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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One of the most useful features on Olympus cameras is the highlight and shadow spot metering options. Their purpose is to spot meter specifically to ensure highlights and shadows are correctly exposed.

There is no difference in the metering system of the E-P1 and E-P2. ESP evaluative metering produces good results when I simply wanted to point and shoot. Similarly, the spot metering modes made it easy to select a point from which to take a reading for use with the entire image.

Where I did feel the exposure could be slightly improved, it was easy to use the EV compensation button and rear control wheel to make adjustments for a better result. For example, when photographing some pelicans I used the highlight spot metering mode and then set the exposure compensation to -0.7EV to make sure the birds were bright but not completely white.

It is the flexibility of having a variety of different exposure modes and the ability to use the EV compensation quickly that makes it easy to get well-exposed images from the E-P2, as it is with the E-P1.

  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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