Summary Olympus E-PL2

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 9
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 35
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 6,400 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Olympus has replaced the PEN E-PL2 with the E-PL3.

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 announced June 2011
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies

Compare the new Olympus E-PL3 vs the E-PL2

reviewsWhat are people saying about the E-PL2

"Its image capture would be limited only by your own expertise." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"The plastic body will be a turn off for some people." | talking about the camera's build-quality
"On a number of occasions I brushed my thumb against the video record button while shooting a still." | talking about the camera's button-layout


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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Hands-on Review
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The Olympus E-PL2 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


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The Olympus E-PL2 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
573 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.4 bits
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
434 ms shutter lag
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.2 EV
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
January 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users




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