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 8.0 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

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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

User Reviews

4.26667 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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Your thoughts and experience: Oly 75mm or Pana 35-100?

Hi everyone. I'm ready to purchase a new tele lens for my m4/3 set-up (GX1 and E-PM2, Pana 7-14, Pana 20, Pana 12-35, Oly 45). Thing is, I'm really torn between the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime and Panasonic's 35-100 f/2.8 zoom. My question relates to the real-life situations in which you have been using those lenses, and not to any sharpness/depth-of-field/image-stabilization issues - as you've noticed I have both Pana and Olympus bodies, I'm well aware of what kind of depth of field I get with m4/3, and for my usage most of the system's lenses at this level are plenty sharp and well-corrected for aberrations. Plus I've got Photoshop. I was thinking hard about getting the zoom, but then I researched a bit and realized that for about $400 less, if you figure the OEM lens hood in, the Olympus 75 does look like an appealing lens that would complement my set-up so that I could get roughly the same photography I'd get with the 35-100 zoom. *Roughly*. I already have 70mm equivalent covered ...

Navegador asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

I own both. They are both phenomenal lenses, and the 75/1.8 might be the finest optic overall I've ever owned. However, if I could only keep one, it would be the 35-100 hands down. They are both very sharp lenses with great renderings, but the versatility of the 35-100 wins out for me. I bring my 75/1.8 in my bag when I know I'm going to be shooting portraits, or if I know I'm going to want telephoto with much shallower depth of field, but my 35-100 is in my bag EVERY day I bring my OM-D. Also, I use the 35-100 over the 75mm when in a studio setting, as I'm usually shooting at around f/5.6, and there the 75 is really no sharper, so I simply gain flexibility and lose nothing.  It is very sharp at all focal lengths and all apertures, autofocus is extremely fast and accurate, and it's weathersealed. I've done reviews of both, if you're interested: 75mm: http://admiringlight.com/blog/review-olympus-m-zuiko-75mm-f1-8-ed-msc/ 35-100: http://admiringlight.com/blog/review-panasonic-lumix-g- ... Continue Reading

Jman13 answered
1 year ago

I have both and there is almost no similarity in use. The 75/1.8 is used when I know I'll need a bright mid tele, such as concerts, shows etc. Aslo I also like to shoot primes when I fancy the challenge of a single focal length to help develop my seeing eye (and trust me, it needs help). The 35-100/2.8 is a walkabout lens for when I expect to need a variety of focal lengths from shot to shot. I went to temple fund-raiser on Friday and took the 7-14/4, 20/1.7 and 35-100. The temple was dull, essentially still in the planning stages and nothing to photograph. So I took a walk around the surrounding bushland and kept the 35-100 on the whole time: Here's a few images from the walk, not as a recommendation for the lens, just an example of the varying FLs on the walk:  100mm  93mm  68mm  35mm  46mm 100mm 100mm For the last two, even the 100mm wasn't enough and the images are cropped. I like having both lenses. If you feel you may eventually want both lenses, my advice would be to go ... Continue Reading

Najinsky answered
1 year ago

It seems to me that your decision mostly boils down to the convenience of the Pany 35-100mm lens versus the speed of the Olympus lens -- they are both razor sharp, and in real world use a viewer couldn't tell whether an image was captured with one or the other using the same aperture. I don't own the 75mm, but I do own the 35-100mm -- because I shoot mostly corporate events, and portraits professionally. The zoom make way more sense for my needs. I do a lot of head and shoulder portraits and being able to get consistent in-camera crops without moving my tripod around constantly is a no-brainer for me. I don't like shooting commercial portraits any wider than f/2.8-f/4 anyway, because I don't want a client's eyes in focus and their nose out of focus. Also, I shoot a lot of low light, ambient boardroom/classroom sessions where flash would be a distraction and my moving about needs to be at a minimum -- the 35-100mm combined with the high ISO performance of my E-M5 allows me to ... Continue Reading

daddyo answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Would PEN E-PL5 focus faster then Sony NEX-6?

I think I am well settled on getting the NEX-6 after taking a number of things into consideration. I was doing some research on Olympus PEN E-PL5 and one thing I've seen noted about the Olympus M43 cameras especially E-M5 and the new siblings E-PL5 and E-PM2 is how fast they are at AF. Even here at a recent thread about sports photography some folks said M43. Would E-PL5 really be noticeably faster then Sony even without the phase detect which Sony NEX-6 has? How about in low light situations, which one should win then? This review lists some focus times for NEX-6: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sony-nex-6-review-20566 Then the same site for E-M5: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-om-d-e-m5-full-review-19079 The E-M5 appears to be faster. E-M5: Shot to Shot (without flash) 0.3-0.4 NEX-6: Shot to Shot without Flash   0.8 secs Looks like if you're snapping away E-M5 (and I am guessing E-Pl5) would be twice faster from shot to shot. Then of course that's just a a fraction of ...

CosmoZooo asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

No one wanted to pitch in so let me put in something for comparison: Consider this video of a PEN-PM2 (same performance as the E-PL5). You can fast forward 1:20: Olympus Pen Mini E-PM2 Camera Hands On Look how the guy keeps pressing the shutter and it is just snapping away as the objects are moving on that conveyor. Could NEX-6 keep up with this? Continue Reading

CosmoZooo answered
1 year ago

Well I've had the E-M5 for a few months before getting the 6, and had the 7 before the E-M5. To me, the E-M5 has quicker and more accurate AF than the 7 but in all honesty, I can't really tell how much quicker it is than the 7. However, I can say the AF feels a bit faster on the 6 than the 7 (after updating the 18-55 kit lens). I no longer have the E-M5 so I can't really test it but I've never really taken shot after shot after shot in that sequence. I'll just snap a pic or two but never really paid attention to the time between shots lol Continue Reading

lowincash answered
1 year ago

I have no problem with the focusing speed of my NEX-7. Here is a video I did with the original 18-200mm lens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD1RWGeveXU Then a couple of photos I did using my Zeiss 24mm 1.8 of birds in flight. Both shots were not pre-focused, I just hit the shutter button.  Cropped out of larger photo.  Saw the bird coming, just followed it centered in the focus box and hit the shutter button. Crop out of above photo Continue Reading

relate2 answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

E-PM2, no AA filter like E-PL5?

Do we know if the E-PM2 is like the E-PL5 and is lacking an AA filter?  It seems the E-PL5 in some cases has better IQ than the E-M5, and I wanted to know if the E-PM2 was similar.

Everdog asked
2 years ago

ANSWERS

The E-PM2, looks to me to be nearly the exact same camera, with just a few physical features missing (tilting LCD and mode dial) in order to justify the E-PL5 higher price. They surely have the same sensor assembly. However, I don't know if I buy the story that the E-PL5 has no AA filter. It sounds to me like a misinterpretation that got published at that rumors blog. All of the PENs have very light AA filters anyway, I get moire whenever I use the Panasonic 25mm lens because that lens is too sharp for the sensor. And see Robin Wong's review of the 60mm macro in which he got moire using that lens with the E-M5: http://www.43rumors.com/first-full-olympus-60mm-review-made-by-robin-wong/ Continue Reading

sigala1 answered
1 year ago

I guess we have to wait a little longer for some reviews. Continue Reading

Everdog answered
2 years ago

It's EXACTLY as I suspected, the rumormonger guy took back his statement: http://www.43rumors.com/pekka-potka-says-there-is-not-iq-difference-between-e-pl5-and-e-m5-but/ People really should listen to me. Continue Reading

sigala1 answered
1 year ago

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