CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today CLICK HERE

A quality pocket-size interchangeable lens camera

PUBLISHED: 11:16 27 July 2015

Olympus E-P2 micro

Olympus E-P2 micro

Archant

Olympus E-P2 micro four thirds format mirrorless compact digital camera, available from approximately £100 (body only); Panasonic Lumix H-H020A f1.7 20mm aspheric lens, from £200; Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder, from £80 (all prices for second-hand items)

Olympus E-P2 microOlympus E-P2 micro

With styling reminiscent of the Pen half-frame film camera (remember those?), the original Olympus E-P1 (‘E-P’ for electronic Pen) was a hit with trendy young photographers looking for something stylish and more compact than the typical digital single-lens-reflex offering from the likes of Canon and Nikon. The metal-skinned E-P1 was beautifully made and achieved its compact dimensions through use of a smaller sensor of 4:3 ratio (hence the ‘micro four thirds’ handle). Less happily, it was expensive at the time of its launch and, although the pixel-peepers were impressed by its image quality and the built-in image stabilisation worked brilliantly, the thing didn’t auto-focus quickly enough to capture action shots. Big improvements were made with the E-P2 (shown here), which also had provision for an electronic viewfinder that slipped into the accessory shoe, turning the E-P into a still very compact quasi-DSLR.

Thanks to the availability of numerous adaptors, the E-P2 soon found favour amongst enthusiasts who wished to continue using their old film lenses. (With micro four thirds cameras, the equivalent focal length is doubled: the 20mm Lumix lens illustrated would be a 40 on a 35mm film camera — and, mounted on the E-P, one’s old 50mm standard lens effectively becomes a 100mm ‘telephoto’.) Times move rapidly in digital photography, and Olympus is now up to the E-P5 and making the OM-D series, which has an integrated electronic viewfinder. The new models have better sensors (16.9 v 12.3mp) but are they worth five times the price of a second-hand E-P2? The Editor thinks not, which is why many of his pictures that appear in Pilot are shot on the camera illustrated

More from Gear

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

Read more
Monday, September 17, 2018

I see you… But do you see me? Part two of our series on electronic conspicuity focuses on the capabilities – and compatibility – of the existing technology

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

What is electronic conspicuity, how does it work and what aircraft equipment is available? – Part one in a new series | By Philip Whiteman

Read more
Monday, July 30, 2018

We’re offering one lucky pilot the chance to win a Yaesu FTA-750 Spirit air band transceiver worth £380

Read more
Friday, May 11, 2018

The online user portal launched in January by NATS promises to make it easier to cross controlled airspace. We put it to the test. Words by Colin Goodwin, photos by Philip Whiteman

Read more
Monday, April 23, 2018

The IC-A25NE is the latest 8.33 handheld from leading manufacturer Icom. Stylish and packed with features including Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to display navigational information from flight plans uploaded from Andriod or iOS devices, it is designed to ‘change the way pilots fly’

Read more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bose has introduced its new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset, a headset described as lightweight and comfortable with three levels of user selectable active noise cancellation

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Pilot weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine