E-PM2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

Model #V206020BU000

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Viewfinder type None
Live view Yes
Display screen 3.0" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (460000)
Screen coverage 100%


Operating/storage temperature Operating
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Battery 1x BLS-5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack


Dimensions (wxhxd) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3" / 11 x 6.4 x 3.4 cm
Weight 9.49 oz / 269 g


Connectivity AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
In-camera image editing Image Overlay, Monochrome, Red-eye Correction, Trim
Self timer 12 sec, 2 sec, 1 sec, 30 sec
Software requirements Windows: XP (SP2), XP (SP3), Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.4.11 or later
Wi-fi capable (with optional transmitter) Yes
Continuous shooting Up to 8 fps


Sensor type / size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
Memory card type SD
Dust reduction system Y
Camera format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Image stabilization Optical & Digital
Other resolutions 4.9MP: 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3
0.8MP: 1024 x 768 @ 4:3
0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
Max resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3
Pixels Actual: 17.2 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
File formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Bit depth 12-bit

Focus control

Focus mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Focus type Auto & Manual
Autofocus points 35


Max sync speed 1 / 250 sec
External flash connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Effective flash range 7.0 - 10.0' (2.13 - 3.05 m)
Dedicated flash system iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
Guide no. 10' (3.05 m) ISO200
Flash compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)

Exposure control

White balance modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 sec
30 - 1 min in Bulb Mode
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)
Burst rate Up to 8 fps at 16 MP for up to 15 frames
Remote control RM-UC1 (Optional)
Metering method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Iso sensitivity Auto, 200-1600 (Extended Mode: 1600-25600)

Av recording

Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video clip length Up to 29 Min
Aspect ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio recording With Video, Stereo
Expert Reviews
Digital camera review.32822754
11 March 2013

With excellent still image quality and good HD video capability, the Olympus E-PM2 is a great choice for an entry level compact ILC.

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    Great image quality up to ISO 1600, Fast focusing, Compact size, The addition of the touchscreen really boosted performance up from the EPM1, Excellent battery life, The set it and forget it philosophy will have great appeal to the beginning shooter

  • -

    No pop-up flash, High ISO pixel smudging, Too much of a plasticy feeling to the camera body

Dp review.32823956
21 May 2013

The Olympus PEN-EPM2 is a point-and-shoot mirrorless camera which does exactly what a novice will need it to. For more adventurous users, there's a lot of functionality hidden beneath the skin (including the image quality of the OM-D) making the E-PM2 a potentially very attractive second camera.

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    OM-D image quality in smaller, lighter, cheaper body, Excellent JPEG color and exposure, Suprising level of customizability with several user-assigned function buttons, Raw shooting and in-camera processing, Small but functional handgrip, Flash accessory included, Fast 8 fps burst shooting mode,...

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    Flash competes with other potential accessories for single accessory port, Image on LCD is difficult to see in bright sunlight, No external dials for exposure mode/shooting parameter setting, Sparse controls and compact layout may be too cramped for some

Steve s digicams.32814386
26 February 2013

The latest camera in the line of the ILC PEN family of cameras from Olympus, the PEN E-PM2 has a desirable combination of features and performance; at a good starting price. This is one of the better ILC models on the market, offering quite a few advancements versus its predecessor.

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    Outstanding image quality, High-quality widescreen LCD is great, Touch screen option on LCD is nice for beginners, Various control buttons give you a second option if you choose not to use the touch screen, Small camera design versus DSLRs is appealing, yet camera remains c, Classic retro look of...

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    Menu structure can be a little tough to master, Doesn't quite have the image quality you'd find in a DSLR camera, May require investment in additional lenses in the future, No built-in or popup flash option means you have to carry the included external flash unit with you at all times, Touchscreen...

20 November 2012

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is a very compact and light mirrorless camera. It was launched in late 2012 with the E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PL5 which shares the same internals and adds a traditional mode-dial and tilting LCD.

  • +

    Very low image noise, Reliable metering, Good white-balance, Quick shot-to-shot speed, Fast contrast-detect AF, Short shutter-lag, Generally responsive, Effective built-in stabilization, Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist, High level of customization

  • -

    Poor color accuracy, Focus hunts in low light, Long black-out, Display not always Exposure-Priority, Low contrast LCD, Modal EC interface, 1s Video record delay, Uncomfortable strap eyelets, Flimsy battery and memory door

Digital photography school.32822989
11 December 2012

You can't complain about the lack of variety in the current crop of mirrorless interchangeable lens compact cameras! This one...

