As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 is also often compared to pro digicams, travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Olympus PEN E-PL2's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LF1 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60) and Olympus (such as the PEN E-P1 and the PEN E-PL3)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL2 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), can focus continuously while recording movies, has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs LIVEMOS) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1
1 year older
$349 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-P1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-P1 and E-PL2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (121×70×36 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
6 months newer
$378 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL3 (vs the E-PL2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL3 (vs the E-PL2)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL3 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (110×64×37 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
10 months newer
$347 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs NMOS

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the E-PM1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PM1 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7
3 years newer
$454 (body only)
$651 12-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

Significant advantages of the E-PL7 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL7 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs NMOS
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL7 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3
6 months newer
$450 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P3 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-P3 (vs the E-PL2)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-P3 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (122×69×34 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL2 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses, is slightly less expensive ($434.95 vs $2,041.61), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 60 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
2 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and E-PL2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $299.01 vs $434.95
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 280 shots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the G16 and E-PL2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 250 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
3 months older
$2,042

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 280 shots

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the G12 and E-PL2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon DL24-85

Nikon DL24-85
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DL24-85 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the DL24-85 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DL24-85 and E-PL2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
similar age
$549

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the XZ-1 and E-PL2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
8 months newer
$750

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X10 and E-PL2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL2 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 9.8 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has interchangeable lenses, is significantly less expensive ($434.95 vs $2,192.19) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is much larger (mid size (115×73×42 mm) vs compact (105×58×33 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps) and has a slightly shorter battery life (280 shots vs 300 shots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
3 years newer
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and E-PL2

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lighter: 208 g vs 362 g

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the ZS15 and E-PL2

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Olympus SH-21

Olympus SH-21
10 months newer
$198

Significant advantages of the SH-21 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×31 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Much lighter: 184 g vs 362 g
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SH-21 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SH-21 and E-PL2

  • Inexpensive: $197.54 vs $434.95

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
similar age
$450

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-ZS10 and E-PL2

  • Inexpensive: $450.00 vs $434.95
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL2 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen and is newer (january 2011 vs july 2009).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 4 fps) and has much more startup delay (1300 ms vs 500 ms).

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year older
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the D3000 and E-PL2

  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 1.7"

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
2 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 108 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the Rebel XS and E-PL2

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1.7"

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
2 years newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the E-PL2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the SL1 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Thin: 2.7" vs 1.7"

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the E-PL2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the D5100 and E-PL2

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30
2 years older
$1,599 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-30 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-30 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (142×108×75 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)

common strengths of the E-30 and E-PL2

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL2 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (115×73×42 mm) vs prosumer size (114×89×96 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs CCD), is thinner (1.7" vs 4.1") and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much shorter battery life (280 shots vs 590 shots).

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
4 years newer
$274

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much longer battery life: 590 shots vs 280 shots
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly thicker: 3.8" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the L840 and E-PL2

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Thin: 3.8" vs 1.7"
  • Light weight: 538 g vs 362 g

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
similar age
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the E-PL2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 280 shots
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the P500 and E-PL2

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 362 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.7"

Samsung HZ25W

Samsung HZ25W
2 years older

Significant advantages of the HZ25W (vs the E-PL2)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the HZ25W (vs the E-PL2)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the HZ25W and E-PL2

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (116×83×92 mm) vs Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
  • Very light: 428 g vs 362 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.7"