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.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4032 x 3024|
|Effective pixels||12.3 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|Lens mount||Micro 4/3 Lens Mount|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Min shutter speed||60 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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.