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Art Filters

The two new art filters come in addition to the six that appeared in the E-P1 (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale Light and Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole). The E-P2 gains 'diorama' mode that imitates the effect of (mis)using a tilt-shift lens.

Diorama Art Filter

There's also a 'cross process' option that attempts to simulate the color and contrast muddling effect of processing a film using the wrong chemicals.

Cross Process Art Filter


The other addition to the E-P2 is the i-Enhance picture mode. According to Olympus US, this mode 'analyses the colors and brightness [and] mimics what the naked eye sees.' Rather more prosaically, what it does is selectively enhance the saturation of colors to give a more punchy image. It quite sensibly doesn't attempt to change the saturation of skin tones but, in our experience, can be a little over-enthusiastic with blue skies.

In itself, we have no problem with i-Enhance mode - we think the results are more likely to appeal to compact camera users than to the enthusiast photographers we think the E-P2 is aimed at (the existing 'Natural' picture mode already strikes a good balance between punch and realism), but we're sure some people will enjoy it. However, we're not impressed that it's the only picture mode available in the point-and-shoot iAuto exposure mode. If you're feeling lazy or need to grab a quick shot, you risk getting rather lurid results unless you remember to shoot RAW and re-process using 'Natural.'

i-Enhance Natural
i-Enhance Natural
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One of the most weirdo designs in any camera: A RECESSED MODE DIAL!

No wonder it was NEVER discussed or even shown in a photo here in this review or any other endorsed review... it is an EPIC FAIL.

Otherwise, a very good and capable camera.


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I actually really like it that way, because it’s more rugged and not in the way in normal operation.

If you thought it’s hard to use the dial – as it’s depicted from the top angle view of the camera – it is really not, you can easily access and scroll it from the back of the camera (and see on top what mode you’ll set it to).

Wish more cameras had that little design 'anomaly'.

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