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Good stuff in a little package
on 24 December 2012
I am a professional photographer looking for a light weight option for travel that gives close to high end SLR quality.
I bought the E-PM2 as a cheap way to test the micro four thirds concept, it is claimed to give OMD quality without the bells and whistles.
I bought quality Olympus lenses to team up with the camera because you can't really assess a camera with just the 'kit' lens.
The images from the camera have exceeded my expectations I am finding no more noise than I experienced with a Canon 7D, in fact the noise seems to be less in most situations. The output doesn't get close to 5D2 cleanness but I wouldn't expect it to.
Be aware that the screen is designed in wide format so when you use the native 4x3 it will be centred and black both sides, I don't find this an issue at all. When you shoot video or wide format you appreciate the extra width.
The camera gives full control of exposure and other parameters, however they are accessed through menus or the very usable touch screen. There are very few dials, this takes a bit of getting used to after a pro SLR and the menus are comprehensive so you need to take time to get to know your way around, once you do it's a breeze. The touch screen is excellent, especially when working on a tripod (which I do most of the time) the touch focus works very well. If there is one thing I was tempted to mark the camera down on it's the zoom feature on the touch screen, this is by a slider rather than the familiar two fingered pinch method of the iPad and Canon T4i...not a big issue though.
I was looking for a compact system with less bulk and weight than my Pro SLR gear...this where the M43 (Micro four thirds) scores very highly. I packed two cameras, charger, 6 lenses, EVF, flash, tripod, easily into a man-bag style cabin carry on that was no bigger than my wife's handbag/purse. I mention the tripod because the lighter camera means a much lighter tripod can do the business.
The kit lens is OK, but I'm not that keen on the 'fold away' style, it is compact but slightly annoying so as a general lens I have gone for the Oly 12-50mm with built in Macro. This is a great lens for garden and plant photography, the Macro feature saves carrying a macro lens around and produces very acceptable results. It doesn't quite make 1:1 so not truly macro.
Build quality is impressive, I think the camera will stand up to my fairly harsh usage very well.
The E-PM2 has impressed me enough that I will be looking to buy an Oly OMD as the next stage in my gradual move from full frame to M43