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Olympus PEN E-PL2
6.8 out of 10

Olympus PEN E-PL2

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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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Overall 7
7.1

Expert Review

DP Review
3 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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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
7.2

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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Overall 8
8.3

Olympus E-PL2

Camera Labs
1 February 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
7.8
Features 7
7.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Autofocus 8
8.0

Olympus Pen E-PL2 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-PL2

Trusted Reviews
19 May 2011
  • Summary: The latest budget model in Olympus' Micro Four Thirds range, is the E-PL2 the pick of the compact system camera bunch?
  • Pros: Large, quality 3in screen, Great image quality, In-body image stabilisation, Improved, silent kit lens, Inbuilt art filters
  • Cons: No instant access video, Slightly fiddly handling, Image quality not quite as good as DSLR, Not quite as slim as competition
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-PL2 review

electricpig
9 March 2011
  • Summary: The best PEN yet, but still not quite up to the standards set by Panasonic and Sony's compact system cameras.
  • Pros: Superb build quality. New kit lens. Sharp screen. User-friendly features. Good picture quality.
  • Cons: Video not up to rivals' standards. Touch-to-focus would have been welcome.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus PEN E-PL2 review

Stuff.tv
2 March 2011
  • Summary: When it comes to dinky cameras with swappable lenses, Panasonic and Sony have outshone the Olympus PEN range in recent times – but not any more. With the E-PL2, the original Micro Four Thirds pioneer has got its swagger back.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus E-PL2 review

T3
24 February 2011
  • Summary: Olympus Micro Four Thirds system Pen a DSLR alternative?
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