Summary Olympus E-PM1

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 1
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 36
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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The Olympus E-PM1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Size Quite small Help
Compact (110×64×34 mm)
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Thickness Thin Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
263 g


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The Olympus E-PM1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
499 ISO
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.3 EV
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
1800 ms startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
June 2011
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
21 bits
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Avatar for Simon Goldner Simon Goldner (9:41 PM, December 27, 2014)
It shoots at 1080i maximum, not 1080p.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:17 AM, December 27, 2011)
Thanks Steven, we've fixed that up.
Avatar for Steven Steven (0:44 PM, December 24, 2011)
It's Olympus PEN E-PM1, not MP1