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 review


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Viewfinder, LCD and video

As the E-PM2 has the same accessory socket as the previous generation of Pen cameras, the optional electronic viewfinder can be used for those who require a viewfinder. Otherwise, by default, it is the rear 3in widescreen, 460,000-dot screen that is used to view images. This is bright and shows a reasonable level of detail, but it is noticeable that it doesn’t have as high a resolution as the 921,000-dot screens found on most DSLRs and some other CSCs. However, once again, for the intended market, it shouldn’t present a problem.

Video capture is fairly impressive, with full HD 1920×1080-pixel capture at 30fps, with MPEG4/H.264 compression at a 20Mbps data rate. Audio is captured in stereo using the internal microphone, which has a recording level and wind noise reduction functions.

  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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