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Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
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  • 16.1 Mp Live MOS sensor
  • Sensor Stabilization up to 3 EV
  • 35 points Contrast Detection AF system 
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/4000 - 60s 
  • Up to 30 minutes Bulb mode
  • Approx. 8fps Sequence Shooting
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 20Mbps (MOV)
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus PEN E-PM2

Overview

Description by Olympus:

  • OLYMPUS IMAGE SHARE TECHNOLOGY
    Share images to your Smart Device. Olympus allows for the usage of PENPAL BlueTooth Device, Eye-Fi Card or the new Flash Air Media Card. Not only is the new E-PM2 compatible, but the menu structure is designed for easy uploading from your selected device. Be sure to check out the Olympus Smartphone apps PENPic and iPhone app.
  • BRACKETING: EXPOSURE, ISO, WHITE BALANCE, FLASH, ART FILTER, HDR POST-PROCESS
    6 Bracketing functions allow you the flexibility to focus on the type of shot you want and view it in different ways so you can choose the best shot. Now featuring High Dynamic Range post-processing.
     
  • SMALL TARGET AF
    New “small AF target” achieves the pinpoint focus. Focus on an AF point, within an AF point.
     
  • IMAGE ROTATION IN PLAYBACK
    When the image is shot at portrait position, image is automatically rotated in playback.
     
  • DOWNLOADABLE BACKGROUND MUSIC SELECTION
    Variety is the spice of life. Now, not only are there 4 background music tracks included in the camera, but you can also download music from the OLYMPUS web site, and replaced it instead of default music in the camera. Making Slideshow playback on your HDTV more fun!
     
  • CUSTOMIZABLE SELF TIMER
    Self-timer customizing function can be utilized in various situations, the best is for self portraits. Control start times and shooting intervals. Start time(1-30sec) / shooting interval (0.5sec, 1sec, 2sec, 3sec) and number of shots (2~10).
     
  • RAW EDIT IN CAMERA
    Like your shot but want a few revisions. Edit jpegs and now RAW files right in the camera. With the E-PM2 you can edit the raw image in camera body, fix Red-Eye, crop your image, change to black and white and more.
     
  • BULB SHOOTING TO 30 MINUTES
    With the E-PM2, it is possible to decide the exposure time by previewing the effect on the backside monitor. Image during bulb shooting is updated at regular intervals (ex. by 0.5 sec.). The shutter opens by fully pressing the release button and the shutter closes by fully re-pressing the release button.
     
  • 23 SCENE MODES
    From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PM2 is equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to smooth your subject’s complexion. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with the new conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.
     
  • HDMI OUTPUT
    For easy photo and video playback on your HDTV. the E-PM2 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PM2 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience.
     
  • 3D SHOOTINGAdd a new dimension to your photographs in any shooting situation from macro to landscape with Olympus’ 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, 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, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.
     
  • FINE DETAIL PROCESSING
    Captures exceptional detail from shadow to highlight.
     
  • AF TRACKING
    AF Tracking locks your subject into focus right on the LCD, and constantly adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving. With this mode, a simple push of the AF button and shutter release enables you to keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus.
     
  • MANUAL FOCUS ASSIST
    The E-PM2 provides two optional methods to help the user focus: a Magnified Focus (MF) Assist Function and Magnification Display. When using manual focus, the MF Assist feature aids with critical focus by allowing you to zoom in on part of the image by simply turning the focusing ring on the front of the lens. The Magnification Display enables you to selectively enlarge the image on the LCD at the touch of a button. This mode works for both autofocus and manual focus. Both MF Assist methods provide up to a 10x magnification of a single point of the image for critical focus; perfect for macro or still-life photography.
     
  • WIRELESS FLASH COMPATIBLE
    Compatibility with wireless flash allows you to maximize the performance of your E-PM2 in a studio setting. Use the newly introduced FL-600R or the existing FL-300R and FL-50R.
     
  • MULTIPLE EXPOSURE SHOOTING
    The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. The creative possibilities are endless!
     
  • MULTIPLE ASPECT RATIO SHOOTING
    The E-PM2 lets you select one of four Aspect Ratios (4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4) that help frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like. Aspect ratios are available for still photo and HD movie capture, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.
     
  • FULLY 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
    The E-PM2 incorporates a port for connecting accessories including flashes, PENPAL®, MAL-1 Macro Light, SEMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2/VF-3 viewfinders.
     
  • MULTI-MOTION IMAGE STABILIZATION FOR MOVIE
    Corrects blur for slow and large movement caused by physically moving while shooting movies.
     
  • EPORTRAIT
    Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject’s complexion either before image capture or during post-capture edits.
     
  • 7 PICTURE MODES
    iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters.
     
