Olympus PEN E-PL2

Announced Jan 6, 2011 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Jan 6, 2011
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The E-PL2 is the second easy and accessible but fully-featured interchangeable lens compact in the Olympus PEN series. It features the same 12MP Four Thirds sensor that has been used in the rest of PEN series but features ergonomics greatly improved by the addition of a control dial and more substantial construction. It also tends to come fitted with the faster focusing Mark II version of the retractable 14-42mm kits lens, offering a real benefit over the E-PL1.

Beyond this it offers a higher resolution screen (460k dots), and a revised accessory socket (called AP2) that allows the use of an even wider selection of add-ons. At the heart of it, though, is a camera that produces attractive, DSLR-standard images in a relatively compact body and offers something both for experienced photographers and beginners.

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Review, Feb 11, 2011
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto ISO (200 - 6400), Manual ISO (100 - 6400), 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 362 g (0.80 lb / 12.77 oz)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 42 mm (4.49 x 2.83 x 1.65)
GPS None

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Our review

If you frequently change your exposure settings or shoot in low light, you might want to try the E-PL2 out before you commit to a purchase, but for everyone else, the Olympus is a great combination of image quality and portability.

Good for: Anyone who wants a large sensor in a small package

Not so good for: Photographers who frequently change exposure settings or shoot a large proportion of their images in low light

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