Olympus PEN E-P2

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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
Viewfinder live preview
Optional viewfinders Olympus VF-1 (optical), Olympus VF-2 or VF-3 (electronic)
Image Processing
Image processor TruePic V
Video/movie recording 720p video at 30 frames per second (frame/s)[1]
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)
List price $1199.99

The Olympus Pen E-P2 announced on 5 November 2009[2] 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[edit]

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

Successor Model[edit]

The E-P2 was replaced in Olympus' PEN line by the Olympus PEN E-P3 which was announced in June 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ E-P2 Specs, America: Olympus, retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Olympus launches E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 22 November 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to Olympus E-P2 at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Olympus PEN E-P1
Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds System cameras
November 2008–present
Succeeded by
Olympus PEN E-P3