Olympus PEN E-P2

Announced Nov 5, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Nov 5, 2009
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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.

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Review, May 4, 2010
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200 - 3200), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
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)
GPS None

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Our review

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)

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