• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Olympus E-PM2 advantages over Fujifilm X-T2

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 49 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    384g vs 817g
    Lighter weight

Fujifilm X-T2 advantages over Olympus E-PM2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.05 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.7 fps vs 7.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    32 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    13.7 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 16 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Excellent image quality from both JPEGs and RAW files; Superb high ISO performance; Very fast hybrid AF; Robust weather sealing; Dual UHS-II card slots; 4K video.

  • Precise manual focus is tricky with fly-by-wire focusing; Battery life is only decent; Video quality still not on par with competing cameras.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Fujifilm X-T2
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GF5
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $450
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
Fujifilm X-T2
Panasonic GF5
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $450
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
Fujifilm X-T2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GF6
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Fujifilm X-T2
Panasonic GF6
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-T3

Olympus E-PM2
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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