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Brand: Olympus
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Announcing a New Way To Shoot And Share Your Stills And Movies! The PEN E-PL2 continues the PEN family's legacy of a small, light and simple design, intuitive interface and DSLR image quality and expands your creative potential with new lens technology, Live Guide, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight accessory (MAL-1) for macro photography and the new Olympus PENPAL Bluetooth accessory. And the newly designed E-PL2's ergonomic body makes capturing amazing still images and HD video more fun than ever before.

SMALLER, SILENT KIT LENS
The E-PL2 comes with the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. This new kit lens has a smooth, silent and quick inner focus mechanism to make it exceptionally fast and nearly silent when recording high-definition movie.

NEW LIVE GUIDE FOR STILLS AND MOVIES
The PEN E-PL2's Live Guide system takes the guesswork out of great photography and videography by allowing you to preview effects at the touch of a button. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler color? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic and videographic effects. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live – before the image is captured!

FACE DETECTION WITH EYE DETECT AF
Nail the focus every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an Eye Detect AF that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting.

3-INCH HIGH-RESOLUTION LCD
The E-PL2 provides an overall excellent user experience with a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD monitor and a control dial.

EXPAND YOUR CREATIVE HORIZONS WITH BUILT-IN EFFECTS
Olympus appreciates that you may not have hours to spend retouching your images on the computer. The E-PL2 has improved Art Filters with selectable new Art Filter variations that allow users to customize each filter with different moods and effects and an Art Effect function to add various composition effects to the picture. Six Art Filters are incorporated including the new Dramatic Tone filter. With the E-PL2's Multiple Exposure you can shoot one shot, then another and combine them in real time, or capture both shots separately and combine them within the camera later. Choose from one of six background music tracks when playing an in-camera slideshow.

BIG SENSOR, NOT A BIG BODY
At the heart of the E-PL2 is a large-size image sensor that's the same sensor as the one inside the Olympus E-30 and E-620 Digital SLR models. The only difference between this sensor and what the pros use is that this big sensor is inside the much smaller body of the E-PL2. This high-performance 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor (8 times larger than the average point-and-shoot camera sensor) delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and state-of-the-art technology to reduce noise and capture fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.

HD MOVIES MADE EASY
Recording HD movies with the E-PL2 is simple thanks to an easy-to-reach one-touch record button on the back of the camera body. If you're about to snap a photo and you realize a video would capture the spirit of the scene even better, simply press the record button and instantly you're capturing videos! Easily toggle back and forth between capturing stills and video by using your index finger to press the shutter button or your thumb to press the red record button. Having the ability to shoot still images and videos opens up a world of imaging possibilities.

Olympus E-PL2 PEN Camera Features

    IN-BODY IMAGE STABILIZATION
    Say goodbye to blurry images. In both still and movie modes - the E-PL2 Image Stabilization excels. The E-PL2's three-mode In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to three shutter speed steps in the still shooting modes with any of its interchangeable lenses: Mode 1 for general shooting, Mode 2 for creative high-speed horizontal capture, and Mode 3 for high-speed vertical capture. The camera's Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. In the Movie Modes the advanced Electronic Image Stabilization tracts the images both vertically and horizontally to achieve clear sharp movies, matching the performance of the in body IS.

    BUILT-IN POP-UP FLASH
    Illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red eye, and fill in dark areas. Set the built-in pop-up flash to auto or control the amount of light the flash emits.

    12.3 MEGAPIXEL
    The E-PL2's powerful 12.3 megapixel Live-MOS sensor packs a powerful high-quality imaging punch for such a compact camera, allowing you to capture more detail than ever before. The Live MOS image sensor delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.

    TRUEPIC V IMAGE PROCESSOR
    In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO.

    DUST REDUCTION SYSTEM
    A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it cannot interfere with the picture imaging at any time.

    HD MOVIE WITH MANUAL CONTROL, ART FILTER MOVIE, AND NEW DIRECT MOVIE BUTTON
    Shoot movies at 30 frames per second, with high-quality sound, in 720p with available manual control over aperture and shutter speed. This new level of control allows you to express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with the press of a button. You can also capture HD video (720p) using one of the six Art Filters for more creative shooting options.

    ACCESSORY PORT
    The E-PL2 includes a port (AP2) for new accessories including the MAL-1 accessory light, the PENPAL Bluetooth® accessory – which makes it easier than ever to share your images – as well as the VF-2 viewfinder, a detachable electronic viewfinder. The external accessory port also allows for connection with the new EMA-1 external microphone adapter for enhanced audio capture.

    PENPal
    This Bluetooth accessory plugs into the camera's accessory port to easily save albums, send pictures from your PEN to a smart phone or another PEN. This makes it easier than ever to share images to sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. When the information is sent, it includes shooting location to make geo-tagging easier than ever before.

    NEW EASY-TO USE-LIVE GUIDE CONTROL
    Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler hues? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Or maybe you want to capture the fast-moving action of your subject with a little artistic blur, or perhaps freeze the action? Simply set the camera to iAuto, press OK to engage Live Guide, then press the up and down arrows on the back of the E-PL2 to easily slide through numerous photographic effects. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live -- before the image is captured! Live Guide also features a Tips section on how to compose a shot or shoot kids, pets, flowers and more.

    22 SCENE-SELECT MODES
    From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PL2 is equipped with 22 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to smooth your subject's complexion. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with the new conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.

    IAUTO WITH IENHANCE
    iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – and adjusts the settings to optimize results. iEnhance can be used in any mode, and automatically engages when using iAuto to enrich color in any subject, just as the human eye sees it.

    MICRO FOUR THIRDS MOUNT
    The Micro Four Thirds Mount on the E-PL2 provides many key benefits, including the effectiveness of a digitally designed image sensor, an ultra-compact design, and expandability and compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Four Thirds System Lens via the MMF-2 Adapter.

