|Olympus EP2 retro camera design
The Olympus E-P2 features a retro design that will strongly remind the older photographers among us of the Olympus Pen-F camera from 45 years ago. It is a daring design on the one hand, on the other hand, it also proves that certain designs are almost timeless, or at least very strong. The Olympus P2 really stands out, and it simply comes down to a matter of whether or not you actually like its design. It is a no-nonsense camera with a compact size, which makes it ideal to take along with you on your trail. Especially when the camera is combined with the 17mm pancake lens!
Olympus PEN E-P2 compact system camera
The lenses are significantly more compact compared to the DSLR lenses of the competition. If we detach the lens from the camera, you actually see how compact the camera in itself is. The Olympus E PEN-P2 is just slightly bigger than the average compact camera, and the end of downsizing seems in sight. Several pinholes are found on the front of the camera, hiding the microphones to record stereo sound. New is the fact that the P2 also supports an external microphone via an adapter, which is clearly an improvement for the video specialist.
Olympus PEN E-P2 external flash
The top of the Olympus P2 accommodates an external flash. And you will need it sooner than usually or at least in some cases. This is due to the fact the camera still doesn’t feature a built-in flash, a somewhat daring decision by Olympus, which has led to many comments. One of the frequently mentioned wishes was an integrated flash, however, Olympus perhaps did not see any possibilities for this housing to meet that wish.
|We expect to see a new generation in 2010 that will feature an internal flash. Something Olympus did answer to is the demand for an electronic viewfinder. Its interface is found right below the hot shoe, where you can slide on the viewfinder. This is a valuable addition that will bring lots of benefits in practice.
Olympus P2 equipped with a 3" display
The 3-inch screen size has remained unchanged, and we were already happy with it from the start. A pity, however, that Olympus still sticks with the rather low resolution of the screen, which is a point of criticism. Alongside the monitor, several buttons are found for playback, menu and other functions. The Fn button can also be found here again, a programmable button to which you can dedicate your preferred settings. The remaining buttons provide access to adjusting the focus, shutter speed and other important settings.
Olympus PEN E-P2 memory & battery compartment
The compartment for the Li-Ion battery and the memory card is found on the bottom of the Olympus Pen P2. Naturally, the Olympus supports the same card as the P1, the SDHC up to a maximum of 32GB. The xD Picture card will soon be a thing of the past, surpassed by the SD platform. The connections for HDMI-out and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed are hidden behind a cover on the side. The Olympus P2 has no water-repellent or waterproof features, something we secretly counted with. These features are likely to appear in a future advanced PEN camera.