Excerpt: Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve seen the PEN E-PL1 and this one comes at the right time â€” and price â€” for an entry level camera following the Four Thirds plan. In keeping with the PEN format the camera is mirrorless, dispensing with the pentaprism and optical viewing. The review Olympus PEN E-PL2 was supplied with the f3.5/14-42mm and f4/40-150mm lenses.
Summary: If you frequently change your exposure settings or shoot a lot 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)
Summary: Despite that, the Olympus E-PL2 is a fantastic little camera. Photo quality isn't far off that of DSLRs, yet the packaging is a lot more compact and easy to carry round with you. The Olympus E-PL2 is well worth a look if you're in the market for a premium camera with interchangeable lenses.
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.
Excerpt: (1 items) Olympus is putting a lot of energy into its Micro Four Thirds product line, and the PEN E-PL2 digital SLR demonstrates that the company has no plans to rest on its laurels. Even though it has stayed with the 12.3-megapixel Live CMOS image sensor that we see in other PEN cameras, Olympus has redesigned the body of the E-PL2, improved the LCD, upgraded the accessory port, retooled the kit lens, and introduced a handful of creative accessories. The result?
Pros: Ergonomically comfortable body with textured hand grip, recessed on/off button, mode dial, and control wheel, Improved 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko MSC zoom kit lens, In-body image stabilization, Manual exposure and art filters in movie controls, Accessory Port 2 for expanded functionality, Built-in wireless flash control
Cons: No built-in external mic jack—must buy accessory port adapter, Complex menu system, Limited to AVI movie format (Motion JPEG OpenDML)
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.
Conclusion: The E-PL2 is an enjoyable and convenient camera. That said, it’s also a difficult purchase to justify. Budding photographers might like this transitional approach, but those planning to expand their repertoire past a Micro Four Thirds and onto fully-equipped DSLRs will have to take the $600 plunge. That’s $100 more than last year’s E-PL1, which we already criticized for being too expensive.
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
Excerpt: Whatever you want to call it, the 12-megapixel Olympus E-PL2 is its manufacturer’s fourth attempt to bring such a camera to public prominence. The pitch is again quality comparable with a digital SLR but a shape that is closer to a pocket compact, even though it won’t actually fit in one with lens attached. And yes, the lens on the front can be swapped, with a 14-42mm zoom provided in the ‘cheapest’ kit, which will set you back around £500.