Best Buy Best Buy/Future Shop: Olympus E-PM1 12.3MP Camera w/14-42mm Lens, Full HD Video & More is $350 Best Buy/Future Shop: Olympus 12.3 MP E-PM1$350

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Right now if you head over to Best Buy and Future Shop, you can pick up this Olympus E-PM1 Compact System Camera (Black) with 14-42mm Lens for $349.99. This should be good news for those of you who have been eyeing this portable interchangeable lens camera for some time now. For any photographer who needs an upgrade to a point and shoot camera or needs an alternative to a DSLR, the E-PM1, sporting a 3" LCD screen, a TruePic V Image Processor and a 12.3MP sensor, might be worth considering.

Over in the forums, the E-PM1 is being compared to the E-PL1, an older model in the Olympus PEN series that is on sale at Future shop for $249.99 until May 6 (in store only). If you can afford to pay a little bit more, some of our forum members are citing they prefer the E-PM1 over the E-PL1 notably for its fast AF system that provides up to 35-points of focus for accuracy and its fast shutter response time.

If you're interested in the E-PM1, the $349.99 price is valid at Future Shop and Best Buy until May 10. If you're placing your order online, the camera ships free and comes with a 1-year labour & parts warranty.

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    • $349 at BB now too. Bought it yesterday and just had it price protected.
      Thanks OP!
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    • This is the first E-PM1 thread I've clicked on, and it seems a decent post, yet it seems I've seen this before.... Wonder why?
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    • This is the first E-PM1 thread I've clicked on, and it seems a decent post, yet it seems I've seen this before.... Wonder why?
      Seen this before? I don't think the price have ever came down to this. By the way, I just read the E-PL1 thread and it seems to be mostly talking about the E-PM1 too.
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    • Can someone point out the pros and cons when comparing this with GF2? Is GF2 a better unit overall?
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    • I bought the EPL 1 recently for $249 but I like the smaller body of the EPM1 better but my biggest dislike of the EPM1 is that it lacks a built in flash. Yes, it comes with a small detachable flash which runs on the power of the camera but you have to carry it! The main reason the EPM1 focuses faster is because of the new 14-42 lens. This new lens is supposed to be quieter as well so it is better for video recording so you don't hear the motor sounds. Interestingly, the new lens is a bit longer when closed compared to the original 14-42 lens. If the EMP1 had a built in flash, I probably would have bought it instead.
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    • I am a complete noob and have no interest in getting a DSLR but want a flexible easy to use camera. My buddy keeps pushing me to the Sony NEX-5N but I don't think I need all the features. Would this be a suitable camera for someone who just wants an out of the box AF type of camera? What suitable lens' should I get for distance and portraits? Nothing fancy or costs more than the camera itself.
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    • For point and shoot this is an amazing camera and it's so tiny! Even the stock kit lane is acceptable except for low light conditions. The only times I could really recommend getting a 5n over this is if you want to shoot in RAW and play around with your photo's in lightroom.
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    • Seen this before? I don't think the price have ever came down to this. By the way, I just read the E-PL1 thread and it seems to be mostly talking about the E-PM1 too.
      I'd seen the title of excel's earlier thread. Yours was a repost. But you did create a more detailed post though.
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    • I bought the EPL 1 recently for $249 but I like the smaller body of the EPM1 better but my biggest dislike of the EPM1 is that it lacks a built in flash. Yes, it comes with a small detachable flash which runs on the power of the camera but you have to carry it! The main reason the EPM1 focuses faster is because of the new 14-42 lens. This new lens is supposed to be quieter as well so it is better for video recording so you don't hear the motor sounds. Interestingly, the new lens is a bit longer when closed compared to the original 14-42 lens. If the EMP1 had a built in flash, I probably would have bought it instead.
      This is not true. If you put the new 14-42 on a E-PL1 body, you will not be able to focus as fast as PM1.
      Both the body and the lens had a af speed 'upgrade'. The AF system in body had a complete overhaul.

      I am a complete noob and have no interest in getting a DSLR but want a flexible easy to use camera. My buddy keeps pushing me to the Sony NEX-5N but I don't think I need all the features. Would this be a suitable camera for someone who just wants an out of the box AF type of camera? What suitable lens' should I get for distance and portraits? Nothing fancy or costs more than the camera itself.
      The camera is excellent and will be enough for your use. The kit lens will serve you well for most situations. Learn how to use it first before buying more lenses. You could buy the 20mm 1.7 as an all around lens, but it is ~$350 used.
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    • For point and shoot this is an amazing camera and it's so tiny! Even the stock kit lane is acceptable except for low light conditions. The only times I could really recommend getting a 5n over this is if you want to shoot in RAW and play around with your photo's in lightroom.
      From what I just read, the E-PM1 does shoot in RAW, am I reading wrong. Picked up my E-PM1 and debating to keep or not, it's still in the box and took my all of 5 minutes to read the rather simple manual.
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    • Due to absence of a working unit, I picked up the E-PM1 from BB today and have a E-PL1 on order from FS. Will try both and see which one should I keep.

      The reviews online are mixed for both so want to play with both to make an informed decision.
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    • Just did price protection for the one I bought 2 weeks ago. Thanks for the heads up! Love the camera.
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    • From what I just read, the E-PM1 does shoot in RAW, am I reading wrong. Picked up my E-PM1 and debating to keep or not, it's still in the box and took my all of 5 minutes to read the rather simple manual.
      It shoots RAW.
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    • [QUOTE=andyyuen;14691607]This is not true. If you put the new 14-42 on a E-PL1 body, you will not be able to focus as fast as PM1.
      Both the body and the lens had a af speed 'upgrade'. The AF system in body had a complete overhaul.


      Reading from a professional review, you are correct to say that both the body and the LENS got a af speed upgrade. However, the review states that the old EPL1 with the new lens is much faster and much closer in speed to the EPM1. Of course the EPM1 still is faster but just not nearly as much. That is why the review stated that most of the improved focus speed is actually more due to the lens. On the other hand, the 14-42 version 2 lens isn't very cheap compared to the EPL1 for $249 so I don't think practically anyone with the EPL1 would actually buy one so in the real world the EPM1 does focus much faster. When I need really fast focus, I will use my dslr.
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    • or if you don't mind refurbs
      http://www.cameta.com/Olympus-M-Zuik...Demo-60254.cfm
      meh deal with shipping.

      $11 USPS 1st class mail is the cheapest option which is difficult to trust with a $160 purchase (no tracking, no insurance).
      $42 USPS Express mail or $49 FedEx. Add brokerage / processing fees + custom duties and you are better off buying at FS New and 5 yr warranty.

      Good deal if you live close to US border and can pick up. (Not everyone has this luxury)
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    • I am new to photography and I am wondering how this product compares to Nikon J1, and Sony NEX series...
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