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    109.5 mm
  • Height :
    63.7 mm
  • Weight :
    265 g
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Quick Specification of Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera

  • Dimension
    • Width : 109.5 mm
    • Height : 63.7 mm
    • Weight : 265 g

Full Specifications of Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera

  • Dimension

    Width
    109.5 mm
    Height
    63.7 mm
    Length
    34 mm
    Weight
    265 g
  • Zoom

    Optical Zoom
    3x
  • Pixels

    Mega Pixel
    12.3
  • Lens

    Manual Focus
    YES
    Color Filter
    Primary (RGB) Color Filter
    Focal Length
    14 mm - 42 mm (35 mm Equivalent to 28 - 84 mm)
    Auto Focus
    TTL Contrast Detection
    Lens Type
    Zoom Lens, 8 Elements in 7 Groups
  • LCD

    LCD Size
    3 inches
  • Flash

    External Flash
    YES
    Built in Flash
    YES
    Flash Modes
    Auto, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync 2nd Curtain, Fill-in, Off
  • Image

    Video Format
    AVCHD, AVI Motion JPEG
    Audio Format
    Dolby Digital, WAV
    Image Format
    RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D Still)
  • Interface

    Pic Bridge
    YES
    Audio Video Interface
    Video Output (NTSC, PAL)
    Microphone
    Stereo
    USB Cable
    Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Memory

    Upgradeable Memory
    YES
    Memory Type
    SD / SDHC / SDXC / UHS-I
  • Sensor

    Sensor Size
    17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Type
    High Speed Live MOS
  • Shutter Speed

    Maximum Shutter Speed
    1 / 4000 sec
    Minimum Shutter Speed
    60 sec
  • Battery

    Battery Type
    BLS-1, BLS-5 Li-ion Battery
  • Additional Features

    Video Display Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Face Detection
    YES
    Dust Reduction
    Supersonic Wave Filter
    Self Timer
    Yes, 2 and 12 sec
    HDMI
    YES
    ISO Rating
    Auto: ISO 200 - 12800, Manual: ISO 200 - 12800
    Image Display Resolution
    460,000 dots
    Image Sizing
    4032 x 3024
    Macro Mode
    YES
    Metering
    TTL 324 Zones Multi-pattern, ESP Light Metering, Spot Metering, Centre Weighted Metering
    Continuous Shots
    Yes, 5.5 fps
    Shooting Modes
    Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night with Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS Mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Co
    Image Stabilizer
    Sensor shift
    Red Eye Reduction
    YES
    White Balancing
    Auto, Preset (Daylight, Lamp, Fluorescent, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Underwater WB)
    Type
    LCD, Anti-reflection Coating

Over all Review of Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera Price

Overall Review

Probably one of the most affordable cameras with the speciality of being packed with mirrorless interchangeable lenses till now, and one of the most beautiful vintage looking devices available in market today is Olympus E PM1 as known as Olympus PEN Mini. And like all the cameras under the PEN flagship this device is also based on Micro Four Thirds standard which was jointly developed by it alongside Panasonic. Unlike other PEN cameras which were strictly DSLRs and were aimed highly only at good and experienced photographers, this device is strictly a Point and Shoot camera. And to be highly precise this is the smallest, lightest, most accessible, and affordable model in the range. Olympus E-PM1 is based on the same 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor as the other two models in the range, Olympus E-PL3 and the star E-P3. The device has a fixed 3in screen with 460k pixels and is capable of shooting 1080p at 60 frames per seconf video. Like all PENs it benefits from built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation that works with any lens and very fast auto focus. Consumer-friendly features include iAuto mode with 'Live Guide' results-based controls for easy manipulation of colour and exposure controls. But the E-PM1 isn't just for novices. With PASM exposure modes, a hotshoe and plenty of potential for customisation it's sufficiently advanced to appeal to DSLR owners looking for a smaller, lighter alternative.

Design and Build Quality

To provide the exact dimensions that this camera sports, Olympus E PM1 measures 109.5mm x63.7mm x 34mm, and weighs roughly 265 gms. The dimensions of the device definitely give an idea as to why exactly is the device called PEN 'Mini'. Olympus E-PM1 is an extremely compact ILC. It's similar in style and dimensions to the next model up in the range, the PEN 'Lite' E-PL3, but lacking the flip-out screen is a fair bit slimmer. As well as the screen the Mini lacks the PEN Lite's mode dial and several other buttons, but from the front the two models look more or less identical. The NEX-C3 is actually a little bit smaller and lighter than the PEN E-PM1, but add on the stabilised 18-55mm kit zoom and that advantage evaporates. Panasonic Lumix GF3 is a little taller than the PEN E-PM1 and its 14-42mm stabilised kit lens, though not as big as the Sony 18-55mm also adds considerably to the overall size. Despite the fact that it has no front grip the PEN E-PM1 feels comfortable and secure with your left hand supporting the lens. On the rear there's a rubberised grip pad that runs from top to bottom along the right side. The rear controls are quite small but the control dial with its knurled edge is easy to operate and the clear plastic info, menu and playback buttons inset into the plastic cover of the screen are a nice design touch. If you're looking for a colourful body Olympus E-PM1 is available in silver, black, brown, silver-rose, purple, and white.

