Summary: 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.
Pros: The E-PL2 delivers excellent photo quality, with an extremely customizable interface.
Cons: Performance has improved, but the E-PL2 still couldn't be classified as fast overall.
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 noise reduction, Abundance of customization options, Some manual control in movie mode, Small and quiet kit lens, Art filters are fun to play with and also work in movie mode, Aut...
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 built-in flash (but still better than having no flash)
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 access to a wide range of lenses and accessories. Its image capture would be limited only by your own expertise.
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: On paper the Olympus E-PL2 is a modest upgrade to the E-PL1. In your hands, that might be a completely different story. The more professional-grade build quality, the larger screen and the modest improvements in performance are compelling reasons to purchase the E-PL2.
Pros: Excellent image quality in a tiny package, Stylish and durable-feeling design, Easy to use basic functions
Cons: Slow AF performance compared to DSLRs, Detail smoothing at high ISOs, Difficult menus for advanced functions
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.
The E-PL2 shares the same size sensor as the E-PL1 and other PEN bodies, but has a bigger 3 inch screen with 460 thousand pixels.
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: The latest model in Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds PEN line up continues to appeal to novices ready for a more technical experience. Like the E-PL1 , the E-PL2 serves as a stepping stone for photographers who have mastered the pocket point-and-shoot, but are wary of big-body DSLR investments. The E-PL2 begins where its predecessor left off, and still includes the 12.3-megapixel, high-speed Live MOS image sensor found in the more professional Olympus E-30 and E-620 DSLRs.
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
Summary: With the Olympus Pen E-PL2’s simple styling, ease of use and competitive price, it will appeal to entry-level photographers who don’t want to dip their toes into the seemingly murky waters of buying and using a DSLR. The addition of a range of customisable art filters and standard-resolution HD video capture confirm its mass-market position, but it will also appeal to enthusiast photographers looking for a small light camera for travel and street photography.
Summary: The latest entry-level PEN camera comes with a new kit lens, adjustable Art Filters and support for additional accessories.Announced in early January, the E-PL2 is a fourth-generation model in Olympus's PEN family of compact interchangeable lens cameras. Featuring the same 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Sensor as the E-PL1, the new model has a redesigned user interface and larger, higher-resolution LCD monitor.
Pros: You want a compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses, raw file capture plus in-camera image stabilisation and effective dust reduction technology., You require a built-in flash that can be used to trigger wireless flash units remotely. Don't buy this camera if :, You require an informative user manual., You would like a built-in viewfinder., You require a wide dynamic range in JPEG shots., You have limited manual dexterity (the buttons and dial are small and ...