Summary: Does the latest PEN Mini follow in the footsteps of its well-regarded sibling, the Olympus PEN E-PL5 ? Find out how our testing team rates it in our Olympus E-PM2 review video. Olympus launched the PEN Mini E-PM2 and the PEN Lite E-PL5 at Photokina 2012.
Summary: The Olympus PEN-EPM2 is a point-and-shoot mirrorless camera which does exactly what a novice will need it to. For more adventurous users, there's a lot of functionality hidden beneath the skin (including the image quality of the OM-D) making the E-PM2 a potentially very attractive second camera.
Pros: OM-D image quality in smaller, lighter, cheaper body, Excellent JPEG color and exposure, Suprising level of customizability with several user-assigned function buttons, Raw shooting and in-camera processing, Small but functional handgrip, Flash accessory included, Fast 8 fps burst shooting mode, ...
Cons: Flash competes with other potential accessories for single accessory port, Image on LCD is difficult to see in bright sunlight, No external dials for exposure mode/shooting parameter setting, Sparse controls and compact layout may be too cramped for some
Summary: It combines great performance and image quality with a few high-end features, such as a wide touch-screen LCD and more than 16 megapixels of resolution, both of which are upgrades over the E-PM1, also called the PEN Mini 1.
Summary: The E-PM2 is Olympus’s newest teammate in the PEN line up. Joining greats like the E-PL3 , E-PL5 and the OM-D E-M5 , the E-PM2 has a lot to offer first time mirrorless camera users. It follows in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, the E-PL1 . It is lightweight, portable and fun.
Pros: Great image quality up to ISO 1600, Fast focusing, Compact size, The addition of the touchscreen really boosted performance up from the EPM1, Excellent battery life, The set it and forget it philosophy will have great appeal to the beginning shooter
Cons: No pop-up flash, High ISO pixel smudging, Too much of a plasticy feeling to the camera body
Summary: In late 2012, Olympus announced two Micro Four Thirds PEN series cameras, the "Mini" E-PM2 and the "Lite" E-PL5. Spec-wise, both cameras are virtually identical, and we'll get to that in a moment, but let's start out with why they're different and how.
Pros: Outstanding image quality, High-quality widescreen LCD is great, Touch screen option on LCD is nice for beginners, Various control buttons give you a second option if you choose not to use the touch screen, Small camera design versus DSLRs is appealing, yet camera remains c, Classic retro look of...
Cons: Menu structure can be a little tough to master, Doesn't quite have the image quality you'd find in a DSLR camera, May require investment in additional lenses in the future, No built-in or popup flash option means you have to carry the included external flash unit with you at all times, Touchscree...
Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is a very compact and light mirrorless camera. It was launched in late 2012 with the E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PL5 which shares the same internals and adds a traditional mode-dial and tilting LCD.
Pros: Very low image noise, Reliable metering, Good white-balance, Quick shot-to-shot speed, Fast contrast-detect AF, Short shutter-lag, Generally responsive, Effective built-in stabilization, Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist, High level of customization
Cons: Poor color accuracy, Focus hunts in low light, Long black-out, Display not always Exposure-Priority, Low contrast LCD, Modal EC interface, 1s Video record delay, Uncomfortable strap eyelets, Flimsy battery and memory door
Excerpt: The E-PM2 is the entry-level model in the PEN range, but it still boasts some upmarket features. Its metal body houses the same 16-megapixel sensor that's used in Olympus's top-of-the-range Olympus OMD E-M5 .
Conclusion: If it's value you're looking for then the E-PM2 sure does lay out an attractive spread of features for its £500 asking price. Image quality is good, though the kit lens is a bit of a letdown - to get the very best from this Mini compact system camera we suggest looking to other lenses.
Pros: Affordable, good image quality, fast single autofocus, art filters have plenty of use, touchscreen, hotshoe and accessory port
Cons: 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