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Olympus PEN E-P2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 281 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and value for money are generally positive. The portability and performance are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the contrast and zoom. There are some mixed opinions about the energy efficiency.

responsiveness, performance, portability, value for money, design

flash, battery, features, zoom, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Olympus PEN E-P2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Olympus PEN E-P2


For years I've been writing about bridge cameras - cameras that are advanced enough to bridge the gap between consumer cameras and DSLRs. But the bridge factor on these cameras have been the advance features like higher zoom level, better manual...

The shot-to-shot timing of the EP-2 varied quite a bit depending on the mode used, with it being faster on all the regular shooting modes and a lot slower on the Art modes. In fact, the camera disables the continuous shooting mode in all the Art modes....

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Olympus E-PL2 (with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses, Black)


For its E-PL2, Olympus makes some design and feature enhancements, as well as performance tweaks, to its PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds camera. The result is a noticeably better camera, delivering better photo quality and an improved shooting experience...

The E-PL2 delivers excellent photo quality, with an extremely customizable interface

Performance has improved, but the E-PL2 still couldn't be classified as fast overall

A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.

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Olympus Pen E-P2


The Olympus Pen E-P2 serves up unique in-camera controls and an attractive, durable design, but it costs significantly more than an entry-level DSLR, lacks a built-in flash, and has autofocus issues.



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Olympus PEN E-P2


This is the second of our new 'Quick Reviews.' We will be using this format for cameras that are operationally similar and identical in terms of output to models we've already reviewed. We test to confirm the image quality is identical (noise tests and...

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 ;...

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...

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.

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Olympus PEN E-P2 (with 17mm lens, Silver)


The Micro Four Thirds-based E-P2, Olympus' slightly more feature-rich, significantly more expensive brother to the E-P1, inherits a lot of what I liked about that camera--and some of what I didn't. It shares the elegant-but-functional body design and...

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.

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Olympus' Little Retro Point-and-Shoot Costs Big Bu...


Want retro styling with digital prowess? Be prepared to shell out big bucks for it.

Compact, 12-megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses. Giant LCD screen. Great low-light performance, professional features including full manual control and RAW mode. That design is hot, son. Hot

A good deal more expensive than the nearly identical E-P1. Costs about the same as a full-sized DSLR. LCD viewfinder is lower-resolution than the main LCD and is annoyingly laggy. Viewfinder also hogs flash hot-shoe

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Olympus E-P2


The $1099.99 Olympus E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera is nearly identical in every way to its less expensive sibling, the Olympus E-P1 ($799.99, )—both offer D-SLR quality images in a compact build. The $300 price bump for the E-P2 adds an accessory port...

D-SLR-quality images. Sharp images from ISO 100-800 at all f-stops. Low noise from ISO 100-1600. Attractive design. 720p30 HD video capture. Mini HDMI port

The E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera has all the benefits and shortfalls of the less expensive E-P1, but it also includes a detachable electronic viewfinder.

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Olympus Pen E-P2 SLR Review


First Look: The attractive Olympus Pen E-P2 serves up unique in-camera controls, interchangeable lenses, and a compact design, but it costs significantly more than an entry-level DSLR.

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Olympus E-P2 Review


The latest Digital PEN series camera from Olympus, the E-P2 compliments it's predecessor, the E-P1, with some exciting new features. While both cameras share very similar specifications, such as the same 12-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Micro 4/3...

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Olympus E-P2 Quick Review


Ten months passed between the announcement of the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens format and Olympus unveiling its first model. For much of this time Panasonic had been selling ...

Product Specifications

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.


Accessory Type:Eyecup
Compatibility (Camera Model):Olympus E-1
Compatibility (Product Type):Camera/Digital camera

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLS-1

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Documents / Low key / Anti shake / Night scene with portrait / High key / Sports mode / Panorama assist / Children / Macro / Portrait mode / Landscape / Nature macro/Nature macro / Documents / Low key / Anti shake / Night scene with portrait / High key / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens/Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm lens
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:14mm/17mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Lens/Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:High speed Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / AVI
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (200-6400)/ISO auto (200-6400) / ISO 100-6400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Cross Process / Diorama / Black & White Green filter / Soft Focus / Black & White Orange filter/Cross Process / Diorama / Black & White Green filter / Soft Focus / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Black & White Red filter / Monotone / Sepia / Grainy Film / Light Tone / Pop Art / Pale & Light Colour / Pin Hole
Still Image Format:RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Interchangeable: Yes
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic