Summary: The Olympus PEN family of cameras have consistently scored well in my reviews -- including the , , and the . One of the latest models, the PEN E-PM2, adds to that legacy, offering another really strong small digital interchangeable lens (DIL) camera.
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: <img src="http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/assets/48331.jpg" width="320" height="232" alt="" border="0" style="float: right;" /> The E-PM2 is Olympus’s newest teammate in the PEN line up.
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: 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: This new sensor delivers quality images combined with a speedy performance. Image noise is very low, delivering clean images until ISO 1600 and usable ones until 12800. Both white-balance and metering systems are very reliable. Colors are not perfect but can be reasonably close for general use.
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, High level of customization
Cons: Poor color accuracy, Focus hunts in low light, Long black-out, Display not always, Low contrast LCD, Modal EC interface, 1s Video record delay, Uncomfortable strap eyelets, Flimsy battery and memory door
Summary: Don't be put off or fooled by the rather simplistic menu layout and the art filters, which may not be to everyone's taste. The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is a very capable little camera, and would be ideal for someone looking for a CSC for occasional use alongside a more advanced DSLR.