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Can I adjust the sound level the shutter release makes?

This model has a true Focal Plane Shutter so the sound you are hearing is the actual sound of the shutter physically opening and closing.  It is not possible to alter the volume of the shutter sound.

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What are the main features of the E-P2?

The OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 is tailor-made for people who live active lives online and offline. It blends the high-quality imaging of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera with High Definition (HD) video capture, stereo Linear PCM audio recording and creative in-camera multimedia tools into an ultra-compact, yet stylish, retro black metal body. No longer must you choose between powerful and portable; the E-P2 will make you re-think what a small camera can do.

The E-P2 retains the best technologies from its predecessor, the acclaimed PEN Digital E-P1 -- a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor; 11-point autofocus (AF) system; intuitive, Live Control operation; in-camera image stabilization; the proven Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF®) dust-reduction system; creativity-boosting Art Filters, which can be applied to still images and movies alike; and a 3-inch, color, HyperCrystal LCD screen -- and efficiently packages them all into a miniature frame. It also introduces some bellwether features and technologies of its own.

The E-P2 adds an accessory port that accommodates the VF-2 electronic viewfinder (included) or the optional external microphone adapter (SEMA-1).

In addition, the Imager AF Live View autofocus system now features continuous autofocus (C-AF) tracking and AF target registration. Now you can lock your subject into focus, and the camera will constantly adjust focus and brightness on your subject whether you or your subject is moving. This mode helps you to keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus – from left to right and from back to front – automatically.

The E-P2 also includes a new picture mode called iEnhance that automatically selects the correct exposure settings for subjects such as close-ups, sports and action, landscapes, portraits and night scenes, and then applies additional adjustments to color or contrast, as needed, to make good images exceptional.

You’ll also notice two new Art Filters: Diorama and Cross Process. The Diorama art filter gives users a miniature model photo feeling by narrowing the depth of focus and enhancing color and contrast. The selective focus that this filter offers lends intimacy to images of even the largest subjects like canyons or cityscapes. The Cross Process art filter gives images and videos a surreal look by changing the color and contrast of subjects. All eight art filters can be applied to still images and to video, and you can preview the effects on the Live View LCD before shooting. What you see is what you’ll get.

The E-P2’s manual movie mode (30 frames per second at 720p) allows for independent control of aperture and shutter for expanded creative control. This fine control allows you to express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos.

Once you’ve captured your works of art, seamlessly mix your still images and videos in-camera to create a multimedia slide show. Dub in one of the available background music options to provide a soundtrack for your cinematic creation, and play it back in the camera or on any HD television. (HDMI cable not included.) When connected to an HDTV, you can use the television’s remote to navigate camera menus and perform playback operations by activating HDMI CONTROL.

Finally, like all of Olympus’ PEN digital cameras, the E-P2 supports all Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses natively. With the addition of optional lens mount adapters it can also support Olympus’ Four Thirds-compliant E-System lenses and OM-series film lenses – as well as legacy lenses from a variety of manufacturers. No matter which lens you choose, the E-P2’s in-body image stabilization ensures you’ll have Olympus’ best anti-blur protection.

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What types of memory cards does the E-P2 accept?

The E-P2 accepts SD and SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB capacity. Cards with a speed class of 6 are recommended for recording movies with the E-P2.

Memory cards are optional accessories and must be purchased separately. Olympus does not manufacture SD or SDHC media.

For a list of memory cards that have been tested and are known to be compatible with the E-P2, please click here.

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What is the composition of the camera body?

The camera body is stainless steel.

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Is the E-P2 body splashproof?

No, the camera is not designed to be used in extreme environmental conditions. The Olympus E-3 would be more appropriate for use in severe conditions.

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The E-P2 features Live View. What is it, and how does it work?

The Live View feature allows you to use the LCD monitor to compose shots or to shoot while viewing an enlarged display on the monitor.

Live View uses the Imager AF system to secure focus. Using IMAGER AF, autofocus is acquired via contrast detection. The camera searches 11 AF targets to find the one that contains the greatest contrast and then focuses on it. Typically, this will identify the subject nearest to the lens.

The shooting sequence is as follows:

  1. Pressing the shutter button halfway activates contrast detection using the image on the sensor.
  2. When the focus is locked, the AF confirmation mark is displayed briefly in the upper right corner of the LCD. If the AF confirmation mark blinks, focus could not be obtained. Recompose the shot, then press the shutter button halfway to try again.
  3. When the shutter button is fully depressed, the shutter fires, and the image is captured.
  4. The image is displayed on the LCD screen.
  5. The shutter reopens, and Live View is restored.

IMAGER AF can only be used with Micro Four Thirds system lenses and Four Thirds system digital lenses that have compatible firmware.1

Compatible lenses can be identified by their AF confirmation mark. For compatible lenses, the AF confirmation mark looks like this: . The AF confirmation mark used with other Four Thirds system lenses looks like this: .

It is possible to pre-select a specific AF target,. Doing so reduces shutter lag2 because the camera does not need to search for a subject in all AF targets. When selecting an AF target, choose one that contains an area of contrast. If the camera is unable to detect contrast (e.g., if the selected AF target is facing a stark white wall), it may not be able to take a picture.

To select a specific AF target, select the ALL TARGETS icon from the Live Control or super control panel and then press the [OK] button. Use the arrow pad to select the desired AF target, and then press [OK] again.

While in Live View mode, it may be desirable to enlarge the display of the subject on the LCD monitor. This is especially useful when using a Four Thirds system lens that is not compatible with IMAGER AF and/or when focusing manually because it makes focus confirmation and adjustment easier. If necessary, adjust the focus by rotating the focus ring. (AF MODE must be set to S-AF + MF or MF).

