Excerpt: Mirrorless compact cameras are worth considering if you want DSLR-like photo quality without the bulk. There are many options out there, with the most basic models priced almost the same as entry-level DSLR cameras, which is close to Rs.28,000. Olympus is one of the key players in the mirrorless compact segment. Out of the three new models announced by Olympus last year (E-P3, Lite – E-PL3) and Mini (E-PM1), the Mini is the smallest, lightest and most affordable model.
Olympus E-PM1 DSLR emphasizes value and performance
23 January 2012
Excerpt: (1 items) The baby of the Olympus PEN family, the 12-megapixel E-PM1 , actually represents a new line of the company’s interchangeable lens cameras. Also known as the PEN Mini, this $500 entry-level model and s E-P3 and the E-PL3 sibling, is the least expensive of the PEN cameras. It’s also the smallest, the lightest, and has the fewest external controls.
Pros: Solid features with advanced and basic options, Above average image quality, Good performance
Cons: Confusing menu system, beyond the basics, Minimal external controls
Conclusion: The Olympus E-PM1 may be the smallest member of the Micro Four Thirds PEN family, but it delivers the same solid build quality and good-looking images as its larger siblings—and it’s lightning fast.
Pros: Fast autofocus system. Extremely compact. Accessory port for optional EVF. In-camera art filters.
Cons: High noise at ISO 1600 and above. No built-in flash. Fixed rear LCD.
Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PM1 offers good image quality and manual control in a small, compact body. The E-PM1 offers nearly the same level of customization as its siblings which should appeal to enthusiast shooters, but for compact upgraders it is easy to use in its out-of-the-box configuration.
Pros: Good low ISO image quality and resolution, Fast and responsive operation, Fast, accurate autofocus, Full HD AVCHD video, AF assist lamp, Comprehensive in-camera raw editing capability, High degree of camera and menu customization, Art filters offer fun, creative effects
Cons: High ISO noise performance lagging behind competitors' newer sensors, Overly aggressive default noise filter setting for JPEG output, Digital IS for video capture can introduce unnatural-looking footage, Lack of a hand grip can make handling awkward with heavy lenses, 16x9 format LCD is less than ideal for viewing 4:3 still images, Use of clip-on flash precludes use of an EVF or any other accessory port item, No live view in continuous shooting mode, No touchscreen in...