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Olympus PEN E-PL2
6.7 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Overall 6
6.0

Olympus PEN E-PL2

neocamera.com
29 September 2011
  • Summary: The Olympus PEN E-PL2 is one of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras yet packs plenty of advanced features despite its entry-level design. It includes image-stabilization and a popup flash. Its accessory port lets it use an optional high-resolution EVF or stereo microphone.
  • Pros: Excellent control over image noise, Good image sharpness, Impecable custom white-balance, Good color accuracy, Controllable tone-curve, Instant video recording start and stop, Quite responsive, Extremely useful Spot Highlight metering mode, Selectable AE-L metering, Highly customizable, Good buil...
  • Cons: Frequently slow autofocus speed, Imperfect focus, Automatic AF-point selection not so good, Unreliable AWB, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Disturbing AF during video recording, 1 Second blackout, Impossile to confirm focus on LCD without MF-Assist, Incorrect saturation on LCD preview, Control-dial too ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review

Digital Photography School
6 July 2011
  • Conclusion: I had great fun with this compact, manageable camera. Colour and sharpness? Excellent. I could not expand this review any further. To do so would be to add mere padding. Truth is, with the PEN E-PL2 what you see is pretty well what you get: it is a fine quality, interchangeable lens camera, offering...
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Mid Rangefinder

Gear Patrol
21 June 2011
  • Excerpt: Slotted right beneath the price of the PEN E-P2, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 ($599) is a more attainable priced rangefinder based on the Micro Four Thirds sensor. Olympus has piled on the features, including a newly designed body, 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 3″ LCD screen, improved autofocus with...
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-PL2

PC Magazine
2 June 2011
  • Conclusion: The Olympus E-PL2 is the least-expensive compact interchangeable-lens camera you can buy. And while it offers very good image quality, some same-price cameras use even larger image sensors and deliver better low-light performance.
  • Pros: Beautiful image quality. Compact body. Large image sensor. Digital accessories port and hotshoe. Dual menu system tailored toward either beginners or seasoned photographers. Silent autofocus during video recording with kit lens.
  • Cons: Low light performance isn't as good as cameras with APS-C-size image sensors. Proprietary USB port.
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Overall 7
7.1

Expert Review

DP Review
1 June 2011
  • Summary: If you frequently change your exposure settings or shoot in low light, you might want to try the E-PL2 out before you commit to a purchase, but for everyone else, the Olympus is a great combination of image quality and portability.
  • Pros: Good resolution and detail at base ISO, Compact camera/kit lens package, Nice screen with good resolution (460K dots), Good build quality and handling, Generally responsive and snappy operation, Reliable metering, Good AF speed with kit lens, Decent high ISO performance and good control over nois...
  • Cons: Exposure control with the rear dial not great if you change settings frequently, Inefficient movie format results in very large file sizes, No orientation sensor means having to rotate every portrait image manually, Menu system can be a little overwhelming for novice users, Slightly underpowered ...
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Camera Test: Olympus PEN E-PL2

Pop Photo
20 May 2011
  • Summary: In our opinion, the E-PL2 is one of the better ILCs on the market. It takes advantage of the now-wide array of lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds system while offering a compact and powerful body with the best features that Olympus has developed for this still-young format.
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Overall 9
8.7
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
8.5

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review

What Digital Camera
5 May 2011
  • Summary: At £479 for the standard kit at launch, the E-PL2 is competitively priced against the competition. It’s roughly £30 more than the equivalent Panasonic GF2 kit, and £30 less than the Sony NEX-5 kit, while the Samsung NX100 is the most affordable of them all at £299.
  • Pros: Design, Build, Handling and competitive image quality
  • Cons: No viewfinder may put off some and performance not up to a similar priced DSLR
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Expert Review

photo.net
4 May 2011
  • Excerpt: As International CES kicks off for 2011, Olympus has announced the 12.1 megapixel E-PL2 camera, the micro four thirds replacement of the E-PL1. The pixel count remains the same as its predecessor, but there are a number of cosmetic changes, feature upgrades, a new 14-42 f/2/5 -5.6 II kit lens, along...
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
23 February 2011
  • Excerpt: The Olympus E-PL2 ($599 with lens) is a consumer-friendly interchangeable lens camera that uses the Micro Four Thirds standard. It's the successor the to E-PL1, and has a fairly modest list of improvements.
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Overall 7
7.2

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
10 February 2011
  • Summary: Since 2009 the world of digital photography has been changed with the introduction of pocket-sized cameras that use interchangeable lenses like those used on DSLRs, but don’t have the bulky viewfinders.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Stylish build, Easy to use basic functions
  • Cons: Slow AF compared to DSLRs, Detail smoothing at high ISO, Difficult to find advanced menu options
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