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)
  • Light weight: 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 viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

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
  • Significantly 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)
  • Light weight: 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 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), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.5") and has interchangeable lenses.

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)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

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

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PM1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 14.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has much more startup delay (1800 ms vs 300 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
9 months newer
$550 (body only)

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)

common strengths of the D3200 and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the Rebel XS and E-PM1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1.3"

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D
6 years older

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 8.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the 20D and E-PM1

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.3"

Canon EOS 30D

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

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 108 lenses

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 8.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

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)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the E-400 and E-PM1

  • Very small: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Compact (110×64×34 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 435 g vs 263 g

Nikon D3100

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

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the D3100 and E-PM1

  • Focus continuously recording movies

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)

  • Built-in flash
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

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

common strengths of the XZ-1 and E-PM1

  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 330 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
2 years older
$778

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and E-PM1

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 330 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$1,331

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen

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

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 330 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the S120 and E-PM1

  • None found