Olympus PEN E-PM1

Announced Jun 30, 2011 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Jun 30, 2011
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The Olympus E-PM1 Micro Four Thirds camera inherits a similar styling of the company's XZ-1 enthusiast compact. It is point-and-shoot upgrader and features a 460,000 dot LCD and what's claimed to be the world's fastest AF. To go with the user-friendly size, Olympus has opted for a beginner-orientated design and interface, with the bare minimum of buttons and dials. Hidden underneath, though, the E-PM1 retains much the same feature set as the enthusiast-targeted E-P3. The more-advanced functions aren't quite as easy to get at, but they're almost all there.

Overall, the PEN Mini conveys the feel of a well-executed simplification of the E-PL3, offering nearly all the features of its sibling while reducing the price. Basic image quality remains essentially unchanged, without making the lower-end unit feel like a stripped-down budget model.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 265 g (0.58 lb / 9.35 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 34 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.34)
GPS None

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Our review

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 offers good image quality and manual control in a small, compact body. The E-PM1 offers nearly the same level of customization as its siblings which should appeal to enthusiast shooters, but for compact upgraders it is easy to use in its out-of-the-box configuration.

Good for: Compact camera upgraders looking for an interchangeable lens system with greatly improved image quality.

Not so good for: High speed action shooting such as sports or anything that requires high-speed AF-tracking.

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