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

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Olympus Pen E-PM2 review


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Our verdict

Don’t be put off or fooled by the rather simplistic menu layout and the art filters, which may not be to everyone’s taste. The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is a very capable little camera, and would be ideal for someone looking for a CSC for occasional use alongside a more advanced DSLR. It will be interesting to see how the new Pen E-PL5 (Pen Lite) fares in our test in a few weeks’ time, and to see exactly what features it adds to the Olympus Pen range.

Those wanting an experience and image quality more on a par with using a DSLR may be better served by the Sony NEX or Samsung NX ranges, but as far as a small, light CSC is capable of producing good images, you can’t go far wrong with the E-PM2.


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)
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
  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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