Overall Rating:

3

Olympus Pen E-P2


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Price as Reviewed:

£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

Resolution, noise and sensitivity

These images show 72ppi sections of images of a resolution chart, still-life scene and a grey card. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.

With the same sensor as the E-P1, the resolution and noise levels of the E-P2 remain similar. At ISO 100 it can reach nearly 24 on our resolution test chart.

There is a big drop in quality when it reaches it reaches ISO 800. This is clearly the point at which high ISO noise reduction kicks in, as there is no visible noise but detail is lost due to smudging.

Results from raw files are much the same, with noise well controlled up to around ISO 400. By ISO 800, luminance noise is visible but still unobtrusive.

At ISO 1600 and above, both colour and luminance noise are present, although it is beneficial to keep luminance noise reduction to a minimum to avoid the slight blurring that is seen is JPEG files.

This image was taken from a sharpened raw file. The E-P2 can resolve a great deal of detail at low ISO sensitivities.
  • 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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