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Olympus E-P2

review note by Uwe + Bettina Steinmueller


When we bought the Olympus E-P1 (our review) we were very excited about the overall concept but in the end we were missing an EVF for our style of photography. We had actually these complaints:

  • No EVF (a deal breaker for us)
  • AF not very fast (but we can live with it for our style)
  • No manual control in video (major for doing video)
  • 720p (quite nice actually)

Fast Foreward Olympus E-P2

Note: This review is based on a short term loaner camera from Olympus USA.

The two major issues are now solved.

  • E-P2 features a really excellent tilted EVF. We are very surprised how good this EVF is and love to use it tilted.

E-P1, EVF and 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 lens

We like to use the Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 zoom because it is an excellent range and is reasonable fast. As you can see we actually hold the camera with the lens. The E-P2 has of course the same in camera body image stabilization. This way the 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 zoom is fully stabilized. It helps often in lower light situations.

  • Manual control in video

Olympus listened and now allows also full manual control. We actually find that the 720p videos from the E-P1 and E-P2 look very pleasing. We did do some video tests with the E-P2 and it seems just like the E-P1. The following video was shot with the E-P1 (including sound).

Cisco Jim: Song 3 from Uwe Steinmueller on Vimeo.

We started using HDSLRs with the E-P1. Looking back after using the Panasonic GH1 and Canon 5D Mark II we would like to have 1080p video but the E-P1/2 hold their own. 720p can deliver very nice videos.

Remaining issues

  • AF not very fast (as said we can live with it for our style)
  • To our surprise the E-P1/2 do not feature the same zoom MF assist as they do for still images

Sample Images

All photos were shot handheld with the Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 zoom and using the EVF.

Jail (Blended)

We are very pleased by the results.

E-P2 Sample Gallery


We really like the E-P2 a lot. This is the camera the E-P1 should have been.











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