Olympus E-P2 Review

January 6th, 2010 82 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras

Olympus PEN E-P2

The new Olympus E-P2 features a port for a new high resolution electronic viewfinder (or external microphone), two new Art filters and a pearlescent black finish. It also gains AF tracking and includes a new i-Enhance ‘colour boosting’ function.

The Olympus E-P2  will be available from January 2010.

gizmodo reviews the Olympus E-P2 and writes:
“The Olympus E-P2 is less a sequel to the E-P1 micro four thirds camera and more a refinement of the original idea. It’s basically the same size as the E-P1 (a hair taller, actually), and snaps shots with the same 12.3MP sensor.”

cnet reviews the Olympus E-P2 and writes:
“The E-P2 also features two new art filters, bringing the total to eight — the additions are “Diorama” (or tilt-shift) and “Cross Process”, the latter of which, we’ve been told, produces a similar effect to that when cross-processing E-6 slide film in C-41 chemicals.”

The Olympus E-P2 – main features:

Small & stylish design

* Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds System
* Stylish design with black metal finish
* Accessory port to clip-on electronic viewfinder and microphone adapter

SLR image quality

* 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
* TruePic V image processor
* Built-in IS with max. 4 EV steps efficiency
* Adapter for all ZUIKO DIGITAL & OM lenses

Easy operation

* Live Control GUI for intuitive handling & real-time views of effects
* Automatic recognition of common scenes possible with i-Auto
* i-Enhance function to boost colours
* Clear skin with e-Portrait
* AF Tracking
* Two dials for easy handling
* Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology
* 20 shooting modes (5 exposure, i-Auto, 14 scene modes)

Creativity & HD Movie

* HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters now available in M-mode
* 8 Art Filters, Multi-Aspect ratios
* Multi Exposure function
* Art Filters can be applied to previously taken RAW images in the camera and with Olympus software
* Enhanced creativity with special lenses e.g. fisheye is available via Four Thirds lens adapter


• 4/3″ Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
• 17.3 x 13.0 mm active area
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)

Dust suppression:
•Supersonic Wave Filter

Image stabilization:
• “Supersonic Wave Drive” (in-body sensor shift)
• Three modes: Horizontal+Vertical, Vertical only, Horizontal only
• Up to 4 EV Compensation (claimed)

Image processor:
• TruePic V

Image sizes (Still):
• 4032 x 3024
• 3200 x 2400
• 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480

Image sizes (Movie):
• 1280 x 720 (HD)
• 640 x 480

Aspect Ratio:
• 4:3(Default), 3:2, 16:9, 6:6

File formats:

• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI Motion JPEG

• Micro Four Thirds Mount
• Range of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
• Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
• Compatible with standard Four Thirds lenses via adapter.

Auto focus:
• Imager Contrast Detection AF system
• 11-area multiple AF
• When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
• AF Tracking

Focus Area Selectable:
• Automatic
• Manual
• Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
• Auto from 25 area when Face detection is ON
• Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected

Focus modes:
• Single shot AF (S- AF)
• Continuous AF (C-AF)
• Manual focus (MF)
• Single + Continous (S-AF+ MF)

Manual focus:
• Focus by wire

AF assist lamp:
• No

Exposure modes:
• Auto
• Program AE (with shift)
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• Art Filter
• Scene select

Scene modes:
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Macro
• Sport
• Night + Portrait
• Children
• High Key
• Low Key
• DIS mode
• Nature Macro
• Candle
• Documents
• Panorama
• Beach & Snow

Art Filter:
• Pop art
• Soft focus
• Pale & light color
• Light tone
• Grainy film
• Pin hole
• Diorama
• Cross-Process

• Auto : ISO 200 – 3200 (customizable, Default 200-800)
• Manual ISO 100 – 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps

Metering system:
• TTL Image Sensor metering system
• 49-zone multi-pattern

Metering modes:
• Digital ESP
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot (2%)
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot

AE Lock:
• AE lock available
• AF lock with shutter release half-press in Single AF mode

AE Bracketing:
• 3 frames
• 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps

Exposure compen.:
• -3.0 to +3.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps

Shutter speed:
• 60-1/4000 sec

Flash X-sync speed:
• 1/30 – 1/180

White balance:
• Auto
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Flash
• Daylight
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
• Lamp
• 1 custom preset
• Kelvin (2000 – 14000 K)

WB fine tuning:
• Red – Blue: +/- 7 steps (2 mired each)
• Green – Magenta: +/- 7 steps (2 mired each)

WB Bracketing:
• 3 frames
• 2, 4 or 6 mired steps

Color space:
• sRGB
• Adobe RGB

Image parameters:
• Saturation – 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted)
• Sharpness – 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
• Contrast- 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
• B&W filter (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
• B&W/Sepia toning (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green)
• Gradation (4 levels)

Drive modes:
• Single
• Sequential
• Self-timer

• 3.0 fps
• RAW: 10 frames maximum

• 2 sec
• 12 sec

External Flash:
• Hot-Shoe
• Compatible with E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)
• External Flash Control : TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-Auto, FP-Manual
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
• Flash power: Up to +/- 3EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps

