|1. The stylish black body is small enough to pocket. 2. Despite its tiny size, the E-P2 features a 3.0-inch, 230,000-dot LCD monitor with full-time live view. 3. Built-in microphones unit record CD-quality sound. You also can connect an external stereo microphone via an optional mic adapter.
Olympus PEN E-P2
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,099 (with 14-42mm zoom and EVF)
Olympus’ second mirrorless model, the E-P2 shares most of the EP-1’s features, but adds some improvements. For one, it accepts the clip-on VF-1 electronic viewfinder, which provides the convenience of eye-level operation when desired (and tilts up to 90° for easy low-angle shooting), and makes for easier viewing and composing in bright light. For another, it allows you to set shutter speeds and apertures manually for video recording—handy for controlling depth of field, and for macro work. The E-P2 also adds continuous autofocusing (the E-P1 has only single-shot), and Diorama and Cross-Process to the EP-1’s six Creative Art Filters.
Like the E-P1, the E-P2 has a 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor with ISO settings up to 6400, built-in sensor-shift stabilization that works with all lenses and a sensor-dust removal system. Also, as is the case with the E-P1, there’s no built-in flash, but you can attach accessory flash units (including the tiny FL-14, or the powerful wireless FL-36R or FL-50R) via the hot-shoe atop the camera.
The E-P2 can do 1280x720p HD and 640x480p SD video at 30 fps, with CD-quality stereo sound, via built-in microphone. This is the same as the E-P1’s video capability, but the E-P2 also can accept (via the EMA-1 microphone adapter) an optional external stereo microphone.
Like the E-P1 (and all Micro Four Thirds System cameras), the E-P2 can use all Micro Four Thirds System lenses, plus regular Four Thirds System and other lenses (via adapter). As with the E-P1, you can display one image on the LCD monitor and use it as a guide to position and record another over it, making it a snap to do things like put a big moon in a lacking landscape. And also like the E-P1, the E-P2 records images and video on SD or SDHC memory cards (Class 6 SDHC recommended for video).