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.
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: 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. It starts with the kit lens, a brand new 14-42mm zoom that matches the old one for compactness but feels far less cheap and plasticky when you give it a twist. There’s an ultra-smooth focus ring on there and the optical quality seems higher too.
Summary: På bildekvalitet er det ikke den store forskjellen mellom disse to. Det nye objektivet har to klare fordeler. For det første er det en halv centimeter slankere, og for det andre fokuserer det raskere. Kameraet har ikke hjelpelys til autofokus. På brukersiden er knappene litt overraskende blitt gjort litt mindre, men til gjengjeld er navigasjonsknappen erstattet av et glimrende innstillingshjul under høyre tommelfinger, slik det også er på mange andre kameraer.
Excerpt: På billedkvalitet er der ikke den store forskel. Det nye objektiv har to fordele. For det første er det godt en halv centimeter slankere, og for det andet fokuserer det væsentligt hurtigere. Kameraet har desværre ikke hjælpelys til autofokus. På betjeningssiden er knapperne overraskende nok gjort lidt mindre, men til gengæld er navigationsknappen erstattet af et glimrende indstillingshjul under højre tommelf nger, som det også kendes fra mange andre kameraer.