Super Control Panel information:
• Battery information
• Shooting mode
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• Exposure compensation value
• ISO sensitivity
• Exposure compensation indicator
• Exposure indicator
• Flash intensity compensation indicator
• Date
• Auto BKT setting
• NR setting, WB
• WB compensation value
• Record mode
• Flash Status
• Record mode
• Image size
• Drive mode
• Flash intensity compensation value
• Metering mode
• Recordable still image number
• Focusing mode
• Gradation
• IS activating mode
• Face detection
• My Mode
• Multi Exposure
• Aspect Ratio
• Super FP
• AF frame
• Colour space
• Sharpness
• Contrast
• Saturation
• Internal Temperature Warning

Orientation sensor:
• Yes

Electronic Viewfinder:
• External (included)

LCD monitor:
• 3.0″ HyperCrystal LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% frame coverage
• 15 step brightness adjustment
• 15 step Color Balance adjustment (R-B, G-M)

Live View:
• 100% field of view
• Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
• AF operation
• 7x – 10x magnification

Live View Modes:
• Normal Mode
• Grid Line Mode
• Histogram Mode(3 types)
• Magnified View Mode
• Comparable View Mode
• OFF Mode (for OVF user)

Live View Information:
• Aperture value
• Shutter speed
• Auto Bracket
• AE Lock
• AF mode
• IS
• Shooting Mode
• Battery Check
• My Mode
• Internal Temperature Warning
• Face Detection
• Histogram
• Number of storable still pictures
• Record mode
• Sequential shooting
• Self-timer
• White Balance
• Metering Mode
• AF confirmation mark
• Exposure Compensation Value
• Spot metering Area
• Only when E-system Flash attached : Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP

Playback functions:

• Single-frame
• Information Display
• Index Display(4/9/16/25/49/100 frames, Calendar)
• Close-up (2 – 14X)
• Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
• Picture rotation (auto mode available)
• Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)

• RAW development
• JPEG editing (B&W, Sepia, Red eye reduction, Color saturation, Resize, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Anti red-eye)


• USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
• Mini HDMI
• Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
• IR Remote control (optional)

Optional Accessories:
• Remote cable RM-UC1
• Flash FL-14
• Adaptor MF-2 for OM lenses
• Adaptor MMF-1 for four thirds lenses

• BLS-1 1150 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)

• 121mm (W) x 70mm (H) x 36mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
4.7″ x 2.7″ x 1.4″

Weight (no batt):
• 335g (0.7 lb)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

June 6th, 2009 143 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon EOS 5D MK II

Steve Huff reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“For owners of the 5D, 40D or 50D who want to upgrade without going to a 1d series body, the 5DMKII is a WINNER. I could find no faults in its operation or image quality. Just the AF tracking on fast moving subjects. ”
Rating: N/A

Gizmodo.au compares the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to Nikon D700 and writes;
“In the end, for me, I give the trophy to the 5D Mark II for the 1080p video. It’s got its drawbacks, sure, but being able to switch seamlessly from stills to beautiful movies with my awesome 35mm DSLR lens is just too good to be true.”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Pros: Great image quality; expanded ISO range; HD video; great interface. Cons: New RAW modes have a slight color shift; cheaper cameras available with larger feature set.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photo.net reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“I can certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a “state of the art” full frame DSLR. If I could afford one and I didn’t already have too many cameras, I’d buy one myself! ”
Rating: N/A

DCI reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“testing revealed exceptional image sharpness and color accuracy, with acceptable automatic white balance results and outstanding custom white balance accuracy..”
Rating: N/A

WDC reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Nikon and Sony are hardly taking this lying down, but they certainly have a fight on their hands, because in our estimation the EOS 5D Mark II is, all things considered, probably the best ever Canon DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The A3+ and A2 sized prints show an amazing amount of detail. Noise ratio is excellent; ISO 3200 is fine at A3+ format and ISO 1600 is no problem for an A2 sized print. T”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“High quality is one thing, but being a camera that can deliver high quality over a wide range of lighting conditions and different ISO settings is what makes the Canon 5D Mark II such a compelling choice, and a clear Dave’s Picks.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“With superb image quality and performance, the new 5DMk2 can confidently continue to fill the gap between Canon’s entry/consumer-level and all out pro dSLR models… ”
Rating: N/A

B&H reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Priced under $2700, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an impressive camera that enables the user to capture monstrous, pro-quality still and video image files for far less than half the price of Canon’s flagship EOS 1Ds Mark II…. ”
Rating: N/A

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Shooting indoors in a dimly lit room at 25,600 ISO is a bad move—especially if you want an 8.5×11 print; it’s a pixilated mess. Dropping down to 12,800, the results were much better… 6400 was surprisingly good, as was 3200, which is about the limit we’d go for a fairly noise-free image for a large print.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 5D MK II and writes;
“5D II delivers excellent image quality from a solid-performing body. It is a great body for beginning photographers with big aspirations. It is a great upgrade to all owners of non-1-Series bodies – and even some 1-Series body owners are going to want one. I enthusiastically recommend the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. “
Rating: N/A

LuminousLandscape compares the Canon EOS 5D MK II to Sony A900 and writes;
” If you have very small hands then the 5D MKII is probably the preferable camera from a handling point of view. For those with larger hands, or who shoot with gloves on a great deal, the A900 might be a better choice.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Starting with image quality, the EOS 5D Mark II is capable of delivering fantastic-looking images, that are packed with detail…we’re holding back on our final scores and rating until Canon makes an official announcement, which we hope to hear very soon. Should the EOS 5D Mark II be easily fixed and the black dots avoided, we’ll be able to Highly Recommend it”