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Olympus Pen Mini E-PM2 Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  Also called the Pen Mini, the Olympus E-PM2 is an entry-level compact system camera that uses the same 16-megapixel sensor as the top-of-the-line Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera, but the E-PM2 is much more compact and lightweight. It offers a variety of automatic settings for beginning photographers wanting to step up from a point-and-shoot model, as well as full manual controls for photography enthusiasts.

There is no built-in viewfinder or flash, but an attachable electronic viewfinder ($160-$250) or flash ($160-$250) are available, and an external flash is included in some kits.

The 3" LCD touch-screen controls the shutter release, autofocus and other settings without having to push a button or turn a wheel. However, the LCD screen is fixed in place, without the flexible tilting adjustments possible on the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5, which retails for about $100 more.

Prices

(Prices as of 01/2/2013)
E-PM2      E-PM2      Source
(Camera body only)   (14-42mm lens)  
$650$700MSRP
$600Best Buy
$450$500Amazon
$500$549Adorama Camera
$449$499DataVision Computer Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$10-$60Replacement battery (replacement charger $40-$60)
$160-$250Optional external viewfinder
$160-$500External flash

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 2.5"
Width: 4.3"
Depth: 1.3"
Weight9.5 oz.
ColorsBlack, silver, white, red
Included in BoxBattery, battery charger, USB cable, A/V cable, flash, shoulder strap, software (Olympus Viewer 2 ), owner's manual
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Flash Air compatible, Eye-Fi compatible
Megapixels16.1 MP
Sensor17.3mmx13.0mm 4/3 Live MOS sensor (average size for this class of camera)
ViewfinderNo built-in viewfinder; optional external electronic viewfinder ($160-$250)
Monitor3" LCD screen with touch controls
Video1080p full HD video recording at up to 30 frames per second; maximum 29 minutes continuous recording on normal setting
FlashNo built-in flash; compatible external flash may be included with camera
Shutter Speed60 seconds to 1/4000 second
SensitivityISO 200-1600, expandable to 25600
Exposure ModesiAuto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, bulb, time, scene select, art filter, underwater, wide/macro
Continuous ShootingMaximum speed of up to 8 frames per second
Compatible LensesAll Micro Four Thirds M.Zukio digital lenses
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery, about 360 shots per charge
Other FeaturesRecords still images in JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG formats
Touch controls: shutter release, enlargement, live guide, autofocus area selection, and more
Face detection
23 scene select settings, including portrait, landscape, fireworks and beach & snow
12 mode variation/effects, including pop art, soft focus, pale & light color, watercolor and more
7 art effects (soft focus, pin-hole, white edge, frame, star light, B&W, picture tone/sepia)
Sleep mode selectable (1, 3, 5 minutes or off)
Self-timer delay of 2 seconds, 12 seconds or custom (1-30 seconds)
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at GetOlympus.com.

Sample Lenses

1. Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R telephoto zoom lens$200-$300
2. Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 full-metal wide-angle lens$500
3. Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED 14-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 zoom wide-angle to telephoto lens$600
4. Olympus -M.Zuiko digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 compact super-wide-angle lens$700
5. Olympus-M.Zuiko digital ED 12mm f/2.0 wide-angle lens$800-$1,100
6. Olympus M. Zuiko digital 75-300mm 4/4.8-6.7 super telephoto lens$900
(List as of 01/2/2013)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally like the image quality and shooting performance of the Olympus E-PM2, and many say it's a good value for the price, However, a few also recommend spending $100 more for the next model in the Olympus line, the E-PL5.
  • PCMag.com: "PROS: Sharp kit lens. Good high ISO performance. Fast shot-to-shot time and focus. Live Guide mode. Optional EVF available. In-camera art filters. CONS: Fixed rear display. No built-in flash. BOTTOM LINE: The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 is a capable little interchangeable-lens camera with a Live Guide mode for photographic novices, but for just $100 more you can get a better PEN."
  • PhotographyBlog.com: "If you can live without the OM-D's built-in electronic viewfinder, dust- and splash- proof body, 5-axis gyro image stabilisation system, and more hands-on interface, or the E-PL5's tilting LCD screen and more traditional control layout, the E-PM2 delivers the best image quality from an Olympus mirrorless camera in the smallest package at the most affordable price."
  • TechRadar.com: "Although the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 isn't really aimed at enthusiasts, there's still a lot here to love for those looking for a more advanced camera - such as full manual modes, raw shooting and the innovative Live Time feature. For beginners, or those looking to buy their first compact system camera, this is an ideal candidate, because you get a lot of bang for your buck. You can choose to shoot in fully automatic, and learn with the camera as you expand your expertise. Or you may never move on from fully auto mode, and that would be just fine too."