Excerpt: On the heels of the E-P1, Olympus released its latest Micro Four-Thirds camera, the Olympus PEN E-P2. Like the E-P1, the E-P2 is an homage to their 1959 35mm film rangefinder Pen camera series. The E-P2 uses the same 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor and 3″, 230,000-dot LCD as the E-P1.
Excerpt: Black or silver? New or old school? Olympus doesn’t plan to get in the way of choice. Enter the new Olympus E-P2 (~$1,099): now available in vintage-approved silver. Following on the success of the E-P2 (in black), which followed the wildly successful and virtually indistinguishable Olympus E-P1...
Excerpt: Following up on the rabid success of the E-P1, comes the Olympus E-P2, less than half a year later. Bound to irk some early adopters of the E-P1, the E-P2 continues with the retro goodness, but this time in a much sleeker all-black design, upgraded features that address all the problems and bugs...
Summary: While the price of the Olympus Pen E-P2 might make some of your bank managers choke into their morning coffee when asking for the loan you might need to buy one, this otherwise modest upgrade of the E-P1 still sees significant improvements over its predecessor.
Pros: Image quality, handling, Super Control Panel, Creative feature set, iAuto mode, Dust reduction system, Styling, Build, Art filters, Lens, EVF.
Cons: No (built-in) viewfinder, EVF needs hot shoe, No built-in flash, Price, Screen in brighter conditions.
Summary: A slightly revised version of the E-P1 sees changes in all the right places. A great JPEG engine, in-body stabilization, and the option to add one of the best electronic viewfinders we've seen combine to help it live up to its looks.
Pros: Excellent resolution with lots of detail in the shots, Appealing, bright and punchy out of camera results and well optimized JPEGs, Improved AF performance (though kit lens holds it back), Pretty retro design puts SLR quality into a compact body, Collapsible kit lens is small and offers decent qu...
Cons: Some highlight clipping (and poor dynamic range at ISO 100), Low resolution screen that's hard to see in bright light, i-Enhance picture mode can't be disengaged when using iAuto, No built-in flash (and the optional flash is expensive and pretty basic), Complicated menu system not that easy to na...
Excerpt: The first time you take the lens off the new Olympus Pen E-P2 ($1,100, street, with 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 or 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital lens and VF-2 electronic viewfinder), people around you may stare in disbelief.
Conclusion: The E-P2, like the E-P1, should interest professional photographers on the quest for a small body camera but with comparable features and functions to a larger DSLR without the weight or the bulk.
Olympus E-P2 Review - A Micro Four Thirds Camera that Harkens Back to Another Era
26 April 2010
Summary: As many DSLRs get bigger and heavier, a new class of camera, the Micro Four Thirds camera has introduced the idea of an interchangeable lens camera that is almost as small as a point-and-shoot camera. Offerings by Panasonic and Olympus have provided enthusiasts with high quality options.
Conclusion: Olympus PEN E-P2 retro system camera When the Olympus P1 was introduced, people admired this bold step by Olympus. The PEN camera was and is in many ways a unique camera, although Panasonic has now introduced a similar camera.