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Olympus PEN E-PM2 Digital Camera

£521.06
£392.08 £128.98 cheaper than 72 days ago
MILC 16.5MP Live MOS SDXC Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Two industry awards
LCD real estate is eaten up by the menu options
No built-in flash
19 Reviews + 2 Awards
DP Review Silver PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both endorsed this camera. This Olympus digital camera received a DP Review "Silver" award and it received a "Highly Recommended" award from review site PhotographyBlog.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Ten experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, Pocket Lint and PC Mag have rated this camera on average 81 out of 100. That puts this digital camera in the top 14% of all the cameras of this spec and age.

Good Brand

Based on 4,447 expert and user reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 88% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Nice Design

One owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking.

OM-D Image Quality in Smaller, Lighter, Cheaper Body

Four people who bought it thought it was good quality. Dp Review wrote “OM-D image quality in smaller, lighter, cheaper body” yet they only scored this digital camera 18.62 out of 100. Eleven years ago Dpreview.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website DP Review “At the top of the list is very good JPEG image quality”. Pocket-Lint.com said on Pocket Lint “Image quality is good, though a more premium lens will get the most out of the camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Reliable Metering

One owner reckoned that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 was reliable. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Reliable metering” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM2. One customer who reviewed it thought it was well made. Five years ago expert review site Pocket-Lint.com gave it a rating of 6 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “A solid compact system camera”.

LCD Real Estate is Eaten Up by the Menu Options

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was not easy to use the menus. Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “LCD real estate is eaten up by the menu options”. Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “Requires playing around to learn features and settings” in their review.

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it did not have a good interface. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Modal EC interface”.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer said in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 was noisy. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Very low image noise”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Very Low Image Noise

One customer said in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 was noisy. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Very low image noise”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One person who purchased the Olympus PEN E-PM2 considered that it had good features. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com scored it 5 stars and mentioned “Both cameras are near identical in features and performance”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five people who reviewed the Olympus PEN E-PM2 concluded that it was compact. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “Smallest, model of the company's compact system camera range.”. Five years ago Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Olympus E-PM2 (also known as the Olympus PEN Mini) is a new entry-level compact system camera” in their review of this digital camera. Amateurphotographer.co.uk scored it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The major selling point of micro four thirds compact system cameras is their size”.

One owner thought this digital camera was a good body shape. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was thin. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The E-PM2 also sports a slim, stylish an”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 269 grams, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm HS30 (£317.00) (637g) which is also cheaper.

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Support

Live Guide Mode

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their Olympus PEN E-PM2 review five years ago “Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist”. Pc Mag said “Live Guide mode” nonetheless they gave it a score of 18.2 out of 100.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Pentax K-5 II (£690.00) which has better reviews; or the Fujifilm HS30 (£317.00) which is cheaper.

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Fairly Wide Field of View

The PEN E-PM2 has a quite wide field of view (100 percent) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera have field of views of between 95% and 100%, and the average field of view is 99%.

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Has a Touchscreen

The PEN E-PM2 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 supports video capability, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support video capability currently available including the Pentax K-5 II (£690.00), the Canon G1 X (£419.99), or the Fujifilm X-E1 (£432.80) which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PM2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£399.99), and the Pentax K-5 II (£690.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Pentax K-500 (£399.99).

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Has an HDMI Port

The PEN E-PM2 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The PEN E-PM2 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PM2 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£399.99), or the Pentax K-5 II (£690.00).

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Pentax K-500 (£399.99) is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Networking

Features Bluetooth

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 features bluetooth, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera which do not feature bluetooth.

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Camera

Features Multi-Shot Function

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 features multi-shot function. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also feature multi-shot function.

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Supports Live View

The PEN E-PM2 supports live view. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The PEN E-PM2 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The PEN E-PM2 has an external flash connector. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have an external flash connector.

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Lens System

Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 22, the PEN E-PM2 has a very small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of cameras of this spec and age is 0.34x and the biggest is 65x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the PEN E-PM2 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR (£317.00) (30x and higher rated).

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 84 millimeters, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a very short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (28 millimeters) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 4.5mm to 40mm.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the PEN E-PM2 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

With a magnification of 5 times zoom factor, the PEN E-PM2 has one of the higher magnifications amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera the magnifications range from 0.17x to 20x.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has an HDMI. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The PEN E-PM2 supports PictBridge. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PEN E-PM2 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Olympus camera. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PEN E-PM2 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Price

A Slightly More Affordable Option to the Similar EP 5

Two people who bought it wrote that it was good value for money. Digitaltrends.com wrote “A slightly more affordable option to the similar EP 5” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM2. Pocket Lint wrote “Affordable, good image quality, fast single autofocus, art filters have plenty of use, touchscreen, hotshoe” in their review of this digital camera.

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Expensive

We think this digital camera looks expensive compared to other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The cheapeast medium megapixel camera that has been around for more than two years that we found costs £30 and the most expensive costs £4,689.


Optional EVF Available

Two customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was mirrorless. Dpreview.com said on expert review site DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots” however they rated it 65.058122396046 out of 100.

One person who reviewed the Olympus PEN E-PM2 considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Pc Mag wrote “Optional EVF available” in their review of this digital camera. One owner who bought it concluded that it had a good screen. Dp Review mentioned “Touch-sensitive screen available for those who want it”.

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Fast Shot-to-Shot Time and Focus

Three people who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good autofocus. Five years ago Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Fast shot-to-shot time and focus”. Two customers who purchased it considered that it had a good lens. Pc Mag wrote in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PM2 on PC Mag five years ago “Sharp kit lens”.

One customer who bought it said that it had a good image stabiliser. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Effective builtin stabilization” in their Olympus PEN E-PM2 review.

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Very Low Image Noise

Nine customers said that it was able to produce good images. Digitaltrends.com said “Takes very good photos” in their review of this digital camera. Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “Special effects and filters allow you to take fun pictures” in their review. Digitaltrends.com also said “Then we started tilting the screen out to review photos or framing the best angle for a shot.” in their review.

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good image sensor. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “D sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who bought this digital camera thought it had a good picture resolution. Dp Review said “Raw shooting and in-camera processing” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review also mentioned “Fast 8 fps burst shooting mode” in their review.

One person concluded that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag mentioned “Good high ISO performance”.

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No Built-In Flash

Three customers who purchased the Olympus PEN E-PM2 thought it did not have a good flash. Dp Review said on DP Review “Flash competes with other potential accessories for single accessory port”. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “No built-in flash”.

1s Video Record Delay

One person said in their reviews that it was not good for video recording. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “1s Video record delay” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Flimsy Battery and Memory Door

One owner who bought the product considered that it did not have a good battery life. Five years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “Flimsy battery and memory door”.


Light Exposure

Only Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is more than most medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus camera. The ISO sensitivities 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v206021su020, olympus v206021su000, olympus v206021wu020
Barcodes 00050332184206, 00050332184343, 00050332184350, 00050332184367, 00050332420090, 00050332420106, 04017386095663, 04017386214842, 04017386235052, 04017386268050, 04017386419711, 04017386498815, 04017386613461, 04017386809666, 04545350042387, 04545350042394, 04545350042400, 04545350042417, 04545350042455

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