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Olympus E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens)

B&H # OLEPM21442R Mfr # V206021RU000
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Product Highlights
  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • Wi-Fi via Optional Transmitter
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus System
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit

The E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens) from Olympus is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that comes with the Micro Four Thirds M. Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5 II zoom lens and the FL-LM1 flash unit.

A 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI Image Processor provide high resolution photo and video and fast performance. The TruePic VI Image Processor features Real Color Technology for accurate color reproduction and improved gradation. The F.A.S.T. Autofocus technology with 35 separate focus points brings with it accurate and swift focus across the entire sensor and 8 frames per second of continuous shooting is there to capture those fast-action sequences.

ISO sensitivity that ranges up to 25600 offers flexibility when shooting in low light and In-body Image Stabilization reduces the effects of camera movement when shooting in low light or with long telephoto lenses. The In-body Image Stabilization also works on video and the E-PM2 captures video in Full 1080i HD and the Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just one touch of the button.

The 3.0" LCD offers touch control of autofocus points and shutter release and the responsive Vertical Bar Touch Navigation system for intuitive settings control. The Live Guide system allows you to preview the camera's effects as you adjust them. Just push the Direct Live Guide Button to see how your photo will look before you take it.

iAuto and 23 Scene Select Modes are available for easy auto shooting. iAuto identifies the type of scene you are shooting and adjusts the settings to optimize image results and Scene Select mode allows you to set the camera to the type of shot you will be taking whether it be Fireworks, Sunset, Children or even 3D. Face Detection with Eye Detect adjusts focus automatically onto the subject's eyes for beautiful portraits. Also available are 12 in-camera Art Filters which allow you to adjust your images with effects like Pop Art, Soft Focus and Grainy Film. These can be applied to HD videos as well. 

For ease of handling and ergonomic control, the E-PM2 has a built-in rubberized grip. And the Olympus Dust Reduction System shakes off dust from the sensor every time the camera is turned on.

For complete flexibility and creative options, this Olympus mirrorless camera is compatible with a full line of M. Zuiko lenses including the Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II which is bundled with this camera. With a retractable mechanism design, this 3X zoom lens is compact with an overall length of approximately 1.9" (48mm). The lens comprises 8 elements--including 3 aspherical lenses--in 7 groups. It is designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds mounts and with a multi-coating on all lens surfaces, it offers even light transmission and reduced aberrations. This is a versatile lens, covering wide-angle to moderate telephoto focal lengths. The MSC (Movie & Still-Compatible) mechanism employs fast, virtually silent autofocusing that won't be picked up by your microphone during video recording.

