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Olympus PEN E-P2 Review

Just as this camera arrived on the reviewing desk another PEN was announced: the PEN E-PL1. With three PENs now out there, I could almost hear the old song … ‘Every time it rains, it rains PEN-Es from heaven.” Sorry for the corn!

Olympus first broke away from the crowd with its first Micro Four Thirds camera and was quickly followed by Panasonic with their MFT lineup, then Ricoh put its hand up with the GXR. Now Sony sees a market opportunity in its EVIL range of non-mirror box, interchangeable lens cameras.

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The aim, I presume is to fill a demand for quality compact cameras with a small form factor and an attractive lens range that supplies most of what the DSLR experience delivers but without the weight and bulk of the latter. I say — rejoice!

The stainless steel and aluminium body feels solid and weighs 600 grams with 14-42mm lens and viewfinder attached … more than a compact but less than most DSLRs.

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Barrie Smith
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