The Good Striking design; excellent build quality; very good photo quality.
The Bad Sluggish autofocus; short battery life; low-resolution LCD; lacks on-camera flash.
The Bottom Line For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.
The Micro Four Thirds-based E-P2, Olympus' slightly more feature-rich, significantly more expensive brother to the E-P1, inherits a lot of what I liked about that camera--and some of what I didn't. It shares the elegant-but-functional body design and smooth, natural photo quality of its predecessor as well as the slow performance.
The E-P2 is extremely similar to the E-P1, though it only comes in an elegant shiny black as opposed to the silver and white versions of the E-P1. The most notable addition to the body is an accessory port, which makes the body slightly higher. Olympus currently offers two accessories for the port: an add-on tiltable electronic viewfinder that slides into the hot shoe, which comes bundled with the camera. That's nice--it's an extra-cost option with the Panasonic GF1. Though I'm not a big fan of EVFs, the viewfinder is a very nice example of the breed. It's quite bright and contrasty, well magnified and sufficiently high-resolution for manual focusing. The updated manual focusing system, in which the manual focus magnification is linked to the focus point, helps as well. And the tilt makes a big difference in shooting flexibility. The other accessory is an adapter for an external microphone.
In addition, the E-P2 gives you more control in movie mode, with support for adjusting aperture and shutter speed. For automatic shooters, there's an improved i-Enhance autoadjustment mode that operates a little more intelligently by isolating the elements of the scene it operates on. Olympus also adds a couple of new art filters. Diorama delivers a simulated tilt-shift lens effect that makes big cities look like fuzzy Lilliputs, and Cross Process simulates color and contrast shifts like those produced by processing film with the wrong chemicals. Like the current crop of Art filters, these will work in movie mode. Finally, the E-P2 adds CEC support for TV control via HDMI.
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