Summary: Great camera! Light enough to shoot one handed. Fits in my purse no problem. Bundled flash pouch attaches right to the neck strap. Live guide has a learning curve, but worth it for sure. 4 stars for the less than desirable photograph quality with the long lens. Unusable photographs when zoomed at long distances without tripod.
The dreaded auto mode is fantastic! Super fast focus
Jay Logan "Take responsibility", Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: I've owned this camera for about one month and I am beyond impressed. The dreaded auto mode is fantastic! Super fast focus. I just wanted a nice camera to capture my kids and everyday activities. The manual settings are all there as well. I love the feel of the camera and the weight is just right. The pictures are beautiful. I use raw mode and the colors are just amazing. I use the mac retina which brings out any blemishes easily. Great camera for the money.
Summary: I absolutely love this camera. I enjoy taking pictures very much and this has been a great step up from my point and shoot camera. I still need to work on the manual settings and understanding how I can use this camera fully, but for someone who is looking for an easy segway into more robust photgraphy this has been great. My pictures come out beautiful and I have had many people comment on how impressed they are.
This camera BODY made some something LOWER than Plastic !!!
MA Black-Pyron, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: This was the most disappointing camera EVER. I am an Olympus "fan", but this thing was made of something worse than plastic... REALLY !! I charged the battery and was putting it and the memory card (same place)..but I couldn't get the battery cover to snap back. I took it out over and over-re-read instructions, and finally it just "snapped" off??? I was worse than disgusted and wondered what Olympus has come to.
Summary: It's an incredible value, and in my opinion, the equal or better to most fixed-lens compacts, as well as many of its interchangeable rivals -- including some low-end Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Highly recommended, especially if you can get it near $200 with the kit lens.
Pros: The Olympus E-PM2 is a very small, almost pocketable digital interchangeable lens camera with most of the same imaging prowess as the OMD-EM5. It shares the same sensor.) It also boasts sophisticated photographic controls under the hood once you unlock them, including bracketing, filters, super control panel and more.
Cons: Like most cameras in its class, it lacks a viewfinder; however, you can buy one separately if you don't like composing shots on the LCD screen (non-articulating, sadly). There are very few physical controls, which means you have to dive into menus to change most settings -- but if you have the patience, you can use Olympus MySets to customize it to your needs.
Summary: Despite the cosmetic and other issues, I'm pretty happy with the camera and it seems to be fully functional so I've decided not to try to get it replaced. If I had to purchase again, though, I might consider getting the E-PL3. It's a generation older but has an articulating touch screen and goes for around the same price. The overall size difference between the two is not significant.
Pros: This camera takes great photos due to its size. The touch screen was pretty easy to use, and the menu system is easy to figure out if you read the manual. I wasn't bothered by the lack of manual controls that some reviews complain about. It's not a *small* camera, except in comparison to DSLRs. Compared to the other models in the lineup like the E-PL5 and the OM-D, it's not much smaller. For the price, it's a great deal, especially with the Eye-fi card.
Cons: My unit arrived with dark smudging on the white thumb grip in the back and to a lesser extent on the grip in front. When I booted it up the language was in Japanese and it seemed like the settings had been customized since pressing buttons didn't do what the manual said they should. Resetting it to factory settings fixed that issue. Finally, the unlock button on the included lens doesn't seem to actually lock the lens in the closed position.