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Olympus PEN E-PM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 476 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PM1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The portability and performance also get good comments. There are some negative reviews about the storage and memory. There are some mixed opinions about the image stabilizer and flash.

usability, performance, portability, price, size

viewfinder, memory, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-PM1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PM1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the glare and performance are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability, and some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

portability, usability, price, performance, glare

durability, viewfinder

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus Pen E-PM1 Compact System Camera Double Zoom Kit - Brown (includes M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R and M.ZUIKO Digital 40 -150mm Lenses)Olympus Pen E-PM1 Compact System Camera Double Zoom Kit - Brown (includes M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R and M.ZUIKO Digital 40 -150mm Lenses)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-PM1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PM1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The portability and performance also get good feedback. Views are divided on the durability. Many are less positive about the memory and storage.

usability, performance, portability, price, image quality

reliability, stabilizer , viewfinder, storage, memory

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus PEN E-PM1 12.3MP Interchangeable Camera with CMOS Sensor, 3-inch LCD and 14-42mm II Lens (Black)Olympus PEN E-PM1 12.3MP Interchangeable Camera with CMOS Sensor, 3-inch LCD and 14-42mm II Lens (Black)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus E-PM1 - digital camera review:

 

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.

Feb, 2012

SILVER AWARD!

Expert review by : Kelcey Smith (dpreview.com)

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...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus PEN E-PM1

 

The Olympus E-PM1 may be the smallest member of the Micro Four Thirds PEN family, but it delivers the same solid build quality and good-looking images as its larger siblings—and it's lightning fast.

Fast autofocus system. Extremely compact. Accessory port for optional EVF. In-camera art filters.

High noise at ISO 1600 and above. No built-in flash. Fixed rear LCD.

I experienced the same frustrations with the Menu system as I did with the E-PL3 when using the camera in Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual modes. You need to first hit OK to access settings and then use the Up/Down buttons on the...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Dan Havlik (wired.com)

Review: Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1

 

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

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus PEN Mini Test

 

Olympus PEN Mini Test : Das neue Olympus PEN-Kamera Sortiment besteht aus drei Systemkameras, von denen die Olympus PEN Mini (E-PM1) die kompakteste ist. Die 12 Megapixel Olympus PEN Mini sieht stilvoll aus, aber noch auffälliger ist ihr Gewicht: die...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

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 DigitalCameraInfo.com.

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...

Dec, 2011

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Olympus E-PM1 Review

 

The Olympus E-PM1 (also known as the Olympus PEN Mini) is a brand new 12 megapixel compact system camera. Sporting a slim, stylish and very small metal body, the EPM1 also features the world's fastest auto-focus system, a high resolution 3 inch LCD...

The new Olympus E-PM3 is a great start to a new series of smaller, lighter and sexier PEN cameras, taking the design cues of the E-PL3 further without sacrificing too much in the way of features or ease-of-use. It may not have the tilting LCD screen or...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Camera Labs (cameralabs.com)

Olympus E-PM1

 

The Olympus E-PM1 is the baby of the 2011 PEN triplets. Nick-named the PEN Mini, the E-PM1 doesn't replace an existing model, but is a new entry in the range designed to appeal to those who want to step up from a point-and-shoot. As such it's smaller,...

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

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Buy-n-Shoot.com (buy-n-shoot.com)

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Digital Camera Review

 

Starting with the cons, the same petty gripe as the E-PL3 was expected… there’s still no HDMI cable to easily plug and play FullHD and 3D capabilities directly to a HD screen. And second the non-easy option to access the ISO function... Even if it does...

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:PCM / PCM, WAV
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wind filter: No

Battery

Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):330
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC / AC, Battery / Battery / Battery, USB

