REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
OlympusE-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Large clear LCD (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Great resolution (5)
  • Good image quality (4)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
  • Family photos (4)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Low light (3)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SLR Power in a Pocket Size

I have often been looking for a small(er) camera that can give me near-DSLR Image Quality but that is much smaller and portable.

The E-P1 was a great contender but...Read complete review

I have often been looking for a small(er) camera that can give me near-DSLR Image Quality but that is much smaller and portable.

The E-P1 was a great contender but there was no way I could completely be without a Viewfinder. The EVF that comes with the E-P2 is simply amazing. The clarity and colors are as good or better than that from the Panasonic G1 or GH1 with a beautiful bright crisp display.

The Image Stabilization is also very nice, allowing me to shoot at shutter speeds as low as 1/5th of a second on a 20mm lens and get sharp shots.

The only thing I was unhappy with is that you cannot yet buy the body separately and must buy it in a kit with the lens and EVF.

Battery life can vary from as low as 200 shots to as high as 350 depending on the lens I'm using and other conditions, I would definitely recommend having a spare battery.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty but can't type

Its very cute, light, seems nicely made, I loved the color and tonal rendition, but the focus was too slow, especially in available light situations. REALLY SLOW to focus. For me...Read complete review

Its very cute, light, seems nicely made, I loved the color and tonal rendition, but the focus was too slow, especially in available light situations. REALLY SLOW to focus. For me this was a deal killer. I also decided 4:3 wasn't for me. Also I found the menu structure to be awkward, and the way it works I kept accidentally changing ISO and other settings. Manual mode was not user-friendly.

Reviewed by 10 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko

By Gabriel

from Brasilia, Brazil

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

    Having a camera which allows me to take great high quality pictures and is light wheighted is fantastic. The small body is solid and well constructed and it feels great in your hand. Taking pictures with it is a joy.

    The lens is very versatile, and the fact that it's retractable is a great plus. For a kit lens it's great.

    I feel the lack of a built-in flash for quick and simple portraits at night, but only for the register. If you want to take serious pictures in those situations you would need an external flash anyway.

    The EVF works very well and I end up using it more than I'd expect to do. It's a shame that it's so ugly, it's a great piece of accessory.

    Share this review

     
    4.0

    Exactly what I wanted. A great camera.

    By DG

    from Arroyo Grande, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

      -Takes good low light pictures.
      -A flash would be useful.
      -Takes clean whites and easy to use right out of the box.
      -I also purchased an adapter for my old exacta lenses. I still need to try more, but they seem to work without any problems.
      -I Wish the lens was a macro lens.

      Share this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow.! I love this

      By Mike

      from Midwest

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Size and ease of use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

        I am a photojournalist and I travel all over the world. I have been lugging big DSLR for years. I have just fallen in love with my E-P2. It is small and when I take pictures in public people are not concerned to what I'm doing. I am happy with the quality and ease of use of this masterpiece.[...]. I could go on and on praising the whole experience, which was wonderful. What more could I say.

        Share this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Investment

        By zuikoarts

        from Central Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraiture
          • Street
          • Travel

          Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

          I have looked long and hard for a travel/everyday camera and this is it. I am a long time Pro user of Olympus gear and have hoped for this to be an iteration in the 4/3's line.

          The E-P2 evokes a feeling of confidence and nostalgia which I have not felt in quite a while. The camera bekons me to take it everywhere and shoot it at will.

          Pros:
          -Build quality is second to none in this price range.
          -Ergonomically the camera is perfect for me, even with largish hands it falls to hand very nicely
          -image quality is stupendous. I have alway been blown away by the E3 but this is even better.

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great second camera to SLR

          By Momo9394

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

          This camera exceeds my expectations on photo quality. I have a D700 taht I usually use for shooting the kids but it is hard to carry around with the 200mm VR Lens. I bought the EP@ as a point and shoot of sorts and mounted a Lumix 20 1.7 lens. Great combo for shotting casually anywhere. The autofocus is definitely poor when you are in dimmly sit situations but for the most part it runs about the same as any other cheap point and shoot. D700 kills it in auto focus speed but EP2 wins on portability. The viewfinder is incredible in terms of image quality. It's a really fun camera to own. I love the menu controls. You get a ton of control over this camera once you figure it all out.

          Share this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Under Rated

          By Heat

          from New York

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

          I initially owned the GF1 which in its own way is a great micro 4/3rds camera. After reading many reviews and looking at various photographs taken by other owners I decided to buy the EP2. The reviews are really mixed, which if you don't give them some serious thought you would probably buy the GF1. Well I have to tell you this camera is SWEET.This little gem feels real good in your hands. Its also very substantial...weighted very nicely. The eye viewfinder beats the GF1's hands down there is no comparison.The images the Olympus produces are film like..In comparison to the GF1 photos as far as clarity, sharpness, and color balance they are right on target. It's a great camera. If I had initially thought about or knew the Olympus existed I would have purchased it first. If your considering a micro 4/3rds buy the Olympus...you will not regret it.

          Share this review

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great camera

          By John

          from Norway

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Street
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

            Not much to say... I love this... It works well and easy to use. Combined with a good lense (like Leica); great image quality. The viewfinder works great!

            Share this review

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SLR Power in a Pocket Size

            By AdamJ

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Electronic View Finder
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Image Quality

            Cons

            • Pricy Kit
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

              I have often been looking for a small(er) camera that can give me near-DSLR Image Quality but that is much smaller and portable.

              The E-P1 was a great contender but there was no way I could completely be without a Viewfinder. The EVF that comes with the E-P2 is simply amazing. The clarity and colors are as good or better than that from the Panasonic G1 or GH1 with a beautiful bright crisp display.

              The Image Stabilization is also very nice, allowing me to shoot at shutter speeds as low as 1/5th of a second on a 20mm lens and get sharp shots.

              The only thing I was unhappy with is that you cannot yet buy the body separately and must buy it in a kit with the lens and EVF.

              Battery life can vary from as low as 200 shots to as high as 350 depending on the lens I'm using and other conditions, I would definitely recommend having a spare battery.

              Share this review

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Lotus rapid field

              from Torino, Italy

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

              Pro's
              Excellent image quality
              Ease of use
              Possibility of mounting analogic lenses from different brands
              Semi-pro controls

              Cons
              Slow autofocus
              AF not precise in low light conditions

              Share this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Pretty but can't type

              By CapnKen

              from AVL,NC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls
              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Limited Zoom
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Zuiko Lens & Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

              Its very cute, light, seems nicely made, I loved the color and tonal rendition, but the focus was too slow, especially in available light situations. REALLY SLOW to focus. For me this was a deal killer. I also decided 4:3 wasn't for me. Also I found the menu structure to be awkward, and the way it works I kept accidentally changing ISO and other settings. Manual mode was not user-friendly.

              Share this review