I Got a New Camera! {Olympus PEN E-PM1}

By Kate |

I have been totally obsessed with the Olympus PEN E-PM1 camera since seeing the #penready project photos Felicia shared on her blog Go Graham Go last fall. I had no business getting a new camera, though, because I have an expensive and awesome DSLR (a Nikon D90). But the D90 is just NOT conducive to travel and excursions with a 5 year old, 3 year old, 4 month old, diaper bag, stroller, baby wearing, and on and on. I found myself choosing to leave my “nice” camera at home and using my iPhone to take pictures to capture our trips to castles, festivals and cool foreign cities.

So turns out the move to Germany was a very good reason to invest in a small, lightweight camera that takes great photos. Enter my justification for buying the PEN E-PM1. Turns out camera companies recognize that there are lots of folks like me who want to take great photos but don’t want to lug around a million pound camera. The answer is a “micro four thirds lense” camera. The nice man at the BX tried to explain how it all works to me, but all I need to know is this sort of camera takes photos like a DSLR in a small point and shoot size package. Win.

One of the features that totally appealed to me about the PEN E-PM1 is the Art Filters. It is like using a graphics program to edit your photos BEFORE YOU TAKE THEM. So, you can pick a fun art feature, look at the big 3 inch screen on the back of the camera and see what the photo will look like before clicking. Here are some quick photos I took last night with only the turn of a dial on the camera.

None of the photos were edited other than to resize and add the art title. So cool, right?!

Here are some more unedited photos from the walk last night.

 Crab apples do not taste good.

In addition to fancy art filters, you can also adjust simple things (like brightness, color saturation, background blur) before you take the picture. And, yes, I realize you can do this with a DSLR, too, but then you have to, like, know things about cameras and f-stops and ISO and white balance. I? Do not know those things.

Most importantly, the camera takes cute pictures of my kids, if I do say so myself.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing more photos taken with my new camera because I’m obsessed!



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    Wow, that camera takes fab photos! Loving all the pictures, and no crab apples are not good lol

  2. 2.

    Love all those different options before you even take the photo. How fun! And I understand what you mean. I have virtually the same Nikon as you and while I love the pictures it takes, it isn’t always easy to lug with three small children in tow. Glad you were able to get something to ship to Germany! 🙂

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    Louis and Mary Jane

    Great photos…I going to the store today to take a close look at that fancy camera.

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    I’m so glad you bought it! I knew you would love it!

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