16MP Live MOS Sensor
The 16MP Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 25600 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible
Improved Color Reproduction
The TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN series, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots and faster overall performance.
Fast, Accurate Auto Focus
The F.A.S.T. (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at high speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over the sensor, which makes it possible for accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting moving subjects. Available options: All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target (normal) Single target (small). AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily. Magnified frame AF: Selectable from over 800 AF points
3.0" LCD with Responsive Vertical Bar Touch Navigation
This bright, high-resolution 3.0" screen offers touch control of camera settings with its Responsive Vertical Bar control. Controls include Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection, Touch scene mode selection, and Touch stripe screen (picture mode control). Brightness / Color temperature control: ±7 levels. Color tone: Vivid or Natural
Live View
The LCD screen offers Live View with the following features: Approximately 100% field of view, Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), and Highlight and shadow. Up to 8 frames of face detection can be displayed. The Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated (in S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Immediate Response Touch Autofocus and Shutter
Control focus and shutter release with just a touch on the LCD screen. Improved sensitivity reacts immediately to touch so shutter release is instantaneous.
In-Body Image Stabilization
Olympus' in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lenses via an adapter), from wide-angle to telephoto, for clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light. To tailor the IS to the specific focal length you're using, you can manually input the following focal lengths: 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Full 1080i HD Video
Shoot up to 29 minutes of Full 1080i HD video at 60fps with stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just one touch. The One Push Teleconverter function magnifies up to 2x
8 FPS Sequential Shooting
With the E-PM2 you can take up to 8 photos a second to capture fast-action sequences. The camera can maintain this speed for up to 15 photos in RAW or 19 in JPEG. At the slower speed of 3fps, you can capture up to 27 consecutive shots in RAW, or an unlimited number in JPEG.
Increased ISO Sensitivity
Capture low light photos with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25600.
Fast Response
The E-PM2 offers a full range of shutter speeds from 60 - 1/4000 seconds. The TruePic VI Image processor allows for reduced lag time between shots and faster image display.
iAuto and 23 Scene Select
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting - portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport - and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL5 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro, Documents and Panorama. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus' fisheye, wide-angle and macro conversion lenses to optimize their performance.
Face Detection with Eye Detect
The face detection AF employs an Eye Detect AF that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or camera-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, adjusting shutter speed and reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.
In-Camera Advanced Arts Filters
Twelve In-camera Art Filters, including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line and Watercolor, are enhanced by filter variations, art effects, and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as when filming HD movies. Art effects include Soft Focus, Pin-Hole, White Edge, Frame, Star Light, B&W, and Pict. Tone
Picture Modes
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters. Gradation: Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key (except Art Filters)
Multi-Exposure and Bracketing
Multi Exposure: 3 frames, Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture (RAW). Exposure bracketing: 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable. ISO bracketing: 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable. White balance bracketing: 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis. Flash bracketing: 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable. Art Filter bracketing: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable. Bracketing for HDR post process: 3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable (HDR picture cannot be created by this function)
3D Still Shooting
Add a third dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus' 3D technology. Simply select the 3D Photo Mode and by releasing the shutter and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file for easy display on 3D compatible televisions or laptops.
Built-in Grip
An easy-to-hold rubberized grip is built into the E-PM2 body for ergonomic control while shooting.
Live Guide with Direct Live Guide Button
The Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them - before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide with one push of the dedicated button and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation and tone and see how your image will look with these adjustments applied.
AF Illuminator
This bright LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light, up to almost 10 feet.
Attachable Flash Included
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for greater portability. The FL-LM1 flash is included, featuring the following modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye reduction / Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual
Expandable System
A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-PM2 to support all different types of photography needs
Accessory Port
A port for connecting accessories including flashes, PP-1 PENPAL Bluetooth device, MAL-1 Macro Light, SEMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2 and VF-3 viewfinders is part of this camera's design. Compatible external flashes include FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Professional Audio Sound Capture
Take videos with uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio. The camera's microphone reduces wind noise, features recording volume adjustment, and enables audio dubbing for still pictures (up to 30 sec)
Easy Photo and Video Playback On Your HDTV
Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PM2 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus on the HDTV to share your pictures and movies with an audience.
Dust Reduction System
Olympus' Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, removing dust so that it doesn't interfere with the picture imaging at any time.
Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology
Extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images is reduced by the E-PM2's Shadow Adjustment Technology, which corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency, either before you shoot or during post-capture touch-up.
Editing RAW and JPEG Files In-Camera
Functions: RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post recording. RAW picture editing: RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter). Detail edit is acceptable (Preview, Memory of 2 settings, re-development)
Image Share Technology
The E-PM2 is capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards. With an optional PP-1 PENPAL Bluetooth device, Eye-Fi card, Flash Air Media Card or your smartphone, you can upload images directly from your camera to social networking sites.
Playback
Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound): Still/Movie/Still+Movie. When the camera is connected to an HDTV via an HDMI cable, 3 new slideshow effects are selectable. Four background music tracks are included in the camera, and you can also download music from the OLYMPUS website. Auto angle correction also available. Information display: Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Printing
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Included 14-42mm F/3.5 Lens
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II is bundled with this camera. With a retractable mechanism design, this 3X zoom lens is compact, measuring approximately 1.9" (48mm) long. Comprising 8 elements--including 3 aspherical lenses--in 7 groups, the lens features a multi-coating on all surfaces, providing even light transmission and reduced aberrations. A 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm creates natural background blur. Covering wide-angle to moderate telephoto focal lengths, this versatile lens is suitable for everyday photography. Its MSC (Movie & Still-Compatible) mechanism employs fast, virtually silent autofocusing that won't be picked up by your microphone during video recording.
Languages
34 languages selectable: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 17.2 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 35
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen   LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-1600 (Extended Mode: 1600-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 sec
30 - 1 min in Bulb Mode
Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 8 fps at 16 MP for up to 15 frames
Flash
Built-in Flash No
Maximum Effective Flash Range 7.0 - 10.0' (2.13 - 3.05 m)
Guide No. 10' (3.05 m) ISO200 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 8 fps
Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec, 1 sec, 30 sec
Custom: 1-30 sec at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 sec intervals
Number of Shots: 1-10
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP2), XP (SP3), Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.4.11 or later
Power
Battery 1x BLS-5  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3" / 11.0 x 6.4 x 3.4 cm
Weight 9.49 oz / 269 g
Kit Lens
Focal Length 28 - 84 mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 14 - 42 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Filter Thread 37 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.2 x 1.9" (5.59 x 4.83 cm)
Weight 3.9 oz (111 g)
Olympus E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens)
  • M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens
  • BLS-5 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • BCS-5 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • FL-LM1 Flash for E-PM1/E-PL3 Cameras
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2/ib Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OlympusE-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens)
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (10)
    • Fast shutter speed (8)
    • Good in low light (8)
    • Great resolution (7)
    • Easy to use (6)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (4)
    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    E-PM2 with panasonic 20mm 1.7

