Olympus E-PM1 (Mini) Review
|January 7, 2012||Posted by admin under Olympus|
A pocketable version of the PEN series, but does the E-PM1 minimize where it should maximize?
The smallest/slimmest of the Olympus CSCs, this 12.3-megapixel model with a moderately large sensor features most of the same functions as the enthusiast-level E-PL3 but with fewer external controls, a simplified interface and a fixed (460,000-dot) LCD. A small external flash unit is included in the kit and an optional EVF is available.
This is a fast camera with a 4.1-fps drive speed (5.5 fps with image stabilizer off) and it’s also full-featured.
- In-camera image stabilizer
- 3D mode and Art Filters
- Fast, reliable 35-point AF
- Enhancing tools in Playback
- Available in six colors
- AVCHD or AVI video
- Affordable price point
- No viewfinder (optional EVF)
- 16:9 LCD not ideal for stills
The Olympus E-PM1 ceratinly has its issues, from the overly warm Auto White Balance to the lack of a front grip, but these are quite minor problems. Overall image quality and usage were impressive, and the compact size a bonus. An easy to use camera with only a few small qualms, making it recommended for newcomers to the system.