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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 review

Small but mighty

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 with the Sony NEX-F3, Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1, Nikon 1 J2 and Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Olympus PEN E PM2 review

These results show that the Olympus PEN E-PM2's JPEG files have a relatively low signal to noise ratio compared to those from the Sony NEX-F3, Olympus E-PM1, Nikon 1 J2 and Olympus E-PL5, falling below the Sony and E-PM1 at lower sensitivities, but overtaking the E-PM1 at ISO 3200 and keeping up with the E-PL5 at the higher end of the settings.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Olympus PEN E PM2 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 are very similar to those from the Olympus PEN E-PL5, falling below the Sony NEX-F3 but beating the Nikon 1 J2 throughout the sensitivity range. The E-PM2 sits below the Olympus PEN E-PM1 at the lower ISOs, before taking the lead after ISO 1600.

JPEG dynamic range

Olympus PEN E PM2 review

JPEG results for dynamic range again show the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 scoring very similar figures to the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. The two cameras sit above the Sony NEX-F3 and Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 at every sensitivity setting, and above the Nikon 1 J2 at the lower ISOs, before the Nikon creeps up to its level at ISO 3200 and above.

Raw dynamic range

Olympus PEN E PM2 review

As we see from this chart, TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 once again produce similar dynamic range to the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, beating results from the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 and Nikon 1 J2 at every sensitivity setting. The E-PM2 beats the Sony NEX-F3 at lower sensitivities, but the Sony joins its level at ISO 1600 and above.

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
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