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Olympus E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Purple)

B&H # OLEPM11442PU Mfr # V206011VU000
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Product Highlights
  • 12.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm II Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot AR-Coated Widescreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • Wireless via Optional Transmitter
  • ISO 200-12800
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus System
  • 3D Photo Capture

The Olympus E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Purple) starts you out with everything you need to take great photographs, from day one. As the name states, you'll receive both the E-PM1 camera body and the Micro Four Thirds M.Zuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm II zoom lens (silver lens). In addition, a number of essential accessories come included as well, such as a lithium-ion battery and battery charger.

Whether you're simply looking to lighten your load when it comes to photographing or you're an avid fan of the Micro Four Thirds genre, Olympus's PEN series of cameras provide you with a more lightweight option than full-sized DSLR rigs, but with numerous bells and whistles that still provide flexibility and creativity, far beyond that of a point-and-shot. With the Micro Four Thirds lens mount, you can choose from a number of optional lenses for the E-PM1 to suit your particular shooting style.

At the center of the image making is the generous 3.0" LCD. Used for composition and review of your footage, not to mention navigating the menu and for features such as Live View, this big, bright display features 460K pixels and the platform with which to compose your next great shot or epic short film. Of course, the 12.3Mp sensor and the TruePic VI image processor are the heart of the camera, taking what you see on the LCD screen and turning it into memories that will last a lifetime.

In addition to shooting JPEG and RAW stills, along with 3D stills in the MPO format, the E-PM1 also shoots the already mentioned 1080/60i HD video. Up to 29 minutes of continuous footage can be captured with stereo sound. Video clips can be shot in AVCHD or AVI formats, and the Direct HD Movie Button on the camera switches you from still to movie mode with just a touch.

The E-PM1 also boasts stunning low light performance with the Olympus AF Illuminator - an LED beam up to 10 feet for faster focusing in dark settings. The camera also features and ISO up to 12,800 and the ability to attach an external flash. Other noteworthy features include the FAST AF System which provides up to 35-points of focus for unbelievable accuracy, 5 frames per second shooting, multiple filter options, and much more.

Never Miss a Moment with the Small and Stylish Pen
The smallest and lightest PEN is available in six stylish colors - purple, pink, brown, white, silver and black - and features a new and simplified user interface as well as a streamlined button structure for superior ease-of-use. Its small size and portability make it the ideal camera to document life's fun and spontaneous moments
Simplified Control
Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The innovative screen activates popular menu options such as Art Filters, iAuto, Scene Modes, and Movie. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen

The E-PM1's Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them - before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.

