• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
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  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-PM1 advantages over Olympus E-M10

  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    382g vs 515g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Olympus E-M10 advantages over Olympus E-PM1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    884 vs 499 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.3 vs 10.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    6 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.1 fps vs 5.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    19 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality especially from RAW files; Excellent dynamic range for a Four Thirds sensor; Very good high ISO performance; Realistic colors and excellent hue accuracy; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Improved HD video; Lightweight and very portable; Built-in pop-up flash; Minimal EVF lag time.

  • Contrast-Detect AF struggles with small and low-contrast subjects; Mediocre battery life; No external microphone or headphone jack; Mediocre burst speed with continuous AF; No weather sealing; Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-PL3
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-PL3
  • $409
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF3X
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GF3X
  • $409
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GF5
  • $409
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GX7
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GX7
  • $409
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $409
  • 4/3
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 24p video
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