  • ADVANCED SHADOW ADJUSTMENT TECHNOLOGY
    You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-PM2's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before image capture or during post-capture edits.

Reviews

"Despite its small size, the E-PM2 has plenty to offer. 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. The now-standard (and lest we forget - Olympus-originated) Art Filters are on hand too, and they're a lot of fun to play with. For those just learning to use an advanced camera and eager to tweak settings, Olympus' Live Guide mode is available at the press of a button. And of course, advanced photographers can find manual exposure modes in the camera menu.

If you're interested in the E-PM2, for an extra $100 (~£100, going by street price in the UK), you could spring for the tilting LCD, external mode dial and removable front grip of the E-PL5. Photographers with larger hands may also find the ergonomics of the E-PL5 a better fit than the decidedly 'Mini' E-PM2, but there's not much in it."

Post date: 22/05/2013 - 06:23

"The E-PM2 is a nice little camera for snapshooters making their first foray into interchangeable-lens photography. However, it won't encourage them to develop their photographic skills and understanding because it is simply too difficult to access and adjust most of the key camera settings (particularly lens aperture and shutter speed settings). For this reason, it's also ill-suited to photo enthusiasts.

User interface design has long been an issue with Olympus cameras that really needs to be addressed - and we aren't the

Post date: 12/01/2013 - 22:27

"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the E-PM2 carries on where the OM-D E-M5 left off by equalling the results from other leading cameras. 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

Post date: 23/11/2012 - 18:13

"The Olympus PEN E-PM2 shows very good image quality with clean results up to ISO 800. Noise becomes barely noticeable at ISO 1600 with little adverse effect. ISO 3200 makes noise clearly visible but details remain quite sharp and moderately large prints are completely usable. Only by ISO 6400 that we start seeing softness and fine details be eaten away. At this point it would be best to limit to medium-sized prints. ISO 12800 is more restrictive but remains usable for

Post date: 21/11/2012 - 15:19

"It comes as no surprise that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 scores virtually identically to Olympus’ top-of-the-line OM-D E-M5 since they share the same sensor (as does the midrange Olympus PEN E-PL5). The E-PM2 actually comes in at one point higher than the E-M5 on the Overall Score, though that difference is negligible. The two cameras essentially have the same performance in color depth and dynamic range, and the E-PM2 scores less than 1/4 stop better in low-light ISO.

Post date: 21/11/2012 - 14:28

"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."

Post date: 17/11/2012 - 00:00

"Don't be put off or fooled by the rather simplistic menu layout and the art filters, which may not be to everyone's taste. The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is a very capable little camera, and would be ideal for someone looking for a CSC for occasional use alongside a more advanced DSLR. It will be interesting to see how the new Pen E-PL5 (Pen Lite) fares in our test in a few weeks' time, and to see exactly what features it adds to the Olympus Pen range.

Those wanting an experience and image quality more on a par with using a DSLR may be better served by the Sony NEX or Samsung NX ranges, but as far as a small, light CSC is capable of producing good images, you can't go far wrong with the E-PM2."

Post date: 04/11/2012 - 00:00

Specifications

DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
22.7bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
12.2Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
932 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
4/3'' Live MOS sensor
Effective Pixels: 
16.1 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
17.2Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
4:3
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
Primary colour filter (RGB)
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Dust Removal: 
Supersonic Wave Filter
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
Sensor shift
Modes: 
Two-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation Range: 
Up to 3 EV steps
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
TruePic VI
Lenses
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 
2.0x the focal length of the lens
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Focal Length details: 
2x
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
SD Memory Card*1
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Flash Air compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )
*1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.
*2: Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
TTL open aperture light metering, 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
ESP light metering
Spot metering
Centre weighted metering
Highlight
Shadow
Metering Range Details: 
0 - 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
+/- 3EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3 EV steps ) 7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
AE Lock: 
Yes
Shutter Type : 
Computerised focal-plane shutter
Maximum shutter speed: 
1/4000 sec
Minimum shutter speed: 
60 sec
Shutter Speed: 
1/4000 - 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps) Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Shooting Modes: 
Programme automatic
Aperture priority
Shutter priority
Manual
Bulb
Time
i-Auto
Multi-Exposure (Max. 2 frames (shooting), 3 frames (editing) with Auto gain control and Live View Frame assistance)
Scene Modes (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D*, Wide converter, Underwater Macro, Underwater Wide, * Only for stills and with usage of 3D lens (H-FT012) )
Art Filter (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross , Process, Dramatic Tone, Gentle Sepia, Key Line, Water colour)
My Mode ( 4 settings storable)
Shooting Modes (Movie): 

Movie Effect :
One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade
Art Filter Movie,
Aperture priority Movie,
Shutter Priority Movie,
Manual Shooting Movie

