Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 8
      • Features
      • 8
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 7
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great image quality up to ISO 1600
    • Fast focusing
    • Compact size
    • Excellent battery life
    • Great for beginners
  • Cons

    • No pop-up flash
    • High ISO pixel smudging
    • Too much of a plasticy feeling to the camera body
    • Not so great for advanced photographers

Quick Take

With excellent still image quality and good HD video capability, the Olympus E-PM2 is a great choice for an entry level compact ILC.

The E-PM2 is Olympus\’s newest teammate in the PEN line up. Joining greats like the E-PL3, E-PL5 and the OM-D E-M5, the E-PM2 has a lot to offer first time mirrorless camera users. It follows in the footsteps of it\’s predecessor, the E-PL1. It is lightweight, portable and fun. This compact micro four thirds camera is available for around $500. At this price and with these features, the E-PM2 has us cheering!

\"OlympusOne of the things that the experts at DigitalCameraReview love most about Olympus is their desire to create a great product no matter what your budget allows. This is quite evident in their most recent addition to the PEN \”mini\” line of cameras. The E-PM2 is jam packed with a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI Image Processor (the same one found in their top of the line E-M5). It has ISO settings of 200-25,600 and 1080i full HD video capabilities. Sound familiar? You got it! Those specs sound just like it\’s new big brother, the E-PL5.

The Olympus E-PM2 is surely not a camera for everyone. Advanced users will find the lack of buttons and the need to dig through menus to be extremely frustrating. For the best experience, it would be wise to leave the camera in aperture priority — therefore balancing the need to manipulate exposure settings and the need to concentrate most on shooting what\’s in front of you. However, the person who knows almost nothing about photography will be able to pick up this camera and shoot photos that they\’ll fall in love with right from the start. The touchscreen also incredibly boosts the performance and lets the user take full advantage of Olympus\’ revamped F.A.S.T. autofocus system.

Like the OM-D E-M5 and E-PL5, the image quality is some of the best that the company has produced to date and most people may not have a problem at all with the high ISO results. And despite the fact that this camera may not be used much for capturing video, its lack of direct controls will make shooting somewhat more of a pleasurable experience for experienced shooters.

Make no mistake though–if you\’re looking for a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, users with more photography knowledge will want to spring for the E-PL5 or perhaps even Sony\’s NEX-5R and Fujifilm\’s XE-1. If you\’re thinking about giving this camera to someone (and we\’ve all heard them) that want to take great photos without knowing anything about photography, feel free to hand them this camera.


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