Olympus PEN E-PL2 review

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Olympus Pen E-PL2: Features

Olympus hasn't cast the net far for components for the E-PL2 as it has the same Four Thirds type, 12.3 million pixel Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor as the E-PL1 (and probably the E-P2) as well as the same TruePic V processor.

The most significant changes that the E-PL2 brings over the E-PL1's specification are a larger screen with greater resolution (3in and 460,000 dots rather than 2.7in and 230,000 dots), an expansion of the non-technical Live Guide available in the iAuto mode to include the HD Movie mode and the Dramatic Tone Art filter. The maximum sensitivity settings has also been pushed 1 EV to ISO 6400, but this is accompanied by an increase in the minimum setting from ISO 100 to ISO 200.

Olympus has also revised the Pen accessory port, dubbed the Accessory Port 2 for the E-PL2, and introduced the Penpal PP-1 Bluetooth device to simplify sending images to smart 'phones, laptops and other enabled cameras. The device automatically resizes images and prepares them for uploading to your chosen social networking site.

As with Olympus's other Pen cameras, the E-PL2 offers ESP light metering which uses information from 324 zones, plus centreweighted, spot, highlight and shadow metering. Images may be captured as raw or JPEG files (or both simultaneously) in the usual PASM exposure modes. There are also 22 scene modes and six art filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film,Pin Hole, DioramaandDramatic Tone).

Another significant change with the E-PL2 is more correctly attributed to its most popular kit lens, the Micro Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MSC. Despite being slightly longer than the original Micro Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 when it is collapsed, this new lens is a little lighter and shorter when fully extended. More importantly, the new optic is an MSC (Movie and Stills Compatible) lens so the auto focusing is quieter and faster than before.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPEN
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom3x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)317 g
Image Sensor Size4/3" (18 mm x 13.50 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height72.7 mm
Width115.4 mm
Depth42 mm
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-PL2
Product NamePEN E-PL2 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
Exposure Control
  • Programme Automatic
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN4288092
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

The new PEN E-PL2 boosts your photography to the next level. Packed with simple, intuitive settings such as the Live Guide for stills and movies and the Live Wheel for making instant adjustments, the E-PL2 helps you to take incredible pictures.

Package Contents
  • PEN E-PL2 Mirrorless Camera
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II Lens
  • BLS-5 Battery
  • BCS-5 Battery Charger
  • Micro Four Thirds Body Cap (BC-2)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-VC2 Video Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty2 Year