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Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P1 front
 
Olympus PEN E-P2 front
Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Key Specs

Olympus E-P1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Updated by Olympus E-P2
Olympus E-P2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Released April 2010
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-P1
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-P3
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Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Overview

Below is a detailed comparison of the Olympus E-P1 versus Olympus E-P2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and they are both produced by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-P1 (12MP) and the E-P2 (12MP) is pretty close and they feature the exact same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-P1 was announced 8 months earlier than the E-P2 so they are both of a similar age. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the E-P1 matches up vs the E-P2 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P1 over the Olympus E-P2

 E-P1 E-P2 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-P2 over the Olympus E-P1

 E-P2 E-P1 
ReleasedApril 2010July 2009More recent by 8 months

Common features in the Olympus E-P1 and Olympus E-P2

 E-P1 E-P2 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-P1 offers exterior dimensions of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") along with a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Olympus E-P2 has measurements of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") having a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs).

See the Olympus E-P1 versus Olympus E-P2 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the E-P1 and the E-P2.

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-P1 and E-P2 is 86 and 86 respectively.

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to imagine the gap in sensor measurements just by viewing specifications. The visual here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-P1 and E-P2.

To sum up, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical MP so you can expect comparable quality of images but you will need to take the launch date of the cameras into account. The older E-P1 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-P1
Portrait photography with Olympus E-P2
60
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
exports RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
60
you can focus manually
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Street photography features
Olympus E-P2 Street photography features
74
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no articulating screen
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Sports photography factors
Olympus E-P2 Sports photography factors
40
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12MP)
low battery power (300 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
bad battery power (300 CIPA)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P1 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-P2 as a Travel photography camera
43
no Time Lapse function
low battery power (300 per charge)
MP count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
43
does not have Timelapse function
bad battery power (300 shots)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Landscape photography factors
Olympus E-P2 Landscape photography factors
60
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
low battery power (300 per charge)
no Time Lapse function
60
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
bad battery power (300 per charge)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Vlogging highlights
Olympus E-P2 Vlogging highlights
29
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic port
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone socket
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Olympus E-P1 vs Olympus E-P2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P1 and Olympus E-P2
 Olympus PEN E-P1Olympus PEN E-P2
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-P1 Olympus PEN E-P2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-07-29 2010-04-22
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic V TruePic V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Full resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 355g (0.78 lbs) 355g (0.78 lbs)
Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 56
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 21.5
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 10.4
DXO Low light score 536 505
Other
Battery life 300 photos 300 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 BLS-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $182 $799