Excellent Shots - Effortlessly
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting - portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport - and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PM1 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including new 3D mode, Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus' conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses
Three Inch, Bright Widescreen LCD
This 460 dot high-resolution screen is big and bright enough to let you shoot and share photos and HD video with ease
Get Wireless
No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL or Eye-Fi card. The E-PM1 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards
12.3Mp
The new 12.3Mp sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M. Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements in the sensor makes shooting in low light and Full HD movie recording possible
Stabilization Technology in the Body, Not in the Lenses
Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus' in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light
Face Detection with Eye Detect
Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once
Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology
You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-PM1's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before image capture or during post-capture edits
Full 1080 HD Video
Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button
In-Camera Art Filters
Six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) can be used in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies. The E-PM1 also includes bracketing up to seven images, each image with a different applied Art Filter. Since they're built into the camera, these Art Filters can achieve dramatic results on the go without the need for computer or editing software
Wide Variety of Lenses and Accessories
A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and flashes are compatible with the E-PM1 to support all different types of photography needs
New 3D Shooting
Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus' 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops
AF Illuminator
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet
Increased ISO Sensitivity
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800
Attachable Flash Included
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability
5 FPS Sequential Shooting
With the E-PM1 you can take up to five photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving
World's Fastest Auto Focus
The new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects
Improved Color Reproduction
The new TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots
Improved Lens Technology
High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus MSC (Movie+Still Compatible) lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies
Fast Shutter Response
Never miss a shot again with the E-PM1's fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds (60 - 1/40000 sec.). The TruePic VI feature allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots
Accessory Port
The E-PM1 incorporates a port for connecting accessories including flashes, MAL-1 Macro Light, EMA-1 Microphone adapter, PENPAL, and the VF-2 viewfinder
In-Camera Slideshow with Sound
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PM1's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more
Professional Audio Sound Capture
Take videos that are able to capture uncompressed CD-quality 16-bit/44.1KHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio
Easy Photo and Video Playback on Your HDTV
The E-PM1 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PM1 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience
Multiple Exposure Shooting
A Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. The creative possibilities are endless
Additional Aspect Ratios
The E-PM1 lets you select one of five Aspect Ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 6:6, 3:4) that frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors
Proven Dust Reduction System
Olympus' Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it doesn't interfere with the picture imaging at any time
ePortrait
Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject's complexion either before image capture or during post-capture edits
Live View Magnification
For accurate manual focusing, MF Assist can be enabled during S-AF + MF operation. With it you can zoom in on the central part of the image by up to five times by turning the focus ring
Tele-Converter Effect
x2
Super Control Panel
Shooting information
Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity
Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting
NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size
Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode
AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning
Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP
Live Control
Shooting information
Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity
Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting
NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size
Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode
AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Live Guide
Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Reset and Custom Settings
My mode: 4 setting recordable
Image Overlay
Up to 3 RAW images
Print Function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels 12.3 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 35
Viewfinder/Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 200-12800
Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Kelvin, Shade, Tungsten, Underwater
Flash
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 5.5 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Power
Battery 1x BLS-1  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.5" / 11.0 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm
Weight 7.65 oz / 217 g
Kit Lens
Focal Length 14 - 42 mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 22
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (24.89 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:37 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.2 x 1.9" (5.59 x 4.83 cm)
Weight 4.0 oz (113 g)
Olympus E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Purple)
  • M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Micro 4/3 Zoom (Silver)
  • USB/Video Multi Cable
  • BLS-1 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Olympus FL-LM1 Flash
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2/ib Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OlympusE-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (White)
     
    4.6

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (34)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (34)
    • Good image quality (33)
    • Image stabilization (23)
    • Large clear LCD (22)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (11)
    • Noisy at high ISO (5)
    • Short battery life (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (29)
    • Family photos (26)
    • Landscape/scenery (23)
    • Low light (14)
    • Sports/action (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (37), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Small and Light... Dynamite!!!

    My foray into the M43 zone started last year when I got the Oly E-PL1, since I was looking for a small camera with image quality better than a standard PS, while also offering...Read complete review

    My foray into the M43 zone started last year when I got the Oly E-PL1, since I was looking for a small camera with image quality better than a standard PS, while also offering manual controls. At that time, I was very disappointed, not with the image quality, but with the performance of the camera. The AF performance was miserably slow, and the camera would just roll over when the photons were scant. Other than that, I liked the image quality, the customizability, and not to mention the fact that I also got myself an adapter mount that allowed me to mount all my Nikon-mount lenses. The camera metered in both A and M modes, and the jpegs had a very warm, appealing look to them, albeit with slightly compromised dynamic range than I was used to with my D90. I tried shooting raw, but had to rely on Olympus' raw conversion software, which I thought was absolutely miserable. Also, one could hear the supplied kit lens grinding as it focused in any video that I shot. I returned the E-PL1, but could not return the mount adapter that I had
    purchased with the camera since I had thrown away the packaging. Maybe that was a sign.

