Olympus PEN E-PM2 Summary
Olympus PEN E-PM2 Assessment
The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is a very compact and light mirrorless camera. It was launched in late 2012 with the E-PL5
Olympus PEN E-PL5 which shares the same internals and adds a traditional mode-dial and tilting LCD. Olympus based both these models on the sensor of their highly-acclaimed OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5 flagship camera.
This new sensor delivers quality images combined with a speedy performance. Image noise is very low, delivering clean images until ISO 1600 and usable ones until 12800. Both white-balance and metering systems are very reliable. Colors are not perfect but can be reasonably close for general use. The E-PM2 outputs images clearly ahead of its predecessor and improves speed in all areas except video.
The Olympus E-PM2 outclasses its entry-level status by delivering competitive performance with plenty of features at a truly affordable price. Used mostly as a point-and-shoot, the E-PM2 is hard to fault. However, those looking to use an its manual-controls will feel the interface limiting and should go for a higher-end model like the excellent OM-D E-M5 reviewed here
Olympus OM-D E-M5.
|Very low image noise||Poor color accuracy|
|Reliable metering||Focus hunts in low light|
|Good white-balance||Long black-out|
|Quick shot-to-shot speed||Display not always Exposure-Priority|
|Fast contrast-detect AF||Low contrast LCD|
|Short shutter-lag||Modal EC interface|
|Generally responsive||1s Video record delay|
|Effective built-in stabilization||Uncomfortable strap eyelets|
|Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist||Flimsy battery and memory door|
|High level of customization||Excellent Excellent|
Olympus E-PM2 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 200-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|2-Axis Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.45" Optional EVF 1.5 Megapixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe|
|8 FPS Drive, 15 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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