    By Tom

    from Phoenix AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

      Qualifications: 1.I have used the e-pm2 for about 1 month with the panasonic 20 mm 1.7
      instead of the 14-42 kit lens.
      2. Most of my experience is from inside.

      Some Pros:
      Excellent-outstanding image quality particularly inside-you can generally blow up the screen
      14 times (the limit) and still have a sharp photo (you need a good photo)

      Excellent metering in live view and actual photo (not the photo shown on the camera's LCD)

      The camera plus the subject lens is a good combo for outstanding sharpness

      The on/off feature on the clip on flash is very good. When you need flash just push it up and the flash automatically goes to about 45 degrees.


      Some Neutrals
      IBIS is ok

      clip on flash is ok as long as you don't mess with the flash exposure

      Color is a little warm but can be adjusted to your taste

      Cons:
      need to activate the super control panel ( so you need to fiddle with the unfriendly menus)

      the un-adjustable shutter noise is fairly noticeable (loud)

      sides of the live view screen are blank or cluttered with small icons burdening the LCD screen size

      you need good near vision to clearly see the small icons etc.


      Conclusion

      I personally rate image quality as number 1 so I live with or find work arounds for the cons.
      So I am a happy camper.

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      5.0

      excellent camera

      By camonivan

      from france

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (White Camera, Silver Lens):

          easy to use, many possible effects to play with, need scarce light, great pictures as a result...

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          5.0

          Great Camera

          By Castanheira

          from Portugal

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

          Hi,

          This is my first micro four third camera and I´m very thrill with this camera. The quality of the photos are fantastic for such small camera.

          Highly recommended.

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          4.0

          The camera to always have in your bag.

