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Olympus PEN E-PM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 297 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and usability are overall positive. The responsiveness and value for money also get good feedback. Views are divided on the zoom. The features and viewfinder get critical views.

portability, value for money, responsiveness, usability, performance

flash, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Review


Mirrorless compact cameras are worth considering if you want DSLR-like photo quality without the bulk. There are many options out there, with the most basic models priced almost the same as entry-level DSLR cameras, which is close to Rs.28,000. Olympus...

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Olympus PEN E-PM1 (with 14-42mm lens, Purple)


Size and affordability remain the bane of the interchangeable-lens camera (at least here in the U.S.), but Olympus' PEN E-PM1 hits the closest to the target that I've seen thus far. It's not perfect, and in fact it's kind of hard to get excited about....

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a relatively compact and appealing design, and operates similarly enough to a point-and-shoot that upgraders needn't be intimidated. Plus it's priced aggressively

If you're picky, the image and video quality may not completely satisfy you

If you're looking for a step-up model that's still pretty compact, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is a solid, affordable choice.

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Olympus PEN E-PM1Digital Camera Review


The Olympus E-PM1 is the entry point into the company's 2011 interchangeable lens PEN lineup, complementing the higher-end E-PL3 and E-P3 options. The E-PM1, also known as the PEN Mini, is the smallest and most affordable of the group, but it retains...

Ever since Olympus unveiled their 2011 PEN camera lineup, eyes have been on the so-called “PEN Mini,” the E-PM1. It’s the cheapest, most compact PEN yet, but still comes with an image sensor that is nearly identical to Olympus’ top of the line E-P3....



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Olympus PEN E-PM1


The classically-styled PEN series of Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras has given Olympus the opportunity to draw attention to the small, popular half-frame models that it produced in its film heyday. But it wasn't just the size and style...

Good low ISO image quality and resolution ; Fast and responsive operation ; Fast, accurate autofocus ; Full HD AVCHD video ; AF assist lamp ; Comprehensive in-camera raw editing capability ; High degree of camera and menu customization ; Art filters...

High ISO noise performance lagging behind competitors' newer sensors ; Overly aggressive default noise filter setting for JPEG output ; Digital IS for video capture can introduce unnatural-looking footage ; Lack of a hand grip can make handling awkward...

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...


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Olympus PEN E-PM1


Mirrorless interchangeable cameras are making headlines with new models arriving almost weekly. We test the Olympus PEN E-PM1 which is the newest, smallest and cheapest one currently available to see if it's your next dream camera.

Good photo quality ; Responsive (but turn Review off!) ; Compact, solid, nice design

Interface not completely intuitive ; Forget ISO 12,800

We recommend the E-PM1 for people considering a responsive, compact interchangeable lens camera that takes good pictures and videos.

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Olympus' Slimmed-Down PEN Mini Serves Big on Center Court


The E-PM1 is a fun camera to shoot with. It produced surprisingly sharp, high-quality images of fast-moving action at the US Open.

Fast autofocus system and 5fps burst shooting mode are enough to keep up with some of the world’s best tennis players. Crisp 1080i HD movies with stereo sound available at the touch of a button. 2x magnification factor from Micro Four Thirds sensor...

Attach a zoom lens and the Mini becomes decidedly less mini. Very slow start-up time might cause you to miss shots of famous celebrities. Images above ISO 1600 are noisy. Menu navigation involves too many button pushes and knob turns. No built-in flash

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Olympus PEN E-PM1 (PEN Mini) Preview


Olympus' PEN series of compact digicams just got three more new models. The most affordable, and smallest in the series, is the PEN E-PM1, which will be available in six stylish colors (purple, pink, brown, white, silver, and black). As with its more...

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Olympus PEN E-PM1Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Olympus PEN E-PM1. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

Like most compact interchangeable lens cameras, the Olympus E-PM1 records good, but not fantastic, HD video. If you’re purchasing the camera that you’re primarily planning to use to record video, the E-PM1 is not the model for you. But, if you are...

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Olympus E-PM1


The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is one of the most affordable mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) to date. It was announced in June 2011 alongside the mid-range E-PL3 and flagship E-P3, and like all Olympus PEN cameras, is based on the Micro Four...

Built-in stabilisation works with any lens ; 1080i60 movie mode with PASM ; Standard hotshoe with an accessory port ; Fast start-up and quick AF response

Lacks a touch or tilting screen ; Movie stabilisation artifacts ; Incorrect control labels when customised ; Single-use accessory port

The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 fills a gap in the PEN range that until now really only catered for enthusiast photographers. Rather belatedly, Olympus has woken up to the fact that equipping it's Micro Four Thirds bodies with auto exposure modes isn't...

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Olympus E-PM1


The E-PM1 is the smallest interchangeable lens camera from Olympus, and its video performance was surprisingly good for a camera that comes in such a small body. The PM1 recorded sharp Full HD video in our testing, although it struggled at times in our...

Like most compact interchangeable lens cameras, the Olympus E-PM1 records good, but not fantastic, HD video. If you’re purchasing the camera that you’re primarily planning to use to record video, the E-PM1 is not the model for you. But, if you are...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen:No / Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready / WITH EYE-FI

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:Live MOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:17.3 x 13.0 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus BLS-1
Battery Type:Olympus BLS-1


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes