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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Olympus is one of the superior camera manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Olympus also has good ratings for its MILC digital cameras.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM1, the PEN E-PM1 supports Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including the Olympus E-PM1 (£481.97), or the Fujifilm X-E2 (£459.48) which has better reviews.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Sony NEX-3NY.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus E-PM1 (£481.97), or the Fujifilm X-E2 (£459.48).

Alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider include the Sony NEX-3NY.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider include the E-PM1 (£481.97), or the E-PM1 (£481.97) both from Olympus which has better reviews; or the NX210 (£429.99), or the NX210 (£429.99) both from Samsung which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Sony NEX-3NY (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Light

With a weight of only 217 grams, the PEN E-PM1 is fairly light compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PM1. Digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM1 have weights of between 70g and 680g.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 217g cameras currently available including the Olympus E-PM1 (£481.97) which has better reviews.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Samsung NX210 (£429.99) (222.2g) which is also cheaper.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the PEN E-PM1 is more than most MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the PEN E-PM1 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 240s.

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

This camera has a ±3EV (1/2| 1/3| 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has Six White Balances

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM1. The white balances "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM1. The photo effectss "Black&White", "Muted" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM1. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Ten Flash Guide Numbers

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 is a ten flash guide number camera. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PM1 have between 4 and 10 flash guide numbers.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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TFT Display

The PEN E-PM1 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PM1 displays range from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PM1.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PEN E-PM1 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PM1 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Fujifilm X-E2 (£459.48), or the Sony Alpha A6000 (£429.00) or the Samsung NX210 (£429.99).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support video capability. The PEN E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Samsung NX210 (£429.99) or the Olympus E-PM1 (£481.97), or the Sony NEX-5 (£199.00).

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Samsung NX300 (£399.99) or the Samsung NX210 (£429.99).

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Not Waterproof

Most MILC digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are not waterproof. The PEN E-PM1 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PM1 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PM1 is 18MP, and the megapixels range from 2.3MP to 46MP. The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly low megapixel (only 12.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 12.3MP cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus E-PM1 (£481.97) is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Sony NEX-5 (£199.00) (16.1MP and higher rated), the Fujifilm X-E2 (£459.48) (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Samsung NX300 (£399.99) (20.3MP and higher rated).

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-PM1 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 4032 x 3024.

This camera's still image resolution (1024 x 768) is actually the worst still image resolution across all MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM1.

The best still image resolution amongst similar types of camera is 6000 x 4000.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the PEN E-PM1 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.1 megapixels, the PEN E-PM1 has a fairly few total megapixels compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PM1. The total megapixelss of MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PM1 range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the image resolution ranges from 4000 x 3000 pixels (worst) to 6000 x 4000 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 460,000 pixels, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1. Cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PM1 have display resolution (numeric)s of between 33 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

MILC digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM1 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the PEN E-PM1 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM1.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the PEN E-PM1 over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM1.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Samsung NX210 (£429.99) or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Olympus E-PM1 (£481.97).

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX300 (£399.99) (3.31") which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus epl1, olympus epm1, olympus epl1s, olympus epm1p, olympus epm1pi, olympus epm1pin, olympus penepm1, olympus epm1pink, olympus penepm1b, olympus penepm1bo, olympus penepm1bod, olympus penepm1body, olympus v206011bu000, olympus v206011vu000, olympus v325040bw000, olympus v206011su000, olympus v206011wu000
Barcodes 00050332180635, 00050332180642, 00050332180666, 00050332180673, 00050332180680, 00083922917151, 04545350037857

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