|Olympus PEN E-P2|
Ilse Jurriën : November 7th 2009 - 17:30 CET
Olympus PEN E-P2 digital system camera : Welcome to dimension PEN, where form and function unite to deliver the power and performance of a digital SLR with the ease and spontaneity of a compact camera. This latest retro-chic digital Olympus PEN builds on EISA’s 2009/2010 “Best Camera of the Year”, an icon of style and quality. To enrich photographic potential, the new Olympus PEN E-P2 includes an accessory port to clip on the electronic viewfinder or other accessories. It also enlivens creative impulses through two additional Art Filters and supplements ease of use with further innovative options. Cloaked in classic black, the hybrid photo and HD movie Olympus PEN E-P2 boldly brings fun and simplicity back in SLR quality. |
Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera
The new generation of Olympus PEN E-P2 boasts an enviable pedigree. It comes hot on the heels of Olympus’ award-winning first Micro Four Thirds System camera inspired by the revolutionary Maitani design of the original PEN series. This second digital camera model takes usability and functionality even further by incorporating diverse fresh features:
• Accessory port for accessories like viewfinder and microphones
• Two additional Art Filters (Diorama and Cross Process)
• Colour-boosting i-Enhance function
• AF tracking
• Remote slideshow control (via HDMI)
• HD movies in M-mode
Olympus PEN E-P2 microphone and viewfinder
Supplementing the hot shoe, a dedicated accessory port on the back of the camera extends flexibility. The first compatible device is included with the Olympus E-P2: an electronic viewfinder. Simply clip it on to enjoy bright, high-resolution depictions under all conditions and a 100% field of view. Tiltable by up to 90°, it not only is reminiscent of medium format camera viewfinders but also provides additional framing opportunities to promote shooting from unique perspectives. Of course, viewing picture information and adjustments as you go is a given. More accessory port attachments, such as an external microphone adapter for various microphone types, will also follow soon.
Olympus E-P2 photo settings
A staggering range of imaging possibilities for almost limitless expression characterise this digital system camera. Inspiring creativity, two new Art Filters join the six already introduced by the predecessor model. Use Diorama to create the illusion of a model world or flip colours around with Cross Process. Meanwhile, the new i-Enhance function on the Olympus E-P2 has a decidedly human touch. Colours are enhanced to come out stronger than reality, thereby reflecting our memories more closely, which after all, are often larger than life. And so that every shot gets the fitting format, Olympus offers the choice of various aspect ratios as well as the chance to shoot multiple exposures. Also remaining on board is the level gauge, i-Auto mode, and the flattering e-Portrait option.
Olympus EP2 takes pictures and HD videos
AF tracking joins the list of camera features, making the sharp capture of moving subjects such as playing kids or sports action easier than ever. And when it’s time to take a look at the results, just kick back and relax as high-definition slideshows and HD movies can be viewed on the using the remote of a TV set connected to the Olympus EP2 camera via HDMI.
Olympus PEN EP2 lenses
The latest Olympus PEN E-P2 inherits the inimitable looks and ultra-compact form of its critically-acclaimed sister model in addition to all its outstanding technologies. Photographers benefit from a defined high-end standard based on the Micro Four Thirds System that guarantees SLR quality results. The large pool of compatible interchangeable lenses provides tremendous versatility - from the ultra-slimline M.ZUIKO DIGITAL Pancake to the complete Four Thirds lens line-up (with adapter). Two new Micro Four Thirds lenses will also join their ranks during the first half of 2010: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 (18-36mm) super wide-angle zoom and M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 (28-300mm) high-power telephoto zoom lenses. Attachment of an external flash unit, such as the retro-styled Olympus FL-14, extends the possibilities even more.
12.3 megapixel Olympus PEN E-P2
Reliably crisp images are secured through the 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with a dust reduction system and high-performance in-camera image stabilisation giving protection against shake to 4 EV. And at the core of the Olympus PEN E-P2 is the guarantor for fast, top-quality image processing, even at up to ISO 6400: the state-of-the-art TruePic V engine. The Live Control GUI simplifies operation while the effect of functions can be monitored in real time - on both the 7.6cm/3.0” HyperCrystal LCD and the 1,440,000 dot electronic viewfinder.
Olympus E-P2 PEN features HD movie magic
Capable of recording AVI format movies in 30fps 1280x720p HD resolution and boasting immaculate PCM sound quality, the Olympus E-P2 also lets users discover the magic of movie making. Seven minutes of footage can be recorded in a single shot. Furthermore, many still photography functions and options, including the application of Art Filters, depth of field, angle of view and AF tracking, remain operational in video mode. Another new perk is the ability to film using the M-mode, good news for those with a creative touch. And because shooting is possible using any attached lens, a whole new world of framing potential emerges. Users can also capture high resolution pictures while filming at the touch of a button.
Olympus E-P2 system camera even greater than its predecessor
The Olympus PEN E-P2 builds on its coveted predecessor’s wealth of high-performance temptations. “With the first PEN, many journalists and experts already told us that we defined a totally new camera segment. Now we decided to add superb new features like an accessory port and new Art Filters. Basically, we made an already incredible camera even greater” explains Claudia Baehr, Senior Product Manager at Olympus Imaging Europa GmbH.
Olympus PEN E-P2 accessories
• Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 super wide-angle zoom lens (first half of 2010)
• Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens (first half of 2010)
• Leather strap in black
• Leather body jacket in black
Olympus PEN E-P2 review availability & price info
This retro-cool model is finished in classic black and will become available from January 2010 at a price of €949 including the electronic viewfinder. An optional, matching black leather body jacket will also be on offer. As soon as we receive a Olympus PEN E-P2 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extended Olympus PEN E-P2 review.