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The E-PM2 offers full 1080 HD video recording, with a shooting mode accessed through the internal menu or via dedicated record start/stop button on the camera's back panel. Art Filters can be applied to video, with the ability to switch between filters while recording. Though the E-PM2 offers built-in sensor-shift image stabilization for still images, only electronic stabilization is available for video recording. Stereo microphones take care of audio recording - they're located to the left and right of the accessory port on the top panel.

The E-PM2's red movie record button sits towards the upper right of the camera's rear. This initiates movie recording in any mode, allowing for pretty spontaneous capture.

Video clips recorded outside in ample sunshine look smooth and well-exposed. Focus options in movie mode include single point AF, continuous AF and manual. All manual exposure modes are available for movie recording, and ISO can be set manually or left to automatic.

Sample Video 1

This first video shows the E-PM2 being panned across a bright sunlit cityscape.The pan was as smooth as we could manage and footage is reasonably smooth too, and detailed. Focus stays locked throughout the clip, and although some wind 'booming' is audible in places, despite the breezy day, sound is nicely rendered.

1920 x 1080 30p, 42MB, MOV, 17 sec. Click here to download original file

Sample Video 2

This video shows us getting up close and personal with some of the local Seattle wildlife. From a technical point of view this is a tough subject, which contains a lot of fine detail. Not only that but there's some fast motion here, too. The E-PM2 copes well, and as you can see, this clip is very detailed. Some graininess in the darker feathers is about the only 'problem' here.

1920 x 1080 30p, 15MB, MOV, 9 sec. Click here to download original file
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Total comments: 5
Rolfens
By Rolfens (2 months ago)

I've lost more than a couple of shots already due to the un-intuitiveness and hidden secondary effects within the interface. If you're the type who like to fiddle with settings and have some amount of control over exposure, expect to waste shots during the first months as you get acquainted with the interface and it's traps, quirks, limitation and bugs. It can be a real concern, and it's hard to trust this camera. If you can pay $100 - $200 more take a good look at what Panasonic has to offer, it might be worth it. If you're more the type to shoot full auto or only use a small subset of the camera's interface (ex: always shoot aperture priority and not use video) or only shoot landscape or are not interested at all in low light or action photography then this does not apply to you.

The bundled software is very slow as well.

Yes, it very fast and responsive for a camera of this class. It is compact, the image quality is great, and it's a bargain.

But don't take the rest for granted.

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namssurt
By namssurt (3 months ago)

The fact is that I looked at a lot of options and have just ordered this camera. Current pricing is $400 with 2 zooms, which is quite a price. Why did I pick this camera?
1) light weight is important due to neck & back problems. Carrying a bigger format all day would be a BIG problem.
2) I wanted something better than a 1/2.3 sensor that is what most compact or bridge cameras use. APS-C increases the weight of both body and lenses that I would need to cover the focal length range See 1)
3) I wanted a good focal length range without having to carry around 30# in lenses. I could get that in a compact or travel zoom like the hx50v from Sony, but that sensor is just too small and the lens's f-stops are pitiful. The package that Olympus/Amazon is offering covers that range quite nicely in just 2 lenses, although I wouldn't mind starting at lower than 14.
4) the image quality is not perfect but is an improvement and the price/quality ratio is excellent.

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Rolfens
By Rolfens (3 months ago)

Ergonomics are not so good, the software is counter-intuitive and buggy, in the sense where it's very quirky. Many functions and options are fighting each other over a couple of customizable buttons. They shou've allowed for the other buttons to be customizable! The delete button, for example, just sits there and does nothing in shooting mode. One and only one dial used for shutter speed, aperture, iso (or any other setting, actually), browsing photos, browsing the settings menu, dialing in EV compensations, and all the rest. Not that great.
Aside from that, one has to say: it delivers.

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ulfie
By ulfie (11 months ago)

Pretty sharp with el cheapo kit zoom lens. Slap on the Panny 20/1.7 and you could lacerate your eyeballs.

3 upvotes
il_alexk
By il_alexk (8 months ago)

Yeah, this Panny 20/1.7 toy is amazing even with the old E-PM1. IT should be the perfect match for the E-PM2 or GM1.

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