Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Mirrorless EVF Cameras
Interchangeable Lenses Meet Maximum Portability
STANDOUT FEATURE: The E-P2 comes with a detachable electronic viewfinder that can tilt up to 90° and incorporates dioptric correction.
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Olympus PEN E-P2
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,099 (with 14-42mm zoom and EVF)
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).