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Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2

Portability
88
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62
Olympus PEN E-PL6 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PM2 front
Portability
89
Imaging
53
Features
63
Overall
57

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Launched August 2014
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-PM2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 64 x 34mm
  • Released May 2013
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PM1
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Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Overview

Here is a complete review of the Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and they are both sold by Olympus. The resolution of the E-PL6 (16MP) and the E-PM2 (16MP) is pretty comparable and they enjoy the exact same sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL6 was announced 15 months later than the E-PM2 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving in to a detailed comparison, below is a brief overview of how the E-PL6 grades against the E-PM2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL6 over the Olympus E-PM2

 E-PL6 E-PM2 
ReleasedAugust 2014May 2013Fresher by 15 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PM2 over the Olympus E-PL6

 E-PM2 E-PL6 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL6 and Olympus E-PM2

 E-PL6 E-PM2 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL6 enjoys physical dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Olympus E-PM2 has sizing of 110mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") and a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the E-PL6 and the E-PM2.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL6 and E-PM2 is 88 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizing merely by seeing specifications. The visual here will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL6 and E-PM2.

To sum up, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of pictures but you will want to consider the production date of the cameras into account. The younger E-PL6 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Portrait photography advice
Olympus E-PM2 Portrait photography advice
71
focusing manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
71
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Street photography advice
Olympus E-PM2 Street photography advice
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
79
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
includes focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL6
Sports photography with Olympus E-PM2
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
has no phase detect autofocus
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-PM2 Travel photography highlights
85
boasts touch to focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
66
includes focus via touch
MP count good (16MP)
lack of Time Lapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL6
Landscape photography with Olympus E-PM2
80
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
74
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-PM2 as a Vlogging camera
79
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have mic socket
36
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of external mic support
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Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus E-PM2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL6 and Olympus E-PM2
 Olympus PEN E-PL6Olympus PEN E-PM2
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus PEN E-PM2
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2014-08-01 2013-05-21
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VI -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 35 35
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 8.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 325 gr (0.72 lb) 269 gr (0.59 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 110 x 64 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 72
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 932
Other
Battery life 360 pictures 360 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail price $300 $448