Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 review

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

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The ESP metering system produces balanced exposures in even lighting conditions

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The Dramatic Tone art filter heightens contrast and is especially suited to high contrast scenes.

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The Pin Hole Camera art filter darkens corners and adds a retro colour cast to images.

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The Grainy Monochrome Film art filter has a particularly gritty appearance, with noticeable grain and very high contrast.

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The Pop Art filter increases colour saturation to incredibly vivid levels.

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Manual control is possible, but can be a little fiddly to operate when compared with higher-end Olympus PEN models.

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Using a wider aperture lens can help reduce noise as a lower ISO setting cane be used. This night shot was taken with an Olympus 12mm lens at f/2.

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The small size and fast autofocus make the E-PM1 ideal for street photography and grab shots.

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Colours are reproduced accurately using standard colour settings.

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Colour saturation can be tweaked in the menus, enabling more or less vibrant images to be produced.

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The supplied 14-42mm kit lens has a minimum focus distance of only 25cm, making it suitable for the occasional close-up at maximum zoom.

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Dynamic range is good, with plenty of detail being recorded in both highlight and shadow areas of images.

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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
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