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Olympus PEN E-PM2
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Olympus PEN E-PM2 Digital Camera

MILC 16.5MP 3x Feb 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Good-looking Camera. Great-looking Photos. Get pro standard shots from a camera you can take everywhere. It might be miles smaller and more stylish than an SLR camera, but don t be fooled! The... More
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22 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 1,704 expert and user reviews, Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its MILC cameras.

3D Compatible

The PEN E-PM2 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years which are not 3D compatible.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3D compatible cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price].

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 which do not support video recording, the PEN E-PM2 supports video recording.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support video recording currently available that you might also want to consider including the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price], or the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price] 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. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider include the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price], or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-PM2 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PM2.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price], and the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. 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 cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the X-E1[pl_1555146_price], or the X-E1[pl_1555146_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price].

If the memory card type of this Olympus digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider 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 camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time 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 similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PM2 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.25s and 240s. The PEN E-PM2 has a very long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PM2.

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Features Seven Flash Modes

The PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec 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 camera.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PM2. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

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

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Has Six Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2. The photo effects "Art", "Black&White", "Muted", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports Nine ISO Speeds

The PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800", "25600" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital 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 MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. 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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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM2 have between 4 and 10 flash guides, including the PEN E-PM2 which has ten flash guides.

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Three Aspheric Elements

The PEN E-PM2 is a three aspheric element camera. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PM2 have between one and four aspheric elements.

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H.264 Video Format

This camera supports an AVI|H.264|M-JPEG|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Narrow

Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PM2 have widths of between 98mm and 170mm, and the average width is 120mm. At only 109 millimeters, the PEN E-PM2 is quite narrow compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Olympus digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus", "Tracking Auto Focus" and "Face detection" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (84 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length of cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 is 27mm, the longest is 870mm, and the average maximum focal length is 110mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PM2 do not support WiFi connectivity. The PEN E-PM2 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price], or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The PEN E-PM2 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The PEN E-PM2 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the PEN E-PM2 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Olympus camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this camera has a still image resolution of 2560 x 1920.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution is in fact the worst still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

The best still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 12416 x 1856.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the PEN E-PM2 is more than most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this digital camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras of this age and type range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM2.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

At 28 millimeters, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The minimum focal lengths of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PM2 range from 10mm to 80mm, and the average minimum focal length is 27mm.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

At 200, the PEN E-PM2 has a very big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The minimum ISO speed of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 50 to 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 130.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Screen Size

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

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], and the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.5 megapixels, the PEN E-PM2 has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Alpha A6000[pl_2165999_price] (24.3MP and higher rated), or the Alpha A5100[pl_2417436_price] (24.3MP and higher rated) both from Sony or the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] (20.1MP and cheaper).

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PM2 has a fairly average weight (269 grams) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
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 Point
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
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
Networking
Other 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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epm2knn, olympus v206021su020, 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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