Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera (Black) w/ M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver)

Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera (Black) w/ M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver)

Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital Camera (Black) w/ M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver) - Refurbished

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  • Compact Micro Four Thirds Camera System
  • 12.3MP Live MOS Imaging Sensor (4/3)
  • HD Stills and Video with Live View
  • M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens (34mm equiv.)
  • 3" HyperCrystal LCD
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Advanced Dust Reduction
  • Advanced Shooting & Editing Tools
  • Aluminum & Stainless-Steel Construction
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Olympus 262827B overview

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The Olympus E-P2 is cloaked in classic black, and this hybrid photo and HD movie camera boldly brings fun and simplicity back to SLR quality. It is part of the Micro Four Thirds (4/3) camera system that enables pro-quality still and video imaging abilities in a small, unassuming package. Along with a line of compact M.Zuiko digital lenses, the system is compatible with all existing 4/3-format fixed-prime and zoom lenses from 7mm through 800mm (114° to 1.5° AOV).

The camera is essentially a 4/3-format DSLR minus the prism and mirror housing (hence the smaller body size); images can be composed and edited using the E-P2's 3" HyperCrystal LCD, which features anti-reflective coatings on its surface to enable Live viewing of 100% of the image area under the brightest of lighting conditions. When shooting in manual focus, a 5x magnification of the center of the frame pops up as a focusing aid each time you adjust the focusing ring (This magnification can be manually increased up to 10x.). The E-P2 features a port for the optional VF-2 electronic viewfinder or the optional EMA-1 external microphone.

Clad in ergonomically-designed stainless-steel body panels, the Olympus E-P2 takes many design queues from the Olympus Pen F, a popular half-frame SLR that made its initial debut in 1959. But unlike the original Pen F, the E-P2 has the ability to produce vividly-detailed still photographs and HD video with stereo sound, both of which can be enhanced post-capture using the E-P2's advanced in-camera retouching and audio dubbing tools.

The E-P2 includes a picture mode called iEnhance, which analyzes colors and brightness. The new mode mimics what the naked eye sees. For example, a beautiful sunset looks awesome in person and generally seems to fade when captured in an image. With iEnhance, the warm yellow and orange colors are heightened to be brilliant and closer to the actual scene. The result is exceptionally clear imaging with a dramatically lifelike color. iEnhance can be used in any shooting mode - from program to manual - and automatically engages when in iAuto. This along with the 8 art filters allows you to take perfect, creative images.

Other features found on the Olympus E-P2 include i-Auto mode, dust reduction technology, in-camera image stabilization, which enables low-light hand-held shooting with all 4/3-system lenses, advanced shooting modes, and creative post-capture editing tools.

This E-P2 comes with a 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital 'pancake' lens, which with an angle-of-view of approximately 62° (34mm equivalent) and a profile of less than an inch, makes for an ideal travel / daytripping camera/lens combination.

