Entry level m43

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by nimenion, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. nimenion

    nimenion New to Mu-43

    May 1, 2012
    Hi! My daughter wants to buy a camera, and I saw a Pen E-PM2 kit for 399 €, including a 40-140 lens.

    The body does not have complete "easy" PASM access, but... well... pros and cons... if you've got one :)
  2. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    The E-PM2 is an excellent camera. I have one. You get the same image quality as Olympus's E-M5. If I'm reading you correctly and the offer for the E-PM2 includes both the 14-42mm kit lens and the 40-150mm telephoto lens, that's a great deal. If your daughter doesn't really need most of the external controls of the similar E-PL5, then the camera is just fine. With the E-PM2, you dive into the menus a bit more often because there are fewer dials and buttons outside. But I've never found it to be a problem. Also, if you eventually get aroound to buying the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake, it makes a very small and jacket-pocketable package when mounted on the E-PM2. Hope this helps. Good luck.
  3. yakky

    yakky Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 1, 2013
    I have one as well, its my favorite M43 camera to date. Small, fun to use, great touchscreen and its blazing fast. Once you get familiar with the menu structure you will be fine, plus you can link a button to your "Myset"
  4. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
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    The touchscreen makes the reduced number of external controls much less of an issue than the previous EPM-1 (or EPL-3 for that matter). The sensor is better than the older models too, especially as light levels drop.

    The 40-150 performs far better than it"s price would suggest so I would recommend the "Twin kit".

    Both mine and my friend"s daughters have EPL-3 & twin zooms and both love them so the even better quality and touch screen should be just the ticket.

    The other option (in the UK) is the Panasonic G5. There are a few good deals around but might be just a bit more for a "twin kit".

    This would give you IQ above the EPM-1 but below the EPM-2. However you would gain more external controls, improved video and built in flash and viewfinder in a slightly larger body.

    They are both good cameras.

    I would suggest, if possible let her hold both before deciding as soon as my daughter picked up a G3 she hated the size and wanted the Pen.
  5. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
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    With E-PM2 it literally takes a second to change the PASM! One click ("Menu") to get the options and then one or down button once or twice and that's it. The lack of dedicated switch for it isn't an excuse not to buy this great camera.

    I love my E-M5 but I also love my E-PM2 even though you'd think that it's too "crippled" compared to it's bigger brother (or cousin? :biggrin:). It has enough buttons etc. and it is really nice to use.

    Cons? Well... If I had to think something, I wouldn't mind another adjustment wheel but don't get me wrong - it's just "it would be nice to have". But you can easily manage the E-PM2 as it is.

    EDIT: Just though one: The IBIS. It's crappy compared to the one in older models and especially compared to the E-M5/E-M1s. I don't know how it handles longer exposures but shorter than 1/60s turns out better without the IBIS.
  6. s.donaldo

    s.donaldo Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2012
    Umeå, Sweden
    Buy a used body. Spend some money on a 14/2.5 or one of the sigmas. Find out i she needs a EFV and go from there.
  7. stripedrex

    stripedrex Do or do not. There is no try.

    Jun 8, 2012
    Long Island, NY
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    I agree with the above get a cheaper used camera and maybe even a 20mm F1.7 so she doesn't struggle getting a sharp shot in low light / indoors. The fixed focal length will help her think about her shots. I so happened to have a great used small M43 under 100 that I started with =). The panasonic gf3 is starting to show it's age but still very capable:


    Comes with a few cases (great case for young ones if they drop or slam it around and it can be straped around neck and removed with no strap if needed (one of my favorite cases of all cameras I own is one that has the strap on a half case)).

    Anyhow good luck!

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  8. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I don't own an EPM2, but believe you can reach the PASM selection thru one tap on the touch screen as opposed to using the Menu button and then shifting whatever number of clicks needed to reach it? I have an EPM1 and the latter method, somewhat unwieldy, is needed to get to the PASM selection.
  9. Jeff1:1

    Jeff1:1 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    Is a good camera and lens combo to start and same as but much smaller than Canikon kit stuff.
  10. zane73

    zane73 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2013
    Pilot Mnt, NC
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    :thumbup: The E-PM2 and the 20 f/1.7 is a great combination.