          By Ben

          from Chicago IL

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens):

          I'm a heavy DSLR user and do some professional photography here and there, but I don't want to carry the monster with me every day. So I got into m43 cameras, as the camera that's "always with me" in my bag -- the quality is so much better than using your smartphone.I originally owned the E-P5, but after I broke it, I switched to this much smaller E-PM2. Yes, it involved giving up some physical controls, but not ones that I miss: I keep the thing in aperture priority most of the time, and I can easily set ISO and aperture using rocker controls. (The UI and buttons are *highly* customizable to taste.) This thing is really a joy to use, and at 16MP with a 2:1 crop factor sensor, is leaps and bounds above my smartphone in quality, and yet it's hardly bigger than my smartphone. :-) I keep a 20mm f/1.7 lumix lens attached (effective 40mm), but also keep a 45mm f/1.8 (effective 90mm) in bag for spontaneous portraits.

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          4.0

          Great photos

          By Mr. Larry

          from Glenn Dale, MD

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • No Viewfinder
          • Too Many Options

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens):

          Great for taking pro-quality photos in a compact package. Menu system is daunting. Its as if they hired IRS forms writers for their instruction manual. You will need time to learn the system. Personally, I think that they have too many in camera effects that can be done in post processing software.

          Excellent dynamic range, low light capability, feels good in your hand, and nice touch screen especially in low light situations.

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          5.0

          Fantastic companion to OM-D E-M5

          By pmosher

          from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Red Camera, Silver Lens):

            I bought this little gem as a "companion" to my main camera gear, an OM-D E-M5 with a small collection of lenses. Other than the fact that the E-PM2 uses different batteries, these two very advanced cameras are completely compatible in practice. The menus are nearly identical, and as I am a long-time Olympus user, I didn't find any difficulty in navigating the E-PM2 menus.

            Of course, the little guy doesn't have quite such a sophisticated IS system, but for my planned usage that doesn't matter. I plan it as a take-everywhere, almost pocket-able fun camera -- yesterday, I tossed it in my golf bag, of all things, and found lots of mundane but very attractive scenes to shoot. I wouldn't have taken the larger camera on such an occasion.

            I'm not finding the absence of external controls a drawback at all. The very nice Super Control Panel makes up for a lot of supposedly missing dials and buttons. Not what a pro would want, I suppose, but I'm just having fun.

            The build quality seems fine to me, time will tell whether it holds up to frequent use. I plan to take this camera and the E-M5 on an extended trip to South America in a few months, and I'm happy that I will have a "backup" camera that is really no compromise from my E-M5.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
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            4.0

            DSLR Lite? Close.

            By escapewheel

            from South Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

              Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

              I've had way too many cameras... compacts, mirrorless, DSLRs. I've struggled to find a useful balance between size / weight, cost, and image quality. Had an EPL-1 several years back, and thought it was okay. Just okay. Eventually (after Panasonic m4/3, Samsung mirrorless, Sony NEX) settled on a Pentax K-5 DSLR. I loved the output from the Pentax, but even though it's very compact for a DSLR, it was still larger and heavier than what I wanted. When the new PEN lineup was announced with the upgraded sensor, I decided to give them a try. Really wanted the OMD E-5 for its looks and image stabilization, but thought the E-PM2 might be more versatile. So far, what I like:

              1) Image quality. It really is impressive. I'm shooting jpegs mostly, as I really like the Olympus rendering. Coupled with a fast lens (usually Panasonic 20mm f1.7 or Olympus 45mm f1.8), I haven't found a situation where I wanted or needed better resolution. Even at high ISO the output is exceptionally clean.

              2) Touchscreen. Never thought it would be such a big deal, but I'm sold. Especially for street shooting, it's amazingly useful. I use touch to shoot more frequently than touch to focus, and it's very quick. Touchscreen also makes changing modes quick, which is useful because there are fewer dedicated manual control buttons / wheels.

              3) Size. The camera body itself is remarkably small. I take it most everywhere I go with the 20mm lens and it's manageable (it won't fit in a pocket, though - not even close). This combination is great for stealth, and one of the reasons why I ultimately decided on this over the OM-D E-M5. You can add a viewfinder if you want (the VF-3 is decent and relatively inexpensive), but you're not stuck with it. I do find the camera slightly small in my average sized hands, but it's not a deal breaker. Haven't found myself accidentally adjusting settings or anything.

