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

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