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Olympus E-PM1 Compact System Camera - Black (includes M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens) (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • World's quickest* FAST AF for cameras with interchangeable lenses. (*Olympus internal testing as of June 2011)
  • Reduced button interface with simple shortcuts to most frequently used functions
  • Six different Art Filters for direct creative enhancement of photos
  • Full HD Movie with stereo sound, depth of field and integration of Art Filters
  • Live Guide for stills and movies, offering full intuitive in easy-to-use interface

Product details

Style Name: Black (14 -42mm II R Lens)
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.4 x 6.4 cm ; 263 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: V20601BBE000
  • ASIN: B0058GI8F0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Aug. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,756 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


Style Name: Black (14 -42mm II R Lens)
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Product Description

Style Name:Black (14 -42mm II R Lens)

Product Description

- Metal body
- Live Guide for stills and movies, offering full intuitive in easy-to-use interface
- Reduced button design
- 7.6cm/3.0" 460,000 dot colour LCD for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots
- Built-in image stabiliser
- Art Filters, Multi Exposure, Wireless flash, Multi-aspect
- Newly developed 12.3 MP high speed Live MOS sensor with wide dynamic range
- Full HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters
- Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds system
- Extreme fast high-speed contrast AF
- Spotless photography with most effective dust reduction system (Supersonic Wave Filter)

Taking style and functionality to new highs, the PEN mini has the smallest, lightest camera body we’ve ever produced in a PEN model. But as well as being easy to handle and thoroughly portable for everyday usage, it is also packed with smart features that make it extremely simple to take stunning photos. The integrated Live Guide helps users to enhance their still photos and videos with incredible ease. And with six Art filters to choose from, there’s also plenty of scope to get creative and instantly transform photos into striking artworks in seconds. Photographers can also look forward to SLR quality images, all thanks to a new 12.3 million pixel sensor and powerful TruePic VI processor. And that’s not all: It also has an ultra-stylish design with fashionable finishes such as interchangeable decoration rings for lenses. In short, the PEN mini is lightweight in design but a real heavyweight when it comes to optical performance and clever in-camera usability.
Other Characteristics:
Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes: Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in microphone: Yes
Camera type: MILC
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Depth: 3.4 cm
Digital zoom: 14x
Display: LCD
Display diagonal: 7.62 cm (3")
Display resolution (numeric): 460000 pixels
External flash connector: Yes
Fastest camera shutter speed: 1/4000 s
Filter size: 3.7 cm
Flash guide number: 10 m
Flash modes: Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed: 1/160
Focal length range (f-f): 14 - 42 mm
HD type: Full HD
HDMI connector type: Micro
HDMI ports quantity: 1
Height: 6.37 cm
ISO sensitivity: 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 12800, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max): 12800
ISO sensitivity (min): 200
Image sensor size: 4/3"
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location: Body
Lens mount interface: Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure (elements/groups): 8/7
Light exposure correction: ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes: Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering: Centre-weighted, Spot
Material: Metal
Maximum aperture number: 1:22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv): 8.4 cm
Maximum image resolution: 4032 x 3024 pixels
Megapixel: 12.3 MP
Minimum aperture number: 1:3.5 (wide) / 1:5.6 (tele)
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv): 2.8 cm
Number of aspheric elements: 3
Number of diaphragm blades: 7
Operating temperature (T-T): 0 - 40 °C
Optical zoom: 3x
Photo effects: Art, Muted, Neutral, Vivid
PictBridge: No
Power source type: Battery
Scene modes: Beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Self-timer: 2,12 s
Sensor type: Live MOS
Shooting modes: Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Scene, Shutter priority
Slowest camera shutter speed: 60 s
Supported aspect ratios: 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels: 13.1 MP
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
USB version: 2.0
Video capability: Yes
Video formats supported: AVCHD, M-JPEG
Video recording: Yes
Video resolutions: 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 217 g
Weight (including battery): 265 g
White balance: Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten
Width: 10.9 cm

Manufacturer's Description

The Olympus E-PM1: Ultra small and light

Olympus has delivered a triple whammy with the beautifully designed Olympus E-PM1, or ‘PEN Mini'. Not only is it the most affordable and easiest to use Digital PEN yet, it is also one of the world's smallest and lightest system camera with interchangeable lenses.

