 161m, V20601BSE000, olympus 1080, v20601cse000, olympus epm1p, olympus 161mp, olympus 1080p, olympus w1442, olympus w1442m, EZ-M1415 black, olympus epm1pi, olympus epm1pin, olympus penepm1, olympus w1442mm, olympus penepm1b, olympus epm1pink, olympus penepm1bo
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