Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16.1 megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor
  • 1080/30p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • 3-inch LCD screen with 460,000 dots
  • 8fps continuous burst
  • In-body image stabilization
  • RAW Capture
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-10-13
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2
16.1 megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor; 1080/30p HD video recording with stereo sound; 3-inch LCD screen with 460,000 dots; 8fps continuous burst; In-body image stabilization; RAW Capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The E-PM2 was announced alongside the more expensive E-PL5, both of which include the excellent 16 megapixel CMOS sensor found within the OM-D E-M5. Basic operation and features between the two cameras are very similar, but the E-PL5 does have a swivel screen that rotates 65 degrees down and 170 degrees up for self-portraits, some extra external controls including a mode dial, and a removable grip. Both cameras also have in-camera RAW develop presets to make the process simpler. There's only a $100 difference between the two and the E-PM2 is a tad smaller and lighter. Image quality on both is about as good as it gets for mirrorless cameras, a wonder for micro 4/3 cameras that historically trailed their APS-C counterparts.

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Olympus Reviews

Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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