Olympus E-PM2 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Olympus PEN E-PM2? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Olympus makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the E-PM2 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Olympus PEN E-PM2 below.
In any case, the E-PM2 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was announced on September 17th, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3795 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the E-PM2 from Olympus.
Olympus's instruction manual for the E-PM2
The camera's instruction manual is 133 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the E-PM2 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!
Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Olympus PEN E-PM2 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Olympus's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Olympus E-PM2 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Olympus PEN E-PM2
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your E-PM2 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Olympus E-PM2 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Olympus E-PM2 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the E-PM2.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the E-PM2?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Olympus equipped the E-PM2 with the TruePic VI image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the E-PM2?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Olympus provides the VF-4 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Olympus PEN E-PM2?
Olympus does not publish a shutter rating for the E-PM2. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my E-PM2?
Olympus embeds the number of shutter actuations in hidden menus. You can check the number of shots that your E-PM2 has taken up to now by carefully following the steps described on the Olympus E-PM2 shutter count page.
Does the Olympus E-PM2 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The E-PM2's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Does the Olympus E-PM2 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the E-PM2 use?
How does the E-PM2 stack up against available alternatives? In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make your choice using the following search menu. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.
- Canon Rebel vs Olympus E-PM2
- Canon SX420 vs Olympus E-PM2
- Fujifilm X10 vs Olympus E-PM2
- Hasselblad X1D vs Olympus E-PM2
- Nikon 1 V1 vs Olympus E-PM2
- Nikon D3200 vs Olympus E-PM2
- Nikon D5 vs Sony A9 II
- Panasonic GX850 vs Sony A9 II
- Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony A9 II
- Pentax K-1 vs Sony A9 II
- Sony A9 II vs Sony A99
- Sony A9 II vs Sony RX100 VI
Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Olympus PEN E-PM2.
|Camera Model||Olympus E-PM2|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Micro Four Thirds lenses|
|Launch Date||September 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 499|
|Sensor Format||Four Thirds Sensor|
|Sensor Size||17.3 x 13.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||225 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||21.6 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||15.9 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 608 x 3 456 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.76 μm|
|Pixel Density||7.08 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||TruePic VI|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||72|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.7|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.2|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||932|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||460k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||8 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||BLS-5 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||360 shots per charge|
110 x 64 x 34 mm
(4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 in)
|Camera Weight||269 g (9.5 oz)|
Did you notice an error on this page? If so, please get in touch, so that we can correct the information.