The new Olympus PEN Mini (E-PM1) is a tiny powerhouse of a Compact System Camera. The latest interchangeable camera from the Olympus PEN range, the onus is on small size for a compact and easy-to-carry package.
Although small like a point-and-shoot compact, the PEN Mini is really a DSLR-quality camera that makes high-class photography and movie-making easy. Olympus's Live Guide gives beginners intuitive control of key parameters like aperture and depth of field without needing prior knowledge of how such controls work.
The E-PM1's six Art Filters add fun creative effects to both Full HD movies or stills. Ever the user-friendly camera, should you not know what a setting in the menu is for then a helpful window pops up to tell you.
With world's fastest autofocus system, great low light performance and a superb choice of Olympus and Micro Four Thirds lenses, the PEN Mini E-PM1 has plenty on offer.
Available from early autumn 2011, the PEN Mini's price is yet to be confirmed.
Watch our hands-on preview of the new Olympus Pens:
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 features at a glance:
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1: Design
Small, light system camera with interchangeable lenses
Super-stylish design available in six attractive colours
Interchangeable decoration ring on supplied lens
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1: Image Quality
Powerful TruePic VI image engine for faster recovery time and excellent image quality
Ultra-effective in-body image stabilisation for blur-free movies and stills with any lens
Compact M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm (28-84mm) 1:3.5-5.6 II R fast and near-silent (Movie and Still compatible) lens
12.3 effective Megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor for excellent low-light performance and Full HD movie recording
Up to ISO 12,800 sensitivity
1080i Full HD stereo movie recording as AVCHD or Motion JPEG
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1: Ease of Use
3in LCD with 460k-dot resolution
FAST AF, world's fastest autofocus system. Always on, with 35 AF points, low-light AF Illuminator and out-of-picture AF Tracking
Intuitive Live Guide in HD Movie, still and P/S/M/A mode
Pop-up description for each menu point
Live View in HD Movie and still mode
Easy-to-use Live Wheel feature menu
Fewer buttons means simpler operation
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1: Creativity & Flexibility
Six creative Art Filters in HD Movie and still modes
Accessory Port 2 for compatibility with the growing family of PEN accessories
Compatible with 20 Micro Four Thirds, 27 Four Thirds and more than 500 other lenses (via an adapter)
1/4000th sec. shutter speed with 5fps sequential shooting (to be determined for final spec)
Multi Exposure mode for 2 RAW images
Long-life BLS-5 Li-ion battery
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1: Other highlights
- External, tiltable flash supplied