Olympus PEN E-PL2 review

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Olympus Pen E-PL2: Image quality and resolution

As part of our image quality testing we shot our resolution chart with the Olympus E-PL2 and its M Four Thirds 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MSC kit lens

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Olympus E-PL2 is capable of resolving up to nearly (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Full iso 200 jpeg resolution chart image

ISO 200 jpeg resolution chart image crop

ISO 200 JPEG score: 24, full image

ISO 400 jpeg resolution chart image crop

ISO 400 JPEG score: 22, full image

ISO 800 jpeg resolution chart image crop

ISO 800 JPEG score: 18, full image

ISO 1600 jpeg resolution chart image crop

ISO 1600 JPEG score: 16, full image

ISO 3200 jpeg resolution chart image crop

ISO 3200 JPEG score: 16, full image

ISO 6400 jpeg resolution chart image crop

ISO 6400 JPEG score: 14/16, full image

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