Olympus PEN E-PM2

Announced Sep 17, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Sep 17, 2012

The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds system camera, built around an excellent 16MP CMOS sensor (the same one that Olympus uses in its flagship OM-D) with 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.

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.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

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