Summary: There's no denying that the E-PL2 is a welcome development over the E-PL1 and, in many ways, is the most rounded of the non-viewfinder Compact System Cameras. Starting with its looks, it's a balanced blend of retro and modern that eclipses its rivals, with a solid build that belies its price.
Summary: On the one hand we have a small and rather fiddly camera that needs some considerable care in operation. On the other hand we have a very compact unit that can deliver the very highest quality of results, and this must in the end be what counts. For travel this has to be a very serious contender, offering as it does the prospect of lightening the load to be carried and reducing its bulk as well.
Pros: High quality results, Compact size, Value for money, Stylish retro design
Cons: Fiddly operation of some controls, Limited lens range
Conclusion: Priced at £529 at launch, the biggest problem the Olympus E-PL2 faces is being priced too close to more capable entry-level DSLR models, which ultimately will offer finer detail in the same conditions. However, the looks and the compact nature, along with the solid build quality, should mean that the E-PL2 appeals as an alternative to a high-end compact as a back-up camera, or as a step-up model for those interested in getting more control.
Pros: Compact, good build quality, Art Filters are fun, simple controls, some great quality results, growing number of accessories in the Micro Four Thirds arena
Cons: Not much of a change over the E-PL1, some intermittent shadow noise at low ISOs