Olympus PEN E-PM2

Released October, 2012
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.3 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Here, we're showing you a default JPEG, straight from the camera, next to a simultaneously-captured Raw file, processed in Adobe Camera Raw 7.4, with sharpening adjusted 'to taste.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

PEN E-PM2
8.9
PEN E-PL5
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

PEN E-PM2
7.9
PEN E-PL5
7.7
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

PEN E-PM2
9.3
PEN E-PL5
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

PEN E-PM2
9.3
PEN E-PL5
9.5
Reviews from photographyblog.com, dpreview.com, 43rumors.com and reviews.cnet.com

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

PEN E-PM2
9.0
PEN E-PL5
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

PEN E-PM2
932 ISO
Lumix DMC-GH2
655 ISO
Alpha A5000
1,089 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PM2
204 ms
NEX-3
670 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

PEN E-PM2
64 ms
NEX-3
115 ms
Alpha NEX-3N
22 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-PM2
700 ms
Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PM2
8 fps
Alpha A5000
3.5 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-PM2
360 photos
Alpha NEX-3N
480 photos
EOS 600D
440 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus PEN E-PM2


7.7
When working on Raw files you also have much more control over specific aspects of image quality such as sharpness, and noise reduction, but also more general things like exposure and white balance.

9.0
The Olympus E-PM2 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Out of the box, it offers direct access to the E-PM2's on-screen Live Guide feature, a standard Olympus Pen feature that provides simplified control over shooting settings like aperture and shutter speed.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
PM2 shooters using the kit lens will find this is possible when shooting subjects somewhat close up, or zooming in tightly on subjects at the end of the focal range.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is available in black, silver, red and white for a retail price of £499.99 / $599.99 for the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 IIR standard zoom lens and tiltable external flash.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Sensor

Raw and Raw + JPEG modes are also available.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
At the top of the list is very good JPEG image quality, and though it's unlikely to be a key feature for the camera's target audience, RAW shooting is available.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
In-camera Raw processing is included too, allowing for post-capture adjustments to white balance, exposure, noise reduction strength and aspect ratio.
by DPReview (May, 2013)

Image quality

The raison d'etre of the E-PM2 remains the same as its brethren: high quality images (and video) from an interchangeable lens camera that's perceived to be less fussy to operate and transport than a DSLR.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
There's less tonal data in JPEG files than in Raw files, and because the files are compressed, image quality drops significantly when you try to make serious adjustments to JPEGs.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
The E-PM2 stands a good chance at delivering excellent image quality with the inclusion of the E-M5's highly capable 16MP sensor.
by DPReview (May, 2013)

Screen

The only time this falls down is in very bright sunlight, where the live view image becomes very hard to see on the (apparently uncoated) LCD.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
Images shot up to ISO 1600 display some loss of detail, but are perfectly usable for small prints or web viewing.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
Still, the top-level menu with shooting mode options and the helpful on-screen quick menu will be the most often used, and they're straightforward enough for anyone to get to grips with.
by DPReview (May, 2013)

Flash

Admittedly the flash does look quite cool when slotted into place and works effectively, but it does inevitably add to the camera's bulk, and it also prevents you from using the optical viewfinder and flash at the same time.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
The pop-up flash of the Olympus E-PM2 did not really cause a red-eye effect, so the only noticeable difference between the Forced On and Forced On with Red-Eye Reduction settings is that the second causes the subject's pupils to contract.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
The E-PM2 also supports wireless flash via the bundled unit acting as a master to control off-camera flash units, very useful for more complex studio work.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13.3 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.4 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 35
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting 8 fps @ 4608 x 3456, RAW, 27 shots
Focus lag 204 ms
Shutter lag 64 ms
Startup delay 700 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MP4, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 110 x 64 x 34 mm
Thickness 34 mm
Weight 269 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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