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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Olympus PEN E-PM1 Assessment

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 is a very compact and light SLD. It is part of a group of Micro Four-Thirds cameras launched together in July 2011. The other two are the E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
and E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
which feature a single control-dial and dual control-dials, respectively. The E-P3 is the flagship with the most direct controls while the E-PL3 is the intermediate one. They all share the same 12 MP LiveMOS sensor and 120 Hz Contrast-Detect autofocus system.

This new sensor delivers high-quality images and performance. Image noise is low and metering rarely overexposes. There are some issues with color- and white-balance accuracy though. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 is much faster than its predecessor, particularly for autofocus which is more reliable and performs well in moderately low light.

Even as the entry-level model, Olympus made sure the E-PM1 matched closely the quality of its higher end models in terms of output and speed. They also produced the E-PM1 with an exceptional build quality for its class. For those who shoot mostly in automatic mode, the E-PM1 provides an attractive package at an outstanding value.

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PROS CONS
Low image noise Poor color accuracy
Conservative metering Below average AWB
Fast contrast-detect AF Useless ISO 12800
Short shutter-lag Low contrast LCD
Almost instant video recording Poor video framing preview accuracy
Generally quick and responsive Histogram disappears during EC
Effective built-in stabilization Not always Exposure-Priority
Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist Uncomfortable strap eyelets
High level of customization Low battery life
Excellent build quality
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Previous Models
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
- Tilting LCD
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
- 3 FPS, 2 Control-Dial, Digital-Level, Built-In Flash
Olympus PEN E-PM1
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By Neocamera on 2012-03-12

Olympus E-PM1 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 200-12800
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-60s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Optional EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.58X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
4.1 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 460K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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