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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White balance and colour















Image: Even in the default setting, colours are bright and punchy

As with previous Olympus cameras, the E-PM2 features a wealth of different colour styles and art filters.

The default colour settings are very good, creating bright, bold and reasonably vivid images,
although I found the vivid mode to be a little too punchy, with some colours reaching saturation point. It is possible to tweak all of the default image styles according to personal taste, including adding colour filter effects to the monochrome mode.

The art filters are very quick to access via the image style menu, rather than being tucked away in a different menu as they were on some previous Pen models.

Although these effects may only be of a passing interest to more serious photographers, there are some useful creative effects to be found in-camera, such as the grainy black & white setting, and the rather over-the-top dramatic tone mode.

Image: The in-camera monochrome shooting mode has a nice level of contrast. It can be adjusted using either the strength setting, or by applying a digital colour filter effect

  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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