The Olympus E-PL2 offers the same good image quality as the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1. A cosmetic update keeps it fresh, but there’s no need for E-PL1 users to replace their current cameras.
With the promise of ‘fuss free’ photography for those wanting to take higher quality pictures than their current compact allows, the 12.3 effective megapixel E-PL2 is Olympus’ fourth Micro Four Thirds compact system Digital Pen camera.
- 12 megapixel Four Thirds sized sensor
- In-body image stabilization
- ‘Live Guide II’ interface works in still and movie capture modes
- 3″ LCD screen (460,000 dots)
- Built-in flash
- Eye-detection AF
- Direct record movie button
- 720p 30fps HD video (AVI Motion JPEG format)
- ISO 200-6400
- Accessory port for add-ons such as electronic viewfinder and new ‘PENpal’ bluetooth transmitter
E-PL2 vs E-P2: Key differences
Although the E-PL2 is a less expensive camera than the E-P2 that sits above it, it gives very little ground to its big brother in terms of specification, and is better specified than the E-PL1. The biggest differences between the E-PL2 and E-P2 are in fact cosmetic and ergonomic: the E-PL2’s more compact-camera-like interface, the simplified construction and of course the slightly more compact, more ‘styled’ body shell.
- One control dial (vs. 2 on the E-P2)
- Built-in flash (external flashes only on E-P2)
- Compatible with PENpal PP-1 bluetooth accessory (the E-P2 is incompatible).
- Direct record movie button vs. movies as position on E-P2 mode dial
- Mono mic with option to add stereo using adapter vs. built-in stereo mics
- No orientation sensor on E-PL2