This impressive feat has been achieved without any compromise in quality, or construction. In the high-class, premium finish 12.3 megapixel E-PM1, Olympus once again delivers a camera that resembles a point and shoot but in fact takes pictures comparable to those from a larger Digital SLR. Its operation is fuss free too, thanks to the inclusion of handholding features such as Live Guide, so, even if you consider yourself an amateur, you'll soon be shooting like a pro.

Inspired by the head turning original PEN series designed by Yoshihisa Maitani, which shifted over 17 million units worldwide, and aimed at fans of fuss free photography, the entry-level E-PM1 continues the PEN tradition of classic looks yet bang up to the minute technological innovations. It's lightweight in design, measuring 109.5x63.7x34mm and weighing 217g body only, yet heavyweight in features.

The fastest AF system on a camera with interchangeable lenses
The fastest AF system on a camera with interchangeable lenses
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FAST AF: World's fastest autofocus system

A case in point, the E-PM1 has inherited some of the latest technologies incorporated in the equally new flagship E-P3 model, including the advantage of the world's fastest auto focus system among interchangeable lens cameras.

Plus with 35 separate focus points spread over almost the entire sensor it is even possible to zero focus in on subjects tucked away in the corners of the screen display.

An AF illuminator for lower light work plus AF tracking technology further ensure that subjects stay sharp no matter where they are in the frame, and even when they dip in and out of it. No special skills are required of the photographer as thanks to the E-PM1's Full Time AF facility it is, as it sounds, ‘always on'.

A camera for everyone, whatever your level of understanding

The philosophy behind the Olympus E-PM1 or PEN Mini is that, no matter how inexperienced you are with manual photographic settings, here is a camera that will allow you to get the settings just right. You may not understand how to alter aperture or depth of field yet, but via built-in Live Guide, the E-PM1 will allow you to view such adjustments in real time before applying them to an image.

Live Guide allows the real-time adjustment of the likes of colour intensity, Lighting Mood, Brightness, Background Blur and Motion Blur as well as allowing users to fulfill their ambitions as regards video recording as well as stills.

As a further aid, there are also pop-up descriptions provided in the camera menus detailing what everything does, should you forget. The camera is also eminently suitable for shooting in lower light, due to not only built-in image stabilisation but also a top light sensitivity setting of an impressive ISO12800.

A choice of HD video and a choice of formats

The PEN Mini can record moving footage in the beautiful 1080i Full High Definition AVCHD format, which generates smaller files that are perfectly suited for playing back on TV.

Alternatively, you can select 720p HD Motion JPEG video, which makes the files easier to view and edit on a PC.

6 Art filters can be applied to stills or video
6 Art filters can be applied to stills or video
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Creative Magic: Art Filters

Turn your memories into works of art. A choice of six Art Filters are selectable with the touch of a button to instantly give both images and movies a unique look and feel. Just select the desired Art Filter before taking a picture or shooting a movie; the effect is then shown directly on the LCD in Live View Mode.

  • Dramatic Tone: Boosts the contrast to give images visual punch and a more dynamic atmosphere. This filter is accessible whether shooting stills or movies.
  • Diorama: This lends images a miniature model village feel by narrowing depth of field and enhancing colour and contrast.
  • Pop Art: Enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid to create high-impact pictures in the style of Pop Art.
  • Soft Focus: Creates a soft tone, which gives pictures an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere without obscuring details such as hair or flower petals.
  • Grainy Film: Recreates the effect of grainy, high-contrast monochrome pictures. The strong presence and dramatic atmosphere amplify the impact of the subject.
  • Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness like an image seen through a pinhole camera. Added to this is a unique colour tone and the results have an air of secrecy or otherworldliness.
High quality lens for superb images every time

As the latest addition to the Pen camera range, the E-PM1 or PEN Mini comes with the sculpted and near silent M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens, providing a versatile equivalent of 28-84mm in 35mm film terms. This lens has the advantage of not only providing faster focusing, but also preventing the audible whirr of the lens' mechanics that can otherwise ruin the audio track of your home movies.