To view an enlarged display while using Live View, press the [INFO] button repeatedly until a green box is displayed in the center of the LCD screen. Using the arrow buttons to move the box around the screen, select an area to enlarge. Press the [OK] button to enlarge the selected area. (The magnification can be toggled between 7x and 10x by turning the sub dial.) Press the [OK] button to cancel the enlarged display.

1 To view a list of compatible lenses, click here. Depending on the date of the purchase, a compatible model may require a firmware update in order to support high-speed IMAGER AF. In the future, Olympus may add high-speed IMAGER AF support to other Zuiko Digital lenses via firmware updates.

2Shutter lag can also be minimized by acquiring and locking the autofocus prior to pressing the shutter button.

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Why doesn't the E-P2 have a built-in optical viewfinder?

The E-P2 does not offer a traditional built-in viewfinder because of its compact size. However, Olympus offers two optional viewfinders that are compatible with the E-P2.

The VF-2 live-finder, a detachable electronic viewfinder that ships with the E-P2, easily slides onto the camera's accessory port and hot shoe to provide 1.15x magnification for a 100% field of view. The VF-2 rotates up 90 degrees, which is useful when shooting subjects from challenging angles. Its diopter can be adjusted to allow most photographers to see subjects in perfect focus without wearing glasses.

The VF-1 is an optional optical viewfinder that attaches to the hot shoe of the E-P2. The VF-1 is intended for use with the 17mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Digital "pancake" lens. (This lens ships with the E-P2 in certain kit configurations and is also available separately.) The VF-1 is available from authorized Olympus dealers or directly from Olympus via its online store. To order the VF-1 from Olympus, please click here.

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What is the origin and meaning of the Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF)? Where does the dust go?

The filter is so named because it shakes dust of the image sensor using supersonic wave vibrations. The displaced dust is affixed to dust-collection components around the filter.

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Is it necessary to clean or change the dust-collection components?

It is not necessary to clean or change the dust-collection components under normal use for several years. The dust-collection system can easily handle the particles that are dislodged by the supersonic wave vibrations. If the camera is used constantly in severe conditions, Olympus recommends that the camera body be sent to an authorized Olympus repair service center approximately at an interval of three to five years.

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What are the advantages of lenses that are designed specifically for digital camera use?

Although the small size of the individual pixels in CCD, CMOS, and Live MOS image sensors enables them to capture even more detail than film, the sensitivity of the sensor elements is highly directional. That is, they respond best to light that strikes the elements straight on. With lenses designed for use with film, the light rays passing through the periphery of the lens strike the image sensor at an angle, and this tends to degrade picture quality at the periphery of the image area. On the other hand, lenses developed specifically for digital cameras are designed to match the imaging characteristics of CCD, CMOS and Live MOS sensors, ensuring high image quality at both the center and the periphery of the frame.

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Can I preview the adjustments I make to camera settings on the Live View LCD monitor and VF-2 electronic viewfinder?

While setting up a shot, changes made to the (exposure compensation) and WB (white balance) settings are displayed on the Live View LCD monitor so their effects can be checked before shooting. The effects are previewed in all shooting modes, including those in which the camera automatically adjusts exposure and/or white balance. LIVE VIEW BOOST must be set to OFF.

When LIVE VIEW BOOST is set to ON, the camera automatically adjusts the brightness level and displays the subject on the monitor for easier confirmation. The effects of exposure compensation adjustments are not shown on the monitor.

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Why am I unable to see the custom menu options?

The Custom Menu can be used to personalize camera settings and operations. This menu is not visible by default to prevent unintentional adjustments. To view the Custom menu, set the MENU DISPLAY in the Setup Menu to [ON].

  1. Press the [MENU] button to display the menu.
  2. Use the Up and Down arrow buttons on the keypad to select , and then press the Right Arrow button.
  3. Use the Up and Down arrow buttons to select MENU DISPLAY, and then press the Right Arrow button.
  4. Use the Up and Down arrow buttons to select ON, and then press the [OK] button.

  5. Press [MENU] to exit the camera menu.

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What are the purposes of the different record modes?

Record modes allow photographers to quickly and conveniently vary the quality settings used to capture and save images in-camera. While it is possible to always shoot at the higher-quality settings and process the images down to lower file sizes later using a computer, it may be more convenient in some situations to shoot at other than the higher-quality settings. For example, it may be preferable to shoot using a lower-quality settings when the shots are intended for use on the Internet, where small size is more important than rich detail.

The E-P2 offers several record modes, whose benefits are outlined below.

  • RAW:This is the highest-quality record mode available in the E-P2, and it allows the photographer the most creative control in post-production. Images are saved from the camera sensor with minimal image processing. Factors such as white balance, sharpness, contrast and color are unchanged so they can be modified later on a computer. Some photographers prefer to shoot RAW all the time for all subjects, while others may shoot RAW in situations that pose complicated exposure problems.

    Each camera manufacturer has its own version of RAW tailored to its cameras; therefore, special software is required to process RAW files and convert them to other image file formats. OLYMPUS Master® 2 and OLYMPUS Studio® contain RAW processing and conversion software for the Olympus RAW format, which bears the file extension *.orf. Third-party imaging software and operating systems may use RAW plug-ins or updates to process Olympus RAW files. Without them, they would not be able to read RAW images from Olympus digital cameras. Most photo kiosks, printers and photo labs cannot read unconverted RAW images.

  • JPEG: Four record modes in the E-P2 create compressed JPEG image files. When the camera processes a captured JPEG image and saves it to the memory card or internal memory, it uses algorithms to discard some of the data to make the file size smaller. The process of mathematically reducing a file's size by discarding some of its data is called compression. The greater the compression ratio, the more data will be discarded and the smaller will be the file size. When the image is opened on a computer, the JPEG algorithms reconstruct the discarded data.

