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

(based on 12 reviews)

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90%

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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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        • No

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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.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 6
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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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          • No

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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

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                5.0

                Very good camera.

                By Ana Silveira

                from Rio de Janeiro. Brasil

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                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

                  • 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.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Worth it

                  By momo034

                  from new york

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    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 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.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 3
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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great for upgrading from point and shoot

                        By Eric

                        from Chelmsford, MA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 7
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                        • No

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