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 review

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£895.00
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Our verdict

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


Software

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.

Image stabilisation
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.

Level gauge
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.

 

Details

White Balance:Auto, 8 presets, plus custom setting and Kelvin adjustment
Built-in Flash:No
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1
Viewfinder Type:VF-2 EVF with 1.4 million dots
Memory Card:SD/SDHC
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse focal-plane shutter
Output Size:4032x3024pixels
Field of View:Approx 100%
LCD:3in with 230,000 dots
AF Points:11 points, auto or manual selection possible, plus face detectionDoF preview
White Balance Bracket:Yes, over 3 frames in steps of 2, 4 or 6 mired
Sensor:Live-MOS with 12.3 million effective pixels
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Focal Length Mag:2x
Exposure Modes:iAuto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, plus 19 scene presets and 8 Art Filters
Weight:335g (without battery or card/s)
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery BLS-1 supplied
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec in 1⁄2 or 1/3EV steps plus bulb
Drive Mode:Max 3fps for unlimited JPEGs or 11 raw files
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3, 1⁄2EV or 1EV steps
RRP:£849.99 (body-only), £899.99 (with 14-42mm kit lens)
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
ISO:100-6400
Focusing Modes:Manual (with focus assist magnification), AF-S, AF-C, AF tracking
Dimensions:121x70x36mm
DoF Preview:Yes (on LCD screen)
Metering System:Digital ESP, centreweighted and 2% spot, plus highlight/shadow spot metering
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Compression:Three-stage JPEG
Tested as:Entry-level hybrid
  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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