Olympus E-PM2 Mirrorless Camera

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77% Silver Award
The Olympus PEN-EPM2 is a point-and-shoot mirrorless camera which does exactly what a novice will need it to. For more adventurous users, there's a lot of functionality hidden beneath the skin, making the E-PM2 a potentially very attractive second camera.”

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Key Features

  • 16MP CMOS Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 35-area contrast detect AF with touch focus
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 1080 HD video
  • 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Optional electronic viewfinder accessory
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds system camera, with a 16MP CMOS sensor and full 1080 HD video. It's one of the smallest mirrorless cameras on the market and boasts 8 frames per second continuous shooting. This second generation "Mini" gains a customizable function button and a grip for a solid feel in the hand. A fixed 3.0 inch LCD is touch-friendly, enabling useful features like touch focus and touch shutter. For compatible lenses by Micro Four Thirds partner Panasonic, a lens IS priority mode has been included. Manual exposure modes are available for more hands-on users, and activating the optional Super Control Panel provides quick access to key shooting parameters without diving deep into the camera's menu system.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 35
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No (bundled external flash)
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
External flash Yes (Clip-on FL-LM1 included, Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Continuous drive 8 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional RM-UC1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion BLS-5 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 34 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.34)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Ergonomics & handling
Features
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Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
77 %
Overall Score

The Olympus PEN-EPM2 is a point-and-shoot mirrorless camera which does exactly what a novice will need it to. For more adventurous users, there's a lot of functionality hidden beneath the skin (including the image quality of the OM-D) making the E-PM2 a potentially very attractive second camera.

Good For

Everyday 'auto everything' photography where speed, responsiveness and great JPEGs are what you need.

Not So Good For

More involved, critical work where the lack of external controls can make more 'hands-on' operation a little difficult.

User Reviews

4.32 out of 5 stars
  • P@l, Feb 28, 2013 GMT:
    E-PM2 is 98% of OM-D picture quality for 1/3 of its price ...

    I am guessing that most people reading this and other user reviews posted here are considering this camera and are trying to verify information they already found somewhere on the internet then try to make up their mind if it is a good buy or not. Well it depends ... I own do also OM-D (E-M5) and initially have bought this camera as a present for someone, but ended up keeping the little guy and did not touch OM-D ever since. Here is why ... as they both have very similar SONY made image ...

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  • Michael Meissner, Jan 25, 2013 GMT:
    Olympus E-PM2

    When Olympus had a $100 off sale on the E-PM2/E-PL5 at the end of 2012, I took advantage of it to pick up a white E-PM2 with silver 14-42mm II-R lens. I really would have liked to get the E-M5 since I'm a fan of weather sealed cameras, but I didn't really have the budget for it. One thing that I liked about the E-PM2 that was a negative with the E-M5, is that Olympus went back to the BLS-1/5 battery, which can be important when you carry multiple cameras. Over the past 12 years, I have ...

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  • glokenpop, Jan 24, 2013 GMT:
    Olympus PEN E-MP2 First Impressions

    I own a 5DII which is my fancy pants camera. I bought the E-MP2 as a venue camera where I wouldn't be allowed to take the 5D and for those occasions where either I didn't want the big camera or I didn't want to be the 'camera guy'. So far I'm really impressed, looks like a very pretty point and shoot buy is very fast and responsive. Both lens seem fairly sharp. The tele is a little soft in the top right but I can't think when that will be an issue. The menu system was a pleasant ...

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  • glokenpop, Jan 24, 2013 GMT:
    Olympus PEN E-MP2 First Impressions

    I own a 5DII which is my fancy pants camera. I bought the E-MP2 as a venue camera where I wouldn't be allowed to take the 5D and for those occasions where either I didn't want the big camera or I didn't want to be the 'camera guy'. So far I'm really impressed, looks like a very pretty point and shoot buy is very fast and responsive. Both lens seem fairly sharp. The tele is a little soft in the top right but I can't think when that will be an issue. The menu system was a pleasant ...

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