Olympus PEN E-PM1 Summary
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.
|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||Good Good|
Olympus E-PM1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 200-12800|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|2-Axis Built-in Stabilization||Full 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 Reduction||Spot-Metering|
|4.1 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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