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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

Metering

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.

  • 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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