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Olympus PEN E-P2 Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Olympus PEN E-P2
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
November 05, 2009
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Olympus PEN E-P2 receives a score of 40/100 for its general specifications. Announced on November 5, 2009, and released the same year, this mirrorless camera has a launch price of $1100. The camera measures 121 x 70 x 36mm and weighs 355g or 0.78lbs.

When compared to today’s market, the E-P2’s specifications may not be as competitive. Nonetheless, this camera still offers a solid option for those seeking a lightweight and compact device.

Olympus PEN E-P2 Overview and Optics

The Olympus PEN E-P2 receives a score of 45/100 for its optics. This camera features a 12.3-megapixel NMOS sensor and a TruePic V processor, which results in a DXOMARK score of 56 for the sensor. With a shooting speed of 3 frames per second, the E-P2 may not be the fastest option in the market.

This camera uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor size and a Micro 4/3 lens mount, which offers versatility in lens options. The E-P2 has image stabilization, ensuring steady and clear shots. Its 4:3 aspect ratio is suitable for most photography needs.

Despite these features, the Olympus PEN E-P2’s optics may not be the most competitive in today’s market. However, it still provides decent image quality and lens flexibility for casual photographers.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
12.3 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4032 x 3024 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
13 x 17.3 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Micro Four Thirds
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
3 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Micro 4/3
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
TruePic V
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
60 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 4000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.

Olympus PEN E-P2 Video Performance

The Olympus PEN E-P2 lacks video capabilities. This camera focuses on photography and does not offer video recording.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Olympus PEN E-P2 Features and Benefits

The Olympus PEN E-P2 features a score of 36/100 in terms of its specifications. This camera comes with a 3-inch screen, offering a resolution of 230,000 dots. However, it does not have a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WIFI, or Bluetooth capabilities.

Comparing these features to other cameras in today’s market, the E-P2 falls short in several aspects. Modern cameras typically include touchscreens, flip screens, and wireless connectivity options such as WIFI and Bluetooth. These features make it easier for photographers to capture and share their work. The lack of GPS also limits the ability to geotag photos, which can be a valuable tool for organizing and documenting images.

The Olympus PEN E-P2, with its limited specifications, may not be the most competitive option for photographers seeking advanced features and connectivity. While it provides a basic shooting experience, it lacks the modern advancements that many users have come to expect in a camera.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
230,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Olympus PEN E-P2 Storage and Battery

The Olympus PEN E-P2 receives a storage and battery score of 16/100. This camera has only one memory card slot, accepting SD and SDHC cards. In comparison to other cameras in today’s market, the single slot may be limiting for some users. The battery life of the E-P2 allows for 300 shots with the BLS-1 battery type. This battery life is relatively low, as many modern cameras offer longer-lasting batteries. Additionally, the E-P2 does not support USB charging, making it less convenient for on-the-go users. These factors contribute to the low score in this category.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
300 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
21.5 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
10.4 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
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