Olympus m4/3

Olympus announced their first m4/3 camera in June of 2009, christening the line of cameras "Pen" in homage to their well-liked half-frame 35mm SLR cameras of the same name. The Olympus lineup of m4/3 cameras now goes from entry level (E-PM3, or Mini) to enthusiast (E-PL5), to serious enthusiast (E-M5 and E-M1).

  • Pen = rangefinder style cameras
  • OM-D = DSLR style cameras 

Overall Olympus mirrorless sales:

  • 2012 fiscal year: 590,000 units 
  • 2013 fiscal year: 660,000 units (Olympus estimate)

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Olympus E-P1

The E-P1 was Olympus's first mirrorless camera, and one of the first cameras to kick off the mirrorless craze. 

  • Sensor: 12mp Panasonic CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop), sensor stabilization
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4032 x 3024 JPEG or 12-bit ORF maximum, 3 fps max 
  • Video:  720P/30, 480P/30 Motion-JPEG file, stereo PCM audio
  • Shutter: electronic 60 sec to 1/4,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 5 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-6400, AUTO ISO
  • Focus: 11 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 230k dot fixed LCD, no viewfinder
  • Flash: GN hot shoe, 1/180 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync
  • Remote: optional RM-UC1
  • Other Notable Features: 
  • Cards: SD, SDHC
  • Battery: BLS-1
  • Size: 4.8 x 2.8 x 1.4" (121 x 70 x 36) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces (355g)
  • Colors: White, Silver
  • Price: US$800 with kit lens at launch 
  • Current Firmware: version 1.4
  • Announced: Jun 2009, shipped Jul 2009 (discontinued) 

Note: a competent camera that was pretty sophisticated for a first offering.

Thom's Review of the E-P1

Olympus E-P2

Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-P5

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PM1

Olympus E-PM2


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