Conclusion: Olympus has done a fine job moving the bar in the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera category. We liked the first one we tested (E-PL1) shooting down in New Orleans and the E-PM1 performed well in very different locales–for the most part.
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...
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.
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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. S...
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.
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.
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
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.
Conclusion: Die günstigste PEN-Kamera steht den teureren Schwestermodellen funktional nur wenig nach. Auch die Bildqualität liegt auf insgesamt gutem Niveau, obgleich sie der Systemkamera-Konkurrenz mit größerem APS-C-Sensor im High-ISO-Bereich unterlegen ist. Ein Lob verdient der schnelle Autofokus.
Pros: Rasanter Autofokus, Gute Akku-Laufzeit
Cons: Blitz zum Aufstecken, Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten tief im Menü versteckt