Olympus PEN E-PM2 vs Olympus PEN E-PL8

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      Overview

      In this comparison, we will evaluate the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and the Olympus PEN E-PL8, highlighting the advantages of each over the other, discussing their pros and cons, shared strengths and weaknesses, and providing a rating based on their available features and specifications to assist you in choosing the one that best suits your needs.

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 was introduced in May 2013 and Olympus PEN E-PL8 was introduced in September 2016. Let us first list highlights of the models.

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 Highlights

      • 16.1 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 200 - 25,600 Native ISO
      • 35 Focus Points
      • Image Stabilization
      • 3.0" 460k dot Fixed Screen
      • 8.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
      • 30 min Video Recording Limit

      Olympus PEN E-PL8 Highlights

      • 16.1 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 200 - 25,600 Native ISO
      • 81 Focus Points
      • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
      • 3.0" 1,037k dot Tilting Screen
      • 8.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
      • 30 min Video Recording Limit
      • Built-In Wi-Fi

      Now that we've looked at the most essential specifications and gained a basic understanding of these cameras, we can delve into more details and see the differences between them.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Olympus PEN E-PL8.

      PROS

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      •   Video Capture
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   HDMI Output
      •   Light - 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
      •   Orientation Sensor
      •   Cheap
      •   Video Capture
      •   81 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Live Composition
      •   HDMI Output
      •   Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   Light - 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
      •   Orientation Sensor

      CONS

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      •   Small Sensor
      •   200 Lowest Native ISO
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
      •   Small Sensor
      •   200 Lowest Native ISO
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      •   Sensor Resolution - 16.1 Megapixel
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
      •   DxO Overall Score - 72
      •   Sensor Resolution - 16.1 Megapixel
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps

      Advantage of Olympus PEN E-PM2

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus PEN E-PM2 over Olympus PEN E-PL8.

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 vs Olympus PEN E-PL8
      Lighter 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz) vs 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
      Longer Battery Life 360 shots vs 350 shots

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      Advantage of Olympus PEN E-PL8

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus PEN E-PL8 over Olympus PEN E-PM2.

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 vs Olympus PEN E-PL8
      Timelapse Recording vs
      More Focus Points 35 vs 81
      Center Autofocus vs
      Screen Type Fixed vs Tilting
      Higher Resolution Screen 460k dot vs 1,037k dot
      Live Composition vs
      Average Metering vs
      Built-In Wi-Fi Eye-Fi connection possible vs

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Olympus PEN E-PM2 Olympus PEN E-PL8
        Video Capture
        Touch-to-Focus
        Face Detection
        Live View Autofocus
        Image StabilizationSensor Shift5-Axis Sensor Shift
        Touch Screen
        HDMI Output Mini type C Micro
        Light269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
        Orientation Sensor
      WEAKNESSES Olympus PEN E-PM2 Olympus PEN E-PL8
        Small SensorMicro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds
        High Native ISO200200
        Low Video Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
        Low Video Recording Limit30 min30 min
        No Microphone Input
        No Headphone Output
        No Built-in GPS
        No Built-In Bluetooth
        No Environmental Sealing
        Short Battery Life360 shots350 shots

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Screen

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Olympus PEN E-PL8 have 3.0" screens with 460k dot and 1,037k dot resolutions respectively. Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a Fixed screen Olympus PEN E-PL8 has a Tilting screen which makes it very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting. Both models feature touchscreen which has advantages such as easy menu navigation, intuitive controls, quick setting adjustment and most importantly a Touch-to-Focus functionality allowing users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording.

      Cameras does not have built-in viewfinders but optional viewfinder can be attached.

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      Olympus PEN E-PL8 with Tilting screen

      Sensor

      Both models feature a 16.1 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 224.9 mm2. Their native ISO range is 200 - 25,600


      Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how different sensors compare with each other:

      Sensor size chart
      Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
      Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
      Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
      Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
      Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

      Photography Features

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 can take pictures up to 4608 x 3456 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768 with 4:3, 16:9 aspect ratios. Olympus PEN E-PL8 is equipped with TruePic VII processor and can take pictures up to 4608 x 3456 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960 with 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios.


