Summary Olympus PEN E-PL2

Prices Price
Body only Unknown With 14-42mm lens $394
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 9 Among similar cameras #n/a of 49
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm Screen resolution Help 460k dots
Megapixels Help 12.2 MP Movie format Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 6,400 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Replacement

Olympus has replaced the PEN E-PL2 with the E-PL3.

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

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

reviewsWhat are people saying about the PEN E-PL2

"Its image capture would be limited only by your own expertise."
digital-photography-school.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Only when reaching ISO 1600 did I notice noise rising to a noticeable level. ISO 3200 is still useable. ISO 6400? Forget it!"
digital-photography-school.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"On a number of occasions I brushed my thumb against the video record button while shooting a still."
digital-photography-school.com | talking about the camera's button-layout

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Pros

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The Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Lens availability More lenses available Help
40 lenses
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$394.00
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds

Cons

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The Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
573 ISO
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
55.0
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Color depth Less color depth Help
21.4 bits
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.2 EV
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
434 ms shutter lag
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
None
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
11
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
0
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
280 shots
3D Doesn't take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Announced Old Help
January, 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
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