Olympus E-PL2

Last updated (16 June’13):
– Review by WDC

Olympus E-PL2 (Announced January 6th 2011) is the successor of PEN E-PL1 features 12.3 MP, ISO 100-6400, Record Motion JPEG (.AVI) movies at 720p HD (1280×720) or SD (640×480) resolutions (30fps) with stereo sound, Face detection with new iDetect (Eye Detect), Olympus System Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System, Manual Focus Assist, and 3.0 inch 460,000 dot HyperCrystal LCD with anti-reflective coating. The camera E-PL2 comes with a redesigned version of the collapsable 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. It measures 120.5 mm (W) x 70mm (H) x 35mm (D) (excluding protrusions) and weighs 335g (body only). Save up to $254.96 (42%) for this camera at Amazon.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus E-PL2 Reviews

WDC reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“With regards detail, the 12.3MP sensor used by the E-PL2 delivers plenty of detail that means high-quality A3 prints are easily achievable. The new 14-42mm II kit lens that’s bundled with the E-PL2 is a solid performer, producing a respectable set of results, though the 17mm pancake lens is still the one to go for.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The flash was slightly under-powered at ISO 200 for shooting with the 42mm focal length but by ISO 6400 the influence of ambient lighting overwhelmed the flash exposure, producing a distinct warm cast. Flash exposures were well balanced between these extremes and flash recycling times were faster than average for a compact camera..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

TechRadar reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“While it cannot quite match the image quality from an APS-C format DSLR all round, the E-PL2 produces high quality images. The level of detail present in low sensitivity images is high and noise control at the higher settings is impressive.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Electronista reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The Olympus E-PL2 is a very good update of the E-PL1. It’s better built and has a few nice, if predictable, new features (click-round wheel, screen, image processing etc.). As it stands, in early 2011, this is clearly the most attractive Pen camera on the market, and not just for its price!”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigiPhotoMag reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The E-PL2 is a smartly upgraded addition to the PEN series, and a good choice for the photographer who is looking for an advanced, interchangeable lens, image maker in a more compact size than even a lighter weight DSLR. The creative controls pair nicely with the low-light quality and advanced image processing to make this a fun and well-rounded piece of shooting equipment..”
Rating: N/A

CrunchGear reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“I enjoy the E-PL2′s improved size and shape as well as the improved lenses. As a small and light m4/3s, it works beautifully in most situations and in plenty of sunlight you’re going to get excellent results.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalVersus reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The Olympus E-PL2 is a very good update of the E-PL1. It’s better built and has a few nice, if predictable, new features (click-round wheel, screen, image processing etc.). As it stands, in early 2011, this is clearly the most attractive Pen camera on the market, and not just for its price!”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“the E-PL2’s contrast AF is the best we’ve seen from Olympus yet. In bright light, it focuses fast, though as with all contrastdetection systems we’ve used, it becomes noticeably slower as the light dims. “
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The Olympus E-PL2’s LCD monitor proved very accurate, showing about 101% coverage with our Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm f/2.0 low distortion prime. Very good results here. Since the electronic viewfinder is optional, we didn’t test its accuracy with the E-PL2. However, it tested just as accurate as the LCD on the E-P2, so we’d expect the same on the E-PL2. “
Rating: N/A

Photoblographer reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“Will I Buy One? Here’s the big question that everyone has on their mind. My answer: I’m leaning very much towards a yes. However, I’d purchase it with a Panasonic pancake lens and the viewfinder. I’d also get mine in white. “
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“Taking everything into account, we’d still be hard pressed to choose between this and the GF2, which only falls down in comparison because unlike the E-PL2 it doesn’t feature body integral anti shake, but is otherwise we feel more streamlined and slightly easier to use. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

Stuff.tv reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“For our money, the Sony NEX5 is still king in the land of the compact swappable lens camera, with the Panasonic GF2 next in line to the throne, but the E-PL2 deserves a place at the top table.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“On the surface, the differences between the E-PL1 and E-PL2 may not look extensive, but they make a big difference in both handling and performance. The rear control dial makes the E-PL2 a much more comfortable camera to use in manual exposure modes while the change to the ISO sensitivity range combined, we suspect, with some tweaking of the image processing, has resulted in improved image quality. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“Priced as high as an actual DSLR, you’ve got to want the added portability provided by the E-PL2 to consider buying one then. That said the smaller form factor makes this a camera you are much more likely to take out than a DSLR and lens combo. That’s got to be worth consideration.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The E-PL2 offers a small, light camera and plenty of features at a competitive price. If a compact, lightweight camera matters more to you than pure speed, then the E-PL2 makes perfect sense. If you haven’t already invested in lenses for another camera system then you have another reason to consider the purchase of the E-PL2.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The good: Good photo quality; intuitive button layout; better LCD display; faster focusing and image processing; smooth zoom and focusing for kit lens. The bad: Menu can be confusing for first-time users. The bottom line: The E-PL2 is a good mirrorless ILC which offers decent performance and pictures for an affordable price of S$998.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