Compact Design with Pro-system Capabilities
The Olympus E-P2 combines the casual, easy-to-use persona of a pocket-size point-and-shoot camera with the imaging capabilities of a pro-level DSLR. As an extension of Olympus' proven 4/3 imaging system, the E-P2 can shoot casual stills and video as well as complex imagery with equal ease and precision.
High-Definition Stills and Video
The Olympus E-P2 enables high-definition capture of still and video images while maintaining full auto-focus functionality and image stabilization with all 4/3-format optics. And unlike video-enabled DSLRs, the Olympus E-P2 maintains full AF in video mode.
Manual Movie Mode
Manual movie mode allows for independent control of aperture and shutter for expanded exposure and creative control when shooting HD movies.
C-AF Tracking and AF Target Registration
The E-P2's C-AF Tracking and AF Target Registration locks your subject into focus, and constantly adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving.
iAuto Mode
This intelligent-auto mode uses advanced automatic detection technology to allow the camera to recognize the six most commonly used scenes automatically.
iEnhance for Radiant Colors
iEnhance analyzes colors and brightness and mimics what the naked eye sees. For example, a beautiful sunset looks awesome in person and generally seems to fade when captured in an image. With iEnhance, the warm yellow and orange colors are heightened to be brilliant and closer to the actual scene.
HDMI Control from Your HDTV Remote
Connect the E-P2 to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your favorite couch or chair.
In-Body Image Stabilization
An in-camera stabilization system allows for up to 4-stops EV of movement compensation with all 4/3 and Micro-4/3 format lenses.
Dust Reduction
Olympus' Dust Reduction, which runs an ultrasonic cleaning cycle each time you power up the camera, helps keep dust particles out of the image path.
Multiple Exposure
The multiple exposure function allows you to shoot one shot, then another and combine them in real time, or capture both shots separately and combine them in the camera later.
Multi-Aspect Shooting
The E-P2 provides four aspect ratios that serve as masks to frame your image to the desired proportions, including: the standard 4:3 aspect ratio that is suited to an 8 x 10" enlargement; the 16:9 aspect ratio that will display your images beautifully on a widescreen television; and other popular aspect ratios such as 3:2 and 6:6. The Multi-Aspect Shooting further expresses your creative vision when combined with Art Filters and multiple exposures.
Stereo Audio Sound
The E-P2 features uncompressed CD-quality 16 bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording capability to capture the rich sound quality of your scene. It has the versatility to record and play back in the WAV format and can record with its built-in stereo microphone or the optional EMA-1 external microphone. Whether recording audio while shooting a video or adding audio by recording a narration to your still images, the E-P2's audio sounds great.
Digital Leveler
The E-P2 is equipped with an internal digital level sensor that detects the camera's pitch and roll and indicates it on the control panel. This Digital Leveler is a tremendous benefit when capturing architecture and landscapes.
Magnified Focus Assist
The E-P2 provides two optional methods to help the user focus: a Magnified Focus (MF) Assist Function and Magnification Display. When using manual focus, the MF Assist feature aids with critical focus by allowing you to zoom in on part of the image by simply turning the focusing ring on the front of the lens. The Magnification Display enables you to selectively enlarge the image on the LCD at the touch of a button. This mode works for both autofocus and manual focus.
18 x 18 Metering Modes
This mode divides the image area into an 18 x 18 grid, metering each of the 324 separate cells to obtain optimum exposure. In addition to 324-division ESP metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering modes are also available.
Scene-Select Modes
The E-P2 is equipped with 19 scene-select modes for effortless picture taking. Standard scene modes like Night-Scene, Portrait and Landscape are easy-to-use solutions for everyday shooting. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the new ePortrait Mode. It enables you to smooth your subject's skin - all in the camera and before capture.
Art Filters
  • Diorama: Enhances a composition's depth of field to give the image an unreal touch and model-like structure.
  • Cross Process: Returns depictions with striking color and contrast shifts akin to those achieved through the cross processing technique in silver halide film development.
  • Pop Art: Enhances colors, making them stronger and more vivid to create high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
  • Soft Focus: Creates a soft tone which gives pictures an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere. It renders pictures as though they were veiled in heavenly light, without obscuring details.
  • Pale & Light Color: The foreground is enclosed in flat, gentle light - similar to a flashback scene in a film.
  • Light Tone: Creates a picture with a gentle feel to it, similar to one taken under artificial lighting. Both the shade and highlight areas are rendered very softly.
  • Grainy Film: This effect recreates the feeling of reality evoked by grainy, high-contrast monochrome pictures.
  • Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique color tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy.
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Olympus 262827B specs

Camera Type Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
Resolution Effective: 13.1MP, Recorded: 12.3MP
Sensor 17.3 x 13.0mm CMOS
Bit Depth 12-bit
File Formats RAW
File Size RAW: Up to 13.9MB
JPEG: Up to 8.2MB
AVI: Up to 2.0GB
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image Stabilization Yes
Crop Factor 2x
Lens 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital Zoom (35mm film equivalent: 34mm)
Zoom N/A
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Focus Type Autofocus and Manual Focus
Focus Range 0.66' (0.2m) - infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount 37mm
Shooting Controls
Sensitivity ISO 100-6400
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 - 60 sec, bulb

Bulb exposure is limited to 30 minutes.

Metering Digital ESP
Center-Weighted Average
Spot (2%)
Highlight based spot
Shadow based spot
Exposure Modes iAUTO, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Daylight, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Lamp, 1 custom preset, Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
Mirror Lock-Up N/A
Burst Capability Up to 3fps
Self Timer 12 seconds or 2 seconds
Interval Recording N/A
Remote Control RM-UC1 Remote Cable Release (optional)
Built-in Flash No
Effective Flash Range N/A
External Flash Connection Hotshoe
Dedicated Flash System Olympus FL Series
Max Sync Speed 1/180
Built-in Memory No
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC

Class 6 cards are recommended for HD Video Capture.

Still Images per GB RAW: 73
JPEG: High Res: 124 - Low Res: 10,240
A/V Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video Resolution 1280x720 @ 30fps, 640x480 @ 30fps
Video Clip Length Up to 2GB (about 7 minutes in HD, 14 minutes in SD)
Audio Recording Stereo PCM/16-bit, 44.1kHz
Picture with Sound: Up to 30 sec
Audio with Video: dependent on clip length
Viewfinder Type External VF-2 electronic viewfinder (optional)
Display 3" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0, HDMI (Type C)
System & Software Requirements Windows 2000 (SP4), XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.3 or later)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Storage Temperature: -4-140°F/-20-60°C
Weatherproofing None
Durability Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery Type BLS-1 Li-ion Battery
Power Adapter None
Dimensions 4.75 x 2.75 x 1.43" (120.6 x 69.9 x 36.4mm)
Weight 0.7 lbs (335g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 5.4 x 4.2"

