Olympus E-P2

  • Olympus E-P2
80
Based on 49 scores, 72 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    12
  • Good:
    28
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    5

Pros:

  • Image quality; new EVF
  • Image quality, handling, Super Control Panel, Creative feature set, iAuto mode, Dust reduction system, Styling, Build, Art filters, Lens, EVF.
  • 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, Collapsi

Cons:

  • No custom mode setting; no built-in flash
  • No (built-in) viewfinder, EVF needs hot shoe, No built-in flash, Price, Screen in brighter conditions.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Digital Photography School on -

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...

By ePHOTOzine on -

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...

By Layers Magazine on 80

On the heels of the E-P1, Olympus released its latest Micro Four-Thirds camera, the Olympus PEN E-P2. Like the E-P1, the E-P2 is an homage to their 1959 35mm film rangefinder Pen camera series. The E-P2 uses the same 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor and...

By infoSync World on 80

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 thoughOlympus has really nailed it when it comes to Four Thirds imaging. We're talking about the design of the...

By Macworld UK on 80

Big brother to the E-PL1, and released at the start of the year, is the similarly specified yet more obviously retro-designed 12.3-megapixel E-P2. Like its cheaper sibling, this hybrid camera comes with a new accessory port allowing the attachment of...

By RegHardware on 80

The E-P2 is a great and versatile little camera, if a touch expensive. Olympus was fast to act on the concerns raised by the release of the E-P1 and the result is a much better camera than the original digital PEN ever was. Having addressed some if...

By Best4Reviews on 83

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...

By 5FWD on 100

The E-P2 keeps up the Olympus tradition of churning out cameras that really are head and shoulders above the competition. Just be aware youll need to stump up a substantial amount for the basic camera and lens package, and thats before you...

By Digital Photography Review on -

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...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

Less major departure more minor refinement over the already excellent E-P1. If youre prepared to pay a premium for the useful extra of the EVF, build quality should ensure years of...

By The Imaging Resource on -

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...

By cnet on 74

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...

By Macworld UK on 80

For taking professional-looking photos a digital SLR (DSLR) is best, but they’re not as convenient to lug around as a pocket snapper. Clearly we need someone to offer the best of both worlds. Enter the Olympus E-P2, just eight months after the...

By What Digital Camera on 88

Following on from the original Olympus Pen E-P1, the E-P2 is an all-round similar camera. There are some key differences however - the EP2 is only available in black and has an accessory port to the rear to allow additional accessories to be added....

By Wired UK on 90

Olympus started a mini-revolution with the release of the E-P1, or PEN. By combining elegant retro styling with superb build-quality, a compact Micro Four Thirds body, interchangeable lenses and most importantly, excellent picture-taking capabilities,...

By T3 Magazine on 80

The body will survive nuclear attack and pictures look great, but an entry-level DSLR may better suit your budget than this high-priced...

By Wired on 60

If you have trouble deciding between a digital SLR and a compact point-and-shoot, Olympus' new micro four-thirds camera may be the perfect camera for you ... provided you've got a cartoon-sized sack full of money.The E-P2's predecessor, the...

By CNET UK on 77

The enhancements that Olympus has made to the Pen E-P2 over its Pen E-P1 predecessor are worthwhile but hardly earth-shattering. It's a good-looking camera and the quality of both its photos and movies is great. But it can be awkward to use and it...

By PhotoRadar on 80

Olympus has a history of making mesmerising ad campaigns, but its latest for its PEN cameras is probably the most memorable since the Who do you think you are? David Bailey? ads from the 1980s. The new pitch, fronted by Hollywood superstar...

By DigitalCameraReview on -

Camera makers have attempted, several times, over the past fifty years to combine the creative potential and flexibility of an interchangeable lens SLR camera with the convenience and usability of a pocket-sized camera. Unfortunately, that's sort...