6 September 2013

Fewer calories, same great Olympus taste.

Expertreviews co uk.33706088
10 March 2013

The E-PM2 is the entry-level model in the PEN range, but it still boasts some upmarket features. Its metal body houses the same 16-megapixel sensor that's used in Olympus's top-of-the-range Olympus OMD E-M5 .

7 January 2013

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...

Pocket lint.32824928
3 December 2012

There's a lot of choice in Olympus's Pen range. The E-PM2, also known as the Pen Mini, is the baby, and smallest, model of the company's compact system camera range. But small size doesn't mean small features; like both the E-PL5 and even top-tier OM-D E-M5 cameras the E-PM2 comes loaded with a...

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    Affordable, good image quality, fast single autofocus, art filters have plenty of use, touchscreen, hotshoe and accessory port

  • -

    Kit lens is a bit soft, no built-in flash, front grip is plasticky, few function buttons, can't use included flash and optional electronic viewfinder together, continuous autofocus not up to scratch

Photography blog.34420874
23 November 2012

The E-PL5 essentially offers the heart of the flagship OM-D model inside a the smallest, lightest and crucially cheapest PEN body. 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...

User Reviews
22 May 2017

I purchased this camera in January 2014. I didn't have a lot of knowledge in photography but absolutely love taking pictures. My brother told me about this camera so despite the cost, I purchased it.

Photography review.34752477
4 October 2014

As a first-time mirrorless camera user, pretty much every review worth reading prior to purchasing this was dead-on. This camera packs quite a punch for such a low price, to the point that casual amateurs will truly enjoy using it without feeling like they should wrap it in a diaper.

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    Lightness, visual options, AF speed, decent build

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    No EVF or built-in flash, slightly complex menu, no tilt-screen

Slr gear.32823196
1 October 2014

i had the pl-1, pm-1 and now the pm-2. i love this camera. the IQ is through the roof, it never lets me down . having so many options and modes is very nice. HD videos are quite respectable for a still camera, the burst rate (8fps)is a great asset.

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    touch screen, small and handy for my smallish hands, IQ is outstanding, easy to operate, super control panel,lens selection

  • -

    could be too small for larger hands

Dp review.33575663
26 July 2014

I have had this camera with th 14-42 2R and the 40-150 kit lenses for 24 hours. I am a serious photographer owning a Pentax 645D with legacy lenses and a Sigma DP2 Merrill. I Have an Olympus XZ-2 Stylus as a pocket camera but was never satisfied with its IQ.

1 December 2016

Very happy with the camera, been using it for over 2 years. I'd recommend upgrading from the kit lens when you can, I have the Oly 45mm f1.8 and it's stunning compared to the kit 14-42. It's a shame a lot of the MFT lenses are so expensive, but they're clearly worth the price.

17 November 2016

Got this cool modern but "retro" looking camera for my pic happy daughter that just moved across from Central Park and she absolutely loves it!!

18 October 2016

I'm not an expert to write a a good review but I will just say that everything works as it's supposed to, the quality is great and I think it's even better than what I expected.

8 August 2016

I bought this camera two years ago with the hope that I could get DSLR results for a much lower price tag. I have been beyond impressed by what this camera can do. The only drawback so far has been the tendency towards a yellow/orange tint (though you can manually change it before even taking the...

4 August 2016

The camera seems to operate just fine, however a dead pixel on the screen is irritating especially on a new camera.

25 May 2016

I had this camera for a few years but just sold it because I bought a Canon T5i. I loved the form factor of this camera. It took beautiful photos and gave so much customization. One thing I wish I knew when I bought it was that the viewfinders were so expensive (an extra couple hundred).

Product Highlights
  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • 3" LCD with Touch-Controlled Navigation
  • Full 1080i HD Movie Recording
  • F.A.S.T. Autofocus - Touch Shutter AF
  • 8 Frames per Second Continuous Shooting
  • In-body Image Stabilization
  • Direct Live Guide Button
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit
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