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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Nine industry awards
No built-in flash
Confusing menu system
52 Reviews + 9 Awards
Camera Labs Highly Recommended DP Review Silver Digicam Buyer.co.uk Best Value Expert Reviews Budget Buy

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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This camera has received nine awards from expert review sites.

The editors of websites DP Review and Onfoto.ru both thought that this low megapixel digital camera was great and gave it their "Silver" award.

The writers at two additional expert review sites both concluded that this digital camera was great for its price. This camera received a "Budget Buy" award from Expert Reviews and Digicam Buyer.co.uk gave it a "Best Value" award.

The experts at review sites Datatid.dk and Theregister.co.uk both endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

An other three expert review sites liked this low megapixel digital camera. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Camera Labs and the expert at review site Buy-n-shoot.com gave it a "Platinum" award and decided it was outstanding. This digital camera also received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Twenty-seven experts from sites including DP Review, Expert Reviews, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and T3.com have rated this camera on average 79%.

Good User Reviews

Based on 12 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 88 out of 100. Over 83% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 4,447 expert and user reviews (including 84 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 100% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The PEN E-PM1 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PEN E-PM1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Power

Low Battery Life

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good battery life. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1 “Low battery life”.


WYSIWYG LCD Screen

Five people agreed that the product was mirrorless. Firstpost.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said five years ago “Mirrorless compact cameras are worth considering if you want DSLR-like photo quality without the bulk” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1. Theregister.co.uk mentioned “Affordable mirrorless marvel” . Cameralabs.com said on expert review site Camera Labs six years ago “Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 review The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is one of the most affordable mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) to date” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Four people thought this digital camera had a good screen. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “WYSIWYG LCD screen”. Eleven years ago Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera “Brighter, higher resolution screen (still not class-leading though”. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Screen is nice to use” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Photoreview.com.au said six years ago “Accessory port for optional EVF” .

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Quieter Lens

Nine owners reckoned that it had a good lens. Camera Labs said “Built-in stabilisation works with any lens” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera “2x magnification factor from Micro Four Thirds sensor turns a 300mm lens into a frackin 600mm lens”. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Au The new kit lens has fixed one of the criticisms of the original micro four thirds lens which was said to be slo” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Fast autofocus system” in their review of this digital camera. T3.com wrote “Quick, competent auto focus” in their review of this digital camera. Photoreview.com.au also wrote “Fast autofocus and continuous burst shooting” in their review.

Two customers who bought it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Dp Review said eleven years ago “Stabilisation du capteur” . Photoreview.com.au said six years ago “Effective builtin stabilization” in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner considered that this digital camera had a good zoom. Pocket Lint wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good value when bought with standard zoom, competent and consistent performance, quick” .

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Full HD Video Recording

Eleven people who reviewed it wrote that it was good for video recording. Six years ago Camera Labs mentioned in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review “1080 60 movie mode with PASM”. Photoreview.com.au said in their review of this digital camera also six years ago “Almost instant video recording” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Photoreview.com.au also said “Crisp 1080i HD movies with stereo sound available at the touch of a button” in their review.

Low Image Noise

Twenty-one people who reviewed it thought it was able to produce good images. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera on DP Review eleven years ago “Large image sensor”. Dp Review also mentioned “Dual menu system tailored toward either beginners or seasoned photographers” in their review. Six years ago Photoreview.com.au said “Good picture quality up to 1600 ISO”.

Five owners who bought the Olympus PEN E-PM1 considered that it had a good picture resolution. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera on DP Review eleven years ago “Best in class for continuous shooting performance”. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Fast 5.5fps continuous shooting”.

Five owners wrote that the product had a good ISO range. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Gute Bildqualitt (bis ISO 800), sehr gute JPEGAusgabe”. Good Gear Guide.com.au gave it a rating of 75 out of 100 and wrote “Good high ISO performance” in their review of this digital camera. Photoreview.com.au said “Sehr gute Bildqualitt bis ISO 800, bis ISO 1.600 noch gut” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good image sensor.

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No Built-In Flash

Five customers said in their reviews that it did not have a good flash. Six years ago Photoreview.com.au wrote “No builtin flash (external flash supplied” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. Photoreview.com.au also said “Pas de flash intgr (mais flash externe fourni” in their review. Good Gear Guide.com.au said “Flash not built in”.


Design

Compact, Solid, Nice Design

Three customers who bought it concluded that it was well made. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Compact, solid, nice design” in their review of this digital camera. Mac World rated it 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “Solid features with advanced”. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Menu system easy to understand, fast focusing speed, inclusion of hotshoe, build quality” in their review.

