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.
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
Summary: The E-PL5 essentially offers the heart of the flagship OM-D model inside a the smallest, lightest and crucially cheapest PEN body. If you can live without the OM-D's built-in electronic viewfinder, dust- and splash- proof body, 5-axis gyro image stabilisation system, and more hands-on interface, or...