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3

Olympus Pen E-PM2


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£500.00

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...

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)
  • 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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