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|The stylish retro black metal body of the E-P2 may be reminiscent of a traditional rangefinder but there's nothing traditional about this powerful camera from Olympus. The E-P2 is a 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens camera, and it blends the high quality still images of a DSLR with High Definition (HD) video, stereo Linear PCM audio recording and in-camera creativity all inside an ultra-portable, easy-to-use body. The E-P2 also brings a twist to the PEN lineup: an accessory port which accommodates the included VF-2 electronic view finder or optional external microphone adapter.|
|UPC||0050332172241, 0241972067633, 050332172241, 50332172128|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens|
|Sensor Resolution||12.3 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Sensor Type||High speed Live MOS, Live MOS, MOS|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||14-42mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 42mm|
|Lens Filter Size||40.5 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens, ED Glass|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Construction||8 group(s) / 9 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 84mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-18 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-6400, ISO auto (200-6400)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||6400|
|Camera Flash Features||Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Manual, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, USB to computer|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||AVI, MJPEG, Motion JPEG|
|Still Image Format||DCF 1.1, DPOF, EXIF, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||720p HD Movie Recording, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, AF Tracking, Audio Recording, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Contrast Control, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Full-time Live View, HDMI, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, Saturation Control, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, Standard, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Anti shake, Children, Documents, High key, Landscape, Low key, Macro, Nature macro, Night scene with portrait, Panorama assist, Portrait mode, Sports mode|
|Special Effects||Black & White Green filter, Black & White Orange filter, Black & White Red filter, Black & White Yellow filter, Cross Process, Diorama, Grainy Film, Light Tone, Monotone, Pale & Light Colour, Pin Hole, Pop Art, Sepia, Soft Focus|
|White Balance||Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
Striking design; excellent build quality; very good photo quality.
Sluggish autofocus; short battery life; low-resolution LCD; lacks on-camera flash.
For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.
Average review score based on 33 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
For someone looking for a compact camera setup that has better quality than a P&S, and much smaller than a DSLR, the m4/3 is a great format. Whether its the Olympus E-P1 or E-P2, or the Panasonic GF1, they are compact, great quality, excellent low light performance, while still being small and compact, easy to carry, and doesn't attract attention in public. The ability to use lenses from various makers (Zeiss, Leica, Canon, Nikon, C mount, M42, M39, etc) just make this a great all around picture taking machine. Throw in HD video, and whats not to like. The EVF is a great addition for this camera, especially when using manual focus legacy lenses, or in very low light conditions.
I shoot professionally and for years have been looking at something that will give me great quality in a very compact package for when I don't want to carry around my big slrs. I was never happy with the P&S offerings, even at the high end. With the micro 4/3rds format, I am finally a happy camper. I have an E-P2, 20mm 1.7, 14-42mm zoon, a 50mm 1.5 and 75mm 2.5 Leica M mount lenses, and the kit is small, compact, and takes awesome images.
I bought this camera to get better shots while traveling outdoors but without hauling around a Nikon SLR. I am not disappointed...it takes pictures that are as good as or even better than my N90S/D200. I especially love the metering -- it's very good, and you have a lot of options for using their smart metering (95% of the time) and some of the other spot metering functions and center weighting options. Controls are great and easy to read, and there is NO TOUCH SCREEN!! (YAY!!!!!).
The art filters are fun for the kids to goof off too. I'd rather do post production in PS.
When I bought my E-P1 I thought it would be the perfect take anywhere camera for me, and I reviewed it along those lines. In time the bulk of the kit zoom and the lack of an eye-level viewfinder did become issues, although I did not originally expect they would. It was not composing on the LCD that became an issue, but holding the camera out in front of me to shoot. It's a posture that lacks the stability I'm accustomed to, and getting the wonderfully high resolution VF2 viewfinder with the E-P2 resolved the issue for me. With the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake lens I do now, indeed, have the "take with me all the time" camera I have been looking for.
The picture quality, as I indicated for the E-P1 also, is superb with the kit lens. Put the diminutive Panasonic on the E-P2, and it only gets better. This is one sharp lens, and the f1.7 allows me to shoot a 400 when previously I might have dialed in an iso of 1250. It's delightful. My first Olympus film camera was a 35mm zone focus with a 40mm fixed lens. I always loved the angle of view it provided, and the 50mm, while I became accustomed to it, was always a little longer than what I thought of as a perfect normal lens. 35mm was too wide. So when Panasonic issued the 20mm (equivalent to a 40mm on 35mm film) I knew I wanted it.
With the kit lens and no viewfinder I'd rate the E-P2 4 1/2. Everything about its operation improves for me with the evf eye-level finder. I can change white balance, iso, lock in my exposure, etc. without ever taking my eye away from the viewfiner. It makes shooting ergonomically more economical. Once your thumb gets to know where the various buttons are on the back, it's a cinch just to keep shooting without stopping to look at the camera, keeping one's eye on the prize of the object to be captured.
Like the E-P1 before it, the E-P2 is and feels solid. The metal body is worth the premium paid for it, and with the f 1.7 lens and vf2 viewfinder the E-P2 earns its moniker, "poor mans Leica". This is probably as close as I'll ever get to an M9 -- or even an M8, and while the image quality may not match that of those two cameras with real (made in Germany) Leica glass, it has nothing to apologize for. If pixel peeping at 100% (which represents a print about 48 inches across) is your thing, you may object to noise levels at higher iso settings, but at sizes one is likely to print the images, the noise just is not there. No one in their right mind ever made a 48inch print from a 35mm negative. A twenty to 24 inch print will work quite well with the right post-processing. I keep both noise filter and noise reduction off and deal with noise in raw development if it becomes necessary. There is no way to reduce noise without reducing detail, so it's best not to let the camera do it for you but to make those compromises yourself.
As usual, Olympus's jpegs are stunning. Those shooting jpeg only will not be disappointed. My advice is to turn down in camera sharpening and contrast and make those adjustment yourself in a photo editing program, beside which any in-camera processing is rather crude.