Olympus PEN E-PM1 with 14 -42mm lens reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

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9.1 out of 10 based on 17 reviews.
Olympus PEN E-PM1 with 14 -42mm lens: 13.1 MP (Megapixels), SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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Some customer reviews of Olympus PEN E-PM1 with 14 -42mm lens

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JP, Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Size is just right, finally an exchangeable lens system small enough to replace a pocket camera. Good image quality, opportunity to use weide range of legacy lenses with adapter (my main reason to purchase this camera)
Bad points:
Nothing so far.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2011

Marius, Grantham Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Extremely fast image capture, the quality of the images take is outstanding, very easy to use. Great camera i recommend it :)
Bad points:
The zoom is very small on the lens, only equivalent to x3 optical zoom. If you want to buy a different lens such as the 40 - 150 mm it cost more than the camera so take into consideration when buying the camera :)
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Aug 2012

Ben, Stratford Upon Avon Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Fast AF
Compact
Bad points:
All "pro" settings hidden in menu options
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Nov 2011

Barbara, Kilmarnock Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Really quick to take photos (minimal shutter lag).
Great fun for a point and shoot convert without the size and expense of a DSLR
Bad points:
Feels plasticy. No case. Lens cap will be easily lost.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 May 2012

Annafrances, Devon Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This camera produces SLR quality photos with the body of an small compact camera so it is easy to carry around with you. The camera has some great art filters which are fun to play around with. The auto mode is very easy to use and can be used for most everyday photos adapting a point and shoot idea. If you are wanting a more photographic experience it is simple to change setting such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Bad points:
I have not found any bad points about using this camera yet!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Dec 2011

Jenny, Southampton Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good camera. Lots of features, very functional, easy to use. Will be a good buy for first--time users or as a second on-hand camera for more professional users. The camera comes with lots of extras, very compact, you could get it in various colours. Provides superb image quality, also if you want to achieve better quality could buy different lenses to it.

Overall, it's a nice buy. Would have bought it for full-price
Bad points:
I bought a bundle set which included a logic camera case, could say, that it was too small, cause Olympus doesn't fit in it with its lens. So, I needed to buy another case in order to fit all the belongings safely.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Aug 2012

Dan, Carlow Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent build & image quality, compact size, lens options, ease of use. Image quality & ease of use are the standouts - fantastic colour rendering plus good low-light performance matches with an intuitive interface
Bad points:
Quite large with 14-42mm lens ie. won't fit in your pocket. Much smaller than a DLSR but you'll still need a true compact for snaps
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Apr 2013

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Resolution (Pixels) 12.3
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen No
3D Yes
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge No
Manual Focus Yes
Weight (g) 265
Flash Yes
WiFi WiFi ready
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 109.5 x 63.7 x 34.0
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2011-09-30
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Battery Model Lithium-Ion
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's 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.

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