Drive Modes: 
Single-frame shooting,
Sequential shooting,
Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Details: 
[Sequential shooting H mode]*
18 8.0 fps * in case of "I.S. Off" *18: Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.
[Sequential shooting L mode] *
3.6 fps* in case of "I.S. Off" (in 3.5 seq. shooting L)
3.0 fps* in case of "I.S. On" (in 3 seq. shooting L)
*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mmⅡR f3.5-5.6

Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting *
[RAW]
Max. 27frames (in 3 seq. shooting L), Max.15 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H)

[JPEG]
Unlimited consecutive shooting (in 3 seq. shooting L), Max. 19 frames ( in 8 seq. shooting H)
When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mmⅡR f3.5-5.6.
With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.

Self Timer : 
2s / 12s
ISO Range: 
200 - 25,600 ISO
ISO Sensitivity: 
AUTO ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Preset values
Tungsten
Flourescent 1
Sunlight
Flash
Overcast
Shade
Underwater
Custom WB ( 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

White balance adjustment, +/- 7 in each R-B / G-M axis

White Balance Personal: 
Manual White balance (One-Touch) 2 custom settings can be registered
White Balance Bracketing: 
3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6mired steps
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
Contrast Detection AF system (when non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)
AF System Points: 
35 points
AF System Points Details: 
35 points
AF Point Selection: 
Automatic and manual selection
Auto selection with Face Detection ON
800 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode
AF Modes: 
Manual focus
Single AF
Continuous AF
Single AF + MF
AF Tracking
Touch target
Predictive AF: 
Yes , Available in continuous AF mode
AF lock : 
Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button
Manual Focus : 
Yes , With enlarged focusing area
AF Assist Beam : 
Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
None
Grid: 
Yes
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Yes with WB adjustment preview,
Gradation auto preview,
Face detection preview (up to 8 faces),
Grid line,
Histogram,
Highlight and shadow,
Off
Live View Coverage: 
100%
Live View Magnification : 
5 / 7 / 10 / 14x
Live View Grid Overlay: 
Yes
Live View Autofocus: 
Contrast detection system
Live View Exposure Simulation: 
Exposure compensation preview
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
3.0-inch wide monitor, Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type
Resolution Details: 
460.000
Tiltable Monitor: 
No
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
No
Coverage: 
100%
Brightness: 
+/- 7 levels
Viewing Angle: 
+/- 7 levels Vivid (default) / Natural
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Built in Flash: 
Yes
Built in Flash Details: 
Detachable flash (bundled)
Flash Modes: 
AUTO
Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
Red-eye reduction
Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
Slow synchronisation
Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
Fill-in
Off
Flash Xsync: 
1/250s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode)
Flash compensation: 
+/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Redeye Reduction: 
yes
External Flash Wireless Sync: 
Yes, Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
4 channels, 4 groups
Triggered and controlled by bundled flash
Guide Number: 
10m (ISO 200)
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
RAW:
4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Still Image Format: 
RAW (12-bit lossless compression),
JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
Movie: 
[MOV]
Full HD:
1920(H)x1080(V), 30p (29.97fps) Recording 20Mbps (Fine) / 17Mbps (Normal) : Aspect 16:9
HD:
1280(H)x720(V), 30p (29.97fps) Recording 13Mbps (Fine) / 10Mbps (Normal) : Aspect 16:9

[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD:
1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *20, Aspect 16:9
SD:
640(H)x480(V), 30fps *20, Aspect 4:3
*Except for some of the Art Filters

Movie Format: 
MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) ,
AVI (Motion JPEG)
Movie Length: 
[MOV]
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)

[AVI]
HD : Approx. 7min*21 / SD : Approx. 14min*21
*21 : Except for some of the Art Filters

Sound Files: 
Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user
Histogram: 
Yes
Photo Effects: 
Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Soft Focus ( - / c.e.)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Light Tone ( - / d.)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( - / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e) (II / b.c.d.e.f.g)
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Watercolor (I, II / a.c.d.)

Soft Focus Effect
Pin-Hole Effect
White Edge Effect
Frame Effect
Star Light Effect
B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)

Playback Zoom: 
2x - 14x
Menu Languages: 
English, French, German, Spanish,
Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish,
Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian,
Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian,
Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian,
Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Conection Interface: 
HDMI™ Type D
Power Source
Power Source: 
BLS-5 Li-Ion battery (included) Lithium-Ion Battery (CR-V3 not compliant)
Battery Life: 
360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard]
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Metal
Weather Sealing Details: 
No
Width: 
110mm
Height: 
64mm
Depth: 
33mm
Weight: 
269g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-5 battery and Memory card], Approx. 223g [body only]
OperatingEnvironment: 
0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage), Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

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