Olympus PEN E-P2
The E-P2 is a relatively minor upgrade to the E-P1, with the addition of a port for a new high resolution electronic viewfinder (or external microphone), two new Art filters and a pearlescent black finish. It also gains AF tracking and includes a new i-Enhance 'colour boosting' function. The E-P2 represents almost as subtle an enhancement as the company's E-450 does, compared to the remarkably similar E-420. The two models will sell alongside each other, with all E-P2 kits including the plug-in viewfinder. Although at first glance the E-P2 seems remarkably similar to the E-P1, Olympus has done a lot to address the concerns we had about the first-generation model.
In our testing, the E-P2 is a great improvement over the E-P1 when originally launched and is now able to focus lenses as quickly as the best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The other major change made to the E-P2 also improves the camera significantly. The addition of an accessory port isn't usually the sort of thing that excites us but, when it allows the use of such a good electronic viewfinder, it does make quite a big difference. Image quality is up to the high standard set by the E-P1, with some of the best JPEG output we've encountered on any camera. Understandably the high ISO performance isn't quite up with those DSLRs that have APS-C sized sensors but it's not far off.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4032 x 3024|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto (200 - 3200), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Min shutter speed||60 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||355 g (0.78 lb / 12.52 oz)|
|Dimensions||121 x 70 x 36 mm (4.76 x 2.76 x 1.42″)|
A slightly revised version of the E-P1 sees changes in all the right places. A great JPEG engine, in-body stabilization, and the option to add one of the best electronic viewfinders we've seen combine to help it live up to its looks.
Good for: Always-with-you DSLR quality. Getting that classic photographer look.
Not so good for: Fast-action shooters (e.g. sports or kids running around)