Olympus Pen E-PL2: Verdict

Although it delivers on its primary aim of helping novice photographers make adjustments to the aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance and colour saturation without them realising they are doing so, the Live Guide doesn't go far enough. For a start it doesn't allow the adjustments to be applied in combination, so the user must choose between blurring the background or adjusting image colour.

The E-PL2's Live Guide also doesn't explain how the camera settings are changed, it merely indicates their impact. This means that novices photographers aren't encouraged to progress on to more advanced shooting mode such as aperture or shutter priority and to explore more of the control available to them. This is a shame as the E-PL2 provides plenty of control and opportunity for customisation.

While it cannot quite match the image quality from an APS-C format DSLR all round, the E-PL2 produces high quality images. The level of detail present in low sensitivity images is high and noise control at the higher settings is impressive.

Score

Features 4/5

Build and handling 3/5

Performance 3/5

Value 3/5

Overall 3/5