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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 review

Small but mighty

Our Verdict

For

  • OM-D sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • Lots of art filters

Against

  • No aperture/shutter speed dial
  • Fixed screen

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus PEN E-PM2 review, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

JPEG

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ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 12800, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 25600, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 800, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 1600, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 6400, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 12800, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

ISO 25600, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPEN
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection, Noise Reduction, 3D Shooting
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, Motion JPEG (AVI), MOV
Weight (Approximate)223 g
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution17.2 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBLS-5
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Flash Air, Eye-Fi Card
Height64.2 mm
Width109.8 mm
Depth33.8 mm
Autofocus Points35
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Front Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-PM2
Product NamePEN E-PM2 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV206020BU000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Creative power in a small package.

The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is all the proof you need that small and stylish can deliver impressive images. This compact technological wonder features an expansive 16 MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI Image Processor for powerfully vivid images that rival the quality of an SLR. Let the camera achieve photographic perfection with features like iAuto and 23 Scene Select Modes. Or take control using Direct Live Guide. Explore your creative side with 12 ready-to-use Art Filters. The PEN E-PM2 features technology to help you shoot brilliantly when light is hard to find. There's blazing speed with an incredibly responsive touch shutter and 8 fps sequential shooting. The PEN E-PM2. The camera you want when you're ready to leave compacts behind and capture your stories in spectacular fashion.

Battery Life360 Shot
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesWireless Flash Control, Microphone, Speaker