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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Nine industry awards
Confusing menu system
Lacks a touch or tilting screen

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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This low megapixel camera is one of the most awarded of all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

This Olympus digital camera received a "Silver" award from both review sites DP Review and Onfoto.ru, both of which concluded that this digital camera was great.

Websites Expert Reviews and Digicam Buyer.co.uk both thought that this digital camera was great for its price and gave it their "Value for Money" award.

This low megapixel camera received a "Recommended" award from both websites Datatid.dk and Theregister.co.uk, both of which wrote that this digital camera was good.

Three more expert review sites all thought that this camera was good. This low megapixel camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Camera Labs and the expert at review site Buy-n-shoot.com said that it was terrific and gave it a "Platinum" award. This camera also received an "Editor's Choice" award from website Photoreview.com.au.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-seven expert reviews from sites including DP Review, Expert Reviews, T3.com and Camera Labs the average expert rating of this Olympus camera is 79%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 12 owner reviews this Olympus digital camera has an overall owner rating of 88%. Over 83% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 87 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 100% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PM1 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera. The smallest display diagonal of comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 1", the largest is 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6".

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm which has better reviews.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

Olympus released the PEN E-PM1 in May 2012.


Price

Good Value for Money

Expert review sites Expert Reviews and Digicam Buyer.co.uk highlighted in their review that this low megapixel camera was great for its price.

Fair Value

Eight customers concluded that this digital camera was good value for money. Website T3.com mentioned five years ago “Fair value” in their review of this digital camera and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Dp Review said “Good image for the price”. They also mentioned “Competitively priced” in their review.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The PEN E-PM1 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-PM1 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the PEN E-PM1 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The video resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Design

Confusing Menu System

Six owners concluded that this digital camera was not easy to use the menus. Dp Review wrote “Can be difficult to adjust exposures and tweak settings” in their review of this digital camera. Website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Menu navigation involves too many button pushes”. They also wrote “Menus are still too long, particularly with all the custom options” in their review.

Five owners said that the product was not easy to use. Website Photoreview.com.au wrote “Small text, lack of grip, auto white balance can falter, poor chromatic aberration control with kit lens” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1 however they still rated it 5 stars out of 5. They also said “Interface not completely intuitive” in their review. And also mentioned “Oversimplified control scheme”.

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Compact, Solid, Nice Design

Two owners who bought the product mentioned that it was well made. Website Photoreview.com.au scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1 “Compact, solid, nice design”. Five years ago Mac World said “Solid features with advanced”.

Good Photo Quality

Ten customers wrote that it was good quality. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au rated it 75 out of 100 and wrote “Clear image quality”. Website Photoreview.com.au said “Good photo quality”. They also mentioned “Excellent picture quality” in their review.

Compact Design

Five customers who bought it considered that it was well designed. Website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Slim and compact design” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Dp Review rated the product 71 out of 100 and said “Comfortable design”. Website Reviewed.com wrote “Small and cute design” .

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Website Reviewed.com said “Simple and elegant camera body makes it look more expensive than it is” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Its undeniably sensual aesthetic is embodied by its brushed metal exterior available in a c” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “Although more modern in appearance” in their review.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PM1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and type. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920.

This camera's still image resolution (4032 x 3024) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

Across comparable types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM1 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras of this age and type have a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution. Low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years maximum image resolutions range from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 4608 x 3456 pixels (best).

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12.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.3 megapixels digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 12.3MP cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Fujifilm X100.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 217 grams, the PEN E-PM1 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon S120 (£179.99) (217g).

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Compact Body

Eight owners who purchased the Olympus PEN E-PM1 reckoned that it was compact. Dp Review wrote “Compact body”. Website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Extremely compact” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Is looking to capture those who want to move on from their simple compact”.


Networking

Features Bluetooth

The PEN E-PM1 features bluetooth, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera which do not feature bluetooth.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The PEN E-PM1 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The PEN E-PM1 supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support live view.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The PEN E-PM1 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The PEN E-PM1 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Calendar

The PEN E-PM1 features calendar. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also feature calendar.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The PEN E-PM1 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The PEN E-PM1 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PEN E-PM1 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a batteries included.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the magnifications range from -2x to 20x. With a magnification of 14 times zoom factor, the PEN E-PM1 has a quite high magnification compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 features voice recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The PEN E-PM1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The PEN E-PM1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The PEN E-PM1 is a camera that takes 330 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Lacks a Touch or Tilting Screen

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good screen. Website Reviewed.com said “Screen difficult to see in sunlight” in their review of this digital camera. Camera Labs wrote in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review “Lacks a touch or tilting screen” however they still gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it did not have a good viewfinder. Dp Review wrote “No optical viewfinder” . Ianscarboro said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk four years ago “The lack of a viewfinder (especially in strong sunlight) is a real problem”.

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Dedicated Video Record Button

Three customers who bought the product wrote that it was good for video recording. Website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Almost instant video recording” and scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5. Dp Review wrote “Dedicated video record button” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 71 out of 100. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com mentioned six years ago “Its video performance was surprisingly good for a camera that comes in such a small body” in their Olympus PEN E-PM1 review.

Quieter Lens

Three owners agreed that this digital camera had a good lens. Dp Review said eleven years ago “Cheap lens options” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM1. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com mentioned six years ago “Like most compact interchangeable lens cameras”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Six years ago website Photoreview.com.au scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist”. Website T3.com wrote “Quick, competent auto focus”.

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Low Image Noise

Eighteen people who reviewed it thought it was able to produce good images. Dp Review wrote “Large image sensor” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Handling and competitive image quality” in their review. And also wrote “Dual menu system tailored toward either beginners or seasoned photographers”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v206011bu000, olympus v206011vu000, olympus v206011su000, olympus v206011wu000, olympus penepm1body, olympus epm1pink
Barcodes 00050332180635, 00050332180642, 00050332180666, 00050332180673, 00050332180680, 00083922917151, 04545350037857

Olympus PEN E-PM1 Review Sources

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