February 26, 2013
I think this is one fine camera...I have been shooting with Nikon DSLR's over the past few years and in many ways this camera is equal to or better...in many cases better...especially quick focusing and the touch focus and shutter are amazing...sometimes the tracking works and other times not...but I use this to shoot indoor amateur ice hockey with great results...I use the 75 mm 1.8 and the 45 1.8...both really nice lenses...and once the SCP is set up this camera handles almost as fast as a full featured DSLR...I am a man with small pudgy hands and I like how this feels in my hand...also I have been shooting some in high ISO 2500 - 3200 and the detail in the images is still very good...the kit lens is none too shabby either...for a kit lens especially stopped down it is pretty sharp...I don't always use the image stabilization but when I do my images are coming out pretty sharp at 1/15th of a second...I could go on and on...but I won't...but there is a video on youtube that shows how to set up the super control panel...set that up and I feel this camera will amaze you
January 23, 2013
Former Nikon User
This is my SECOND Olympus PEN in less than a year. I was a LONG TIME Nikon user since the F3 in 1982. I have owned the F4, FG, EM, EM3, F100, N80, D2x, D200. With children it became difficult to carry a large SLR, smaller Nikons D3100, and D3200 started putting out awesome picture quality. But the last draw was traveling with children in a foreign country carrying the tiniest Nikon D3200 and 18-200 vr it still felt HUGE and HEAVY.
But luckily I had bought my Wife an E-P3 for Valentines Day, OLYMPUS SAVES THE DAY, and I carried it around allover Cancun.
The ONLY problem I had with the E-P3 was using it beyond iso 800 noise. I LOVE street photography and with the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 it was great until nightfall.
And then came the E-PL5 and E-PM2. I love the mode dial and the tilt screen of the E-PL5 but did have the $ at the time.
But I don't regret the little Pen Mini E-PM2. As a camera it is more of an iPhone than an OM-1 or F3! It is a different experience, but am use to it from using my iPhone, same super sensitive touch screen. The image quality is phenomenal, BETTER than my D200, and D3100. The color saturation is better than my D3200, and Dynamic Range is better than any Canon I've ever seen. Super quick AF, and love the touch auto focus. And it's TINY, awesome at iso 1600, and still usable at iso 3200. I love using it with my Wi-Fi memory card, and sharing photos on Flikr and Facebook before getting home!
January 13, 2013
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, not 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 means sitting at my computer reading a manual, so I can learn to use the more interesting camera operations. I chose to go to Staples 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 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, 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 then a novelty. This is the first Olympus camera we have owned that is a disppointment.