Summary: This is a good camera and camera system. The kit lens is very sharp for a kit lens. The sensor is top notch, the camera is very fast. The sensor size is m4/3 or MFT, and is only a little smaller than APS-C sensors. I have shot with this sized sensor cameras, and APS-C sized sensor cameras, and the difference is negligible. If you are worried about getting an MFT camera because of sensor size, do not worry. Get the camera system that has the lenses you want.
Summary: Nice little camera - much faster than the E-PM1 and with improved ergonomics and useful new lay-out. The touch screen is the only thing that kept me from giving it five stars. I think it's a waste of time, but I guess some folks will like it.
Summary: This camera best captures the spirit of Micro Four Thirds. That is, you get a small camera but with Big Sensor quality. And when I mean Big Sensor, not only is it physically large (though, of course, a slight bit smaller than APS-C), it also has big image quality, the same as the much more expensive E-M5 and E-P5, and WAY better than the Panasonic GF5 (which Panasonic has already replaced with a newer model). So why only give it 4 stars?
Perfect size with great manual controls and good image quality
17 June 2013
Summary: I love the feel, functionality, and usability of this camera. I wouldn't say it's especially quick to learn - I spent a good day and a half reading about it - but I'm the type of person who doesn't mind digging into the manual so I can take full advantage of the many features. TIP: The "super control panel" is an extremely hidden feature that is also quite useful. Once you're comfortable with the default interface, make sure to Google it and learn how to enable the SCP.
Summary: A camera is a much too-complex product to rate quickly. I also don't know if the readers of this review are professional photographers or amateurs who are stepping up from point & shoot cameras. I'll keep this brief, for now, and try to make it so everyone can understand. If you're a P&S user and never plan to buy lenses, there are many cameras I would choose before buying this one (this PM2, BTW, is no different than the OM-D e-M5 minus weather sealing, convenient...
Excerpt: this is product that brought joy back to Photography. It's fast matched for m5 om and easy and precise feel of control. this is great to work bellow on macro photos and captured children at play.
Summary: We bought this camera to replace an awful point and shoot and it is wonderful. I have no photography experience but I wanted to get professional looking results in an easy to use camera. That's what I got. The images look amazing and I am just using the auto setting. Love the art filters! Love the sequential shooting! I am very happy to have paid $500 for a camera that allows me to take beautiful shots of my young kids. Worth every penny.
Review of the E-PM2 with comparison to other PEN series cameras
Kenneth R. Shapiro, Amazon
7 March 2013
Summary: The Olympus E-PM2 is one of Olympus' 4th generation (digital) PEN series cameras. It shares the same sensor with the two other 4th generation PEN series cameras; the E-PL5 and OM-D. Not surprisingly, the image quality of each of these 4th generation PEN series cameras is almost identical. The E-PM2 is really small and now includes a small grip making handling a bit easier. The camera body is the same size and weight as a smallish compact.
Excerpt: I am guessing that most people reading this and other user reviews posted here are considering this camera and are trying to verify information they already found somewhere on the internet then try to make up their mind if it is a good buy or not. Well it depends ... I own do also OM-D (E-M5) and initially have bought this camera as a present for someone, but ended up keeping the little guy and did not touch OM-D ever since. Here is why ...