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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS May 2012
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33 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This digital camera received an expert rating of 80% from portablegear.nl.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Olympus digital cameras and also specifically for Olympus MILC cameras and found that in both cases Olympus had good ratings compared to other brands.

Good Quality Lens

A few Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus PEN E-PM1 mentioned that it had a good autofocus. One Olympus PEN E-PM1 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Reviewed.com said “Effective builtin stabilization” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Size

Several people agreed that this digital camera was compact. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review “Extremely compact”. Reviewed.com also said “Botier compact, styl et bien construit”. One customer said in their reviews that the product was thin.

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 owner who bought it mentioned that it was a good body shape.

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Nice Design

Several people said in their reviews that it was a good design. Reviewed.com mentioned “Small and cute design”. Reviewed.com also wrote “Slim and compact design”.

A number of Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewers reckoned that it was good looking. Reviewed.com wrote in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review “Compact, stylish and wellmade”. Reviewed.com also wrote “Simple and elegant camera body makes it look more expensive than it is”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was smooth. Reviewed.com mentioned five years ago “Smooth, slippery surfaces” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

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Good Product Quality

Some Olympus PEN E-PM1 owners who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Reviewed.com wrote “Good picture quality up to 1600 ISO”. Reviewed.com also wrote “Good photo quality”. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Excellent picture quality”.

Good Video Capture

Five customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording. Reviewed.com wrote in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1 “Full HD video recording” . Reviewed.com also mentioned “16 9 LCD is great for recording video”. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Full HD video with decent stereo sound”.

Good Support

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 owner concluded that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist”.

Robust

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was well made. Reviewed.com said “Compact, solid, nice design” in their review.

Good Quality Pictures

Some people who reviewed the Olympus PEN E-PM1 reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Reviewed.com said five years ago “Picture browsing could be better”.

A number of Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewers said in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Reviewed.com wrote “Fast 5.5fps continuous shooting” . Reviewed.com also mentioned “Fast autofocus and continuous burst shooting”. Reviewed.com also said “Fast autofocus system and 5fps burst shooting mode are enough to keep up with some of the worlds best tennis players”.

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Easy to Use

Some customers agreed that it was easy to use. Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera “Simple control layout will suit beginners”. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Screen is nice to use”. One person reckoned that this digital camera had a good interface. Reviewed.com said “Simple interface for beginners with fewer confusing controls” in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review five years ago “Menu system easy to understand, fast focusing speed, inclusion of hotshoe, build quality”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewer who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good screen.

3D Compatible

The PEN E-PM1 is 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of this age and type are not 3D compatible.

Alternative 3D compatible cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the NX2000[pl_2085238_price], or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] both from Samsung.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus E-PM1[plb_1657415_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PM1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], or the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price].

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Olympus E-PM1[plb_1657415_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 also support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], and the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price] is also worth considering.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Olympus E-PM1[plb_1657415_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on digital cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the X-P[pl_1452080_price], or the X-P[pl_1452080_price] both from Fujifilm which is cheaper; or the Q10[pl_1399120_price], or the Q10[pl_1399120_price] both from Pentax or the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price] which has better reviews.

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Light

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 is one of the lighter digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PM1 (only 217 grams) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM1 have weights of between 70g and 680g, and the average weight is 310g.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus E-PM1[plb_1657415_price] (217g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the PEN E-PM1 is more than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the PEN E-PM1 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PM1. Across all the digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PM1 the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.25s to 240s.

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Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PM1. 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 PEN E-PM1 has a wider flash exposure correction than most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it have a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction.

This digital camera's flash exposure correction (±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)) is in fact the best flash exposure correction amongst all cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM1.

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

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Has Four Photo Effects

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM1. The photo effects "Black&White", "Muted" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PM1 is more than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this digital camera.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 has a higher still image resolution than most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This Olympus digital camera also have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. Across all cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PM1 the worst still image resolution is 1024 x 768 and the best is 12416 x 1856.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PM1. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

The PEN E-PM1 is a ten flash guide camera. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PM1 have between 4 and 10 flash guides.

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Narrow

With a width of only 109.5 millimeters, the PEN E-PM1 is one of the narrower digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PM1 amongst MILC cameras of this age. The widths of MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 range from 98mm to 170mm, and the average width is 120mm.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Olympus digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of this age and type. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The PEN E-PM1 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras of this spec and age. Most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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12 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was not noisy. Reviewed.com said “Images above ISO 1600 are noisy”.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price], or the Sony Alpha A5100L[plb_2421454_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM1, the PEN E-PM1 does not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support video recording including the 1 S1[pl_1857662_price], or the 1 J2[pl_1907086_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the PEN E-PM1 does not have a GPS.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS which you might want to consider including the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price], or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the PEN E-PM1 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PM1, the PEN E-PM1 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM1 is 17MP, and the megapixel counts range from 2.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel count of only 12.3 megapixels, the PEN E-PM1 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-GM5[pl_2547546_price] (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price] (16.05MP) both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] (14.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Seven Shooting Modes

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

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The PEN E-PM1 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 13.1 megapixels) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this type and age have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The worst image resolution of all MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years is 750,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PM1 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 50 to 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 130. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a quite big minimum ISO speed (200) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM1.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include a cheaper digital camera such as the Fujifilm X-P[plb_1452080_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price].

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] (3.31") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
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
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
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
Included Cable
Networking
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(3)
29 November 2011

The Olympus E-PM1 is the entry point into the company's 2011 interchangeable lens PEN lineup, complementing the higher-end E-PL3 and E-P3 options. The E-PM1, also known as the PEN Mini, is the... Read more…

Small and cute design
Fast autofocus
Easy-to-use menu system
Attractive price compared to other cameras in its class
Slim and compact design
No hand grip
Screen difficult to see in sunlight
Average video quality
Reflective LCD screen
16 9 LCD aspect ratio wastes a lot of space when taking stills
1 February 2014

De Olympus PEN Mini (E-PM1) is een van de kleinste Micro Four Thirds-camera's die tot op heden op de markt zijn gekomen. De PEN Mini heeft het formaat van een compactcamera, maar biedt dankzij de... Read more…

Clear image quality
Good high ISO performance
WYSIWYG LCD screen
Tatminkar fotoraf kalitesi
Dahili grnt sabitleme
Flash not built in
Video capture is "wobbly"
16 9 ekran tercihi
El cuerpo de la cmara es ligero y pequeo, y al incluir un lente grande y el flash, su manipulacin se complica

Tech.onliner.by

7 February 2012

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Fair value
Quieter lens
Quick, competent auto focus
Good performance
Above average image quality
No built-in flash
No handgrip
Rear controls minimal and tiny
Confusing menu system, beyond the basics
Minimal external controls

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 21 October 2015 by Hawleyboy
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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v20601bve000, olympus v20601cse000
Barcodes 04545350037833, 04545350037857, 04545350037888

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