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Olympus PEN E-P2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 272 reviews of Olympus PEN E-P2. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas the shutter and contrast get mixed views. There are some less positive reviews about the flash.

performance, usability, portability, design, image quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-P2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus PEN E-P2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-P2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the durability and viewfinder. The price and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the sensor and size. Reviews are divided on the portability.

performance, usability, price, viewfinder, durability

size, sensor

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus PEN E-P2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-P2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Views about the design and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the focus.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, design

98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Olympus Pen E-P2 digital camera


When the Olympus Pen E-P1 flashed onto the scene in June last year, we knew we were looking at something special, not just from its distinctive looks, but also because it was so much fun to use. There were shortcomings, however, and the second coming...

Design, accessories port, great imaging quality, excellent video controls, so much fun to use, EVF

No onboard flash, focusing can be a little unreliable, price

The Olympus Pen E-P2 is a wonderful little camera and you can't help feeling that this is the camera the E-P1 should have been. Even though we loved the E-P1, the additions to the E-P2 make it even more compelling; those who have invested in the E-P1...

Feb, 2010

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Olympus PEN E-P2 review


The PEN has returned with a spec boost and new black livery – but can the retro compact-cum-SLR match the success of its predecessor?

Still one of the most unique, creative cameras out there, but we’re not yet convinced the improvements justify the price hike

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

Olympus Pen E-P2 review


The Olympus Pen E-P2 offers the same great-looking, old-school design as its predecessor, the Olympus Pen E-P1, but ups the ante a bit with some unique in-camera modes and the inclusion of an attachable, eye-level electronic viewfinder (EVF).

At £849, the Olympus Pen E-P2 is also significantly more expensive than an entry-level DSLR, and with a DSLR you get a true optical viewfinder, a bigger sensor, and a wider array of lens options. To put it bluntly, however, this is one of the most...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Olympus Pen E-P2 review


There are many things to like about the Pen E-P2, and most of these are the same features that appear in the E-P1. This is because, besides the EVF, there is little in the way of a ‘giant leap forward'.The EVF is impressive, and when combined with the...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (

Olympus E-P2 review


We pitch the Olympus E-P2 head to head with the Panasonic GF1...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Catherine Monfils (

Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four-Thirds camera


Review Not long after Olympus introduced it first Micro Four-Thirds camera, the PEN EP-1, a second in the digital PEN series appeared. While the PEN EP-2 is essentially the same as the PEN EP-1 [1] reviewed last year, it does have some extra features...

The E-P2 is a great and versatile little camera, if a touch expensive. Olympus was fast to act on the concerns raised by the release of the E-P1 and the result is a much better camera than the original digital PEN ever was. Having addressed some if not...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Olympus Pen E-P2 review


Olympus updated its well received Pen E-P1with this, the E-P2 a Micro FourThirds model for the enthusiast snapper for those requiring the flexibility of a system camera without the bulk of a DSLR. But is it an improvement?

Image quality, handling, Super Control Panel, Creative feature set, iAuto mode, Dust reduction system, Styling, Build, Art filters, Lens, EVF

No (built-in) viewfinder, EVF needs hot shoe, No built-in flash, Price, Screen in brighter conditions

While the price of the Olympus Pen E-P2 might make some of your bank managers choke into their morning coffee when asking for the loan you might need to buy one, this otherwise modest upgrade of the E-P1 still sees significant improvements over its...

Jun, 2010

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Olympus E-P2


The follow-up to the beautiful, but bank balance-battering E-P1, the Olympus E-P2 adds an accessories slot, which means you can add a proper viewfinder, so you don't have to frame your shots using the stunning 3-inch LCD on the back. However, you do...

The E-P2 keeps up the Olympus tradition of churning out cameras that really are head and shoulders above the competition. Just be aware you’ll need to stump up a substantial amount for the basic camera and lens package, and that’s before you get the...

May, 2010

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Now available in stylish silver

May, 2010

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To enrich photographic potential, the E-P2 includes an accessory port to clip on accessories such as an electronic viewfinder and a microphone adapter. It also enlivens creative impulses through two additional Art Filters and supplements ease of use...

May, 2010

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