Olympus PEN Mini

Released June, 2011
  • 12.2 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
JPEGs straight from the camera are very sharp, and you can apply your own sharpening to raw format files if you choose to capture them.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus PEN Mini

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

PEN Mini
n.d.
PEN E-PM1
n.d.
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

PEN Mini
5.4
PEN E-PM1
5.4
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

PEN Mini
10.0
PEN E-PM1
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

PEN Mini
8.9
PEN E-PM1
9.0
Reviews from techradar.com, dpreview.com and 43rumors.com

8.5

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

PEN Mini
8.5
PEN E-PM1
8.6

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus PEN Mini

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN Mini
5.5 fps
PEN E-PM1
5.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN Mini
330 photos
EOS 7D Mark II
670 photos
PEN E-PM1
330 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus PEN Mini


7.1
The processed Raw (using a ACR 6.6 beta) likewise shows impressively fine resolution, and while there's a bit more color moiré, the narrower-radius sharpening we've applied results in a cleaner image without sharpening artifacts.

7.0
There's a good range of shooting modes to help you get the most from that excellent sensor.

Overall

7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Here we look at the Raw files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 6.5).
by DPReview (Nov, 2011)
There is little discernible difference between JPEGs straight from the camera and raw files processed using the software supplied in the kit in terms of quality and detail levels.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
While the act itself of re-processing a JPEG from the raw file is straightforward, the process of selecting precisely which parameters to apply is a bit roundabout.
by DPReview (Nov, 2011)

Screen

In terms of usability, the addition of a touchscreen on the PEN mini is a big improvement, making it easy to alter the focus point, or even release the shutter for ultra quick shots.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
The screen has an aspect ratio of 16:9, which is great for recording wide-screen videos, but not so great for taking images in the standard 4:3 aspect ratio.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
It would have been nice to see this touchscreen capability expanded further into the menu system, but it's a great advantage over the camera's predecessor.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

Image quality

Basic image quality remains essentially unchanged, without making the lower-end unit feel like a stripped-down budget model.
by DPReview (Nov, 2011)
Just as when shooting stills, exposure, while balance and color rendition are excellent.
by DPReview (Nov, 2011)
For instance, you could choose to shoot in Vibrant mode if you want to emphasise colours and contrast, or in Neutral for when you want more accurate colours - such as when shooting portraits for instance.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

Lens

It would have been great if Olympus could have found room for a small scroll dial for changing aperture/shutter speed at least.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
One of the major benefits of a compact system camera is that the lens can be swapped over to suit the application.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
It can be an issue, though, with larger, heavier lenses, where it is harder to take a firm grip on the camera.
by DPReview (Nov, 2011)

Photography

The creative art filters are a nice touch too, offering a quick and easy way to spice up your images.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
It's also great that you can still retain full manual/semi-automatic control when using art filters, something that isn't true of Panasonic cameras.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
Designed for the casual snapper who doesn't want to compromise on image quality, the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is similarly specified to contemporary Olympus PEN models, but with an emphasis on ease of use and simplicity of design.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 18.4 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 35
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps
Battery life 330 photos
Continuous shooting 5.5 fps, JPEG

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm
Thickness 37.3 mm
Weight 313 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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