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Olympus PEN E-PM2 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Oct 2013
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21 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Olympus has good average ratings for its MILC digital cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PM2 are not 3D compatible.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3D compatible cameras currently available including the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], or the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Recording

The PEN E-PM2 supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM2 do not support video recording.

Alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4[plb_2173892_price], the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price], or the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PM2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price] which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

The PEN E-PM2 supports Full HD video. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think a cheaper camera such as the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price] or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price], and the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] are also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Q10[pl_1399120_price], or the Q10[pl_1399120_price] both from Pentax or the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price].

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM2.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 15s to 240s. At 60 seconds, the PEN E-PM2 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The photo effects "Art", "Black&White", "Muted", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PM2 is 23,000, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 2,500 to 410,000. At 25,600, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a fairly high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM2. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PM2 is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camera.

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Supports Nine ISO Speeds

The PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800", "25600" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Ten Flash Guides

The PEN E-PM2 is a ten flash guide digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have between 4 and 16 flash guides.

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Three Aspheric Elements

Most MILC digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have between one and three aspheric elements, including the PEN E-PM2 which has three aspheric elements.

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Narrow

Cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 have widths of between 98mm and 170mm. With a width of only 109 millimeters, the PEN E-PM2 is quite narrow compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM2. The auto focus "Face tracking" is also featured on this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by cameras of this type and age.

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11 Reasons Against

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In the last 8 days the PEN E-PM2 has increased in price by £63.00.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-PM2 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4[plb_2173892_price]; or the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 do not have a GPS. The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to consider including the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price], or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PM2, the PEN E-PM2 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The PEN E-PM2 has a higher still image resolution than most MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution, whereas most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera has a still image resolution of 2560 x 1920.

This digital camera's still image resolution (1024 x 768) is actually the worst still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this spec and age.

A 12416 x 1856 still image resolution is the best still image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 42 millimeters, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PM2. The maximum focal lengths of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PM2 range from 27mm to 300mm, and the average maximum focal length is 100mm.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM2. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of MILC digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2 is 740,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 460,000 pixels) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a fairly long minimum focal length (28 millimeters) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM2. The minimum focal lengths of MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 range from 10mm to 42mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (200) amongst cameras of this age. The smallest minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of this spec and age is 50 and the biggest is 200.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the PEN E-PM2 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PM2.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price], the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], and the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] (3.31" and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly average megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative 16.1MP cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the NX1100[pl_2088336_price] (20.3MP), or the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (20.3MP) both from Samsung or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price] (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PM2 has a relatively typical weight (233 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Auto Focus Point
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Multi-Shot Mode
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Bluetooth
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Special Features

Expert Reviews

5 November 2013

De instapwaarde van de systeemcamera moet tegenwoordig steeds lager liggen. Maar verwisselbare objectieven en handmatige instellingen: hoe eenvoudig kan dat? Met de Olympus Pen Mini E-PM2 laat... Read more…

Fast autofocusing system
Takes very good photos
Special effects and filters allow you to take fun pictures
A slightly more affordable option to the similar EP 5
Affordable, good image quality, fast single autofocus, art filters have plenty of use, touchscreen, hotshoe and accessory port
Requires playing around to learn features and settings
Lens is a bit big on what is otherwise a compact camera
LCD real estate is eaten up by the menu options
Kit lens is a bit soft, no built-in flash, front grip is plasticky, few function buttons, can't use included flash and optional electronic viewfinder together, continuous autofocus not up to scratch
Fixed rear display
19 April 2013

Budowa, jako?? wykonania i funkcjonalno??Korpus PEN-a Mini zosta? wykonany z nale?yt? staranno?ci? i dba?o?ci? o odpowiednie spasowanie elementów. Przedni? jego cz??? wykonano z aluminium....

Dobra jako obrazu w szerokim zakresie czuoci, wysoka rozdzielczo obrazu, zakres tonalny przy niskich czuociach na dobrym poziomie, bogate i funkcjonalne menu o szerokich moliwociach konfiguracyjnych,
Stosunkowo wysoki poziom szumu dla najwyszych czuoci, brak wbudowanej lampy byskowej (cho zewntrzna dostpna w kadym zestawie), brak pokrta trybw pracy aparatu, stosunkowo niska moc lampy byskowej doda
13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus epm2, olympus 1571273, olympus v206021su020, olympus v206021wu020, olympus v206021be000
Barcodes 00050332184206, 00050332184343, 00050332184350, 00050332184367, 00050332420090, 00050332420106, 04017386095663, 04017386214842, 04017386235052, 04017386268050, 04017386419711, 04017386498815, 04017386613461, 04017386809666, 04545350042387, 04545350042394, 04545350042400, 04545350042417, 04545350042455

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