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3

Olympus Pen E-P2


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£895.00

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

White balance and colour

On the whole, the white balance and colours produced by the E-P2 are very good. My only concern is that when set to daylight white balance, skies are slightly cyan. Obviously, this can be easily corrected when capturing images as raw files.

There are a few new colour features included in the E-P2. The most useful one is i-Enhance. This intelligent image-adjustment feature automatically alters the contrast and saturation of an image. It can be selected in the image settings menu, along with the standard Natural, Vivid, Muted, Portrait, Monotone and custom styles. However, i-Enhance is also the default colour style when in the i-Auto exposure mode.

The E-P2 has the full complement of Olympus Art Filters, including Grainy Film mode. It also has two new Art Filters in the form of the Diorama filter, which replicates the effect of using a tilt-and-shift lens, and the Cross Process filter, which does a good job of mimicking cross-processed film and some interesting colour effects can also be achieved by changing the white balance settings.

For those who want great-looking JPEG files straight from the camera, the E-P2 has plenty of in-camera colour and enhancement options. Of course, those shooting raw images still have the freedom to shoot JPEG and raw files and edit the raw files in post-capture editing software.

  • 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

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