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Olympus E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x Apr 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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25 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

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

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus E-PM1 supports video capability, 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 capability.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] which is cheaper; or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], and the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PM1 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the E-PM1.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Olympus PEN E-PM1[plb_1710326_price], the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], or the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] which has better reviews.

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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 cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PM1.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Olympus PEN E-PM1[plb_1710326_price], the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], and the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 150x, and the average digital zoom is 10x. With a digital zoom of 14 times zoom factor, the Olympus E-PM1 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst MILC cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 14x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the PEN E-PM2[pl_1666935_price], or the PEN E-PM2[pl_1666935_price] both from Olympus or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the X-E1[pl_1555146_price], or the X-E1[pl_1555146_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus PEN E-PM1[plb_1710326_price].

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Light

Cameras of this age and type have weights of between 70g and 680g. With a weight of only 217 grams, the Olympus E-PM1 is fairly light compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PM1.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The image editings Crop and Resizing are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Four Image Formats Supporteds

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this camera. The image formats supporteds EXIF, JPS, MPO and RAW are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 240s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 42s. At 60 seconds, the Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Five White Balances

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of this type and age. The white balances "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus digital 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 the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this digital camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the worst flash exposure correction is ±1EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1. The photo effectss "Black&White" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Big Maximum Magnification

The Olympus E-PM1 has one of the biggest maximum magnifications (14 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest maximum magnification of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PM1 is 0.34x, the biggest is 14x, and the average maximum magnification is 7.9x.

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Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras that have been available for a similar time to the E-PM1. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 300 millimeters, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 27mm and 870mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 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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Three Number of Aspheric Elementss

Most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1 have between one and four number of aspheric elementss, including the Olympus E-PM1 which has three number of aspheric elementss.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Face detection", "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Features Two Light Meterings

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of light metering modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this camera. The light meterings Evaluative (Multi-pattern) and Spot are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of power sources than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PM1.

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Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of audio formats than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM and WAV are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1 do not support wi-Fi. The Olympus E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the NX300[pl_2096674_price], or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] both from Samsung or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus E-PM1 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PM1 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price], or the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[plb_2032029_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus E-PM1 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PM1 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Olympus E-PM1 does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.3 megapixels, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite low megapixel compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the E-PM1. Comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have megapixels of between 2.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If this Olympus digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[pl_1840381_price] (16.1MP and higher rated), or the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[pl_2032029_price] (16.1MP and higher rated) both from Olympus; or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 + H-FS014042[plb_2013856_price] (16MP and cheaper).

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus E-PM1 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. In addition, this Olympus digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) is in fact the worst still image resolution across all MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The best still image resolution across similar types of camera is 6000 x 4000.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

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

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The Olympus E-PM1 has a quite few total megapixels (only 13.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average total megapixels of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 19MP, and the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 48MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PM1 has a higher image resolution than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years the best image resolution is 6000 x 4000 pixels and the worst is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Olympus E-PM1 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 460,000 pixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PM1. The display resolution (numeric)s of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 730,000 pixels.

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Only Bluetooth Optional Connectivity

The Olympus E-PM1 supports a Bluetooth optional connectivity which is better than the USB 2 optional connectivity supported by most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

This digital camera's connection type (Bluetooth) is in fact the worst supported connection type across all cameras of a comparable age and spec to the E-PM1.

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

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Olympus E-PM1 has one of the longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst similar spec cameras of this age. MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 10mm and 42mm.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

The flash sync-speeds of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PM1 range from 0.004s to 4s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.96s. At 1 second, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite long flash sync-speed 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 Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of a comparable age and type to the E-PM1 is 140. At 200, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus E-PM1

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released over three years ago.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 4/3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think a cheaper camera such as the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the PEN E-PM1[pl_1710326_price], and the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[pl_1840381_price] both from Olympus are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31" and higher rated), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7" and higher rated) both from Samsung.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Optional Connectivity
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Album Organization
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Brightness Adjustment
Altimeter
Barometer
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Network Ready
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Shock Proof
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
Camera Shutter Speed
Digital SLR
USB 2.0 Connectors
Manual Focus
Maximum Magnification

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 epm1pur, epm1kit, N3862692, E-PM1 kit, PEN E-PL7, P-202853-2, olympus 161, olympus 161m, V20601BSE000, olympus epl1, olympus 1080, v20601cse000, olympus epm1, v20601bbe000, V20601EBE000, V20601FNE000, olympus 161mp, olympus epl1s, olympus 1080p, olympus w1442, olympus epm1p, olympus w1442m, olympus epm1pi, EZ-M1415 black, olympus w1442mm, olympus epm1pin, olympus penepm1, olympus epm1pink
Barcodes 00050332175075, 00050332180635, 00050332180642, 00050332180659, 00050332180666, 00050332180673, 00050332180680, 00083922917151, 00085171904326, 00085171904333, 00085171904340, 00085171904357, 00085171905071, 00085171905095, 02600957999303, 03610170008033, 03610170008293, 03610170008309, 03610170016199, 03610170016335, 03610170026075, 04017386687721, 04017386797024, 04545350030315, 04545350036553, 04545350037796, 04545350037802, 04545350037819, 04545350037826, 04545350037833

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