Olympus PEN E-PM2 Review
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|