Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 review

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

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These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Olympus e pm1 signal to noise ratio
Olympus e-pm1 signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Olympus E-PM1 shows good signal to noise ratio results up to a sensitivity of ISO 1600. Above this sensitivity both the Sony NEX-5 and Pansonic Lumix DMC-GF3 show less noise in the images, and from ISO 6400 noise can become a real issue.

Raw signal to noise ratio

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Olympus e-pm1 tiff signal to noise ratio

Raw images (after conversion to TIFF) from the Olympus E-PM1 shows a better signal to noise ratio across the sensitivity range than Sony NEX-5, Nikon J1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Dynamic range

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Olympus e-pm1 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Olympus E-PM1's JPEGs show impressive dynamic range results up to a sensitivity of ISO 3200, only just beaten by the Sony NEX-5.

Raw dynamic range

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Olympus e-pm1 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Olympus E-PM1's RAW images (after conversion to TIFF) show that it can resolve a good amount of shadow and highlight detail across the sensitivity range, and compare well against the Nikon J1.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
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
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