Olympus 262827B reviews

E-P2 Pen Digital Camera (Black) w/ M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the real thing There are good image quality in small body. You can easily get E-P2 for any travel. But two most attractive features of this camera is in-body stabilization and absence of mirror (as result shortest flange focal distance). Both of them allow you to use broad variety of third-party lenses with appropriate adapter of course, even with manual lenses like Voigtlander. Taking shots is very easy due to live viewing and very user friendly interface. Also E-P2 have some weaknesses: only 12-bit color, slow contrast AF with standart four thirds lenses and sensor-technology is not perfect. To my opinion, this is the excellent camera for it's prise.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressed I wanted something relatively compact and light for those times when even a small dSLR was just too much to carry around, but wanted better quality than a point & shoot. I think I've found it in the E-P2. The ergonomics and form factor work well for me. The Olympus 17 f/2.8 pancake lens is tiny, and has just about the right angle of view for a general purpose camera. Jpegs straight out of the camera are very nice, and even cropped look good. The pattern metering and autofocus systems are amazingly accurate, and the auto white balance works the way I would want it to. The in-body image stabilizer works.
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as advertised! From the moment I first saw the ads for this E-P2 I had to have one. I used a Leica for years and always regretted letting it go. I could never rationalize buying a digital one, but the E-P2 is a great option. I like the feel and while the shooting process is different vs. the Leica, what isn't with digital, the camera system changes my eye when looking for shots and that is what I was after - a rangefinder or close facsimile. It is just more fun! The image quality is great! I would buy it again.
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun camera, small, well designed I've had great fun taking the EP-2 around and shooting with it, especially shooting video with my array of Olympus 4/3rds lens. Love the big image quality in HD, and amazing sound quality especially using the eternal mike. The Art Modes are interesting, grainy black & white, pinhole, etc. The camera body seems sturdy, although controls are quite packed in there for big boy fingers. The 17mm pancake lens is adorable, fast (2.8) and has a great field of view for all around shooting. My only criticism is the plastic build material of the lens, and the accessory electronic viewfinder. I hope it's durable.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Little Camera That Could After shooting film for many years, I finally took the plunge into digital. The camera, a Nikon D200. Eventually, as my wedding business grew, I upgraded to the Nikon D3. This camera could do it all, and the array of buttons and functions were almost endless. This all seemed fairly normal to me, this is just how cameras are right? Then, when browsing through a little camera store while on vacation, I made a discovery that not only changed the way I took photographs, but it altered my outlook on photography. The camera was a 1937 Leica IIIa, perhaps the most important camera ever created. This was a camera that I felt may have been honed from a solid piece of brass. It felt solid, reliable, you could see that this was made with passion. But it was small, man was it small. And to think, the quality of images that came out of this tiny little camera could match or exceed those made with my massive Nikon F5. Well I fell in love with the whole rangefinder format. I currently shoot most of my weddings on a Leica MP, with a 1.4/35mm Summilux ASPH, and a 1.4/75mm Summilux. The look that film gives me, the dynamic range, and the workflow, is something that I could never achieve with digital. I do find however, that digital is extremely useful in some situations I have used various digital cameras to complement my work, but have tried to keep these shots to a minimum. They seemed to stand out from the rest of my work, and not in a good way. What I needed was a camera that I could use my beautiful Leica lenses with, but had all the benefits of digital for when I needed to shoot it. So my options were few and far between. Let's see, we had a Leica M8, and Leica M9, a..........oh wait, that's it. Not much choice really. Now the digital M cameras are a magnificent, and the M9 is the best digital camera available today, for certain applications. But here in Australia, at $9000 (and that's street price, not RRP), it's just not a viable business purchase. Maybe if I was using only a Leica M9, then perhaps, but what I needed was a camera to sit alongside my film body. And then along comes Panasonic with their first Micro 4/3rds camera. Now, I must admit, I didn't take much notice of the Lumix DMC-G1. It seemed overly bulky, and shaped just like an SLR, it flew under my radar. Then Olympus came out with the E-P1. I M43rds camera, shaped like a traditional film camera, shaped like the old Olympus Pen. Here was a camera, that had interchangeable lenses, it was small, discreet, quiet, and easy to use. Now this was a camera that I was used to shooting. Sure, it didn't have a eye level viewfinder, but with in body stabilisation, it was a breeze to take crisp photos with the camera at an arms length. So I soon tossed aside my Canon G10, and the E-P1 found its way into my wedding kit. With the use of an adaptor, I could easily attach my Leica lense, giving me a lot of the fingerprint in my images that I was accustomed to. I found the E-P1 produced the most stunning JPEG's, straight out of camera, and the art filters were fantastic. Then came the E-P2. No big deal I