Olympus included a high-quality 3.0-inch screen with 460,000 pixels. It's a widescreen LCD with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is great for framing HD movies that you shoot with the PEN E-PM2. This bright screen produces very sharp images. Glare from the screen when shooting in sunlight really isn't noticeable. Olympus included seven levels of brightness setting options with the Mini 2.
This is a touch screen LCD, allowing you to make camera menu selections, to enlarge images on the screen, and to release the shutter.
It's one of the highest-quality LCD screens you're going to find on a camera in this price range.
Because of the touch screen LCD, you will probably end up making most of your menu selections there. However, Olympus did include a few basic control buttons on the back panel if you'd rather use them, which is a nice touch.
The Info button on the top provides information on the screen about the current modes. You can use the Info button to show the scene's histogram, too. In Playback mode, the Info button changes the information about the image that's displayed on the screen. Above the Info button is an area for your thumb to rest while shooting.
The four-way button will rotate or spin, allowing you to more easily move through the stored images on the PEN E-PM2 or through the menu options. Depressing the top of the four-way button opens the exposure compensation control, while the right side controls the flash menus (if you have the flash attached). The bottom section of the button controls the continuous shot and self-timer modes, while the left side controls the autofocus target. The OK button in the middle allows you to select menu command options.
On the bottom of the panel is the Menu button, which will open the camera's shooting menu, setup menu, or playback menu, depending on the mode you're currently using.
All of the buttons are a really nice size, making it easy to use them. With a widescreen LCD and control buttons, the PEN E-PM2 is quite a bit wider than what you may be used to with point-n-shoot cameras, measuring 4.29 inches.
Along the top of the back panel you'll have access to a few additional buttons. On the far left is the Playback button, allowing you to view the images you've previously shot or to access the Playback menu. The Delete button allows you to send images to the trash.
In the middle of this image is the accessory port just below the hot shoe, which is covered by the protective plastic cover (marked with Olympus). On the far right is the movie button, through which you can start and stop video recording.
The USB and HDMI connectors for the E-PM2 are hidden behind a flexible cover along the right side of the camera. The cover snaps into place, although it's a little small, making it tough to open for those with large hands.
The PEN E-PM2 uses a pretty large battery, which can be charged in the separate battery charger unit (shown here on the left). Olympus shipped a power cord that's a few feet long with the battery charger, which is nice for having some flexibility in where you can charge the battery. Olympus estimates the battery will work for 360 shots, which is very impressive battery life. My tests found that this number is pretty accurate -- perhaps a little high. Using the flash a lot will drain the battery more quickly.
You can use SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards with this camera. We recommend a fast memory card, especially if you plan on using the HD video option often. The Mini is shown here with a fast Sandisk Extreme Pro ( UHS-1) 8GB SDHC card.
The battery and memory card compartment is on the bottom panel. This compartment's cover locks into place with a switch, and the hinge holding the cover in place is of a high quality. In fact, this entire camera has a very solid look and feel, which you don't always receive with small ILC cameras.