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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 review

Is the smallest Olympus CSC as easy to use as it promises?

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus E-PM1, we've shot our resolution chart with the Olympus M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Olympus E-PM1 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 200
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 200

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 200
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 400
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 800
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 1600
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 3200
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 6400
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 14 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 12800
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 12 (see full image)

Raw images

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 200
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 400
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 800
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso

ISO 800, score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 1600
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 3200
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 6400
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 14 (see full image)

Olympus e pm1 resolution iso 12800
Olympus e-pm1 resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 12 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPEN
HD Movie ModeYes
3D Type3D
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom10.7x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Blink Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI), AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)217 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height63.7 mm
Width109.5 mm
Depth34 mm
Focal Length14 mm to 150 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-PM1
Product NamePEN E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV20601ESE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Life is too short for ugly cameras. Or fiddly menus. Or lousy pictures. So it's good to know there's the new drop-dead gorgeous Olympus PEN Mini. One of the world's smallest and lightest system camera with interchangeable lenses, the E-PM1 is beautiful, takes stunning Full HD movies and stills and couldn't get any easier to use.

Package Contents
  • PEN E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Body Cap
  • Strap
  • USB Cable CB-USB6
  • AV Cable (Monaural) CB-AVC3
  • Flash Case
  • Instruction Manual
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Warranty Card
  • Flash FL-LM1
  • Lithium ion Battery PS-BLS1 (BLS-1)/BLS-5
  • Lithium ion Charger PS-BCS1 (BCS-1)/BCS-5
  • Lens 14-150mm
Limited Warranty2 Year