CGG reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“Overall, we have no trouble “Highly Recommending” the E-PL2, to beginners looking at a compact system camera for improvements in image quality relative to point and shoot cameras..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SHP reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The E-PL2 is basically a “Hot Rodded” E-PL1 and it really is a fantastic photographic tool. I already said I would choose this over the E-P2 if choosing today but what about cameras in the same price range like the Sony NEX-5? The NEX-5 has the capability to pump out a better quality file but the Sony is seriously lacking in the lens department.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The E-PL2 is one of the best Olympus PEN cameras yet, refining an already appealing design with a few well-thought-out design tweaks (with the exception of the Live Wheel) and a much improved standard kit lens. It’s also a little cheaper too, making the new Olympus E-PL2 a serious contender for compact users looking to upgrade to a more full-featured yet still very portable camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalTrends reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“When it comes to Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-PL2 is a top choice. The image quality and size make it easy to use, and shooters have stunning photos that don’t require computer editing “
Rating: ★★★★½

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Pocket-Lint reviews the Olympus E-PL2 and writes;
“The Olympus E-PL2 offers a compact and attractive system camera with the potential to expand with a range of existing accessories. Baring some minor gripes about video capture and shadow noise, it is a fun camera and light enough to port around just about anywhere”
Rating: ★★★★½


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Olympus E-PL2 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus E-PL2 Features

Say goodbye to blurry images. In both still and movie modes – the E-PL2 Image Stabilization excels. The E-PL2’s three-mode In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to three shutter speed steps in the still shooting modes with any of its interchangeable lenses: Mode 1 for general shooting, Mode 2 for creative high-speed horizontal capture, and Mode 3 for high-speed vertical capture. The camera’s Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. In the Movie Modes the advanced Electronic Image Stabilization tracts the images both vertically and horizontally to achieve clear sharp movies, matching the performance of the in body IS.

Illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red eye, and fill in dark areas. Set the built-in pop-up flash to auto or control the amount of light the flash emits.

The E-PL2’s powerful 12.3 megapixel Live-MOS sensor packs a powerful high-quality imaging punch for such a compact camera, allowing you to capture more detail than ever before. The Live MOS image sensor delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.

In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO.

A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it cannot interfere with the picture imaging at any time.

Shoot movies at 30 frames per second, with high-quality sound, in 720p with available manual control over aperture and shutter speed. This new level of control allows you to express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with the press of a button. You can also capture HD video (720p) using one of the six Art Filters for more creative shooting options.

The E-PL2 includes a port (AP2) for new accessories including the MAL-1 accessory light, the PENPAL Bluetooth® accessory – which makes it easier than ever to share your images – as well as the VF-2 viewfinder, a detachable electronic viewfinder. The external accessory port also allows for connection with the new EMA-1 external microphone adapter for enhanced audio capture.

This Bluetooth accessory plugs into the camera’s accessory port to easily save albums, send pictures from your PEN to a smart phone or another PEN. This makes it easier than ever to share images to sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. When the information is sent, it includes shooting location to make geo-tagging easier than ever before.

Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler hues? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Or maybe you want to capture the fast-moving action of your subject with a little artistic blur, or perhaps freeze the action? Simply set the camera to iAuto, press OK to engage Live Guide, then press the up and down arrows on the back of the E-PL2 to easily slide through numerous photographic effects. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live — before the image is captured! Live Guide also features a Tips section on how to compose a shot or shoot kids, pets, flowers and more.

From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PL2 is equipped with 22 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to smooth your subject’s complexion. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with the new conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.

iAuto automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – and adjusts the settings to optimize results. iEnhance can be used in any mode, and automatically engages when using iAuto to enrich color in any subject, just as the human eye sees it.

The Micro Four Thirds Mount on the E-PL2 provides many key benefits, including the effectiveness of a digitally designed image sensor, an ultra-compact design, and expandability and compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Four Thirds System Lens via the MMF-2 Adapter.

Keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus. AF Live View displays subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way. AF Tracking locks your subject into focus and adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving.

The E-PL2 is capable of recording video to SDHC and SDXC media cards to accommodate large files. (SDHC Class 6 cards are recommended.) Videos, stills and high-fidelity audio can also be output via HDMI cable – direct to any HD television.

Also Consider

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Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D)

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Panasonic Lumix GF2

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Olympus E-PL1

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Olympus E-P2

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

One Response to “Olympus E-PL2”

  1. James says:

    Love the new design. Not sure that it’s worthed to upgrade your E-PL1 with this camera though.

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