Wasting no time at all, Olympus has updated its Pen E-P1 camera just five months after it was released. Richard Sibley tests the Olympus Pen E-P2 to find out what has been changed

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Olympus Pen E-P2 at a glance:

  • 12.3-million-pixel sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds system
  • New electronic viewfinder
  • New AF tracking mode
  • Street price around £895 with EVF and 14-42mm lens

When photographers invest in a new camera system, it is important that there is a full range of lenses, bodies and accessories to allow them to upgrade in the future. With this in mind it is no surprise that both Olympus and Panasonic are rapidly establishing the Micro Four Thirds system by releasing cameras in quick succession.

For example, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 was released in November 2008, and a version with video capture, the GH1, was released just five months later. Six months after this, in September 2009, the company released the GF1, also a Micro Four Thirds system camera but with a more compact body than the G1 and GH1.

Olympus has followed a similar pattern, with the E-P1 released in June 2009 and the E-P2 announced just five months later in November. In fact, as I was reviewing the E-P2, Olympus announced the new E-PL1 only three months after the release date of the E-P2. With such a small amount of time between the launches of the E-P1 and E-P2, there are only a few differences between the two cameras. I was curious to see exactly what the differences are and the advantages the new camera offers.

  1. 1. Olympus Pen E-P2 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
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  • tony Beeby

    Honestly if you have £350 Buy one – Ive had mine a while now and I wouldnt dream of replacing it. all i need is a few more lenses and I will be a happy chappie. Photos are fantastic with this camera and so easy if you are new to DLSR`s it has a great
    Guide mode that runs you through what it is you are wanting as a finished photograph – in more ways than one – you cant go wrong if you buy it.

  • Seamus Leahy

    After owning a Nikon FM2 and not being able to afford enough film to use as I wanted I went to a Nikon Cool pix, then to a Lumix 7, I was still yearning for a full size camera, the Nikon 3100 has satisfied that yearning. I have always considered myself a reasonable photographer but the 3100 has made me become more aware and has made me up my game to the extent I am considering entering competitions. in short a fabulous camera that will fulfill my photographic needs for a long time into the future.

  • P Mcfadyen

    I actually had the Nikon D3200 but sold it after a bout of illness left me long term housebound. So when I actually decided to buy a camera again I went for the cheaper Nikon D3100. I haven’t looked back, Love this camera with a capital L really feel my photography has started to grow using this camera. I’m still fairly new to DSLR photography but I couldn’t not be happier beginning the journey this time with the Nikon D3100.

  • kim Tisa

    As a amateur photographer my experience with the Nikon 3100 has been awesome. I have used my camera to photograph portraits and landscape shoots and I am pleased with the quality and speed of DSLR. Nikon 3100 is a wonderful camera and easy to learn how to use with excellent results.

  • Mairead Evans

    I am in love with this camera. i am still new to using a DSLR but have been more than impressed so far.