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Olympus Confirms Second Generation PEN E-P2

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Olympus Confirms Second Generation PEN E-P2

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.

Link:

Olympus PEN E-P2 Product Page

Kerwood

November 5, 2009, 8:37 pm

Well, thank you for that piece of information. It looks to me that Olympus is worried with Panasonic's efforts on the same format.


I was about to take the plunge for a Micro 4/3 to complement my heavy full tilt DSLR equipment. I for one, shall wait for Panasonic's answer to Olympus's move.

ilovethemonkeyhead

November 5, 2009, 8:54 pm

still the most beautiful dslr camera in history...





in all honesty, i was hoping an EP-2 would have knocked the price of the EP-1 to a more reasonable level. one that would have made me think twice about picking up a lumix G1...





ray of hope shattered, i guess

Robin

November 5, 2009, 9:28 pm

I hope the electronic vf is not as rubbish as Panasonic's superzoom Z28. To be honest with this P&S layout I see no point of using VF anyway the LV makes life easier and fun to snap photos. Also the price is steep - DUH

Ed

November 5, 2009, 10:23 pm

@Kerwood: Panasonic already has responded.


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...





@ilovethemonkeyhead: It's not a dslr ;)


Also, see the above as an alternative to the G1, though more expensive.

Voldenuit

November 6, 2009, 2:23 pm

Still no mention of an improved screen. The 230,000 pixel VF on the EP-1 doesn't cut it for manual focusing (or even general usage). Also no mention of faster AF (then again, they could hardly admit the AF on the EP-1 sucks, now, could they?). And still no in-built flash (what's the point of a compact system if the external flash nearly doubles the size of the camera?). Also, unless the EVF is anything like the 1.44 million pixel EVF on the Panasonic G1 and GH1, colour me uninterested.





Most of the potential u4/3 buyers I know are all unequivocally after a Panny GF-1 instead of the EP-1, and it doesn't look like the EP-2 is going to change things. Now if only Panasonic could massage their notoriously bad distribution network (remember the LX-3 shortages? Welcome to yesterday) and actually ship GF-1s in volume, they'd have a home run.

ThatOne

November 13, 2009, 10:14 pm

Do we still have people who can't work out that an object with no reflective component cannot be a DSLR? Please stop sowing confusion...





What is the ratio between the number of Olympus digital Pen bodies and the Panasonic equivalents sold and the number of dedicated lenses sold? If it's less than 2 to 1, then these cameras will be nothing more than "life-style" consumer products with mostly only one lens each, triumphs of surface over substance.

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