Olympus PEN E-P2 Brief Review


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  • Micro Four-Thirds format
  • 12.3-megapixel sensor
  • 720p HD video
  • RAW & JPEG file formats
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Release Date: 2009-12-15
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus PEN E-P2
Micro Four-Thirds format; 12.3-megapixel sensor; 720p HD video; RAW & JPEG file formats; Electronic viewfinder
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Despite widespread confusion about this model when it was first launched in late 2009 -- why would Olympus charge $300 extra for a camera that's barely different from its predecessor? -- it has legs and remains Oly's flagship mirrorless model. It's geared more toward serious or enthusiast users than the smaller, more streamlined E-PL1, though it's really just a matter of interface and handling. Image and video quality are almost indistinguishable. To us, it doesn't really seem like a worthwhile purchase, but there have to be at least a few users out there who need a relatively compact camera with a dSLR-esque control scheme and interchangeable lenses. Note: The E-P2 configuration on this page comes with a 14-42mm lens. A configuration with a 17mm lens is available as well.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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