Olympus PEN E-PL2 review

Retro styled and easy to use

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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

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
ColourBlack
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