|Olympus PEN E-P2 system camera review : Last summer, Olympus launched its very first Micro Four System-based camera, the PEN E-P1. Referring to the rich photo history of Olympus, the E-P1 received a true retro design. Daring indeed, and it soon turned out the system camera formed a striking combination with the design, which made the rollout of the new system an immediate success. Micro Four Thirds is in many ways a system that photographers had really been craving and waiting for. Combining the convenience of a compact camera and the quality of a DSLR, the system was destined to be a real hit.
Olympus E-P2 Micro Four Thirds System camera
And as far as we're concerned, it is exactly that. The Micro Four Third System became the talk of the day, also because alliance partner Panasonic soon followed with the launch of the Lumix GF1. And if we are to believe the words going around, there are several other large competitors that are keeping a close eye on the system, or that are even testing a number of prototypes. In short, the Micro Four Thirds System has managed to conquer its spot in a very short time, which is a remarkable achievement.
Olympus EP2 supports electronic viewfinder
Remarkable also is the fast introduction of the second Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus Pen E-P2. And what the model name indicates also appears to be true in practice. The Olympus P2 is similar to the P1 in many respects, although there are also some major differences. Olympus did come up with the solution to one of the main remarks made after the P1; the support of a decent electronic viewfinder. Also, an external microphone connection is provided.
Olympus PEN P2 equipped with improved AF focus
In addition, differences can be found in a number of improved functions on the camera. The Olympus PEN E-P2 features an improved, or rather; an enhanced AF focus, and supports AF tracking in both picture and video mode. Also the array of built-in digital filters is expanded.
Olympus PEN E-P2 video capture mode
Video capture in a system camera, DSLR or Micro Four Thirds, is fairly new, and is still going through a phase where clear improvements or expansion of settings are possible. The Olympus PEN P2 offers full control over aperture and shutter speed in video mode, which is a long cherished wish of the videographer.
Olympus E-P2 review including DIWA Labs test
The Olympus E-P2 PEN will be available in December 2009/January 2010, depending on the region. We had the chance to test the Olympus E-P2 in practice for a short period of time, and had the camera additionally technically tested in the DIWA Lab. Both results provide an optimal combination to evaluate the camera for its quality. Our findings can be read in the following Olympus PEN E-P2 review.
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"The Olympus PEN E-P2 is the second Olympus Micro Four Thirds System camera and is, in summary, an improved version of the E-P1 that was introduced last summer. Although the Olympus PEN E-P1 was well-received by the industry’s press and the end-users, there were still a few points of criticism. The following Olympus PEN E-P2 sample photos are taken in Purmerend, the Netherlands, during the annual Saint Nicholas welcome."
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