Summary: I have a Olympus EPL-1 and i think the form factor is perfect, comfortable for daily use and compact. This is a big difference with the E-PM1 because it's too small, it doesn't give you enough confidence to shoot because there is no hand grip. The fact that the flash it's not a pop-up like the EPL-1 its another let down, but for the argument of down sizing i could live with that.
Summary: I bought this due to a small budget and having to replace my broken Nikon D3100. I'm very happy with it. It has better quality than my Nikon did, the sharpness of the photos as well as the lack of grain shocked me. I expected to sacrifice a good bit of quality for the small size but that is not the case at all. The images do turn out better in RAW with the image stabilizer off.
Summary: I've had three Olympus cameras (and other brands) and bought this as a replacement for one I killed. I bought it because it uses the same battery and can use the same viewfinder as an (even) older model. For an inexpensive camera and kit lens, it's /very/ nice. I don't care about arty filters but this camera can be driven when not used in the full-auto mode. It's easy to tweak the exposure and to exposure bracket for HDRs.
Summary: This is the second refurbished Olympus 4/3rds camera body I've purchased from Cameta Camera. In both purchases, the camera bodies looked. were packaged, and performed like they were new. I also purchased an Olympus 4/3rds lens from them. I have been very pleased with all of these purchases. Cameta is my current favourite place to buy camera equipment. I've given the E-PM1 4 stars rather than five stars because its menu system is, at best, confusing.
Summary: This is my first m43 camera but I am not new to camera. I already have 2 APS dSLRs with lenses cover 8mm to 300mm with overlapping zooms and fixed FLs. I have always been fascinated by m43 but had no need for one. A recent trip left me wanting something smaller, a lot smaller. I had a Panasonic LX3 but the IQ was not good enough above base ISO. I came across a pre-owned Olympus E-PM1 at a fantastic price (cheaper than many P&S). Bought it. Wow ...
Excerpt: The software interface could ALWAYS be improved upon; it doesn't come with a viewfinder, so that's a pricey add-on, especially if you're serious about improving your photography.<br /><br />It is an very versatile, small, dependable camera that works well for someone who is trying to get beyond the simple point-and-shoot.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Excellent starter micro four thirds camera for the price.
L. Barrows "Kindle Addict", Amazon
18 April 2013
Summary: It's not the highest end camera, and the controls take a little time to work out, but it's a very inexpensive camera that performs surprisingly well for its tiny size. Put the money you would have spent on a more expensive camera into better micro four thirds lenses and you'll have a solid system with room to grow for very little money.