Olympus E-PM1 underwater housing PT-EP06 (Discontinued) Reviews

olmypus e pm1 and housing

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

i ordered this camera the week before my hawaii trip this spring and it was miraculously delivered to me the day before we left!! it was pretty easy to set up and use but i am still learning...cant wait to use it on another trip..these guys are super for their fast service

E- PM1 camera and Olympus PT-EP06 housing

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

I just finished a week on the Turks and Caico's Agressor 2 and got a first look at my new rig. Most of my shooting was with the 60mm macro lens and so far I am very impressed with this system. The housing works well with all the controls easy to use and a simple, and hopefully goof proof hatch design (he says with finger crossed).

The image quality from such a timy camera is very impressive and overall I am very pleased with my purchase. My only beef is the Olympus image download I installed from the supplied disk is not very user friendly and a bit of PITA to use. The manual could also be better organized.

Great High Quality Housing

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I have almost no negative comments about this housing. I've taken it through many beach dives and many deep dives, and it has never shown the slightest hint of ever failing. There is full functionality of all the controls and the buttons are conveniently labeled. I don't have very many problems with buttons sticking and it feels very ergonomic. The only downside would be that it isn't clear like an ikelite housing which can come in handy for checking for floods, and you have to get it modified before being able to change ports. But that's an easy and quick modification.

An easy transition from a point and shoot

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I purchased the EPM1 and the PT-EP06 housing along with a couple of YS-D1 strobes. I have very little experience with underwater photography, and have only used a point and shoot in the past. I was amazed at the quality of the photos, and how simple the camera was to operate underwater. The buttons on the housing are very similar to the PT-048 I have for my Olympus 8010, making for an easy transition to the new setup. With a little practice on the first dive I was able to quickly change settings as needed. The housing with strobes attached was much easier to dive with than I expected, and didn’t require any kind of adjustment to handle the slightly larger rig. The first time out I took some great photos and couldn’t be happier with my purchase. For the price I think you would have a hard time beating this package. I have a trip planned to Roatan at the end of the month and can’t wait to get back in the water with the camera.

Olympus E-PM1 housing review - So easy

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I have had a few underwater camera housing over the years, (sadly a number have flooded) this is by far the easiest housing I have used. The view finder is very clear and it is very well balanced, also if you wish to change the camera settings this is also very easy to do under the water. The housing feels very well made and I really the latch on this housing. This is the 1st housing I have had where you can change the lens which comes in very handy.

The perfect replacement for my Olympus 5050 setup

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I've agonized for years about which camera would replace my Olympus 5050 and Olympus housing.

After reading lots of positive reviews on the E-PM1, I finally took the plunge. I chose the PT-EP06 housing because I've had many years of good results with Olympus housings, and the PT-EP06 can be configured with both dome and flat ports and the flat port can be used with wet lenses. And for the cost of some of the 3rd party housings I can buy two PT-EP06 housings, have separate dome port and macro setups and not worry about changing ports.

I've used the new rig on a Bluewater photo trip to Santa Barbara Island and during a week in the Galapagos and am quite happy with the results. It's easy to shoot in manual or automatic mode, and shoots nice HD video with the touch of a button. I love the small size of the camera and housing.

Fantastic Selection

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I just returned from a week of diving in Utila with the E-PM1 and PT-EP06 housing and I was greatly impressed. I considered several other cameras and brands before deciding to go with the Olympus, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. The housing is sturdy and very well built. I had no problems accessing any of the cameras features while it was in the housing. The housing is also fairly compact and was easy to handle under water. I could easily take photos with one hand when necessary.

I would highly recommend this camera and housing for anyone looking to upgrade from a point and shoot who does not want all the expense of a full blown dSLR.

The housing delivers on the best value claim

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I bought an Olympus E-PM1 and EP06 because they were on the list of best values in underwater cameras and I agree with that assessment. I looked at several different brands, e.g., Nikon, but settled on the Olympus system because the price is great for the quality and the equipment is easy to use in the water (even with 4 mm gloves). It's easy to switch modes between stills and video. I like the optical zoom which is easily set with a finger on the knob.

E-PM1 Housing

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Overall I like this housing. It's compact, light weight, fits my hand well and has good control buttons that are marked well. The housing door seals very well and I feel secure that my camera will not get flooded. The only drawback is the ultra tight fit with the dome port. While the dome port and 8 mm lens are great for making wide angle photos it is a royal pain in the ass putting the dome port on and ESPECIALLY taking the dome port off. You have to remove the cheap plastic sun shield (which broke after three weeks use) before putting the dome port on or taking it off. I also had to use a rubber belt tool that Bluewater sold to me to get the dome port off. Without the tool I could not budge the dome port to twist it into the correct position to remove the port. The whole operation to remove the dome port and instal the regular port takes me about 15 minutes, which is down from 30 minutes when I first started. Also, you need really good eyes and a flashlight to see how the treads on the ports line up with the housing. On the positive side, it seems to be a really secure seal against the water.

Housing for E-PM1- Easy to use and fully functional!

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I own the Olympus E-PL1 which I've been using underwater for a little over a year now. I recently got a chance to put my hands on the new Olympus Pen "Mini" or E-PM1. This camera is basically the same as the original PEN line (E-PL1, 2 and 3) only its been simplified. The Olympus housing, also offers all of the same features making it simple to use underwater.

What I found was that while you lose the mode dial that is on front of the housing, it is really simple to change modes. Like the past Olympus housings, all the buttons are labeled, so its easy to remember what does what. To change modes, just push the menu button and it immediately brings up the mode options, no hunting or multiple button pushes. Navigate to the right mode, push okay and your good to go! In addition all the other controls are the same. Once in manual mode, setting your shutter speed and aperature work the same as the other Pen models. White Balance is the same as well.

The housing weighs basically the same as the other PEN models, and for a practical purposes is the same size as other current models, though is a touch smaller than my E-PL1 housing.

All in all I would highly recommend this camera and housing. It maintains Olympus' record of createing high quality products in the micro-four thirds world, only in a smaller and simplified package.