Olympus PEN E-P2
Olympus PEN E-P2 shown with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm lens and optional electronic viewfinder
|Type||Micro Four Thirds, interchangeable lens camera|
|Lens||Micro Four Thirds system mount|
|Sensor||Four Thirds System 18×13.50 mm Live MOS|
|Maximum resolution||4032×3024 (12.3 megapixels)|
|Storage||Secure Digital card|
|Focus modes||Single, continuous, manual|
|Focus areas||11 area contrast detect auto-focus, selectable|
|Exposure modes||Program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual|
|Exposure metering||Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering|
|Metering modes||ESP multi patterned, center-weighted average (60%), spot (2%)|
|Flash||hot shoe allows for external flashes|
|Shutter||1/4,000 to 60 s, 30 minutes bulb|
|Continuous shooting||3 frame/s|
|Optional viewfinders||Olympus VF-1 (optical), Olympus VF-2 or VF-3 (electronic)|
|Image processor||TruePic V|
|Video/movie recording||720p video at 30 frames per second (frame/s)|
|Rear LCD monitor||3” 230 000 pixel TFT LCD on screen with live preview|
|Battery||Olympus BLS-1 Lithium-ion battery|
|Dimensions||121×70×36 mm (4.7×2.8×1.4")|
|Weight||335 g (11.8 ounces)|
The Olympus Pen E-P2 announced on 5 November 2009 is Olympus Corporation's second camera that adheres to the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system design standard. The E-P2 succeeds the Olympus Pen E-P1 a little over five months after the introduction of the EP-1.
The EP-2 addresses some of the concerns that critics had about the EP-1, notably, slow autofocus speed and difficulty seeing the LCD panel under certain (e.g., bright, sunny) conditions.
The autofocus speed was addressed with a firmware update, and the introduction of new lenses, although critically, the autofocus speed does not improve much with the originally issued 14–42 mm ƒ/3.5–5.6 kit zoom lens (28–90 mm equivalent), or the 17 mm ƒ/2.8 (34 mm equivalent) pancake lens.
The EP-2 added an Accessory Port, a power and communication port, which allowed the use of various accessories, such as an external stereo microphone for HD video recording. However, the principal use of the accessory port was a new, high resolution, optional hotshoe mounted VF-2 electronic viewfinder (EVF). The VF-2 had a flip angle eyepiece, allowing viewing from 0–90 degrees. The high resolution VF-2 had specifications that matched the highly acclaimed built-in EVF on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, the first MFT camera ever introduced.
In the United States the E-P2 MSRP with 14–42 mm kit zoom lens, and VF-2 EVF, was USD 1,100. The accessory VF-2 EVF was also available separately for USD 280.00. Available body colors were black and silver.
Differences from predecessor
The primary differences between the E-P2 as compared to the E-P1 which it replaced are:
- Addition of an Accessory Port that can be used for an electronic viewfinder or external microphone
- Two new Art filters-simulating Diorama and Cross process in camera
- Black finish widely available, silver finish available in Japan
- Auto focus tracking
- Colour boosting function named i-Enhance
The E-P2 was replaced in Olympus' PEN line by the Olympus PEN E-P3 which was announced in June 2011.
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