What's more the E-PM1 is not only compatible with 20 Micro Four Thirds lenses, it also offers access to 27 Four thirds system and more than 500 other lenses via adapter.

Another advantage of the Olympus system is that its lenses are lighter than rivals', as they don't require built in image stabilisation or ‘IS' of their own. What's more the supplied lens also features a swappable decoration ring, so you can match the lens to the body colour of the PEN camera you've chosen.

Extensive accessories to expand your system

In addition to the external flash supplied with the camera, users can attach a variety of accessories via the E-PM1's Accessory Port 2. For example, transfer your images wirelessly with the aid of the Bluetooth compatible PENPAL Communication Unit that automatically re-formats still photos for wireless transfer to other compatible devices and social media.

For sporty types, there's also the optional Street Case that fits the Mini like a glove, and allows for inconspicuous storage and transportation.

Full HD 1080i video with stereo sound

On the E-PM1, movie quality has to be seen to be believed; with a 60Hz frame rate, and the option of shooting in AVCHD or 720P HD motion JPEG compression formats, there are the options of watching footage back either on Full HD TV or your PC's monitor. Either way, the results will look great as, whether shooting video or 12.3 megapixel photos, the PEN Lite is designed to deliver a consistently high performance.

What's more the E-PM1 features HDMI output, so it can be hooked up directly to an HDTV.

Latest generation TruePic VI processor

As with the simultaneously announced Olympus Digital PEN E-P3 and E-PL3 models that sit just above the E-PM1 in the Micro Four Thirds compact system camera range, this new iteration benefits from the incorporation of the latest generation image processor, the TruePic VI engine. Needless to say this addition makes the camera all-round faster and more responsive.

Large and high resolution LCD screen
Large and high resolution LCD screen
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Large and high resolution LCD screen

All images, including 3D still photos, plus Full HD video, are composed and reviewed on the Mini via the built-in 3-inch, 460,000 dot resolution LCD screen.

High capacity SDXC and Eye-Fi card compatible

The carry anywhere E-PM1 further takes the worry out of photography and offers almost unlimited memory expansion possibilities by providing compatibility with the new SDXC removable media card format.

This affords high storage capacities of up to a gargantuan 2TB to ensure you don't run out of space for those many thousands of photos and videos at an inopportune moment – thereby making the E-PM1 as ‘future proof' as possible. Wireless transfer is also possible due to compatibility with (optional) Eye-Fi media cards.

Attachable Flash

Let there be light! Simply attach this flash to your PEN in seconds and it will illuminate your shots whenever you need it. And it's just as quick to detach, so no extra weight the rest of the time. You'll find it included when you open the box to discover your new PEN.

Newly developed high speed Live Mos sensor with wide dynamic range

With its 12.3 effective megapixel High Speed Live Mos sensor, Multi Exposure mode for combining up to three top quality Raw images - the outstanding photo heritage provided by the Olympus PEN range shines through.

Add in a Supersonic Wave Filter dust protection system to prevent any undesirables attaching themselves to the camera's sensor when swapping lenses and the result is consistent excellence, no matter how relatively unskilled the user may be.