              What I like the least so far:

              1) Lack of dedicated manual control buttons / wheels. Most everything is controlled through the control wheel on the back and/or touchscreen. This makes it slightly more difficult to change modes / aperture / shutter speeds, etc. Truthfully, because you can customize the buttons, it's not bad. I'm just saying that one extra wheel would make it near perfect, but for that you have to buy the EPL-5, which is notably larger.

              2) Sometimes confusing menu / programming options. This is partially just because I'm unfamiliar with the camera, but there are times when I want to do something and the camera doesn't respond intuitively. For example, if I use touch-to-focus on the touchscreen, then try to focus manually, I can't (regardless of what focus mode I'm in). Makes no sense to me. I'm sure that somewhere there's a setting for this, but haven't found it. Also, something that is in and of itself frustrating is that you have to go deep into the menus to activate functions allowing you to go deeper into the menus. Sound confusing? It can be.

              Overall, though, this is a great little camera. Size is my biggest limiting factor, and the image quality I get from this considering its size AND it's expandability can't be beat with the other offerings on the market.

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              5.0

              worth the upgrade

              By thebutterknife

              from college park, MD

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

                  I owned the e-pm1 for a year and a half before upgrading. The buttons are in slightly different spots, and the front part of the body is plastic, instead of metal like on the e-pm1. This saves on weight and cost I assume, the camera is still seems solid.Touch screen is nice, the super control panel makes it easy to change settings without hunting through menus, and the added function button is appreciated. Also, this thing can shoot at 8 fps!The best part though, is the sensor. Especially if you shoot RAW. The dynamic range makes it much easier to save a blown sky. Low light is a big improvement as well. Color noise is almost non-existent even at very high ISOs.Some people take issue with 16:9 screen on the back (the camera takes a 4:3 image), but the 'extra' lcd space is used for displaying info without covering the image. Makes sense to me. I don't think you can beat this camera. I doubt you will be able to find anything with a sensor this good, that also has such an awesome selection of lenses. Add to this the small size and light weight. I more often than not have this thing with me because it isn't an inconvenience to bring it. The best camera is the one they have with you, as they say.

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                  5.0

                  Very good camera.

                  By Ana Silveira

                  from Rio de Janeiro. Brasil

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

                    Very fast and easy to use.

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                    4.0

                    Worth it

                    By momo034

                    from new york

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                    Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

                    Im pretty much a compact camera connoisseur...its all I ever use to shoot with and have been through lots from panasonic, canon, and sony. Im a traveler and use it for travel photography.

                    This lived up to my expectations for photo quality. Great in low light which was one of the reasons I bought it, although must say sony nex-5 was a bit better. But overall picture quality is great. by biggest beef with the camera is navigating the menu to switch to different settings. Wish it had an old school dial.

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                    2.0

                    I think it's not worth the money I pay

                    By Yogi bear

                    from New york

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                          Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

                          I don't think it's a great product it doesn't shouts simultaneously, its over price I had owned a different camera and it works 1000X better than this product I'm trying to resale it a lower price, the color background it's horrible I really wasted my money on this camera I'm not happy at all.

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                          4.0

                          Great for upgrading from point and shoot

                          By Eric

                          from Chelmsford, MA

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                          Pros

                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Preset Modes
                          • Good Video Controls
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom
                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about E-PM2 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (Black):

                          I purchased this camera because I wanted to have better control over depth of field when shooting stills and HD video with out having to lug around a full DSLR camera, and it does just that. The 14-42 lens it comes with works well for what it's supposed to do, but I'll probably be purchasing another lens in the near future. It took a while to practice my way through the settings a few times, and get a feel for how the camera works. I don't know why mfrs aren't putting manuals with their cameras, but I recommend looking up the complete manual online when you purchase the camera.

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