Excerpt: Camera manufacturers have been slugging it out in an entirely new product category this year: the micro sharpshooter.
Pros: Fast autofocus system and 5fps burst shooting mode are enough to keep up with some of the world’s best tennis players. Crisp 1080i HD movies with stereo sound available at the touch of a button. 2x magnification factor from Micro Four Thirds sensor turns a 300mm lens into a frackin’ 600mm lens. Simple and elegant camera body makes it look more expensive than it is. Available in six colors, including purple.
Cons: Attach a zoom lens and the Mini becomes decidedly less mini. Very slow start-up time might cause you to miss shots of famous celebrities. Images above ISO 1600 are noisy. Menu navigation involves too many button pushes and knob turns. No built-in flash.
Summary: The only mirrorless compact that falls within the price bracket of Rs.30,000 is the 14 megapixel Sony NEX-5k, which is currently retailing for Rs.24,500. The advantages it offers over the E-PM1 are tilting display and larger sensor. Given a choice between the two, the Sony NEX-5k is clearly a better bang for your buck. But if you want something really light and compact, then the Olympus E-PM1 is the only mirrorless compact in this price bracket.
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...
Summary: If you’re stepping up from a standard compact camera you’ll feel quite at home with the PEN mini, and love its enhanced image quality, but DSLR users may well find it somewhat frustrating to use.
Olympus' smallest interchangeable lens camera is capable of producing very clear images
Good Gear Guide.au
31 January 2012
Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mini dishes out image quality that's on par with the high-end PEN E-P3, but for a more reasonable price. We were impressed with its clear and vibrant results, as well as its useful high ISO settings. However, its video quality isn't great.
Pros: Clear image quality, Good high ISO performance, WYSIWYG LCD screen
Cons: Flash not built in, Video capture is "wobbly"
Conclusion: Although theoretically all Olympus digital Pen cameras have been targeted at compact “upgraders” since the E-P1 was unveiled in late 2009, the E-PM1 is the one that offers the most obvious step-up potential for happy snappers wanting to up their game. Available in our black, white, silver, dark brown or purple, the fact that it’s the most diminutive Pen yet doesn’t, for us, unequivocally tip the balance in the Mini’s favour, as the old school Tonka-toy like bulk of the...
Pros: Good value when bought with standard zoom, competent and consistent performance, quick and responsive for the most part
Cons: No integral flash, rear operational controls and on-screen symbols are tiny, no dedicated delete button nor handgrip
Excerpt: There are three compact system cameras (CSCs) in the current Olympus range. They all share the same sensor and image processor, but differ in terms of features, size and weight. The first two are successors to previous models, in name at least, with the heavyweight, enthusiast Pen E-P3 and the more competitively-priced yet still feature-packed Pen E-PL3 . The third model is the Olympus Pen E-PM1, which we're looking at here.
Conclusion: Esta cámara es perfecta para los fanáticos de la fotografía que aún se encuentran en el nivel de aficionado, pero que ya tienen un conocimiento básico del tema. Si eres de las personas que toman en cuenta el diseño, este modelo es uno de los más atractivos disponibles en el mercado.
Pros: Su diseño es muy simple y tiene un toque retro atractivo, es fácil de usar. Captura sonido con muy buena calidad y puede grabar video en Full HD.
Cons: El cuerpo de la cámara es ligero y pequeño, y al incluir un lente grande y el flash, su manipulación se complica.
Excerpt: L’Olympus Pen E-PM1 est un compact hybride 4 :3 qui se positionne en concurrent direct du Nikon 1 J1. L’idée de base reste la même : proposer un appareil photo hybride abordable et simple qui se destine à un large public. Mais vu la concurrence de la gamme hybride Olympus, il n’est pas certain que ce petit modèle plutôt mignon trouve vraiment sa place sur le marché.