said, it's not that much different. I brushed it aside, a little annoyed with Olympus for bringing a replacement of the E-P1 to the market so soon. But then I tried the VF2 electronic viewfinder, and I immediately new that it was an expensive exercise. There was no way that I was going to be able to resist having a camera just like my E-P1, but with an eye level viewfinder that produced 1.15x magnification, and with over 1 million pixels. The E-P2 really is a fantastic little camera. It will be overlooked by many amatuer DSLR user's however, that just won't be able to come to terms with the fact that a small camera could possibly compete with their enormous camera's and lenses. The fact is that this camera can not only match, but exceed the image quality of a DSLR. The fact that Olympus don't need to use a reflex mirror (the R in SLR), means that these camera's don't need retrofocus lenses, which means no compromise on lens design, and a much smaller footprint. At 12mp, this camera is able to produce prints the same size as a Nikon D3s, and couple this with the camera's lightweight, small, discreet design, and maybe a Leica lens or two :), and you've got yourself a baby Leica at 1/15th the price.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from E-P2 camera & lens review In the new world of today's digital cameras, there probably is not one camera that fits all. The Olympus E-P2 will not fit all. It is a great camera, technologically and optically superb, but it requires a knowledgeable operator to take advantage of its rich feature set. It is probably designed for the advanced amateur (or better), and will be a great second camera for many photographers in this group. The primary advantages of this camera appear to be (1) small size, (2) ability to collect RAW files, and (3) control by the photographer of a full set of advanced photographic options. If this is not your objective, look at other cameras, including the Olympus E-PL1, which is considerably cheaper, and provides a menu driven guide for automatically setting the camera options, with about the same optical and digital technology features. I bought this camera as a travel camera, with all three capabilities listed above as selection criteria. For convenience, it will replace a backpack of DSLR cameras and lenses when I travel. I have conducted extensive tests of the E-P2 results over a broad range of features and difficult shooting conditions over the last few weeks. This has included testing the included Olympus Master 2 software, as well as my preferred Apple iPhoto and iMovie software. I have not discovered any software compatibility problems with the Olympus (*.ORF) raw files. The Apple software will not display all of the EXIF information for the *.ORF files. The Olympus Master 2 software will not display Nikon *.NEF files at all. All of the *.JPEG files, regardless of the source camera, are transparent, and work fine. I initially purchased the 17 mm. f2.8 pancake lens with the camera, then added the 14-42 mm. f3.5-f5.6 zoom. (Double the focal length to estimate 35 mm. equivalent: 17 mm. = 34 mm., etc.) The 17 mm. is superb, and the f2.8 to f22 range is an excellent tool, easily set with a command dial without using menus. The 14-42 mm. delivers excellent optical quality, but it has limited zoom range (28 to 84 mm. equivalent), and is unbalanced (long & heavy up front). There is also a discernible difference in the focusing speed for the two lenses: the 17 mm. is faster, and under most lighting conditions is no slower than a mid-range DSLR. The 14-42 mm. is noticeably slower, with the display waiting for several seconds under some rather average lighting conditions. Focus accuracy is good for both lenses. The 14-42 mm has slight barrel distortion at 14 mm. I have been frustrated at times trying to use a 42 (84 equivalent) mm. at a maximum f5.6, but that is worth the compromise for small size. I have loaded issue 1.1 firmware for the camera and both lenses using Olympus Master 2 software. Movies are shot in AVI motion JPEG, and you should review compatibility with your intended movie editing software. In general, AVI is a problem on a Mac, and may require some work-arounds. With a late 2009 Intel iMac, I did fine with Iphoto and iMovie, but I had to learn some manual steps the hard way. However, loading movies into the Olympus Master 2 software is automatic, but that software has very limited video editing capability. This camera has most, if not all, of the customized features that an advanced user would expect. I found the menus and customization no more difficult than most DSLR cameras. You can also configure a couple of preset feature sets, to instantly recall your typical settings. I would recommend this camera to an advanced user, or to a serious photographer willing to learn. I believe that is the target market for this camera.
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary! i am obsessed with this camera. i have taken the most wonderful photos of my family and of buildings, which were my two main goals. i am not a professional photographer so i think the effects are great. the camera is smaller than a dslr making it more convenient to carry but i do not think i am giving up quality for that luxury. i was choosing between this and the canon60d, i am confident i made the right decision after seeing how many succesful photos i already have.
Date published: 2011-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best design with DSLR quality I'm using E-P1 for 16 months and add E-P2 since I'd like to try optional EVF. A capability to use VF-2 is the bigest difference to E-P1. Image quality of VF-2 is really awesome and therefore this is my best ever camera. Useability, build quality and styling is superb as E-P1.
Date published: 2010-12-29
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