Olympus PEN E-PM1

olympus e-pm1
Release Date: August 2011
List Price: $500 USD
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The Olympus E-PM1 is a good option for those just stepping up to a mirrorless camera from a compact point-and-shoot.

It is the simplest and also least expensive of the Olympus mirrorless cameras released in 2011. One aspect of its simplicity is that the E-PM1 has a standard fixed LCD screen, unlike the flexible LCD on the E-PL3 or the touch screen on the E-P3.

The camera has no viewfinder (and no option for one) and it does not have a built-in flash (an optional accessory flash is provided).

What it lacks in features it makes up for in style: the E-PM1 is available it a variety of non-standard colors including purple, pink, brown and white.

List of Features

Image StabilizationIn Body
Memory CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
Max. Shutter Speed1/4000
Max. Photo Capture5.5 per second
LCD3 inch (460,000 dots)
Flexible LCDNo
ViewfinderNone, Optional
AutofocusContrast AF
35 multi-point
Face Detect AFYes
Aspect Ratios4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 3:4
Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13mm
ISO Range200-12800
Movie ModesAVCHD
1920 x 1080 (60i)
1280 x 720 (60p)
Motion JPEG
1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Movie SoundStereo
HDMI PortYes
Accessory PortYes
Built-in FlashNone, Optional
Compatible LensesMicro 4/3
Standard 4/3rds with Adapter
OM with Adapter
BatteryBLS-5 LiIon
Dimensions4.31 x 2.51 x 1.34in.
109.5 x 63.7 x 34mm
Weight9.35oz (265g)
NotesSmallest and lightest PEN camera