    While I love my D90, I always went back and admired the very famous "Oly" look that was present in the images from the E-PL1 that I had saved. In time, I got myself Lightroom, which could read in and process the E-PL1 raw files (which I had also saved). I was very impressed with the way that the files processed, and the resultant output was much better than the jpegs from that camera. Olympus then released the current series of cameras - the E-PM1, the E-PL3 and the E-P3 that claimed to address all the gripes that I had with the E-PL1, plus the "processability" of the Oly raw files in a manner that I liked was proven with Lightroom, so I decided to take the plunge - the question was... which one? From the spec sheet, it seemed that the differences in the three models was mostly operational, with the image quality being the same across the board. The basic controls which I was interested in were present in all three cameras, so the Pen Mini became a strong contender on my list. And then Nikon threw in a curve ball with the Nikon 1 series. Impressive spec sheet, greater crop factor than the M43 sensor, and a mount that allowed compatibility with Nikon lenses (including AF). After making one decision, yet another decision stared me in the face. Then I looked in detail at the Nikon offerings. Non-standard hot shoe, a scant selection of native CX-mount lenses (look at the lens support for M43 in contrast), price-gouging for an accessory flash in the case of the Nikon 1 V1, as-yet unproven image quality (versus the Oly image quality that I knew I liked) and the exorbitant asking price made me think again. Also was the equation in my mind that larger sensor = larger dynamic range and lower noise, and one, in general, tends to ride the sensor size vs. noise/DR performance curve till a comfortable compromise point is found. From what I knew, the M43 sensor size was the limit at which I felt comfortable, so after much information crunching, I indulged myself on a promotion at a popular local store which threw in an Oly tele zoom for an irresistible price as a part of a package (actually, my wife indulged me - it was a birthday gift from her). And I do not regret my decision (thank you, wifey).

    All the nice things I liked about the E-PL1 are still intact and then some. Focus speed is lightning fast (at least for S-AF). The output files have the signature Olympus look and color
    that I can best describe as "delicious" (I believe that several people are of the opinion that Olympus is soldiering with what they describe as an "aging" sensor, but at the end of the day, for me, it is all about the image quality which is more than enough for my needs). The camera is blessed with a light anti-aliasing filter which pulls out very fine details, making for crisply rendered images. The metal body is a treat, as is the overall construction and tactile feel of all the switches and buttons. The supplied flash which slides into the accessory port is nifty, although I must admit that I would have liked a built-in flash a-la the E-P3. To be fair, however, the flash folds down neatly and is non-obtrusive. Also, I am glad that Olympus retained manual flash control, allowing for variable manual power down to 1/64th of full power. The AF illuminator that I sorely missed is a very welcome addition on the Pen Mini.

    I have a lot of respect for the M43 system. It has reached a stage where it can be considered a very serious system, with a very broad range of lens offerings and other system accessories. The 2X crop factor provides a telephoto boost which is also useful for macro photography. Which brings me to the question, how do the files compare with APS cropped-sensor cameras (e.g. the D90)? The answer lies in the phrase "shot discipline". If you are careful about how you shoot and also depending on your subject, the images from the Oly come very close to those from the D90. There are some images that, if viewed at non-pixel-peeping distance, I cannot tell the camera used to capture them (except, of course, for the tell-tale difference in the aspect ratio). I must mention that I mostly shoot at the base ISO - bumping up the ISO results in the image quality dropping much quicker than the D90 at higher ISOs - so what else is new? Noise analysis and tests as such do provide valuable information about camera performance I agree, but there is the in-the-field aspect that transcends all tests. At the end of the day, it is all about the image and the skill of the photographer that captures it. In this sense, the Pen Mini does little to come in the way of capturing a great image, although I must say that the entry-level menu interface can be slowing down if one needs to change certain settings, but once configured to one's liking, the process of shooting is smooth and seamless. As such, the camera is feature-rich and very customizable, and Olympus did not skimp on any features on this one (they even have a feature that allows pixel-remapping in the event that one is bothered by dead pixels). Autofocus is fast and accurate with M43 lenses (manual focus with lenses via an adapter, of course). At the end of the day, if you are careful about your shooting conditions and do not push the files too hard in post-process, the Pen Mini is capable of rewarding you with very pleasing images.

