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Olympus PEN E-PM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 501 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 really like the size and price. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the flash, and many are critical about the storage and memory.

performance, usability, 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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus PEN E-PM1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PM1 from 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 Reviews about the glare and performance are generally positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, and some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

portability, usability, price, performance, glare

durability, viewfinder

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

Jul, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus PEN E-PM1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PM1 from 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 People really like the image quality and price. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive comments about the memory and storage. Reviews are divided on the shutter.

performance, portability, usability, price, image quality

reliability, viewfinder, storage, memory

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

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


Expert review by : Kelcey Smith (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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...

Dec, 2011

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

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 (

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 : (

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

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