    The camera permits customization of the JPEG record modes by mixing and matching their quality settings. The factors that define a JPEG record mode are image size (determined by the number of pixels in an image) and compression ratio.

    The table below shows all of the combinations of image size and compression ratio available in the E-P2.

    Customization of the quality settings is performed via the option, which is found in the menu. The controls on this screen are used to set image sizes as either L (Large), M (Middle) or S (Small) and to set compression ratios as SF (Super Fine), F (Fine), N (Normal) or B (Basic). The PIXEL COUNT menu item, also in menu , further customizes the Middle and Small image size settings by offering a choice of display resolutions.

  • RAW+JPEG: Four record modes in the E-P2 save both a RAW and a JPEG image when a picture is taken. This can be advantageous when shots are intended for use in multiple media or when the medium in which the images will ultimately be published has not been determined.

    The quality settings used to process the JPEGs in the RAW + JPEG record modes are tied to the quality settings defined for the corresponding JPEG record modes on the  menu. The first RAW + JPEG record mode uses the JPEG settings of the first registered JPEG record mode; the second RAW + JPEG record mode uses the JPEG settings of the second registered JPEG mode; and so on. Changing the JPEG quality settings via the and PIXEL COUNT menus affects both a JPEG record mode and its RAW + JPEG record mode "counterpart."

To activate a Record Mode, use the  function in the Camera 1 Menu icon menu or select the record mode from the display in the Live Control or Super Control Panel control view. You can also quickly toggle between a JPEG record mode and its corresponding RAW+JPEG mode if you pre-register that function to the Function Button icon button. This is accomplished via the Fn FUNCTION item in the Custom Menu B submenu.

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Why isn't there a TIFF Record Mode?

TIFF files are very large files that take longer to write to the memory card and fill up the memory card more rapidly than RAW or JPEG files. A TIFF file in the E-P2 would be about 36 MB. It is more efficient to shoot in RAW and save the RAW conversion as a TIFF file, using the OLYMPUS Master® or OLYMPUS Studio® applications.

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What is the purpose of IMAGE ASPECT?

The IMAGE ASPECT function is used to change the aspect ratio (horizontal-to-vertical ratio) of images when taking pictures using Live View. The default aspect ratio is 4:3, which is the aspect ratio of the imaging sensor.

The E-P2 provides four aspect ratio options. This allows the photographer to pre-visualize and shoot for specific print formats. For example - if the assignment were to shoot an event that will be printed as albums of 4 x 6 inch prints, the image aspect ratio would be set to 3:2. If the assignment were to shoot cover art for a CD sleeve, 6:6 would be selected since this would yield square images.

The table below shows the aspect ratios that are available in the E-P2, the image size options for JPEG images captured using each ratio, and usage recommendations. The image that follows illustrates the shapes of images captured at each aspect ratio. Select the one that best fits the expression and purpose of the images.

4:3 4032 x 3024 / 2560 x 1920 / 1280 x 960 Default; the aspect ratio used by the imaging sensor
3:2 4032 x 2688 / 2544 x 1696 / 1296 x 864 The aspect ratio of 35mm film; 4 x 6-inch prints
16:9 4032 x 2272 / 2560 x 1440 / 1280 x 720 The aspect ratio of HDTV and widescreen TVs
6:6 3024 x 3024 / 1920 x 1920 / 960 x 960 Square aspect ratio, medium format camera

When a non-default aspect ratio is selected, JPEG images are cropped and recorded using the selected aspect ratio. When the JPEG images are reviewed in Playback mode or in OLYMPUS Studio 2 or OLYMPUS Master 2 software, they are displayed at the cropped dimensions.

RAW images are not cropped, but the aspect ratio information is recorded to the digital files with the image data at the time of shooting. When a RAW image is reviewed in Playback mode or in OLYMPUS Studio 2 or OLYMPUS Master 2 software, the uncropped image data is shown overlaid by a template, or frame, based on the selected aspect ratio. The frame is provided as a reference so you can preview the effect of applying the crop.

Note: The aspect ratio information stored with RAW images can be used to crop the images in the camera (via the EDIT menu) or in the OLYMPUS Studio 2 or OLYMPUS Master 2 software. The software may require an update to recognize the saved aspect ratio information.

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MULTIPLE EXPOSURE and IMAGE OVERLAY are options built into the E-P2 that enable multiple images to be combined and saved as a single image (two images and up to three images, respectively).

MULTIPLE EXPOSURE, located in the menu, is used at the time of image capture -- for example, to add a telephoto shot of the moon to a night skyline shot.  Two RAW or JPEG shots can be combined into one image.  (The record mode is fixed after the first shot in the sequene.) You can also select a stored RAW image and shoot additional RAW or JPEG exposures to overlay onto the stored image. The record mode used to capture the overlaying exposure(s) will determine the file format of the final, combined image.

IMAGE OVERLAY, located in the > EDIT menu, is used to combine up to three RAW images previously saved on a memory card.

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What is the purpose of the Scene mode?

The E-P2 has a Scene mode that optimizes the camera settings for specific shooting conditions. All of the settings applied in the 19 available Scenes can also be applied via controls in the camera menu, but applying them manually can be time-consuming.  In addition, amateur photographers may not have a deep enough knowledge of photography to select the appropriate settings for some situations that advanced amateur and professional photographers would employ.

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What are the Art Filters?

