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Olympus E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x Sep 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
- Metal body- Live Guide for stills and movies, offering full intuitive in easy-to-use interface- Reduced button design- 7.6cm/3.0" 460,000 dot colour LCD for easily framing, reviewing and sharing... More
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29 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We calculated the average reviews for all Olympus digital cameras and also specifically for Olympus MILC digital cameras and found that in both cases Olympus had good reviews compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Olympus E-PM1 is 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of a 1/2.3"" digital camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

This digital camera's optical sensor size (4/3"") is actually the best optical sensor size across all cameras of this type and age.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst optical sensor size is 1/4"".

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3D Compatible

Unlike most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years which are not 3D compatible, the Olympus E-PM1 is 3D compatible.

We compared all the other 3D compatible cameras to this digital camera and we think the Samsung NX20 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus E-PM1 supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PM1 do not support video recording.

Other digital cameras which support video recording currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony NEX-7, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus E-PM1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PM1 also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, or the Samsung NX Mini NXF1.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PM1 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 J3.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Olympus E-PM1 has a fairly big digital zoom (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the E-PM1. The digital zooms of cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1 range from 1x to 14x.

We compared all the other 14x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (£539.90) is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX300M (£269.99), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (£385.00), or the Nikon 1 AW1 (£299.00).

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Light

The weights of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 70g to 680g. With a weight of only 217 grams, the Olympus E-PM1 is one of the lighter MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PM1 amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Samsung NX1000 (£650.15) (217.7g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the E-PM1.

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of this age and spec is 43s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 15s to 240s. At 60 seconds, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the E-PM1.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The photo effects "Art", "Black&White", "Muted", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Olympus E-PM1 has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this Olympus camera have a ±3EV (1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1 the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Big Maximum Magnification

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the E-PM1 that we have checked, the maximum magnification of the Olympus E-PM1 of 14 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The smallest maximum magnification of digital cameras that are a similar age to the E-PM1 is 0.14x, the biggest is 14x, and the average maximum magnification is 5.4x.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PM1 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This camera also have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. Across all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PM1 the worst still image resolution is 1024 x 768 and the best is 12416 x 1856.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO speed "12800" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PM1 is 100mm. With a maximum focal length of 300 millimeters, the Olympus E-PM1 has a very long maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Ten Flash Guides

The Olympus E-PM1 is a ten flash guide digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type have between 4 and 16 flash guides.

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Narrow

Digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PM1 have widths of between 98mm and 170mm, and the average width is 120mm. The Olympus E-PM1 is one of the narrower comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PM1 (only 109.5 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PM1. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PM1.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the E-PM1 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (£243.10) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1, the Olympus E-PM1 does not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the Samsung Galaxy NX which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Olympus E-PM1 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus E-PM1 does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 2.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 17MP. The Olympus E-PM1 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.3 megapixels) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

If this digital camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to consider the 1 AW1 (£299.00) (14.2MP), or the 1 V2 (£62.60) (14.2MP) both from Nikon or the Pentax Q7 (£356.37) (12.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Olympus E-PM1 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PM1. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

Cameras of a comparable age and type to the E-PM1 have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 19MP. With a total megapixel count of only 13.1 megapixels, the Olympus E-PM1 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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Only Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the Olympus E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly found image editing mode is Rotating, but this image editing mode is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The image editing modes Trimming are also found on this camera.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PM1 has a higher image resolution than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and spec to the E-PM1 is 6000 x 4000 pixels and the worst is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras of this spec and age range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Olympus E-PM1 has a quite low display resolution (only 460,000 pixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Bluetooth Connection

The Olympus E-PM1 supports a Bluetooth connection which is better than the USB 2 connection supported by most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

This digital camera's connection type (Bluetooth) is actually the worst supported connection type across all cameras of this age and type.

Across similar types of digital camera the best supported connection type is Wireless LAN.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of cameras of this type and age range from 10mm to 42mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm. The Olympus E-PM1 has a quite long minimum focal length (28 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

At 200, the Olympus E-PM1 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the E-PM1. Across all the digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PM1 the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Olympus E-PM1

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Olympus E-PM1 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the E-PM1.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, or the Pentax Q7 (£356.37).

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the NX300 (£499.99) (3.31" and higher rated), the NX300M (£269.99) (3.31" and higher rated), or the NX2000 (£514.99) (3.7" and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This MILC camera has been on the market for over five years.

Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Special Features

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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