Olympus E-PM1 Review

 
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Model Name: Olympus PEN E-PM1 
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General
Model Number: E-PM1
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $499.99
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Date Available: 2011-09-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 13.5 oz (382 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Weight Includes Kit Lens? Yes
Size: 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.
(110 x 64 x 34 mm)
Waterproof: No
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Total Megapixels: 13.1
Effective Megapixels: 12.3
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor Size (dia.): 0.85"
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor-shift Stabilized: Yes
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4032 x 3024 (12.2 MP, 4:3),
3200 x 2400 (7.7 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1920 x 1440 (2.8 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1280 x 960 (1.2 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2), MPO (3D), 12-bit RAW (.ORF)
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080, 1280x720, 1280x720, 640x480
Movie Frame Rate: 60i (20Mbps/17Mbps), 60p (17Mbps/13Mbps), 30p, 30p
Movie File Format: AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Kit Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R MSC M.Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/22
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 2x
Filter Thread: 37mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect: High-speed, 35-point with Face Detection and Tracking. Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area, Up to 8 Faces Detected
Face Detection: Yes
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF mounted in flash hotshoe
Display
LCD Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution: 460,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating LCD: No
Max Playback Zoom: 14.0x
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto (customizable range), 200 - 12800 (1/3, 1 EV steps)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Underwater, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 324-zone Digital ESP, Center Weighted Average, Spot (~1%, with Highlight/Shadow modes)
Program AE: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Conv, 3D, Underwater wide, Underwater macro; Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone)
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse:  
Flash
Built-in Flash: No
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64), Off. Wireless flash control supported.
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Bundled external flash has GN of 7m (ISO 100) or 10m (ISO 200)
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exp Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
Ext Flash Connection: Hot-Shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
Memory Included (MB):  
File System:  
DCF Compliant: Yes
Connectivity
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable:
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional RM-UC1 wired remote
Other Connection: Accessory Port 2, Multi Connector (USB/AV/Remote), Mini HDMI (Type C)
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BLS-1 or BLS-5
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: Proprietary BLS-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes
CIPA Rating: 330
Software
Included Software: OLYMPUS Viewer 2/[ib] CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, TruePic VI Image Processor, "FAST" AF System, Full HD movies, 6 Art Filters, Bundled External Flash. Available in Purple, Silver, Pink, White, Black and Brown.

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