Art Filters enable the application of creatve effects in-camera while shooting. The Art Filters are:

  • POP ART - Increases the saturation of bright colors
  • SOFT FOCUS - Diffuses the image
  • PALE & LIGHT COLOR - Softens the contrast in highlights and shadows
  • LIGHT TONE - Brightens and softens the color
  • GRAINY FILM - Simulates the look and contrast of high-speed 35mm film
  • PIN HOLE - Simulates the look of a pinhole camera with soft edges and vignetting
  • CROSS PROCESS - Mimics effect of developing negative film with slide film chemistry
  • DIORAMA - Simulates the look of photographing a miniature model by narrowing the depth of focus

Art Filters can be applied to still images as well as movies.

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Is it possible to "undo" an Art Filter after it has been shot?

No. However, if the camera's Record Mode is set to RAW + JPEG, only the JPEG image will be processed by the camera using the selected Art Filter. The RAW image will not be processed by the camera other than to perform the lossless compression. If you decide after taking the shot that you prefer a different effect, you can still use the RAW image to post-process the shot to your taste.

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What is the purpose of the LEVEL GAUGE?

The LEVEL GAUGE displays how level the camera is with respect to pitch (horizontal alignment) and roll (vertical alignment) This can be a useful tool where it is important that the image be level and any vertical lines are square, such as in architectural photography or copy photography of hanging paintings.

The function must be enabled before it can be used. To activate it, select LEVEL GAUGE from the menu, press the Right Arrow button, and then use the Up or Down arrow button to select ON. Once the function has been activated, it can be selected by pressing the [INFO] button until the indicator bars appear.


The indicator bars are superimposed over the image on the LCD screen. The bars automatically realign themselves when the camera is held in a vertical orientation. When the camera is level, both indicator bars on the LCD screen will turn from white to green.


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In the White Balance (WB) menu, what do all those numbers followed by a "K" mean?

The color balance of different light sources in the color spectrum is rated numerically by color temperature in the standard Kelvin (K) temperature scale. A color temperature value is expressed as a number followed by a “K,” for Kelvin.

The chart below shows approximate values of different light sources in the E-P1's White Balance menu:

  • 5300K - Use for shooting outdoors on a clear day, or to capture the reds in a sunset or the colors in a fireworks display.
  • 7500K - Use for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day. The light in shadows areas is bluer, so this setting compensates for the color shift.
  • 6000K - Use for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day. This setting makes the color slightly warmer in tone.
  • 3000K - Use for shooting under tungsten light. This setting keeps the images from coming out with a yellow color cast.
  • 4000K - Use for shooting under white fluorescent lighting.
  • 4500K - Use for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp.
  • 6600K - Use for shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp.
  • 5500K - Use for flash shooting.

Color temperature settings can be applied in situations for which they are not intended for creative effects. For example, a tungsten setting can be used on a cloudy day to produce a surreal effect suggesting cold.

The Custom White Balance (CWB) settings in the White Balance menu allow photographers to select more accurate color temperature settings. Many commercially available lamps are labeled with color temperature ratings that fall between 3000K and 4000K, so a photographer is able to set up the camera for more accurate color rendition.

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With so many White balance settings available, why and when should I use One-Touch White Balance?

There are many light sources and situations that are not covered by Auto White Balance or the other settings in the White Balance menu. There are many noncontinuous light sources that do not have all of the colors of the spectrum, such as fluorescent, mercury vapor, and sodium vapor lights. There are also situations in which many different types of lights are used in one environment. These do not neatly fit into what the camera firmware knows about white balance, so it is necessary to “educate” the camera about the specific light balance by shooting a white reference subject such as a white card and saving the data in the White Balance menu as a One-Touch White Balance.

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Can Shadow Adjustment Technology be applied while I'm shooting?

Yes. Shadow Adjustment Technology (SAT) can be enabled for shooting by selecting the AUTO option from the > GRADATION menu.

When AUTO is selected, the image is divided into detailed regions of brightness and the brightness of each region is adjusted separately. This is effective for images with long contrast ranges in which the highlights may appear too light and the shadow areas too dark.

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In the PICTURE MODE > MONOTONE menu feature, what is the purpose of the B&W Filter options?

In black-and-white film photography, different colored filters are placed in front of the lens to modify the tones in the final image. These are called contrast filters. One popular effect created with contrast filters results in a landscape photograph with majestic clouds against an almost black sky. This effect is obtained by shooting through a deep red filter, which makes the blue in the sky darker.

A general rule of thumb regarding the use of contrast filters is: The filter makes its own color lighter in tone and its opposite color darker in tone.

The E-P2 is able to create these effects without using physical filters by modifying the performance of the red, green and blue color channels in the MONOTONE mode.

The functions of the B&W filters are described below:

  • NEUTRAL - Produces a monochrome image without additional filter effects
  • YELLOW - The yellow filter darkens the blue in the sky so clouds separate from the sky without producing the dramatic effect of the red filter. Many black and white photographers routinely keep a yellow filter on their cameras because the effects appear more natural than those of other filters. In copy photography of old documents, the yellow filter brightens the look of yellowed paper.
  • ORANGE - The effect of the orange filter falls midway between that of the red and yellow filters.
  • RED - The red filter darkens blues and greens and lightens reds. In landscape photography, it produces dark skies that make clouds look more dramatic. The red filter can also cut through atmospheric haze to some degree. It can be used in portraiture to diminish skin blemishes on light-skinned people.
  • GREEN - The green filter lightens plants in images. It will also make red subject matter darker and add contrast to sunsets.

The B&W Filter effects can be previewed on the Live View screen before shooting.

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For how many steps of shutter speed does the Image Stabilizer compensate?

The effect of the image stabilizer is equivalent to up to four shutter speed steps, according to Olympus' testing conditions. The value varies depending on the lens and shooting conditions. For example, when you shoot at a shutter speed of 1/15, the Image Stabilizer compensates for camera shake equivalent to 1/250.