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Album organization: Yes
Altimeter: No
Anti-dust function: Yes
Barometer: No
Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:TruePic VI
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2, RAW / DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2 / DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2, RAW / EXIF 2.2 / Exif 2.2, RAW
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Electronic compass: No
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing / Resizing, Trimming / Trimming
Image processor:TruePic VI
Languages support:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR
Live view: Yes
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LIT, NOR, POL, RUS, SER, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / CZE, DAN, DEU, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / H.264, MKV, MPEG1, MPEG2, RMVB, VC-1, WMV, XVID
Photo effects:Art, Black&White, Muted, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Art, Muted, Neutral, Vivid / Black&White, Muted, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:2.28 x 5.14 x 0.394 / 36.2 x 6.3 x 25.4 / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / beach, Candlelight, Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Panorama, party (indoor), Portrait, self-portrait, Sports, Sunset / beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / Multi, Pink / UL, C-UL, FCC A, TUV, CE
Self-timer:2 / 2,12
Self-timer delay:2 / 2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Scene, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Manual, Movie, Scene, Shutter priority / Auto, Program
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Tungsten / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten / Auto, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten / Fluorescent, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Pink, Silver / Black, Purple, Silver / Black, Silver / Black, Silver, White / Brown / Brown, Silver / Pink / Pink, Silver / Purple / Purple, Silver / Silver / Silver, White / White
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Metal / Steel
Splash proof: Yes
Waterproof:No / Yes

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460000
Field of view:100
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Flash guide number:393.7
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Flash on
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 98.4
Flash range (wide):7.87 - 137.8
Flash sync-speed:1/160

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:35
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Face detection, Spot Auto Focus
Auto Mode focusing range (tele):0.6 - ∞
Auto Mode focusing range (wide):0.6 - ∞
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.2 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:14 / 4
Filter size:1.46 / 2.28
Focal length range (f-f):-- / 0.197 - 0.984 / 0.472 - 1.97 / 0.551 - 1.65 / 0.551 - 5.91 / 1.57 - 5.91
Lens mount interface:Four Thirds / Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure:11/8 / 13/10 / 15/11 / 8/7
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8 / 13/10 / 15/11 / 8/7
Lens Type:Close-up / Telephoto
Maximum aperture number:1:22 / 1:3.5 (wide) / 1:5.6 (tele) / 22 / 5.6 / 5.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):11.8 / 3.31 / 5.51
Minimum aperture number:1:22 / 1:3.5 (wide) / 1:5.6 (tele) / 3.9 / 4 / 5.6
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1 / 3.15
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of aspheric elements:3
Number of diaphragm blades:7
Optical Zoom:10.7 / 3 / 5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 / 200, 12800 / 200, 1600, 12800 / 200, 1600, 12800, Auto / 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 12800, Auto / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 12800, Auto / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
ISO sensitivity (max):12800 / 6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Auto, Shutter priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto, Manual / Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot / Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:46.8
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Network ready:No / Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

Built-in flash:No / Yes
Cable type:USB 2.0
Camera shutter speed:1/160 - 1/4000 / 1/4 - 1/2000 / 60 - 1/4000
Date imprinting: Yes
Digital SLR: No
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Manual focus: Yes
Maximum magnification:14
On/Off switch: Yes
Panorama: Yes
Shock proof:No / Yes
Splash proof: Yes
USB 2.0 connectors:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV
Waterproof:No / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled:No / Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:Viewer 2 / [ib] Image Management Software\nOlympus Viewer 2 Software
Cables included:AC, AV, USB / AV, USB / USB
Hand strap: Yes
Handheld remote control: No

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / MILC
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPS, MPO, RAW / JPG / JPG, RAW
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.681 x 0.512
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:3968 x 2976 / 4032 x 3024
Megapixel:12 / 12.3
Sensor Type:CMOS / Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768, 2560 x 1920, 4032 x 3024 / 1024 x 768,2560 x 1920 / 1024 x 768,2560 x 1920,4032 x 3024 / 2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768 / 640 x 480,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1920,3264 x 2448,3968 x 2232
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:12.7 / 13.1

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:No / Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Optional connectivity:Bluetooth
PictBridge:No / Yes
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:4 / 60

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVCHD, AVI / AVCHD, AVI, M-JPEG / AVCHD, AVI, MPEG / AVCHD, M-JPEG / M-JPEG
Video formats supported:AVCHD,AVI / AVCHD,AVI,M-JPEG / AVCHD,AVI,MPEG / AVCHD,M-JPEG / M-JPEG
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Magnification:14 / 5

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.862 / 1.34 / 1.46
Height:2.51 / 2.59
Weight:7.65
Weight (including battery):5.89 / 9.35
Width:3.87 / 4.29