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Testseek.com have collected 83 expert reviews of the Olympus E-P2 and the average rating is 79%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Olympus E-P2.
Award: Recommended January 2010
January 2010
 
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The editors liked

  • Bottom Line
  • First Look
  • The attractive Olympus Pen EP2 serves up unique incamera controls
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • And a compact design
  • But it costs significantly more than an entrylevel DSLR.
  • 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 perf
  • Small
  • Inspiring design
  • Mirrorless design allows smaller optics
  • Smaller body
  • Very compact lens designs
  • Compatibility with a wide range of existing lens designs using adapters
  • Albeit with limitations
  • Good heft
  • But reasonably light at only one pou...
  • 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.
  • Image quality
  • New EVF
  • Handling
  • Super Control Panel
  • Creative feature set
  • IAuto mode
  • Dust reduction system
  • Styling
  • Build
  • Art filters
  • Lens
  • EVF.
  • Compact
  • 12megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses. Giant LCD screen. Great lowlight performance
  • Professional features including full manual control and RAW mode. That design is hot
  • Son. Hot!
  • Striking design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Very good photo quality
  • Olympus E-P2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
  • Nice new features Easy-to-use
  • Good colour rendition Good price point
  • Good ISO performance Good build quality
  • Good build quality Nice design
  • Compact body with DSLR-sized sensor
  • Built-in stabilisation which works with any lens
  • Accessory port and superb EVF supplied
  • HD movie mode and HDMI port.
  • Retrostyling
  • Incamera image stabilisation
  • Lownoise image quality

The editors didn't like

  • 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 s
  • Relatively limited Micro Four Thirds lens selection from Olympus (as of April
  • 2010)
  • Short battery life (especially compared to an SLR)
  • No built-in flash
  • New accessory port devices hijack flash hot shoe
  • And don't daisy-chain -- so accessories can't...
  • Slow autofocus. No built-in flash. Electronic viewfinder is no match for an optical viewfinder. Camera picks up lens motor noise when shooting video.
  • No custom mode setting
  • No (built-in) viewfinder
  • EVF needs hot shoe
  • Price
  • Screen in brighter conditions.
  • A good deal more expensive than the nearly identical EP1. Costs about the same as a fullsized DSLR. LCD viewfinder is lowerresolution than the main LCD and is annoyingly laggy. Viewfinder also hogs flash hotshoe
  • Sluggish autofocus
  • Short battery life
  • Low-resolution LCD
  • Lacks on-camera flash
  • Olympus E-P2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
  • Focus hunts a bit too much Bad noise at mid to high ISO
  • Sunken command dial Missing Fluorescent white-balance
  • Missing high-speed noise reduction
  • Leisurely AF system and so-so face detection
  • No built-in flash and average resolution screen
  • Superb EVF adds considerably to cost
  • Newer E-PL1 a compelling alternative.
  • Autofocus system not as good as competitors
  • No popup flash

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  Published: 2011-07-20, review by: digital-photography-school.com

  • Abstract:  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 aw...

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  Published: 2011-03-21, review by: ephotozine.com

  • Abstract:  Interestingly the Olympus was a much more decisive about what it was focusing on and snapped instantly into place, while the Fuji hunted around a bit. At one point I didn't think it was going to make it, but once locked on it was quick for each..

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  Published: 2010-11-18, review by: layersmagazine.com

  • Image quality; new EVF
  • No custom mode setting; no built-in flash

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  Published: 2010-08-03, review by: infosyncworld.com

  • We think the Olympus E-P2 is the first PEN camera to leave us with an empty feeling. Not in the still image quality department though—Olympus has really nailed it when it comes to Four Thirds imaging. We're talking about the design of the E-P2. Where'...

 
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  Published: 2010-06-24, review by: best4reviews.com

  • Image quality, handling, Super Control Panel, Creative feature set, iAuto mode, Dust reduction system, Styling, Build, Art filters, Lens, EVF.
  • No (built-in) viewfinder, EVF needs hot shoe, No built-in flash, Price, Screen in brighter conditions.
  • 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 p...

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  Published: 2010-04-22, review by: dpreview.com

  • 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 perf
  • 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 s
  • For this Quick review we ran selected studio tests to confirm the E-P2's image quality is the same as the E-P1's. On the previous pages of this article we have described all specification and performance differences between the two cameras. To get all...

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  Published: 2010-04-20, review by: imaging-resource.com

  • Small, inspiring design, Mirrorless design allows smaller optics, smaller body, Very compact lens designs, Compatibility with a wide range of existing lens designs using adapters, albeit with limitations, Good heft, but reasonably light at only one pou...
  • Relatively limited Micro Four Thirds lens selection from Olympus (as of April, 2010), Short battery life (especially compared to an SLR), No built-in flash, New accessory port devices hijack flash hot shoe, and don't daisy-chain -- so accessories can't...
  • As an evolution of the E-P1, the Olympus E-P2 retains much of what is great about its predecessor, while building on feedback from the E-P1 to offer some important new features. Key among these features is the accessory port, whose design bears more th...

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  Published: 2010-03-17, Author: Lori , review by: cnet.com

  • 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. Read full review See all prices

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  Published: 2010-03-15, review by: whatdigitalcamera.com

  • Retrostyling, incamera image stabilisation, lownoise image quality
  • Autofocus system not as good as competitors, no popup flash

 
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  Published: 2010-03-02, review by: wired.com

  • Compact, 12megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses. Giant LCD screen. Great lowlight 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 EP1. Costs about the same as a fullsized DSLR. LCD viewfinder is lowerresolution than the main LCD and is annoyingly laggy. Viewfinder also hogs flash hotshoe

 
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