Olympus PEN E-PM2

Last Updated (14 June’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar

Olympus PEN E-PM2 is a 16.0MP Live MOS Sensor Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera. It features TruePic VI Image Processor, 14-42mm (35mm equiv: 28-84mm) f/3.5 Lens, Full 1080i HD Movie Recording, F.A.S.T. Autofocus – Touch Shutter AF, 8fps Continuous Shooting, In-body Image Stabilization, Direct Live Guide Button, Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit, and has a 3.0-inch LCD with Touch-Controlled Navigation. The camera measures (W x H x D) and weight 9.49 oz / 269 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus PEN E-PM2 Reviews

Techradar reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“The E-PM2 uses exactly the same image sensor and processor as the OM-D E-M5, so image quality should be exactly the same.. Now the E-PM2 model has a touchscreen, it can be used to quickly select the focus point, or used to activate the shutter, making operation quick and easy.”
rating: N/A

Pocket-lint reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“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.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“Noise doesn’t rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-PM2 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the noisier raw images. We never longed for a camera with a bigger sensor, and you’d have to step up to a full-frame DSLR to see an appreciable leap in image quality. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMAG reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“The E-PM2 keeps image noise below the 1.5 percent threshold through ISO 3200, which is impressive. Detail suffers just a bit at this setting; at ISO 1600 photos are excellent in terms of both noise control and detail. The E-PM2 is about one stop better than the previous generation PEN E-PL3 $499.00 at Sears.com, which recorded 1.5 percent at ISO 1600,”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“The camera’s image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, image quality is excellent with the 14-42mm MK II lens delivering sharp photos and excellent Olympus colour. Noise performance is the best it’s ever been from a Micro Four Thirds camera, with usable ISO up to and including ISO6400.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Amateurphotographer reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“The default colour settings are very good, creating bright, bold and reasonably vivid images, although I found the vivid mode to be a little too punchy, with some colours reaching saturation point. It is possible to tweak all of the default image styles according to personal taste, including adding colour filter effects to the monochrome mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“Now armed with a useful yet unobtrusive grip and the Sony-derived sensor from the OM-D E-M5, the E-PM2 looks like it’ll be a great package, perhaps one of the best small, entry-level system cameras.”
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Imaging-resource reviews the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and writes;
“Overall, the Olympus E-PM2 looks like another winner. It even includes the same 8 frames per second capability of the E-PL5, making it the fastest interchangeable lens camera at this price point.”
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Olympus PEN E-PM2 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus PEN E-PM2 Features

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is equipped with 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor of the OM-D E-M5 which also combined with TruePic VI Image Processor for high resolution photo and video and fast performance that rival the quality of an SLR. There is also Dust Reduction System ensures spot-free images, even if you change lenses. While with In-Body Image Stabilization allowing you to use Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, that capture perfectly clear, crisp photos in any shooting situations, even in low-light.


This camera also lets you take picture with blazing speed up to 8fps that easily to capture perfect shot, even when the subject is moving. While with FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System, the camera is able to focus at an incredible speed. It also equipped with Face and Eye Detection which ensure you to capture portraits and group shots with accurate focusing resulting great shots every time.

Moreover, the Olympus PEN E-PL5 is able to record Full 1080i HD video and stereo sound in either .MOV or .AVI formats. There are 12 Art Filters and 7 Art Filter Effects which enhance the quality of your photos and videos by adding creative effects into them. You can also use an ISO range up to 25,600 for stunning low light photos.


Equipped with 3.0-inc LCD which offers touch control of autofocus points and shutter release and the responsive Vertical Bar Touch Navigation system, making the Olympus PEN E-PM2 has an intuitive settings control. While with Live Guide system and Direct Live Guide Button allows you to preview how your photo will look with the camera effects before you take it. An iAuto and 23 Scene Select Modes are also available for easy auto shooting.

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Features:

+ 16.0-Megapixels Live MOS Sensor

+ TruePic VI Image Processor

+ 14-42mm (35mm equiv: 28-84mm) f/3.5 Lens

+ 3.0-inch LCD with Touch-Controlled Navigation

+ Full 1080i HD Movie Recording

+ F.A.S.T. Autofocus – Touch Shutter AF

+ 8 Frames per Second Continuous Shooting

+ In-body Image Stabilization

+ Direct Live Guide Button

+ Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit


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One Response to “Olympus PEN E-PM2”

  1. Centrifuge pump says:

    I’m looking to buy a camera and I’m confused which one to buy. While the features of this camera look good but I’ll have to see if it falls in my budget.

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