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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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Expert Reviews Are Good

This digital camera received a score of 80% from expert review website portablegear.nl.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who purchased it concluded that it had a good autofocus. One customer thought it had a good image stabiliser. Reviewed.com said “Effective builtin stabilization” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Size

Several people considered that the Olympus PEN E-PM1 was compact. Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Compact, stylish and wellmade”. Reviewed.com also wrote “Compact design”. Reviewed.com also wrote “Extremely compact”.

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was thin.

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PM1 was a good body shape. Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera “Simple and elegant camera body makes it look more expensive than it is” .

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Nice Design

A number of Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good design. A number of Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking.

One person considered that the product was smooth. Six years ago Reviewed.com said “Smooth, slippery surfaces”.

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Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

MILC cameras manufactured by Olympus have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just MILC cameras) and found that Olympus also has good ratings across its entire range.

Good Product Quality

A number of people who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Reviewed.com said in their review “Good picture quality up to 1600 ISO”. Reviewed.com also said “Good photo quality”. Reviewed.com also said “Excellent picture quality”.

Good Video Capture

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Reviewed.com said “Full HD video recording” in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review. Reviewed.com also wrote “16 9 LCD is great for recording video”. Reviewed.com also said “Full HD video with decent stereo sound”.

Good Support

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Reviewed.com said “Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist” in their review.

Robust

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 owner said in their reviews that it was well made.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Olympus PEN E-PM1 owners agreed that the product was able to produce good images. Reviewed.com wrote “Picture browsing could be better” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PM1 had a good picture resolution. Reviewed.com wrote in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review “Fast 5.5fps continuous shooting” . Reviewed.com also said “Fast autofocus and continuous burst shooting”. Reviewed.com also wrote “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

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

One Olympus PEN E-PM1 reviewer thought the Olympus PEN E-PM1 was easy to use the menus. Reviewed.com mentioned six years ago “Menu system easy to understand, fast focusing speed, inclusion of hotshoe, build quality” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person wrote in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PM1 had a good screen.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-PM1 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], or the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price].

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

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PM1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PM1.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price], or the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] which has better reviews.

Alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Olympus E-PM1[plb_1657415_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age 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 alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the X-E1[pl_1555146_price], or the X-E1[pl_1555146_price] both from Fujifilm which has better reviews; or the PEN E-PM2[pl_1666935_price], or the PEN E-PM2[pl_1666935_price] both from Olympus which is cheaper.

If the memory card type of this Olympus camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Olympus E-PM1[plb_1657415_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Light

The weights of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PM1 range from 70g to 680g, and the average weight is 330g. With a weight of only 217 grams, the PEN E-PM1 is fairly light compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM1.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] (269g) which is also cheaper.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PM1. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

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

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Has Six White Balances

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "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 PEN 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 Olympus digital camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of this age and type 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 Four Photo Effectss

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The photo effectss "Black&White", "Muted" and "Sepia" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN 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 sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Ten Flash Guide Numbers

The PEN E-PM1 is a ten flash guide number digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras that have been around for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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TFT Display

The PEN E-PM1 has a TFT display which is better than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it 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. The display of all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the PEN E-PM1 is more than most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PM1.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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14 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was not noisy. Reviewed.com said “Images above ISO 1600 are noisy” in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review.

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PEN E-PM1 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the NX300[pl_2096674_price], or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] both from Samsung or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support video capability.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support video capability which you might also want to look at including the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price]; or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PEN E-PM1 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PM1 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in 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].

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PM1 do not have an image stabilizer. The PEN E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.3 megapixels, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The megapixels of digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PM1 range from 2.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If this MILC digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[pl_1840381_price] (16.1MP), or the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[pl_2032029_price] (16.1MP) both from Olympus or the Sony NEX-5[plb_2154751_price] (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-PM1 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 4032 x 3024.

This digital camera's still image resolution (1024 x 768) is actually the worst still image resolution across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is the best still image resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of digital cameras of this age and spec is 12MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP. The PEN E-PM1 has a fairly few total megapixels (only 13.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1.

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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 that came out around the same time as it. Across all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PM1 the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 460,000 pixels, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1. Across all the cameras of this age and type the display resolution (numeric)s range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Quite Long Flash Sync-Speed

MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years have flash sync-speeds of between 0.004s and 4s. At 1 second, the PEN E-PM1 has a quite long flash sync-speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PM1.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The ISO sensitivity (min)s of similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 50 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 140. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) (200) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3 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 Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PM1.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price] which has better reviews; or the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] which is cheaper.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31"), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7") both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
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 Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
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
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

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

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