Olympus E-PM2 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Olympus PEN E-PM2
Resolution: 16.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 4/3
(17.3mm x 13.0mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
14-42mm
(28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 200 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 200 - 25,600
Shutter: 60 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.
(110 x 64 x 34 mm)
Weight: 13.5 oz (384 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $500
Availability: 10/2012
Manufacturer: Olympus
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16.10
Megapixels
Micro Four Thirds 4/3
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E-PM2 Summary

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 may not boast a Mode dial or other advanced physical controls, but it produces surprisingly exceptional images that rival that of its star sibling -- the OM-D E-M5 -- at a much lower price. Small, lightweight, powerful and affordable, the E-PM2 features the same 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, processor and FAST AF system as the E-M5. And while its dizzyingly layered menu system may drive you crazy, once you dig deep and figure it out, you'll uncover just how sophisticated and customizable a camera the E-PM2 can be -- provided, that is, you are comfortable with touchscreen controls. The E-PM2 is by no means perfect -- it's a little lacking in shooting action stills and HD video -- but it is a tremendous value, and a great choice for beginners looking to step up from a point-and-shoot.

Pros

Super compact and lightweight; Excellent image and print quality that rivals much more expensive CSCs and DSLRs; Solid low-light (high ISO) performance; Touchscreen LCD responsive and useful once you get used to it; Speedy and accurate AF on still subjects; Tons of advanced shooting features and customizing options.

Cons

Maddening menu system; No physical Mode dial; Motion AF not quite up to par; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included).

Price and availability

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 began shipping in October 2012 and was originally priced at US$550 body-only in four body colors: black, red, silver, or white. A kit bundling the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R zoom lens originally listed for US$600. Olympus has since dropped the body-only price to US$450 and the kit to US$500.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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