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The Olympus E-P2 camera announced

Olympus unveils its latest micro four-thirds

Olympus E-P2

Olympus has today announced the launch of the company’s second micro four-thirds camera: the 12.3Mp Olympus E-P2.

On the surface the Olympus E-P2 looks similar to its predecessor, the retro-looking Olympus E-P1. One difference is that the E-P2 is able to be connected to an external electronic viewfinder or an external microphone.

Olympus E-P2 camera art filters

Olympus has included two new art filters to the camera, taking the number of creative filters on the E-P2 to eight. The new filters include the diorama filter, which makes pictures of people, cars and buildings look like toys; and the Cross Process filter that allows colours to be swapped. All filters can be used in either the still or movie mode.

Olympus E-P2 HD video

Like the E-P1, the E-P2 can shoot video in 1280x720p HD; however the new E-P2 can now be set to shoot in HD while maintaining full manual control of all the exposure settings.

Auto focus (AF) tracking has also been added to the new camera, which should allow it to focus more sharply on moving objects.

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘The Olympus E-P1 is conceptually great, but while it performed well in our tests, there were a few shortcomings – in particular its rather slow auto focus. We hope that Olympus has sped things up with the E-P2, and we look forward to testing the model to see if this is the case.’

The camera will become available to buy in January 2010, when it will cost around £849 for the body, the 14-42mm kit lens and the electronic viewfinder. Unlike the E-P1, the E-P2 will only be available to buy in black.

A super wide angle 9-18mm lens and a 14-150mm zoom lens have also been announced, but pricing and availability of these two products has yet to be confirmed.

A full review of the Olympus E-P1 can be found in our digital SLR reviews.

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