The PEN E-PM1 Offers Quality to the Masses
Olympus have Designed a Simple, Small CSC
Olympus obviously had a warm feeling of egalite when they developed the Pen E-PM1. This is a compact system camera (CSC) designed for everyone – from part-time point-and-shooter to obsessed enthusiast. It is small, light and very inexpensive. But you would be wrong to think it doesn’t deliver.
In fact the E-PM1 boasts nearly all the features if its more costly sibling, the E-P3. It shoots a 12 mega-pixel file and full HD video. The Autofocus is quick and accurate and the legendary Olympus image quality is all there.
It’s selling point is its simplicity. Whilst it can offer almost the same amount of versatility as its rivals, it has fewer buttons and dials – though it is still a great camera. A casual glance might mistake it for a stylish compact camera, and its core market will probably be those eager to move up to some sort of D-SLR format. The menus are a little complicated to understand at first, but are logical, well presented and easily negotiated with the handy live wheel on the back. The Live Guide menu can get you started very speedily and allows you to see what needs adjusting to get the best image. It has a wide range of creative filters which can be applied to the stills and video at the touch of a button. It can shoot 5 Frames per Second for those with a passion for sport and has a shutter speed up to 1/4000th.
Whilst the E-PM1 can be used as a fun camera, you are buying into a great quality range. The lenses are first class and there is a vast range of them to choose from. It feels good in hand, even though it is quite small, and the dials are well thought out. The hotshoe allows access to some great accessories, from the tiltable flash, arm light, stereo Mic and bluetooth transmitter.
OUR EXPERT SAYS
Olympus PEN E-PM1 features
12.3 Megapixel: Very competent
Comprehensive system of lenses: Over 500 in all
In-camera optimization: Viewable through the back screen
Live Guide: Easy to use interface for stills and video
Full HD Movie with stereo sound