      Lens Mount

      Cameras have Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Due to their Micro Four Thirds sensor their crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is equal to 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


      In-Body Image Stabilization

      The cameras have a built-in in-body image stabilization (IBIS) (3.5 stops of compensation in Olympus PEN E-PL8). This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when cameras are paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

      Connectivity, Battery and Storage

      Built-in Wi-Fi on Olympus PEN E-PL8

      Olympus PEN E-PL8 has a built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
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      USB Inputs and HDMI Outputs

      Both models have USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) inputs for data transfer. Olympus PEN E-PM2 has a Mini type C HDMI and Olympus PEN E-PL8 has a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


      Battery

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 comes with BLS-5 battery pack with battery life of 360 shots.


      External Storage Slots

      Cameras have a single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

      Other Features

      Shutter

      Olympus PEN E-PL8 has Computerized focal-plane high-speed mechanical shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/4000 sec on Olympus PEN E-PM2, and up to 1/4000 sec on Olympus PEN E-PL8. Cameras can shoot continuously up to 8.0 fps.


      Exposure

      Exposure meterings of Olympus PEN E-PL8 ranges from -2 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±3 EV range on Olympus PEN E-PM2 and ±5 EV range on Olympus PEN E-PL8. You can also do exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment on Olympus PEN E-PM2 and exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment on Olympus PEN E-PL8.


      Flash

      Cameras have no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected to both of them via Hot Shoe or Wireless connection. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec on Olympus PEN E-PM2.

      Physical Parameters

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 body has dimensions of 110 x 64 x 34 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.34") and Olympus PEN E-PL8 body has dimensions of 115 x 67 x 38 mm (4.53 x 2.64 x 1.5"). Olympus PEN E-PM2 weighs 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz) and Olympus PEN E-PL8 weighs 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz).

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      110 mm

      64 mm

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      115 mm

      67 mm

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      64 mm

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      67 mm

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      34 mm

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      38 mm

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      Size comparisons of Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Olympus PEN E-PL8

      Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Olympus PEN E-PL8 for Different Types of Photography

      We give scores to the cameras for six types of photography based on their features and specifications. Let us see how suitable they are for each type of photography.

      Landscape Photography

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      GOOD
      70
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      AVERAGE
      66
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing

      Sports Photography

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      GOOD
      77
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      78
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   81 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Wildlife Photography

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      GOOD
      71
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      71
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   81 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Portrait Photography

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      EXCELLENT
      86
      •   Small Sensor
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
      •   Orientation Sensor
      EXCELLENT
      87
      •   Small Sensor
      •   81 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Street Photography

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      EXCELLENT
      87
      •   Small Sensor
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
      EXCELLENT
      87
      •   Small Sensor
      •   81 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)

      Travel Photography

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      EXCELLENT
      85
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
      GOOD
      84
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

      Evaluations

      We evaluate Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Olympus PEN E-PL8 and give them scores of 68 and 70 out of 100 recpectively. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      OVERALL
      68
      OVERALL
      70

      Sensor

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      AVERAGE
      66
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Sensor Resolution - 16.1 Megapixel
      •   200 Lowest Native ISO
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   DxO Overall Score - 72
      AVERAGE
      58
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Sensor Resolution - 16.1 Megapixel
      •   200 Lowest Native ISO
      •   25,600 Highest Native ISO

      Photo

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      GOOD
      74
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
      GOOD
      79
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 8.0 fps

      Video

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      POOR
      45
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit
      POOR
      48
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
      •   Low Video Recording Limit

      Focusing

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      GOOD
      78
      •   35 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      GOOD
      79
      •   81 Focus Points
      •   Touch-to-Focus
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      GOOD
      79
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
      EXCELLENT
      85
      •   Tilting Screen
      •   Touch Screen
      •   Screen Size - 3.0"
      •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot

      Connectivity

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      AVERAGE
      65
      •   HDMI Output
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      GOOD
      78
      •   HDMI Output
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth

      Battery, Storage and Physical

      Olympus PEN E-PM2

      Olympus PEN E-PL8

      POOR
      43
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
      POOR
      42
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots


      For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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