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?

  1. 1. Olympus Pen E-PM2 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Viewfinder, LCD and video
  9. 9. White balance and colour
  10. 10. Our verdict
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  • Harman

    3 inch LCD (Electronics) I bought the Samsung besuace of all the manual capabilities, as well as the somewhat compact size. Forcing shutter speed higher worked great during shooting along a bouncy bus ride in Rio. The manual focus is helpful when shooting through airline windows (forcing infinity focus most of the time it stayed on infinity, but sometimes it didn’t, so I’d double-check it to be sure I’m not sure what causes that variation). Other quirk mentioned in some reviews is that the first time you use the flash, it takes a few extra seconds to charge up. The wide-angle is very nice, fitting more scenery in just have to get used to the normal wide-angle effects (extra tilting inward of tall buildings when shooting upward, or some altered body proportions when shooting up or down at people). I wish it would start up at normal 1x mode, but I’ll get used to zooming out of wide angle to 1x for group photos. Overall, I’m happy with this, as it has a lot of features and quality for the reasonably low price.