Note: The Image Stabilizer will not activate at shutter speeds of greater than two seconds. Stabilization may not be possible when the camera is severely shaken.

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What are the differences among the the Image Stabilizer options?

The Image Stabilizer has the following three options:

  • I.S. 1 - The Image Stabilizer corrects for camera shake on both the horizontal and vertical planes.
  • I.S. 2 - The Image Stabilizer only corrects for vertical camera shake. This is to allow a photographer to use a low shutter speed and pan horizontally for creative effect. Situations in which this technique can be applied include tracking rapidly moving subjects such as flying birds, running wildlife, racing cars and athletes with the intention of blurring the background for a visual effect in the image. The result would be a sharply defined subject against a blurred background that might otherwise appear cluttered.
  • I.S. 3 - The Image Stabilizer corrects for horizontal camera shake when the camera is being panned up or down, such as when following a diver from a diving board to a pool.

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Does the E-P2 have a programmable Custom Function button?

The [] button just above and to the left of the arrow key pad on the camera back is the E-P2’s Custom Function button. To change the function assigned to [], do the following:

  1. Press the [MENU] button.
  2. Press the Down Arrow button repeatedly until (Custom Menu) is selected.
  3. Press the Right Arrow button once to enter the Custom Menu.
  4. Press the Down Arrow button to select  BUTTON/DIAL, and then press the Right Arrow button.
  5. Use the arrow pad to select the Custom Function menu item. It looks like this: FUNCTION
  6. Press the Right Arrow button to view the Function menu. Use the arrow pad to scroll through the functions that can be assigned. The available functions are:
    • OFF – This option disables function allocation.
    • Fn FACE DETECT - This is the default factory setting for the Custom Function button. Press the [] button to turn on FACE DETECT and enable the optimum settings; press it again to turn off FACE DETECT.
    • PREVIEW (electronic) – This is used to check the depth-of-field while viewing the Live View image on the LCD screen. When [] is pressed, the camera will stop down to the selected f-stop.
    • (One-Touch White Balance) – This function is useful when you need a more precise white balance than preset White Balance can provide. When this function is registered to [], the optimum white balance for the shooting conditions can be saved in the camera by photographing a white piece of paper under the light source that will be used in your shot. While holding down [], press the shutter button once. Press the [] button to register the white balance. The setting is retained until a new custom white balance is registered by repeating the procedure.
    •  - Press [] to switch to the registered AF home position. Press this button again to switch to the original AF target mode. 
    • MF - Press [] to switch AF mode to MF. Press the button again to switch to the original AF mode.
    • - Press [] to toggle the record mode between a JPEG mode and its RAW+JPEG counterpart. (The JPEG settings are determined by the and PIXEL COUNT functions.) You can also switch to any record mode by turning the sub dial while holding down [].
    • TEST PICTURE – This enables a photographer to shoot a picture and see it on the monitor without saving it to the memory card. This can be useful in a studio situation where it would be desirable to shoot setup tests and not use up space on a memory card. Simply hold down [] while shooting.
    • MY MODE – If a photographer has registered special settings in MY MODE SETUP, this option allows the photographer to apply those settings without having to go into the menu. Instead, simply hold down [] and shoot.
    • BACKLIT LCD – Press the [] button to turn the LCD off. This function is useful when using the optional optical viewfinder (VF-1). Press [] again to turn the monitor back on.
  7. Press [] to activate the selection, and then press [MENU] to exit the menu.

The functions of the [AEL/AFL] and the [] buttons can be interchanged. To swap them:

  1. Press the [MENU] button.
  2. Press the Down Arrow button until  is selected.
  3. Next, press the Right Arrow button to enter the Custom Menu.
  4. Press the Down Arrow button to select  BUTTON/DIAL, and then press the Right Arrow button.
  5. Use the arrow pad to select the function swap icon, which looks like this:
  6. Press the Right Arrow button to enter the sub menu. Select ON to have AEL/AFL functions performed when [] is pressed, and vice-versa.

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Where can I find the documentation for this camera?

The E-P2 Instruction Manual is packaged with the camera both in printed form and as an electronic (PDF) file located on a CD-ROM. The manual can also be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

Adobe Reader® is required to view the PDF files. The software is available as a free download from Adobe's web site.

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How do I update the firmware in the E-P2 camera body and Olympus M.Zuiko (Micro Four Thirds system) lenses?

Firmware updates of Olympus Micro Four Thirds system-compatible digital camera bodies and lenses are performed using OLYMPUS Master® 2 or OLYMPUS Studio® software. Each version of the software has an Update Camera function that is used to initiate the update procedure.

Below are the locations of the update functions in the various software versions:

  • OLYMPUS Master 2.x: In the Browse window’s toolbar, click on Update/Language.
  • OLYMPUS Studio 2.x: In the Browse window’s toolbar, click on Update/Language.

Before updating, mount an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital lens to the camera body and set the camera body’s USB MODE to STORAGE. Connect the camera to a computer via its bundled USB cable. The computer must be connected to the Internet because the download and installation are managed online from an Olympus server. The camera battery should be fully charged. When these prerequisites are met, launch the software and click on the update function.

The update process will first poll the camera and lens to determine what firmware versions are currently installed. It will then ask if you want to search for newer versions. If a newer version is found, you will be prompted to perform the update. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process.

Follow the on-screen instructions carefully. If you deviate from the instructions, the firmware installation may not complete and the firmware may become corrupted. If this occurs, the camera will have to be sent to an Olympus Repair Service Center to have its firmware replaced. Do not do a firmware update during a storm or when there is a risk of losing power because this will also cause a corrupted firmware installation.

