Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

Items often bought with the PEN E-PL2 or PEN E-PL1

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

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
434 ms vs 820 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1300 ms vs 2200 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Weight
Slightly lighter
334 g vs 362 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL2$394.00
              PEN E-PL1$259.99
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL21/4000s
              PEN E-PL11/2000s
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL210.2 EV
              PEN E-PL110.1 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL2434 ms
              PEN E-PL1820 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL2460k dots
              PEN E-PL1230k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-PL221.4 bits
              PEN E-PL121.5 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL255.0
              PEN E-PL154.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL2573 ISO
              PEN E-PL1487 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $230 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $549 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price More expensive

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $350 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

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