Summary: The Olympus E-PM1 is the baby of the 2011 PEN triplets. Nick-named the PEN Mini, the E-PM1 doesn't replace an existing model, but is a new entry in the range designed to appeal to those who want to step up from a point-and-shoot. As such it's smaller, lighter, more accessible and crucially cheaper than its more sophisticated siblings, the E-PL3 and E-P3. Indeed it's one of the most affordable mirror-less ILCs on the market.
Pros: Built-in stabilisation works with any lens., 1080i60 movie mode with PASM., Standard hotshoe with an accessory port., Fast start-up and quick AF response.
Cons: Lacks a touch or tilting screen., Movie stabilisation artifacts., Incorrect control labels when customised., Single-use accessory port.
Conclusion: Starting with the cons, the same petty gripe as the E-PL3 was expected… there’s still no HDMI cable to easily plug and play FullHD and 3D capabilities directly to a HD screen. And second the non-easy option to access the ISO function... Even if it does eventually get easier to source the more you use it. After that, it’s all rosy. The E-PM1 passed with flying colours.
Excerpt: The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is the smallest Olympus PEN released and introduces a whole new range of "Mini" PENs, assuming Olympus go on to release the E-PM2 and E-PM3 in coming years.
Pros: Two year warranty, Good build quality, Excellent image quality, In camera anti-shake (works with ALL lenses), Customisable video, right and down buttons, 5.5 fps shooting (fastest M43 yet), Compact, stylish design, Rear thumb grip, Art filters, Great colours (although brown isn't my favourite), Very good value for money
Cons: Lacks built in flash, Advanced menus can seem daunting, Slow pop up menus, Small scroll wheel, No front grip (flipbac? why not give the option Olympus?), Lacks a mode dial / zoom buttons shared, Some images are blurred with IS on at closer focus lengths (Macro)
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