    AUTOFOCUS LIVE VIEW WITH AUTOFOCUS TRACKING
    Keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus. AF Live View displays subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way. AF Tracking locks your subject into focus and adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving.

    MEDIA CARDS
    The E-PL2 is capable of recording video to SDHC and SDXC media cards to accommodate large files. (SDHC Class 6 cards are recommended.) Videos, stills and high-fidelity audio can also be output via HDMI cable – direct to any HD television.

ACCESSORIES
Olympus has five new accessories to help you further expand what you can do with PEN cameras. Three new affordable and compact conversion lenses – Fisheye, Wide Angle and Macro – help you create fun and interesting photos with ease. The MAL-1 macro arm light helps you illuminate your subject during macro shooting or high-definition movie shooting. And the PENPAL Bluetooth accessory makes it easier than ever to share your images.
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Compact(6), Easy to use(5), Fast/accurate auto-focus(3), Good image quality(3), Great resolution(3)
Cons:
No viewfinder(4)
Best Uses:
Family photos(4), Low light(4), Sports/action(3), Travel(4), Video(3)
Describe Yourself:
Photo enthusiast(4)
Was this a gift?:
No(6)
 
I am so glad I sold my E-PL1 for this!!
By Joe GVerified Purchaser from Los Angeles on 5/4/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual exposure, Manual focus, Strobe light off-camera, Strobe light on-camera
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
Auto-focus in low light, No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Event shooting, Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, UrbanStreet photography, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-PL2 PEN Digital Camera w/m14-42mm Lens (Black):

Phenomenal camera for its size. Really, really good image quality in both JPEG and RAW, especially in ample lighting. The ability to use legacy lenses really helps in creativity and versatility. The size means you can carry it to more places and makes this an excellent alternative to larger dSLR. Studio photos are very competitive with larger DSLRs, as well.

 
Great camera with loads of features!
By CherieVerified Purchaser from Baldwinsville, NY on 4/6/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites, Use in professional publications
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Fun to use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, GREAT Video Quality, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-PL2 PEN Digital Camera w/m14-42mm Lens (Black):

I bought this camera because I missed my old 35 mm with changeable lenses but didn't want to lug around one of those huge digitals that the professionals use. I also wanted to be able to adjust the settings for shutter, speed aperture, etc. but also wanted point and shoot features. This is a great camera and loads of fun to use. It takes great pictures and makes photography as easy, or complex and artistic, as you want it to be at any moment.

 
excellent compact camera
By Peter SVerified Purchaser from charlotte, nc on 4/6/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Touchscreen
What do you do with your digital images?:
Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in professional publications
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
8
Ease of Operation:
6
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
7
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
7
Overall Experience:
8
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Very versatile camera, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-PL2 PEN Digital Camera w/m14-42mm Lens (Black):

This is a great alternative to my bulky Canon 7D and lenses

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Is the PEN really mightier than a sword
By aPENtureVerified Purchaser from west hills, CA. on 3/21/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Digital zoom, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Display on television, Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy to Use, Ergonomic design, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons:
Needs AF assist light, Struggles in low light
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Macro Photography, Sports/Action, Video
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-PL2 PEN Digital Camera w/m14-42mm Lens (Black):

Ive been to photography for almost 3yrs now and stepping up from a point and shoot I have carefully deliberated on which camera to buy. I didnt wan to lug around a cumbersome camera like the DSLR in my everyday use and this camera fit perfectly fot its compact size. with the option of interchangeable lenses, you are definitely covered to whatever situation you are in with regards to photography. having 12.3MP is more than enough to get great details on your subject. The controls were updated comparing it to the E-pl1 making it easier to use with regards to adjustments on the fly. the menue is easy to navigate and understand with tips being intergrated in the camera as well. its like having a pro by your side ready to answer questions on how to take good pictures. Another upgrade is the 3"LCD which has double the resolution of the previous model. more detail is now seen thru the LCD thus making it easier and fun to enjoy and appreciate photos you have just captured. The kit lens seemed to have shrunk comparing it to the old one but dont let this decieve you. it works 3x better than the old one having a silent motor and a faster focus speed aswell. clarity and the crisp images it takes make you wonder how a small lens could capture great pictures. mainly i believe it the 3 aspherical components it has that really made the difference. What I love about it is that you could be side by side with people carrying big DSLR cameras and having the same quality of pictures taken after,or maybe even better at times. and with the built in art filters only makes this camera more fun to use. no need for post processing and you could have pro quality effects ready to share by attatching it to your flat scfeen TV and enjoying all the moments captured. making all those dslr users watch your photos is enough to make you smile and feel good.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
High value purchase
By Joe the RunnerVerified Purchaser from Boston, MA on 3/14/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Low-light shooting, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Email to friends and family, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
7
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Macro Photography, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-PL2 PEN Digital Camera w/m14-42mm Lens (Black):

Purchased this camera as an upgrade to our compact. We wanted better quality photos, more flexibility, and better indoor pictures. All around great purchase. While we're still learning about the best way to use the cameras, the controls are intuitive enough to lead us through the capabilities. All changes are just one menu level down, making for quick changes during shooting.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camera!
By cloudpostVerified Purchaser from MN on 2/16/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
8
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
5
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-PL2 PEN Digital Camera w/m14-42mm Lens (Black):

This camera is awesome! This has been the most fun i've had with a camera yet. Its small enough to be taken anywhere and not be noticed. (just the other day we went into a fancy restaurant for valentines day and nobody batted an eye) I got a couple adapters on [...] for it so i can use it with some old glass i have had laying around. All and all its been a blast.

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