Olympus Pen E-PM2 review

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With a good number of new features, including a 16.1-million-pixel sensor and a touch-sensitive screen, Olympus’s Pen Mini range may have grown up. Richard Sibley finds out just how good the diminutive E-PM2 really is. Read the Olympus Pen E-PM2 review...

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Olympus Pen E-PM2 at a glance:

  • 16.1-million-pixel, four thirds-sized, Live MOS sensor
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • Wi-Fi compatible via Eye-Fi or Toshiba Flash
  • Air cards
  • 324-zone multi-pattern metering
  • Street price around £500 with 14-42mm kit lens

Olympus Pen E-PM2 review -Introduction

It may seem an obvious statement, but the major selling point of micro four thirds compact system cameras is their size. By using a smaller sensor than APS-C format, not only can the cameras be made smaller, but so can the lenses, making the overall package much more pocket-sized. Leading the way was the Olympus Pen E-PM1 (also known as the Pen Mini). Not much larger than a compact camera, but with a good range of features, the small and slim E-PM1 is a good travel companion, but is a little lacking in terms of advanced control.

Released last month, the new Olympus Pen E-PM2 (Pen Mini 2) retains the same-sized body as its predecessor, but has a number of new features that make it more than just a cosmetic makeover. Most notably the camera uses the same sensor as in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which we found produced excellent images. With the Olympus Pen E-PM2 being one of the smallest compact system cameras around, it could prove an interesting option, but does it offer enough control to satisfy the needs of entry-level and advanced photographers?