Summary: The enhancements that Olympus has made to the Pen E-P2 over its Pen E-P1 predecessor are worthwhile but hardly earth-shattering. It's a good-looking camera and the quality of both its photos and movies is great.
Cons: Inefficient controls; annoying 'collapsing' lens; expensive for what you get.
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 quality, Superb optional viewfinder aids stable holding and shooting in bright light, Good high ISO performance up to ISO 3200 and lots of control over noise reduction, Superb b...
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 navigate, Preview image brightness doesn't always match the captured image brightness, No quick way to select AF point, Live view magnification implementation is awkward and inc...
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. The image quality, HD movies and handling are all superb, as is the EVF and the build quality plus that retro design, which all makes the E-P2 a lovely camera to have and to use and one that performs well,...
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.
Excerpt: Just as this camera arrived on the reviewing desk another PEN was announced: the PEN E-PL1 . With three PENs now out there, I could almost hear the old song … ‘Every time it rains, it rains PEN-Es from heaven.” Sorry for the corn! Olympus first broke away from the crowd with its first Micro Four Thirds camera and was quickly followed by Panasonic with their MFT lineup, then Ricoh put its hand up with the GXR.
Olympus E-P2 Review - A Micro Four Thirds Camera that Harkens Back to Another Era
22 April 2010
Excerpt: 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...
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. The design of the Olympus PEN P2 camera is virtually identical to the P1, retro with a modern touch to it. It remains a great camera both to look at and to work with, as this Olympus E-PEN P2 surely stands out.