    The supplied kit lens is decent, and does a fine job of resolving sufficiently to the sensor, although I think that Olympus is price-gouging with the price of the lens if purchased alone, as I do not think that the performance of this lens is worth the asking price (so don't lose or damage the one you got with your camera). I have also used my 85mm f/1.8D, 35mm f/2 Ai, 105mm f/2.5 Ai and 200mm f/4 Ai lenses on this camera via a mount adapter with splendid results, only that I have to focus manually, which is fine by me. The camera is a superb macro device, greatly increasing the maximum magnification of any macro lens, allowing for the study of very finely detailed subjects. I am a big fan of the in-built image stabilization system, and I do believe it helps somewhat (I also believe that image stabilization is an aid to and not a substitute for proper shooting technique). Small, compact and portable, the camera with the basic M43 lens kit makes for a fine travel companion, which, if shot properly, could even give DSLRs a run for their money.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    PM1 has quirks

    The image quality is very very good. This was my first foray into an M4/3 camera and I'm a bit torn about it. I really want something more "snapshot"...Read complete review

    The image quality is very very good. This was my first foray into an M4/3 camera and I'm a bit torn about it. I really want something more "snapshot" friendly than my dslrs, and while the camera body itself is quite small, once you put the zoom lens on it, it's now less attractive to me as a take along. It's in between camera types, and that's good if you have no interest in dslrs, but a drawback if you're already invested in such a system (as I am for my my pro work). Also, this camera has a very confusing menu system and settings routine. I'm primarily a full manual shooter and I found the PM1 hard to work with in that regard.

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    4.0

    Good stuff

    By Adam

    from Bronx, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

      We are beginners who were recommended this camera by a friend and are very happy with it.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Mike

      from Phoenix Az

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

        I have not owned this camera long enough to really get into the many features it provides but what I have done, I am very pleased with the result

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Just great!

        By Gi Life Traveler

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

        Not need to be a professional to take great pics. Don't need more pixels than those this camera has, as its lens are amazing! Marvellous and fast shots.
        Absolutely recomendable.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        A horrible Purchase

        By ZQR

        from South FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Poor Image Quality
          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

          I come from owning a D700, D40. I had bought the PEN thinking it would offer decent enough image quality when I wanted to use something smaller. After a year of using this camera all I have to say is that I am appalled by the horrible image quality. Even at the base ISO's, there is a horrible amount of noise, even with noise reduction at all levels. At higher ISO's the issue becomes much worse. Overall at all ISO values, this camera gives super poor quality images. In fact, the images are so bad, that even most compacts and todays cell phone cameras offer better quality than this. I had expected better from this camera with a sensor of such caliber. Whats even worse is that the images from this camera lack so much contrast that all images look flat and boring. If image quality is priority when choosing a camera, stay away from this. You are better of with an APS-C camera such as the Sony NEX series. The only good thing about this camera is that the metering, exposure, and colours and skin tones that this camera gives are quite nice.

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          3.0

          better than a free bowl of soup

          By mdw

          from idaho

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Silver):

          I got it mainly to get the kit lens. The camera is okay, but it really shows just how good the OM-D is. Your iso is limited to 1600 and the menus is not as extensive. The lens is great for a kit.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By GraceAndre

          from Arlington, VA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

          Great product. Great art filters and takes amazing quality photos with fast shutter speeds.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A fine product

          By Lou

          from Tunkhannock, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

          A compact camera with near full DSLR functions. This is the perfect camera when I need much more than the point and shoot yet I don't wish to lug my full bag of DSLR equipment.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great little camera!

          By Big E

          from Charlottesville VA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

            We are not photo enthusiasts by any means, but enjoy taking pictures/videos of kids and grandkids. This camera is as easy to use as a SLR but has greater flexibility by allowing use of multiple lenses.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Best buy out there

            By makolroksme

            from Alabama

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

            This product is great. Everything about it except shooting in dark light is wonderful especially for users that are new to the craft.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Amazing Camera

            By Timmy

            from Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (White):

            -Easy and simple to use
            -great for beginners
            -good options for alternate lenses
            -well build
            -great pictures

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Little Lightwieght Camera

            By Teacher in Columbia

            from Columbia Sc

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

              Student Photographers

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Non Intrusive

              By Holden

              from Sao Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                A fantastic little wonder!!!The best companion to my EP-2.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Lots of camera in a tiny package.

