As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is also often compared to super zooms, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Olympus PEN E-PM1's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the PEN E-PM2 and the PEN E-PL5) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-G3 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PM1 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), can focus continuously while recording movies, slightly more lenses available (108 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have a built-in focus motor and is older (june 2011 vs september 2012).

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2
1 year newer
$284 (body only)
$320 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PM2 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM2 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-PM2 and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
similar age

Significant advantages of the Q (vs the E-PM1)

  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the Q (vs the E-PM1)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 7 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Q and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×31 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Very light: 200 g vs 263 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
similar age
$795 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the E-PM1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Standard size (115×84×47 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
1 year newer
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-PL5 and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)

Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2
1 year older
$590 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P2 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-P2 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the E-P2 and E-PM1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (121×70×36 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the E-PM1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Very light: 210 g vs 263 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PM1 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is slightly smaller (compact (110×64×34 mm) vs prosumer size (118×76×89 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.3" vs 3.5").

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
1 year older
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Built-in flash
  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 330 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and E-PM1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Very light: 367 g vs 263 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.3"

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
2 years newer
$276

Significant advantages of the Stylus 1 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Built-in flash
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 1 (vs the E-PM1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and E-PM1

  • Very small: Standard size (116×87×57 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.2" vs 1.3"
  • Very light: 402 g vs 263 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
9 months newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3200 and E-PM1

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XS and E-PM1

  • None found

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D
6 years older

Significant advantages of the 20D (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 20D (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the 20D and E-PM1

  • None found

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D
5 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 30D (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 30D (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the 30D and E-PM1

  • None found

Olympus E-400

Olympus E-400
4 years older

Significant advantages of the E-400 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-400 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-400 and E-PM1

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
10 months older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3100 and E-PM1

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PM1 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (june 2011 vs january 2011), has interchangeable lenses and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
6 months older
$549

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the XZ-1 and E-PM1

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
2 years older
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and E-PM1

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the E-PM1)

  • None found

common strengths of the S120 and E-PM1

  • None found