Once the firmware is updated, it is not possible to go back to a previous version.

You can check the firmware version of your camera and lens at any time when the camera is not connected to a computer. Open the menu, go to the menu, scroll to FIRMWARE and toggle right. The LCD will display the firmware version for the camera body and the currently mounted lens.

Lenses can be upgraded individually using the same update process even if the camera body already has the most current firmware. Mount a different lens on the body and repeat the update process as though you were updating the camera body.

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How can I turn off the LCD monitor?

It may be desirable at times to turn off the Live View LCD. For example, photographers may wish to do so when composing shots using the optional VF-1 optical viewfinder. This is accomplished by setting the BACKLIT LCD function to OFF.

For convenience, the BACKLIT LCD function can be assigned to the [] button, which is located just above and to the left of the arrow key pad on the back of the camera. Once assigned, simply press the [] button to turn off the LCD and press it again to turn it back on when you want to resume shooting using Live View.

To assign the BACKLIT LCD function to the [] button, do the following:

  1. Press the [MENU] button.
  2. Press the Down Arrow button repeatedly until (Custom Menu) is selected.
  3. Press the Right Arrow button once to enter the Custom Menu.
  4. Press the Down Arrow button to select  BUTTON/DIAL, and then press the Right Arrow button.
  5. Use the arrow pad to select the Custom Function menu item. It looks like this: FUNCTION
  6. Press the Right Arrow button to view the Function menu. Use the arrow pad to scroll down to BACKLIT LCD and select it.
  7. Press [OK] to activate the selection, and then press [MENU] to exit the menu.

Note: The functions of the [AEL/AFL] and the [] buttons can be interchanged. To swap them:

  1. Press the [MENU] button.
  2. Press the Down Arrow button until  is selected.
  3. Next, press the Right Arrow button to enter the Custom Menu.
  4. Press the Down Arrow button to select  BUTTON/DIAL, and then press the Right Arrow button.
  5. Use the arrow pad to select the function swap icon, which looks like this:
  6. Press the Right Arrow button to enter the sub menu. Select ON to have AEL/AFL functions performed when [] is pressed, and vice-versa.

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How do I insert a memory card into the E-P2?

To insert the memory card into the E-P2, power off the camera and then do the following:

  1. Open the card cover using the battery/card compartment lock.
  2. Allow the card compartment cover to open completely.
  3. Orient the SD card as shown below. The card's contact area should be at the end of the card pointing into the camera and should face the same direction as the camera's LCD.
  4. Insert the card into the card slot. Push the card gently straight in until it clicks.
  5. Close the card compartment cover, and then push it until it latches shut.

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How do I insert the BLS-1 battery into the E-P2?

To insert the battery into the E-P2, power down the battery and do the following:

  1. Open the card cover using the battery/card compartment lock.
  2. Allow the compartment cover to open completely.
  3. Orient the battery as shown below. Insert the battery into the slot. Push the battery gently straight in until it clicks.
  4. Close the compartment cover, and push it until it latches shut.

To remove the battery, power down the E-P2 and do the following:

  1. Open the card cover using the battery/card compartment lock.
  2. Allow the compartment cover to open completely.
  3. Pull down the battery lock knob, and then pull out the battery.
  4. Close the compartment cover, and push it until it latches shut.

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Sometimes when I turn off the E-P2, I feel a light vibration or hear a noise. Why is that?

When the camera is powered down, slight vibration and noise occur as the Image Stabilization motor resets the image sensor to its default position. The E-P2 takes this action when shooting with the IMAGE STABILIZER function set to I.S. 1, I.S. 2 or I.S. 3. In these modes, the camera moves the sensor during shooting in order to counter the effects of camera shake. When the power is turned off, the camera moves the sensor back into the default position.

When IMAGE STABILIZER is set to OFF, the sensor does not move during shooting and so does not need to be reset. However, if shooting with a zoom lens, some noise may still be heard when the camera is powered off as the lens resets its focus to infinity.

If both IMAGE STABILIZER and RESET LENS are set to OFF, the camera will power down in silence.

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I have a lens from another manufacturer that has built-in optical image stabilization. Will I get more image stabilization if I mount it on the E-P2 and enable its Image Stabilizer?

In such a scenario, it is recommended to use one or the other, but not both image stabilizers simultaneously. If both lens and body image stabilization are being used at the same time, the combination may be counter-productive because the camera image stabilization would be trying to compensate for the lens image stabilization and not be able to arrive at a stabilized image.

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What are the P, A, S and M modes and how are they used?

The P, A, S and M modes are exposure modes. These exposure modes allow the photographer creative flexibility by enabling more control over shutter speed and f-stop settings while shooting. The exposure modes enable total access to the menu options, unlike the AUTO and Scene exposure modes found in Olympus consumer DSLRs.

Briefly, the exposure modes and their applications are as follows:

  • P (Program shooting) – This mode allows shooting using an aperture and shutter speed set by the camera. However, the Program Shift function allows some creative control. When powered on with this mode selected, the camera displays P in the upper left of the LCD monitor. Rotating the Main Dial or Sub Dial changes the P to Ps, which is Program Shift. This permits the selection of a shutter speed or aperture other than the default while maintaining the same exposure. If a higher shutter speed is selected, a wider aperture will be set. If a slower shutter speed is selected, a smaller aperture will be set. In effect, it is an AUTO mode that accepts input from the photographer.
  • A (Aperture Priority shooting) – This mode allows the aperture to be set manually, thereby giving the photographer control over depth-of-field. This mode also uses Program Shift, so the photographer can select any aperture in the range of the lens by rotating the Main Dial or Sub Dial. The camera compensates for the exposure by changing the shutter speed automatically as the f-stops are changed. If the shutter speed/aperture combination will result in under- or overexposure, the exposure values in the viewfinder and on the Super Control Panel screen will blink.
  • S (Shutter Priority shooting) – This mode allows the shutter speed to be set manually, thereby giving the photographer control over stopping action or reducing camera shake. This mode also uses Program Shift, so the photographer can select any shutter speed in the range of the camera body using the Main Dial or the Sub Dial. The camera compensates for the exposure by changing the aperture automatically as the shutter speeds are changed. If the shutter speed/aperture combination will result in under- or overexposure, the exposure values in the viewfinder and Super Control Panel screen will blink.
  • M (Manual shooting) – This mode allows the photographer to set the shutter speed and aperture independently. Program Shift is not applied in this mode. Manual mode is invaluable to photographers using studio electronic flash systems and manual hot shoe electronic flashes because it allows the user to set the correct sync speed for flash and set an f-stop determined by a flash meter reading or test.
    In the Manual shooting mode, the shutter speed is set using the main dial and the aperture is set using the sub dial.

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The subject I want in focus doesn't line up with any of the AF targets in the viewfinder. How do I get the camera to focus on the subject?

The Focus Lock function enables the photographer to prefocus on a specific subject, lock the focus, and then re-compose the image and shoot the picture.

  1. Position the AF frame on the autofocus subject and press the shutter button halfway until the AF confirmation mark lights up. The focus will be locked.
  2. While holding the shutter button in the halfway position, recompose the image and press the shutter button all the way to shoot the picture.

At first this may seem cumbersome, but with practice it can become a fluid movement.

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The focus does not change when I turn the focus ring on the lens. Why not?

The manual focus ring will only function when it is activated. Choosing a focusing mode with MF options, such as MF or S-AF+MF, will activate the manual focus ring.

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Is there a way to shoot if I don't want to wait for the autofocus to lock or the flash to recycle?

Normally, the camera will not shoot while autofocus is operating or the flash is charging. However, situations may arise where the photographer would want to override the camera and force it to fire under marginal shooting conditions when the camera may not be ready to shoot.

The Shutter Release Priority function will permit the camera to shoot even though normal shooting requirements are not met. The function is found in the menu under RELEASE (Custom Menu C). Two options are available:

  • RLS PRORITY S: Set to ON to enable the camera to fire immediately, without waiting for focus confirmation, in the S+AF autofocus mode.
  • RLS PRIORITY C: Set to OFF to force the camera to secure focus before firing in the C+AF autofocus mode.

Be advised that overriding the camera creates special considerations. Shooting before the flash has recycled may cause images to be underexposed if ambient light is insufficient to illuminate the subject. Shooting before autofocus has locked may result in blurry images, particularly when the subject is in motion. To compensate for the loss of autofocus, increase the depth of field by shooting with the smallest aperture that is practical for acquiring the shot.

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In the CARD SETUP menu, the options are ALL ERASE and FORMAT. What is the difference between these settings?

ALL ERASE deletes all of the images from the memory card directory except for those that have been protected. FORMAT deletes all of the images from the memory card directory and overwrites the directory. In both cases, the actual digital images are still on the memory card until new images are shot that overwrite the old images. Therefore, if images are inadvertently erased or formatted, it may be possible to retrieve them via image recovery software.

If ALL ERASE is used exclusively to delete images, over time a buildup of artifacts in the directory may corrupt the memory card. The FORMAT option is recommended to preserve the integrity of the memory card and extend its useful life.

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How do I use the different metering modes?

The E-P2 provides several metering options that allow the photographer to have greater creative control over exposure.  The metering modes can be set via the Live Control screen (pictured), The Super Control Panel or the camera menu.

Descriptions and applications of the metering modes are detailed below:

Digital ESP metering is recommended for general use.  The E-P2 measures and calculates the light differences in 324 separate areas of the image.
Center Weighted Averaging metering provides average metering between the subject and the background lighting, placing more weight on the center of the frame. Use this mode to prevent the light level of the background from affecting the exposure value of the main subject.
Spot metering meters an area of about 2% of the frame around the center AF frame. This mode can be used to meter a backlit subject. Spot metering must be used very carefully because the brightness of the subject area that the metering spot is centered on can dramatically influence the final exposure.
HI Spot metering performs the same as Spot metering but compensates toward overexposure, allowing accurate white reproduction. For example: with normal Spot metering, snow would be captured as grey rather than white. The HI Spot Metering compensates so that the snow would appear whiter in the exposure.
SH Spot metering is the inverse of HI Spot metering and compensates toward underexposure to keep dark areas from exposing lighter toward grayness. An example would be photographing a black cat on a light background. SH Spot metering would underexpose the cat so that it would expose as black rather than gray.

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How does the E-P2 combat noise commonly found at high ISOs?

Digital cameras vary the light sensitivity of the image sensor by varying the gain voltage applied to the sensor, much like turning up the volume on a stereo. When the gain voltage is increased, as it is when shooting with higher ISOs, the sensor becomes hot. Hot pixels perform differently under extreme conditions. The result is a graininess known as “noise.”

Noise occurs whenever sufficient heat has built up on the image sensor. Therefore, it can also be seen in images with long exposures, such as night photographs, due to the additional heat generated by charging the sensor for an extended period of time. All digital cameras include technologies to minimize the effects of noise. The E-P2 uses a sensor that dramatically decreases noise. In addition, it combats noise with two methods: NOISE FILTER and NOISE REDUCTION.

The NOISE FILTER function is found in the menu. It has four options: OFF, LOW, STANDARD and HIGH. The majority of digital cameras have a default noise filter that is always on. Some photographers feel that this reduces detail, so Olympus has included the option to not use a noise filter at all.