                By Matt

                from Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                This is a surprisingly feature-packed camera given the price point and small size. Nearly every aspect of the camera's operation can be customized. I wish my Nikon D3100 had the same array of options. The D3100 does take better pictures, especially in low light, but then it does have a larger sensor. Photo quality on the E-PM1 is still quite good. It does get a bit noisy at higher ISOs, but not nearly as much as even the best small sensor point & shoots. The lack of pretty much any dedicated function buttons means most settings have to be changed in menus, which does make the camera a bit tedious to use at times. Handling can be a bit tricky as well due to the small size and lack of a hand grip. Despite these issues it's still an excellent camera, especially at this price. I bought a refurb unit for even less, and it arrived in what looks like brand new condition.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great travel camera

                By pploco

                from Mexico City, Mexico

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (White):

                I bought this one for my 16 year old daughter, who has owned several P&S.

                although the camera gives you lots of control, over all important settings, and the menu system shortcuts speed up operation, This is no SLR.

                Photo quality is on par with the best Mirrorless cameras, size weight, wow factor, etc make it a great choice.

                I think this camera is great for people who want more than a P&S, but enjoy fully automatic cameras, and for people like my daughter who are learning photo basics, and dont want to haul a SLR.

                I have not tested the video yet, all my comments are photo related.

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                5.0

                good battery life, fast pictures,

                By yan

                from omaha, ne

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                  very good quality photos. as soon as i press the button, a picture is taken which is very impressive. other cameras I've had take a long time to snap a pic which really makes me mad.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for Street Photography

                  By PJ

                  from Washington State

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                  I also have an Olympus E-PL1 as well and it produces excellent images. However I wanted something that could focus a bit faster. I thought at first the E-PM1 would be too small for my large hands. But in fact with a small prime lens I can hold this camera in one hand and take shots. Quite nice for inconspicuous street shooting.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Best Camera

                  By photoman on the go

                  from Chicago , IL.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                    Best little camera , photos are far supereb and
                    sharp clear , video is far excellent .
                    This camera is worth the price for its performance .

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Light and easy to use

                    By Louisianaishotinthesummer

                    from Loisiana

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Brown):

                    I bought this camera for use on vacations and trips. I like to travel but do not like to carry heavy cameras around. This camera fits easily in my bookbag and takes great pictures. The lense that comes with it does not contain much of a zoom. Wish I had bought a zoom lense for the zoo.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Extremely Satisfied

                    By the clothier

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                        The camera and accessories exceeded every expectation that I had. This was the first camera that I purchased for my business to take photos of our products and clients. Usability is super easy and the quality of pictures is incredible. Will shop here again!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Outstanding dummy camera!

                        By slackercruster

                        from NE US

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about E-PM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens (Black):

                            I use this cam for undercover work pretty much with a 12mm lens. As an undercover cam it is of the highest order. Nothing I've found better.

                            Outstanding IQ. Quiet, turns on and fires fast as can be. AF is excellent. It has brought home the bacon for 98% of the shots I fed it. It only failed with the most problematic shots that nothing could have captured unless the tog did lots of correction.

                            I have been a tog for 40+ years and have owned everything from 4 x 5 to Minox, film to digital MF. This cam is amazing at what it does...and that is shooting on the dummy setting.

                            For a cam that you like to fiddle with, then I only rate it at 3 stars or so. Pain to adjust. Sure you can do it, but such a pain, I try to avoid it. Not very intuitive if you come from dslr-land.

                            So, let me sum it up here. If I had to pick only one cam from my stable of 11...this would be the keeper...as long as I only needed to shoot on the dummy setting! If I needed to do constant adjusting, then this would be my last choice.

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                            • No

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