• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Olympus E-PM2 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.9 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    16 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Pentax KP 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 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
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 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
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    35 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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  • 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).

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX1

Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GX1
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
Pentax KP
Panasonic GX1
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
Pentax KP
Olympus E-PL5
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

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
Pentax KP
Panasonic GF6
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D5600

Olympus E-PM2
Nikon D5600
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T7i

Olympus E-PM2
Canon T7i
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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