Just bought an Olympus PEN E-P1? Yep, the gadget world has done it to you again...
Less than six months since the launch of the original PEN, Olympus has announced the 'PEN E-P2' - the second generation of its Micro Four Thirds camera. On the outside the first thing you'll notice is the switch to an all black finish, but the biggest changes come internally.
Still remaining are the 12.3 megapixel sensor, the same interchangeable lens system with in-body image stabilisation and HD video recording, but newly added are:
- An accessory port to accommodate the included detachable VF-2 Electronic View Finder (EVF) or optional external microphone adapter EMA-1
- A newly-developed Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) Tracking System which tracks the subject across or back-and-forward through the frame
- Two new art filters: Diorama & Cross Process for greater creative expression in your still images and HD videos
- 'iEnhance' to automatically adjust colour and contrast for a more dramatic effect
- Full Manual Control of shutter/aperture in Movie Mode
- HDMI Control of camera's playback functions using the TV Remote when the camera is connected to an HDTV
In the US the E-P2 comes with either the Olympus M. ZUIKO Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 (28-84mm equivalent) or 17mm f2.8 (34mm equivalent) lenses, though we're still waiting to see if the same choice is true for the UK. Surprisingly, Olympus will continue to sell the E-P2 alongside the E-P1 for the foreseeable future. Why, you may ask? Because we haven't yet come to the price.
Whereas the PEN E-P1 can currently be purchased for under £600 with a 14-42mm lens, the E-P2 will retail for a hefty £849 - roughly £250, or 40 per cent, more when it launches next month. Yep, the best doesn't come cheap, but perhaps you recent EP1 owners won't be kicking yourselves after all...
Update: The 17mm f2.8 (34mm equivalent) lens will be available in the UK, but a price has yet to be set.