Olympus PEN E-P2

Released November, 2009
New: PEN E-P3 (Jun, 2011)
  • 12.2 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 3" LCD
While sharpness looks good on screen, full-size (13x17-inch) prints look a bit crunchier than I'd anticipated, or than I like.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus PEN E-P2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

PEN E-P2
7.9
Pen E-P5
8.9
D5100
9.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

PEN E-P2
5.7
Pen E-P5
8.5
D5100
7.5
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

PEN E-P2
7.6
Pen E-P5
9.3
D5100
9.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

PEN E-P2
9.2
Pen E-P5
9.3
D5100
9.1
Reviews from 43rumors.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

PEN E-P2
8.4
Pen E-P5
9.1
D5100
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus PEN E-P2

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

PEN E-P2
505 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO
Pentax K-01
1,135 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-P2
956 ms
Pen E-P5
196 ms
PEN E-P3
222 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

PEN E-P2
72 ms
Pentax K-01
120 ms
D5100
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-P2
2,300 ms
D5100
500 ms
Pen E-P5
900 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-P2
3 fps
Pen E-P5
9 fps
Pentax K-01
6 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-P2
300 photos
D5100
660 photos
Pentax K-01
540 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus PEN E-P2


9.0
The Olympus E-P2 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

7.4
On the other hand, it maintains the excellent color characteristics, and exposures are spot on with a solid dynamic range.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

So it's possible that you'll have a better experience with better/different lenses.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
This has however prompted the overall boxed price for camera plus 14-42mm (28-84mm equivalent) standard zoom lens used for our test shots to rise to a suggested £899 in the UK (a kit with just body and EVF is also available for £849).
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2010)
Diorama delivers a simulated tilt-shift lens effect that makes big cities look like fuzzy Lilliputs, and Cross Process simulates color and contrast shifts like those produced by processing film with the wrong chemicals.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)

Focus

I found the continuous AF and continuous AF tracking extremely frustrating to use, as well.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
Typical continuous-shooting speed (in minutes) (Longer bars indicate better performance).
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
The updated manual focusing system, in which the manual focus magnification is linked to the focus point, helps as well.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)

Viewfinder

These include a dedicated port for either a detachable high-resolution electronic viewfinder or a microphone, auto-focus tracking mode, two new Art Filters (Diorama and Cross Process), a colour-boosting i-Enhance function, remote slideshow control via the new HDMI connection, and an option to record high-definition movies using the Manual shooting mode.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2010)
Though I'm not a big fan of EVFs, the viewfinder is a very nice example of the breed.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
The Olympus E-P2 is available in kit format with a 14-42mm lens and the external EVF for £899 / $1,099.99, or with just the EVF for £849.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2010)

Sensor

Olympus delivers decent noise performance for this price class, with clean photos up through ISO 400 and only slightly degraded photos at ISO 800.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
A back dial includes direct-access buttons for ISO sensitivity, white balance, focus mode, and drive mode.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
Up to and including ISO 400 it's a clean bill of health, with noise creeping into shadow areas at ISO 800 and extending across the entirety of the image at ISO 1600.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2010)

Image quality

It shares the elegant-but-functional body design and smooth, natural photo quality of its predecessor as well as the slow performance.
by c|net (Mar, 2010)
Offering DSLR-like image quality in an ultra-compact format, the E-P2 adds a number of features to tempt you to upgrade from the E-P1.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type NMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 19.9 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 300 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 956 ms
Shutter lag 72 ms
Startup delay 2,300 ms

video

Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 121 x 70 x 36 mm
Thickness 36 mm
Weight 355 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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