If NOISE FILTER is set to OFF, it is recommended to set the SHARPNESS setting to –2. If  SHARPNESS is set to 0 it may exaggerate the noise when no noise filtering is being applied.

The NOISE REDUCTION function can also be enabled from the menu. After the first exposure, the camera makes a second exposure of equal length with the shutter closed. It then, in effect, overlays the two images, finds the hot pixels in the second image (essentially, any pixels that aren't black) and deletes the corresponding pixels from the first image. This doubles the shooting time. If the first exposure is 12 minutes 30 seconds, the second, black exposure will also be 12 minutes 30 seconds for a total exposure time of 25 minutes.

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What accessories are available to remotely control the E-P2?

The RM-UC1 Remote Cable Release (item #260237) is available for use with the E-P2. The RM-UC1 connects to the Mulit Connector on the right side of the camera.

The RM-UC1 remotely triggers the camera's shutter button, and can be used for long (BULB) exposures such as night photographs. The camera can be set to release the shutter immediately or 12 or two seconds after the shutter button on the RM-UC1 is pressed.

The RM-UC1 is available from authorized Olympus dealers and also online directly from The Olympus Store. To order the RM-UC1 from The Olympus Store, click here

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When I'm shooting close-up subjects, I can see and hear the lens trying to focus, but it does not secure focus. What can I do?

If the lens seems to be unsuccessfully searching for a focus point, you may be too close to the subject matter for that particular lens. Lenses have a minimum focusing distance, and zoom lenses have different minimum focusing distances at different zoom settings. If you back away from the subject, the lens will focus at some point.

If you intend to do macro or close-up photography, you may want to invest in a lens specifically designed for macro shooting.

The E-System has two macro lenses:

  • The Zuiko® Digital 35 mm f3.5 Macro has a 35 mm format equivalent focal length of 70 mm and focuses from 5.75” (146 mm) to infinity.
  • The Zuiko Digital ED 50 mm f2.0 Macro has a 35 mm format equivalent focal length of 100 mm and focuses from 9.45” (240 mm) to infinity.

A Four Thirds lens-to-Micro Four Thirds lens adapter is required to mount these macro lenses on this camera. Olympus makes two such adapters: the MMF-1 (silver) and the MMF-2 (black). To order an adapter from Olympus, please visit The Olympus Store.

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When I put a formatted SD card in my E-P2, the display shows a capacity of RAW files that doesn't appear to be accurate. Why?

When the E-P2 writes a RAW image file, it performs complex mathematical calculations to convert it to binary data to be saved and later retrieved. Since images are unique, each calculation is unique.

A RAW file recorded by the E-P2 will be approximately 14 megabytes, but individual file sizes will vary. For example, a winter landscape consisting predominantly of white snow and blue sky will produce a smaller data file than a scene such as Times Square at night. The richness of the latter scene will result in a larger file.

When the camera polls a formatted SD card, it is looking at a blank slate. It has yet to do the math for any images and is programmed to start out with a conservative capacity estimate. As the camera shoots more images, it recalculates the capacity as it “learns” about the image files it is creating. As the card fills up, the estimated capacity of RAW files on the display will become more accurate.

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Why can't I reformat or record images to my SD card?

The SD card body has a write-protection switch. If the switch is set to the "LOCK" side, you will not be able to add, modify or delete data on the card. The card cannot be formatted. Return the switch to the unlocked position to enable writing.

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I have taken pictures using several different memory cards. Now, when I try to downloading the images onto my computer, I see a message that says, “Image file_name.jpg already exists. Replace it with the new file?” What’s going on?

When saving image and movies, the E-PL2 creates folder and file names that include a numeric variable. The number in the file name changes with each shot so that the new image won’t overwrite a previous one saved in the same folder. The folder name may also change, depending on the configuration of the camera’s FILE NAME function.

FILE NAME has two settings that govern the naming of files and folders:

  • AUTO – When a new card is inserted, the file name numbers are retained from the previous card. File numbering continues from the last number used on the previous card or, if the new card already contains files, from the number that follows the highest file number on the new card.
  • RESET - When a new card is inserted, the number in the storage folder’s name restarts at 100 and the file numbers restart at 0001. If a card containing images is inserted, the file numbers start at the number following the highest file number on the card. If the card has been formatted, the file names will start with 0001.

RESET can be useful for organizing files – for example, you may choose to use a separate memory card for each event or client. However, if you download all your files to the same folder on your computer and there is a file in the camera with the same name as a previously transferred file, the computer will see the duplicate file name and display the above message. In this scenario, the files with duplicate names will overwrite the original files when they are saved to the computer. The original images will no longer be viewable.

To avoid this costly mistake, save the new files to a different folder or manually rename the files before transferring.

Another way to avoid this problem is to change the first character of the file name using the EDIT FILENAME function in the camera's RECORD/ERASE menu. This has an added benefit of identifying which camera captured each image.

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When I try to use the AE Bracketing function, why do I only get one frame instead of the three I selected?

The camera's Drive mode is set to Single Frame shooting. Configured this way, which is the default setting, the shutter button must be pressed for each bracketed frame. If the Drive mode is set to the Sequential Shooting option, then pressing and holding down the shutter button will cause the camera to shoot all the bracketed frames in one burst.

In Sequential Shooting drive mode, images are captured at a rate of three per second for as long as the shutter button is held down.

To change the Drive mode, do the following:

  1. Press the [] button on the arrow pad.
  2. Using the Main Dial to move the cursor, select either or .
  3. Press the [] button to activate the selected Drive mode.

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What type of HDMI cable do I need to play my images and movies on my HDTV?

A Type-C Mini HDMI cable, sold separately, is required.

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