"With the E-PM1, Olympus offers sleek design and fast AF performance in a package priced to appeal to users looking to trade in their compact-camera for higher image quality without adding too much bulk."
Having handled the E-PM1 myself, it certainly looks and feels quite a bit smaller than my E-PL2 (and the top-of-the-line E-P3). I know many photographer-enthusiasts will lament the lack of more advanced manual controls, but I hope that the SCP ("Super Control Panel") is given proper consideration.
Utiliatarian by nature, the SCP provides full 2-click access to the most advance features of any Olympus PEN Camera. (NOTE: One must enable it for use first, as it is off by default). I use it frequently for quick adjustment of ISO, White Balance, image ratio / resolution and more. With regards to White Balance, one can also quickly adjust the Red Level and Green Level, direclty through the SCP.
It bears mentioning that many have already complained about the "aging" Olympus 12MP sensor, but the bottom line remains that it continues to deliver excellent stills and video (thanks to a light AA filter and excellent JPG processing engine).
Given the plethora of excellet m4/3rds and adaptable legacy lenses already on the market, the E-PM1 can serve as excellent, compact, high-quality backup gear for pros, or a main camera for enthusiasts.
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