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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...

Autofocus

For this new model the AF system has been overhauled. It is now faster, and more comparable in speed to the latest Panasonic micro four thirds cameras. The E-PM2 snaps into focus very quickly, and is noticeably faster than its predecessor.

Speed isn’t the only improvement here. While there are 35 AF points in automatic modes, there are now up to 800 selectable areas of magnification in manual-focus mode. Pressing a touchscreen button brings up a magnified view of one of these areas to allow for very precise focusing. The system works well, and is simple to implement and manually focus.

As is now standard, face detection and focus tracking are also available.

  • 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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