Focus and Face Detection

Olympus E-PM1 works under Imager Contrast Detection AF system autofocus and sports Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) focus modes. The light metering system given in the camera is a TTL Image sensing one and there are 4 types of metering modes (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% of the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bias spot metering are available)

Lens and Image Stabilization

Olympus PEN E-PM1 is available as a kit with a choice of lenses including the Olympus forte M Zuiko digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 that I tested it with. This lens features a clever collapsible mechanism which allows it to shrink considerably when not in use. A sliding catch on the zoom ring allows rotation beyond the 14mm stop which completely retracts the extending barrel into the main housing. The 'crop factor' on the micro Four Thirds lens system is 2, so the 35mm equivalent focal length of this lens is 28-84mm - a 3x optical zoom range which takes you from wide angle to a short portrait telephoto. One of the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds system is having access to the largest range of native lenses for any ILC. With the Olympus 17mm f2.8 prime attached, Olympus E-PM1 can fit roughly in the coat. Other zoom lenses in the range include a 40-150mm f4-5.6, 75-300mm f4.8-6.7, and a 9-18mm f4-5.6 ultra wide angle zoom. You can of course also mount Micro Four Thirds lenses from third parties, including a number of tempting options from Panasonic, including the 20mm f1.7 and 14-42mm Power Zoom pancakes, although you may find some focusing restrictions.

Screen and Menus

The provided 3in LCD screen has an aspect ratio of 16:9 - great for HD movies, but you lose nearly a quarter of the area when shooting 4:3 stills in the best quality mode. The screen has a 460k pixel resolution and is bright and contrasty; though the illumination drops off a little when held at an angle you can see the image even at quite acute angles so shooting overhead is manageable, but obviously nothing like as versatile as a flip-out screen.

Battery

BLS-1 Li-Ion battery is what powers Olympus E-PM1. The battery comes with a BCS-1 battery type charger with the battery life of approximate 300 shots under CIPA standards.

Video Mode

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 has the same movie modes as Olympus E-PL3. The best quality movie mode is 1080i60 which is encoded as an AVCHD file at an average bitrate of 17Mbps. There's also a 13Mbps option at the same resolution and two 720p settings at 17Mbps and 13Mbps. Finally, there's a 720p option that records editing-friendly MJPEG files at 30fps and a standard resolution 640x480 mode.

Sensors

Olympus E-PM1's 12.3 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor produces 4:3 images with a maximum size of 4032 x 3024 pixels. Images can be saved as RAW data files or JPEGs at one of two compression settings. Best quality JPEGs have a file size of between 4 and 6MB. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 200 to 12800 ISO and the shutter speed range is from 60 seconds to 1/4000 plus Bulb.

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.

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Olympus E PM1 fills a gap in the PEN range that until now really only catered for enthusiast photographers. Rather belatedly, Olympus has woken up to the fact that equipping it's Micro Four Thirds bodies with auto exposure modes isn't enough to attract point-and-shoot upgraders who want controls they feel comfortable with and understand. The PEN Mini E-PM1 is now that camera. With a slimmer simplified body, but lacking little of the advanced feature set of the PEN Lite E-PL3, it will also appeal to those looking to replace a DSLR with something more compact but just as capable. It also sports the same stabilised 12.3 Megapixel sensor, the same hotshoe, all the same PASM, auto and scene modes and the same Art filters, albeit without some of the optional settings. It can also shoot 1080i60 AVCHD video with PASM exposure control and has the same fast AF system. Olympus E PM1 measures 109.5mm x63.7mm x 34mm, and weighs roughly 265 gms. The dimensions of the device definitely give an idea as to why exactly is the device called PEN 'Mini'. Olympus E-PM1 is an extremely compact ILC. It's similar in style and dimensions to the next model up in the range, the PEN 'Lite' E-PL3, but lacking the flip-out screen is a fair bit slimmer.

One of the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds system in Olympus E-PM1 is having access to the largest range of native lenses for any ILC. With the Olympus 17mm f2.8 prime attached, Olympus E-PM1 can fit roughly in the coat. Other zoom lenses in the range include a 40-150mm f4-5.6, 75-300mm f4.8-6.7, and a 9-18mm f4-5.6 ultra wide angle zoom. You can of course also mount Micro Four Thirds lenses from third parties, including a number of tempting options from Panasonic, including the 20mm f1.7 and 14-42mm Power Zoom pancakes, although you may find some focusing restrictions. Olympus E-PM1 works under Imager Contrast Detection AF system autofocus and sports Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) focus modes. The light metering system given in the camera is a TTL Image sensing one and there are 4 types of metering modes (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% of the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bias spot metering are available). Overall Olympus E-PM1 is a more than just a decent device, a definite must buy!

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