Summary Olympus PEN E-PL2

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 13
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 41
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
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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Olympus has replaced the PEN E-PL2 with the E-PL3.

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

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." | talking about the camera's image-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
"Only when reaching ISO 1600 did I notice noise rising to a noticeable level. ISO 3200 is still useable. ISO 6400? Forget it!" | talking about the camera's iso-noise


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL2.


Olympus PEN E-PL2 Hands-on Review
  • High ISO
  • 1080p Full HD
  • Macro
  • Manual focus


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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
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds
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
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


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The Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
280 shots
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
573 ISO
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Color depth Less color depth Help
21.4 bits
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.2 EV
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
434 ms shutter lag
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Announced Old Help
January, 2011
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help




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