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
There are many things to like about the Pen E-P2, and most of these are the same features that appear in the E-P1. This is because, besides the EVF, there is little in the way of a ‘giant leap forward’.
The EVF is impressive, and when combined with the Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses it starts to handle like an SLR. Of course, those without the need for an EVF can opt for the cheaper E-P1.
You would expect that the second camera in a range would have more improvements and features, instead of the refinements than have been added to the EP-2. The addition of the accessory port allows those who want to hold the camera up to the eye, or those requiring better sound quality, a suitable camera. However, making this relatively small upgrade so soon after the original camera was released may infuriate a lot of photographers who bought the E-P1.
I see the E-P2 as a discreet camera for when you don’t want the added weight of a DSLR. However, the lack of a built-in flash is frustrating, though this issue has been addressed with the recent launch of the E-PL1. Look out for our review in a forthcoming issue of AP.
Olympus Pen E-P2 – Key features
The Olympus Pen E-P2 comes supplied with Olympus Master 2 software suite. Raw files can also be opened and edited with Adobe Camera raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6.
To help keep images blur-free, the Olympus Pen E-P2 has sensor-shift image stabilisation. Olympus claims that this stabilisation allows exposure times to be increased by up to 4EV.
A built-in image level can be displayed on the rear LCD screen to help make sure all your images are level with the horizon.