As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-P2 is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Olympus PEN E-P2's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the PEN E-P3 and the PEN E-PM1) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GF1 and the Lumix DMC-GX1)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-P2 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 614k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
similar age
$900 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the E-P2)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the E-P2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the DMC-GF1 and E-P2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3
1 year newer
$450 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P3 (vs the E-P2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 614k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the E-P3 (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-P3 and E-P2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (122×69×34 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.4"

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the E-PM1 (vs the E-P2)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM1 (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-PM1 and E-P2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.4"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
2 years newer
$347 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the E-P2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the E-P2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs NMOS

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and E-P2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.4"

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
2 years newer
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the E-P2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (vs the E-P2)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs NMOS

common strengths of the E-PL5 and E-P2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.4"

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-P2 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a slightly longer battery life (300 shots vs 240 shots), is thinner (1.4" vs 2.6") and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (november 2009 vs february 2014) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
4 years newer
$699

Significant advantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the E-P2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the E-P2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly thicker: 2.6" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the G1X Mark II and E-P2

  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×74×66 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $589.95

Leica X1

Leica X1
similar age
$1,850

Significant advantages of the X1 (vs the E-P2)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X1 (vs the E-P2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X1 and E-P2

  • Fairly small: Compact (124×60×32 mm) vs Mid size (121×70×36 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 306 g vs 355 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
9 months newer
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3100 and E-P2

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 months newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and E-P2

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and E-P2

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-P2 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has interchangeable lenses and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps).

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the G15 (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G15 (vs the E-P2)

  • None found

common strengths of the G15 and E-P2

  • None found