Olympus E-PM2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 II Lens, 16MP, 3" Touch LCD, Full 1080i HD Movie, White

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About Olympus E-PM2

The Olympus E-PM2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 II Lens (White) 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 the one perfect image amidst a flurry of activity.

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 is 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 which is bundled with this camera. With a retractable mechanism design, this 3X zoom lens is compact with an overall length of just 1.71" (43.5mm). It is designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds mounts and with 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.

Olympus E-PM2 Features

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light
  • 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
  • 8 FPS Sequential Shooting: With the E-PM2 you can take up to eight photos a second, allowing you to capture that one great shot amidst a flurry of activity
  • 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 - 1/40000 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
  • 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
  • In-Camera Advanced Arts Filters: Twelve In-camera Art Filters (including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama) are enhanced by filter variations, art effects and bracketing
  • 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
  • Built-in Grip: An easy-to-hold rubberized grip is built into the E-PM2 body for ergonomic control while shooting
  • Memory Cards and Wireless Transfer: The E-PM2 is capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards and with an optional PP-1 PENPAL or Eye-Fi card you can upload images directly from your camera
  • 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 camera to slide through numerous photographic effects
  • AF Illuminator: This super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light, up to almost 10ft
  • 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
  • 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, PENPAL, MAL-1 Macro Light, EMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2 viewfinder is part of this camera's design
  • Professional Audio Sound Capture: Take videos with uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio
  • 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. This is perfect for sharing 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: 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 you shoot or during post-capture touch-up

Olympus E-PM2 Specifications

Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format
Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
16 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size
MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Dust Reduction System
Noise Reduction
Memory Card Type
Image Stabilization
Video Recording
Audio Recording
With Video, Stereo
Focus Type
Auto & Manual
Viewfinder Type
LCD Display
Display Screen
3.0" Rear Screen Tilting LCD
Live View
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 100-25600
Burst Rate
Up to 8 fps at 16 MP
Guide No.
10' (3.05 m) ISO200
External Flash Connection
Hot Shoe
Continuous Shooting
Up to 8 fps
Wi-Fi Capable
With Optional Transmitter: Yes
Focal Length
14 - 42 mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 22
Angle of View
75deg. - 29deg.
Minimum Focus Distance
9.84" (250mm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Diaphragm Blades
Lens: Image Stabilization
Filter Thread
Front: 40.5 mm
Dimensions (D x L)
2.44 x 1.71" (6.20 x 4.34 cm)
5.29oz (150 g)
Mfr #

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My wife and I purchased the E-PM2 as a Christmas present to each other in early December. We had seen the commercial on TV, and we investigated further. Everything we read was good. We decided to purchase strongly based on our history with both Olympus film and digital SLRs. We didn't open the package until Christmas morning. After reading the very limited instruction book, which allowed me to set the basic system up. It then advised to just shoot iAuto until I was familiar with the camera operations. All I have to do is push several buttons and the camera takes over, but I digress. There were several references to a Super Control Panel, but absolutely, no instructions as to where it could be accessed. I also learned the the "Semi-Complete" Instruction Book was located on the accompanying CD. For me that meant sitting at my computer reading a manual, so I can learn to use the more interesting camera operations. I chose to go to an office supply store to have the book printed and bound, so I could sit anywhere reading the manual with the camera actually in my hands while learning. After three days of reading the manual, I finally had to call Olympus Technical Support to get an answer as to how to access the previously mentioned Super Control Panel. It's an area sadly lacking in the basic setup manual. The camera is really very full featured. There are far too many "howevers" for me to give it anywhere near a passing grade. First is the lack of an included optical eye level viewfinder. I have grandchildren and, I find it difficult to follow any action while holding the camera in front of my face effectively blinding me to what's happening except through a small image. The touch screen is very, very responsive, however, my finger tips are not small enough to easily touch the correct icon on the screen to use it. When I use the swipe function to review images, 3 to 4 frames slide by instead of a single. Fortunately, the function on the manual control wheel functions as expected. Same goes for the zoom function. More often the not the image slides forward or backwards instead of zooming, so I rotate the wheel once again. Shooting in the manual mode is my last and greatest issue. It's the way I use any camera. Once I set all the parameters on the Super Control Panel, it is very difficult to change either the shutter speed or f/stop easily. Even after a great deal of practice using the Control Dial, which is "mini," I can't change either on the first try. I can't say much about the HD capability because I've only tried it once. Still waiting to decide, whether, we want to spend the money to buy yet another connecting cable. The only video I shot was some fireworks at New Years. An optical eye level viewfinder would have helped enormously. I got about 7 seconds of good image out of a total of 47. For the techno geek this might be a fine camera, but to anyone with an extensive photographic background it's little more than a novelty. This is the first Olympus camera we have owned that is a disappointment.

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