Olympus PEN E-PM1

Last Updated (21 March’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Olympus PEN E-PM1 is a 12.3MP Interchangeable Camera with CMOS Sensor, 3-inch LCD and 14-42mm II Lens. It features includes Fast Shutter Response, TruePic VI feature, Face Detection with Eye Detect, Full 1080 HD Video recording with stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 measures (W x H x D) 109.5 x 63.7 x 34.0 mm with weight Approx. 265 g (including battery and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“The Olympus E-PM1 produces photos of excellent quality. Noise is very well handled, being virtually absent from ISO 200-1600 and not being too obvious at the relatively fast speed of ISO 3200.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Techradar reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“The excellent build quality, fast autofocus, compact size and relatively low price all add up to a very attractive package. Beginners will love the simple control layout and image quality from the Four Thirds Format Live MOS sensor.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“The E-PM1’s prefocused lag time of 0.075 second is quite fast. Overall, the E-PM1’s AF speeds and shutter lag are excellent for a CSC, though it’s not quite as fast as the more expensive E-P3.”
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PCMAG reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“iAuto mode is perfect for photography newbies. You won’t have to worry about adjusting settings, as the camera handles everything for you. If you do opt to fine-tune your shots, the PEN Mini’s Live Guide makes it possible to do so without having to understand any technical terms.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs compares the Olympus PEN E-PM1 with Sony Alpha NEX-5N and writes;
“the central crop from the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 shows an excellent level of detail with crisply defined edges but, I think the NEX-5N squeezes a small margin of extra detail out of this scene.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“We found the Olympus E-PM1 offered very good sharpness results with its 14-42mm kit lens. Unfortunately Olympus takes this a step further by adding a heavy dose of digital sharpening after the fact, as well. The result is a heavy haloing effect around most areas of contrast.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“Image quality of the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is excellent with excellent detail from the 12 megapixel sensor, with low noise and great colour. The E-PM1 is currently priced at around £430 with kit lens, putting it in direct competition with the cheapest new models including the Sony NEX-C3 (around £399), and Panasonic Lumix GF3 (around £449).”
Rating: ★★★★½

T3 reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“For low light photography without flash we were happy with the noise-free results provided when sticking at ISO1600 or below. Pushing it upwards to ISO3200 through ISO6400, noise does start to intrude, but it has a fine grain-like appearance which we felt happy to live with.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“Flash exposures fared rather better than available-light exposures, with slight softening and noise becoming visible at ISO 6400 and less softening and colour shifting visible at ISO 12800. Imatest confirmed a gradual decline in resolution as the ISO sensitivity was raised, as shown in the graph below.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“It manages imressive shot-to-shot times, with a burst of eight raw and JPEG frames being cleared out to the card in an impressive 11 seconds, and the camera ready to shoot while still processing sooner than the others.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Digitalversus reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“The picture is clean, pretty sharp and detailed, and the autofocus works well in spite of an occasional pumping effect. Different sounds can be heard distinctly and are well positioned thanks to an effective stereo effect.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitaltrends reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“we’ll recommend the E-PM1 for people considering a responsive, compact interchangeable lens camera that takes good pictures and videos. You really can’t ask for more than that.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalcamerareview reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM1 and writes;
“Menus and controls are simple and intuitive, and the live guide feature allows users a degree of input into automatic captures not usually found in most digitals.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Olympus PEN E-PM1 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Features

The Olympus E-PM1 has a 12.3-MP Live MOS Images sensor which is created to maximize the performance of all mZuiko digital lenses to produce high quality images in any shooting situations even in low light conditions. With image stabilization technology which can be supported by Micro Four Thirds lenses or Four Thirds lens, the camera capture high images quality with clear and crisp images result even in low light. Comes with Face Detection AF that allows the camera focus automatically on the subject during portrait shooting.


Full 1080 HD Video Recording

The camera allows you to record up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video with stereo sound which can be saved in AVCHD or AVI formats. Moreover, it also has a Art Filters features that can be used in all shooting modes include HD movies recording. The features consists of Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone which increase the images quality without use a computer or editing software.


The Olympus E-PM1 also lets you to capture 3D photos and movies when using 3D Photo Mode then share them to your HDTV or computer. In addition, the camera offers High ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 to ensure the images and movie that captures in low light conditions are clear and sharp.

Easy to Use

With 3-inch bright widescreen LCD that has 460 dot high-resolution, the Olympus E-PM1 allows you to shoot and share Images and HD video with easy. The widescreen LCD has innovative design that lets you to easy operate the popular menu options such as Art Filters, iAuto, Scene Modes, and Movie. It also have been improved with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.

Comes with a Live Guide system, the Olympus E-PM1 lets you to preview effects of the images even before it captured. You just need to select the Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera which is used to choose the photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.

Additional Features

+ AF Illuminator
+ Attachable Flash Included
+ 5 FPS Sequential Shooting
+ World’s Fastest Auto Focus
+ Fast Shutter Response
+ ePortrait
+ Live Guide


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