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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...

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?

  • External mic: Optional via accessory port
  • Video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 20Mbps
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, manual plus custom setting
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 10m @ ISO 200
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Shutter Type: Computerised focal-plane shutter
  • Viewfinder Type: Yes, via accessory port – Olympus EVF2
  • Output Size: 4608 x 3456 pixels
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • LCD: Fixed 3in touch screen LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec (1/4000sec with Super FP mode)
  • Sensor: 16-million-effective-pixel, Live MOS four thirds sensor
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, 3 exposures, 2,4,6 mired steps
  • AF Points: 35-point on auto, or 800 manual magnified selection
  • Exposure Modes: i-Auto, PASM plus 25 scene modes
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 8fps in High Speed mode for 19 raw images, or 27 JPEG images. 3fps in Low Speed with IS on. Single-shot and self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus 30mins in bulb
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable BLS-5 Li-Ion battery
  • Weight: 269g (with battery and card)
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 109.8 x 64.2 x 33.8mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Metering System: 324-zone multi-pattern evaluative metering, spot, centreweighted, highlight and shadow spot
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • RRP: £499 (with 14-42mm kit lens)
  • ISO: 100-25,600
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds mount
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, single AF + MF, AF tracking, touch target and face detection
  • Tested as: Very good

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