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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 Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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17 Reasons For

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

MILC cameras manufactured by Olympus have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just MILC cameras) and found that Olympus also has good ratings across its entire range.

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PEN E-PM2 supports video capability. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years do not support video capability.

Other digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider include the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price], the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price], or the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price], the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price], or the Olympus OM-D E-M10[plb_2404958_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the PEN E-PM2 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[pl_2032029_price], or the OM-D E-M10[pl_2404958_price] both from Olympus or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some 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].

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include 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 cheaper.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The slowest camera shutter speeds of cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 4s to 240s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 42s. With a slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the PEN E-PM2 has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 410,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 24,000. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 22, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM2. The biggest maximum aperture number of cameras of this type and age is 2.7, the smallest is 40, and the average maximum aperture number is 15.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PM2. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Five Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the PEN E-PM2 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The photo effectss "Art", "Black&White", "Muted" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Nine ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-PM2 is more than most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PM2. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800", "25600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on cameras of this spec and age. 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 Guide Numbers

Most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have between 4 and 10 flash guide numbers, including the Olympus PEN E-PM2 which has ten flash guide numbers.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

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

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is more than most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The PEN E-PM2 has a greater number of audio formats than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM2 do not support wi-Fi. The PEN E-PM2 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[pl_2032029_price], or the OM-D E-M10[pl_2404958_price] both from Olympus or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have a GPS (satellite). The PEN E-PM2 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[plb_2032029_price], or the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2, the PEN E-PM2 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PM2, the PEN E-PM2 does not have an image stabilizer.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-PM2 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this age and spec. Most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera has a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920.

This camera's still image resolution (1024 x 768) is actually the worst still image resolution across all digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PM2.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is the best still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modess

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

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of cameras of this age and type range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PM2 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) 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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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the PEN E-PM2 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PM2. Across all the MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 42mm.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

At 1 second, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a quite long flash sync-speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash sync-speeds of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.004s to 4s.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst digital cameras of this age. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PM2 is 140, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 200.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this MILC digital camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The PEN E-PM2 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PM2.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price] which has better reviews; or the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] (3.31") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.5 megapixels, the PEN E-PM2 has a relatively typical megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PM2.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] (20.3MP), or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] (24.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a pretty standard weight (269 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (210g and cheaper).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Multi-Shot
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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 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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Vastly Smaller Minimum ISO Speed
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19% Lighter
Thinner
Significantly Shorter Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Significantly Lower Maximum ISO Speed

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Samsung NX1000 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2
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Smaller Minimum ISO Speed
Higher Display Resolution
Newer by Nine Months
4.2MP Higher Megapixel Count
Shorter Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Vastly Lower Maximum ISO Speed

Sony NEX-3 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2

Sony NEX-3 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2
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100 Smaller Minimum ISO Speed
23g Lighter
A Little Shorter
800 Pixels Higher Display Resolution
16.4 Bigger Maximum Aperture
30s Shorter Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
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