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...
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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...
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.
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
Summary: The newest and fourth addition to the PEN series of Micro Four Thirds camera bodies, the Olympus E-PL2 is a 12.3 megapixel mirroless interchangeable lens camera. An enhanced version of the E-PL1 launched a year previously, it sits above it in the PEN product line rather than replacing it.
Pros: Very good image quality., Built-in Image Stabilisation., Compact, light kit zoom with quick AF., Hot Shoe and accessory port., Highly customisable.
Cons: Screen hard to see in bright conditions., Complex menu system., Mono audio mic., Disappointing sequential shooting., Movie mode still stuck at 720p Motion JPEG.
Excerpt: E-PL1 E-620 We saw a lot of this design at CES: camera bodies in multiple hues with vintage, retro feels. It’s inarguably cool, and anyone impressed by the massive array of colors Canon and Nikon offer in their point and shoots will be happy that the step up in camera performance doesn’t necessarily...
Pros: Stylish body and nice size, Low-noise images, Quality upgrades for the built-in filters and scene selectors, iAuto delivers impressive results
Cons: Nearly as expensive as a capable DSLR, No view finder, Could be underwhelming for experts, overwhelming for beginners