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 or Mini is available in black, white, silver, dark brown, purple and silver-rose in the following configurations:

  • E-PM1 Kit with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens
  • E-PM1 Double Zoom Kit with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R Lenses

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Style Name: Black (14 -42mm II R Lens)
This is my second Olympus Pen camera and although this is the cheapest camera in the Pen range its a superbly made camera for the price. The improvements over the E-PL1 are smaller & nicer form factor and much better standard zoom lens the 14-42mm IIR which unlike the earlier design has a non rotating front end and is better made. The controls at first take some getting used to if you move from earlier Pen cameras but all the usual functions are there and the image quality from the combination of the camera & lens are great. I use the camera with the electronic viewfinder if using a tripod but this does reduce battery time and sits on the camera hot shoe, however in sunlight that tends to saturate the LCD screen of any digital camera its a god send. One gripe is not have a built-in spirit level it is easy to not get the horizon exactly right although this can be fixed in photoshop or iphoto.
The camera balance with longer lenses like the 40-150mm are OK and if you want a really small package the pancake lens is a good option. The Pen cameras have in-body image stabilisation unlike Panasonic as well as ultrasonic sensor cleaning which Olympus pioneered. In all a relatively simple camera for the price allows a lot of creativity whilst not challanging the photographer.
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Style Name: Brown (14 -42mm II R Lens)
My initial attention was possessed by this camera body's size. At the time I got to know of the E-PM1, I wasn't exactly searching for a new camera. I own a compact Canon Powershot and an iPhone 4. Over time I had lost my passion for photography and thus had become lazy to carry my compact unit with me unless there was a significant reason to do so. I had vowed never to own a DSLR as I knew that if I did, it wouldn't be long before I became lazy to carry all that gear around with me wherever I went. When I started looking into the specifications, test photos, reviews of the E-PM1 it became apparent to me that it is possible to have such a compact camera that beats much larger DSLR systems. I learned that this mirrorless camera had the same sensor size as all of its larger Four Third mount cameras and that this body is compatible with the full range of micro Four Third and full size Four Third lenses. These facts were what impressed me the most because I then realised that I could be walking around with a stealthy camera body that's slimmer and smaller than many compact cameras in the market, yet have the capabilities to beat the older Four Third DSLR bodies.

One of the important decision criteria was the ability to carry a camera around without a bag that had to be opened to gain access. I searched online and found that there were some camera cases from China that fit this unit perfectly and some even had a bump on the top to accommodate the accompanying Flash unit. The discovery of these imitation leather cases provided the solution that I was looking for. I was then able to carry the E-PM1 around, hung from my neck with a case that can be easily unbuttoned, folded back, and closed again after the camera had been used.
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Style Name: Black (14 -42mm II R Lens)
I have owned my E-PM1 for 6 months now and it has been heavily used. It is a micro 4/3 camera that takes interchangeable lenses made by Olympus and Panasonic. I use mine with the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 Pancake Lens which is expensive but brilliant. This combination fits inside a coat pocket and means I have a decent camera with me on every trip. Honestly, the difference in picture quality from this camera with a pancake lens and a compact is beyond compare.

But you don't have to buy expensive lenses to make use of this camera. The kit lens is an absolute wonder and collapses inward when not in use. Pictures made by this combination are very sharp and have superb colour.

The other thing that makes this camera so nice is the speed. It autofocuses faster than my SLR does - not bad for a compact camera.

Downsides, you have to use buttons to change the settings in manual mode, the flash is a fiddly little attachment and there is no viewfinder so you have to shade the screen in bright light. That said, you can buy big flashes and an electronic viewfinder if you want.

I just enjoy having a brilliant camera at a cheap price that can use some of the best lenses around.

Check the customer photos for a side by side size comparison with my Nikon D3100. I sold the Nikon and kept this one as pictures - real world pictures are better with the Olympus.
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Style Name: Brown (14 -42mm II R & 40 -150mm Lenses) Verified Purchase
Took forever to arrive but I've been stunned by the results. This is the camera I've always needed. I was an OM user years ago and was most unhappy when Olympus effectively ditched that system. I then moved on to Canon equipment as they had the autofocus system Sussed but never came close on portability. The recent Olympus cameras are showing the kind of innovation that the OM system displayed. Look through an OM 1 or 2 viewfinder and you'll be amazed at the brightness of the screen, nothing else came close. This little camera kit is portable and gives stunning results. Forget the 12 'pixel count, the end result is brilliant compared to compact cameras with much higher pixel counts.
A great camera and hopefully a resurgence in Olympus. Am now looking at the OMD
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