Compact Design

Eleven customers who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Expert review site Theregister.co.uk mentioned “With the E-PM1 Olympus has released a sexy, versatile, pocketable camera that manages to bring increased ease-of-use to the PEN family without sacrificing the creative”. Six years ago expert review site Letsgodigital.org wrote “The 12 megapixel Olympus PEN Mini has a stylish appearance, however, its weight is especially noteworthy, as the” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The E-PM1 is an excellent CSC, coupling stylish looks with great features”.

Eight people said in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Dp Review mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1 on DP Review eleven years ago “Comfortable design”. Photoreview.com.au scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Gute Bildqualitt, sehr kompakt, gute Verarbeitung, schickes Design, farbenfroh”. Reviewed.com mentioned “Small and cute design”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was retro. Expert review site T3.com wrote five years ago “The Olympus E-PM1 shares a degree of retro charm with its Pen predecessors” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Photo Quality

Fifteen people who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Dp Review said on DP Review eleven years ago “Very good image quality”. Six years ago Photoreview.com.au wrote “Excellent picture quality”. Dp Review also mentioned “Handling and competitive image quality” in their review.

Confusing Menu System

Nine customers who reviewed it thought it was not easy to use the menus. Photoreview.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Menus toujours longs, en particulier avec les rglages personnaliss”. Photoreview.com.au also said “Menu navigation involves too many button pushes” in their review. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Menus are still too long, particularly with all the custom options” in their review.

Six people who reviewed it considered that it was not easy to use. Photoreview.com.au said “Oversimplified control scheme” although they gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Small text, lack of grip, auto white balance can falter, poor chromatic aberration control with kit lens” in their review. Photoreview.com.au also said “Interface not completely intuitive” in their review.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good interface. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Interface parfois nervante (presser un bouton pour activer les modes ASM”. Photoreview.com.au also said “Interface can be annoying (e” in their review.

Two owners who bought the product reckoned that it was not comfortable and easy to hold. Pocket Lint wrote in their review of this digital camera “No integral flash, rear operational controls and on-screen symbols are tiny, no dedicated delete button nor handgrip”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners agreed that it had good features.


Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard), including the PEN E-PM1 which takes 330 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The PEN E-PM1 features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Quieter Lens

Two people who purchased the Olympus PEN E-PM1 reckoned that it was noisy. Eleven years ago Dp Review wrote “Good chroma noise control” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Two people mentioned that it was quiet. Dp Review gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned eleven years ago “Silent autofocus during video recording with kit lens”.

Low Image Noise

Two people who purchased the Olympus PEN E-PM1 reckoned that it was noisy. Eleven years ago Dp Review wrote “Good chroma noise control” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.


Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

The lowest magnification of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is -2x, the highest is 20x, and the average magnification is 4x. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly high magnification (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The PEN E-PM1 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Expert review sites Expert Reviews and Digicam Buyer.co.uk highlighted in their review that this Olympus digital camera was good value for money.

Simple and Elegant Camera Body Makes it Look More Expensive Than it is

Five people who reviewed the product wrote that it was expensive. Reviewed.com wrote “Simple and elegant camera body makes it look more expensive than it is”.

Expert review site Macworld.com wrote five years ago “Also known as the PEN Mini, this $500 entry-level model and s E-P3 and the E-PL3 sibling, is the least expensive o” and scored it 70 out of 100. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Because it provides most of the features of its more expensive siblings (the E-P3”.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 supports live view. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support live view.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The PEN E-PM1 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The PEN E-PM1 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The PEN E-PM1 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The PEN E-PM1 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Calendar

The PEN E-PM1 features calendar. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also feature calendar.

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Features Histogram

The PEN E-PM1 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Body

Twenty people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera “Compact body” . Photoreview.com.au gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said “Extremely compact”. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Compact, stylish and wellmade” in their review.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Reviewed.com wrote six years ago “Erg compacte body, snelle autofocus, beeldstabilisatie in body, anti stof functie, beeldkwaliteit bij lage gevoeligheden, verkrijgbaar in zes kleuren” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1. Eleven years ago Dpreview.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site DP Review “A capable sensor, fast AF and in-camera raw conversion wrapped inside a small, stylish body”.

One person thought it was thin. Six years ago Photoreview.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Slim and compact design”.

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Average Weight

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly typical weight (217 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon S120 (217g).

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Networking

Features Bluetooth

The PEN E-PM1 features bluetooth, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera do not feature bluetooth.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PM1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 8800.

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Has an HDMI Port

The PEN E-PM1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The PEN E-PM1 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PM1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX50 HS.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a higher still image resolution than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have a still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920.

A 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

A 640 x 360 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 has a higher image resolution than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the PEN E-PM1 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. Low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5".

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Support

Excellent Automatic Manual Focus Assist

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 supports video recording, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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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 comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Olympus digital camera. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The best video resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v20601cse000
Barcodes 04545350037857, 04545350037888

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