Olympus E-PM2 review: The best compact system camera for those stepping up from point-and-shoots?


posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM EDT

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 just may be one of the most ideal compact system cameras for budding photographers looking to step up into a more sophisticated, interchangeable-lens system.

The E-PM2 is slightly smaller, lighter and more affordable than its fraternal twin, the E-PL5 -- which we also recently reviewed. It also features a less robust build and lacks a physical Mode dial, relying heavily instead on the touchscreen controls of its fixed 3-inch LCD monitor. However, the E-PM2's touchscreen is responsive and convenient, and even offers touch focus and shutter on both stills and video. In that regard, the camera may make for an easier transition for those who've been using similar point-and-shoot controls than diving into a more complex CSC or DSLR. Note we said "more complex," not "more advanced," as the E-PM2 boasts a surprising amount of advanced photographic functions -- as well as immense customizability.

Perhaps most importantly, the E-PM2 borrows the stellar 16-megapixel sensor from the top-end Olympus OM-D E-M5, allowing the E-PM2 to capture exceptional photos with good color, dynamic range and detail. When you factor in the camera's entry-level status and price, such image quality is a remarkable achievement, especially considering that it rivals that of much higher-end CSCs and DSLRs.

So, what's our final verdict on the camera? Read our in-depth Olympus E-PM2 review to find out!