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

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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.
Olympus E-PL2 PEN Camera Specifications

Product Type

  • Product type Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camer
  • Memory SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXCcompatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
  • Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
  • Effective Pixels number 12.3 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit
  • Product type High speed Live MOS Sensor
  • Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
  • Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)
  • Filter array Primary color filter (RGB)
  • Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording(Still)
  • Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
  • File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
  • Recording image size [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels [JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
  • File Size RAW: 4032(H)x3042(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB
    Set 1(LF): 4032(H)x3042(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.9MB
    Set 2(LN): 4032(H)x3042(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
    Set 3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
    Set 4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Recording(Movie)
  • Recording format AVI Motion JPEG(30fps, Some Art Filters are exceptional)
  • Movie Mode HD: 1280(H)x720(V) Aspect 16:9
  • SD: 640(H)x480(V) Aspect 4:3(VGA)
  • Compression Ratio 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
  • File Size Max 2GB(limited by AVI format)
  • Maximum Recording Time HD: 7min, SD: 14min (Some Art Filters are exceptional)
Recording(Sound)
  • Recording format Wave Format Base
  • Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
  • Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
  • Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
  • Mic/Speaker Mono/Mono (Stereo recording is available by using SEMA-1)
Live View
  • Type Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type
  • Field of view 100%
  • Display Mode Normal Mode
  • Grid Line (4types)
  • Histogram Mode
  • Magnified View Mode
  • Comparable View Mode
  • OFF Mode
  • Magnification Ratio x7, x10, x14
  • Monitor information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, My Mode, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
  • Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
  • AF High speed imager AF
Image stabilizer
  • System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
  • Mode 3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF
  • Manual Function input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
  • Effective compensation range Approx.3EV steps (in maximum effect with 50mm lens)
  • Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
  • IS for Movie Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS, IS1 mode only)
Monitor
  • Product type HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
  • Size 3.0 inches 3:2
  • Total no. of pixels Approx. 460,000 dots
  • Playback field of view 100%
  • Brightness control +7 levels and -7 levels
  • Color balance +7 levels and -7 levels
Focusing
  • AF system Imager Contrast Detection AF system
  • When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
  • Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
  • C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTs lenses.
  • Focusing point 11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
  • Focusing point selection Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
  • Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
  • Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
  • AF illuminator: Not Available
  • AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
  • Focus tracking Available
  • Magnified Spot AF Available
  • Face priority AF/Eye Detect AF Available
  • Manual Focus Assist When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Exposure Control(Still)
  • Metering system TTL Image Sensor metering system , (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), (2) Center weighted average metering , (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
  • Metering range EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
  • Exposure mode (1) i Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene select AE (7) Art Filter
  • Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key,
  • Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow,
  • Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Conv
  • ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 - 6400(customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps,
  • Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
  • AE lock Available (Using Fn button is available)
  • Exposure bracketing 2, 3, 5frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
  • Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Exposure Control(Movie)
    Exposure mode (1)P: Program AE (2) A: Aperture priority AE (3)M:Manual (4) Art Filter
White Balance
  • Auto WB system High speed Live MOS sensor
  • Preset white balance 8 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
  • White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
  • CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
  • One-touch white balance 1 custom setting can be registered
  • White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color Mode
  • Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
  • Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
  • Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
  • Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
  • 3 effect levels are available in i-Enhance
  • Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
  • Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
  • Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Noise Filter
  • At High ISO setting OFF, LOW, STANDARD, HIGH
Noise Reduction
  • At Slow shutter speed OFF, ON, AUTO
  • ON (effective when shutter speed is slower than 1sec)
  • AUTO (effective when shutter speed is slower than 4sec(at ISO 200 or higher) or 8sec(at lower than ISO200)
Shutter
  • Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000 sec.
  • Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
  • 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
  • Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
  • Remote cable release Available (Optional RM-UC1)
  • Wireless remote control Not Available
Drive
  • Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
  • Sequential shooting speed Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
  • Max. recordable pictures RAW mode: Max. 10 frames. on sequential shooting JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. 17 with Toshiba Super High Speed type "Class 6" 4GB)
Flash
  • Built-in flash Available
  • G.No 10(Fno/m) at ISO200, 7(Fno/m) at ISO100 but ISO100 is not available
  • Mode TTL-Auto, Manual(Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
  • Color Temperature 5500±400°K
  • Wireless Flash Control Available(4ch, 3Groups)
  • Compatible external flash E-system Flash(FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)
  • External Flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
  • Flash mode of External Flash Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
  • Synchronization speed 1/30-1/180
  • Super FP 1/125-1/4000 with External Flash
  • Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Art Filter
  • Mode Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Multi Exposure
  • Number of picture 2 frames
  • Functions Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture
Multi Aspect
  • Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6
  • Process RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Level Gauge
  • Detection Display Not Available
Color Universal design
  • approved
Super control panel
  • Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP
Live control
  • Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Live Guide
  • Setting Menu Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Playback
  • Playback mode Single-frame
  • Information Display
  • Index Display(4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
  • Close-up (2 - 14X)
  • Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
  • Picture rotation (manual), Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
  • Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu
  • Languages Japan: Japanese, English Others: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & custom setting
  • My mode 2 setting recordable
Image Editing
  • Erasing function Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)
  • Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
  • RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
  • JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Aspect. Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), e-portrait
Image Overlay
  • Up to 3 RAW images
Print
  • Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output
  • PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
  • TV interface HDMI(HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
  • USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
  • HDMI Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
  • Flash attachment Hot shoe
  • DC-in: No
  • Accessory attachment Accessory port (AP2) works with VF-2, SEMA-1, Macro Arm Light MAL-1 and Communication Unit Olympus PENPAL
Power Requirements
  • Battery BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
  • Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
  • No. of recordable pictures
    (with 50% flash light) Approx. 280 shots (CIPA test standard) (with BLS-5 and Toshiba Class 6 SDHC 4GB card under CIPA testing standard)
  • Power battery holder Not Available
Dimensions/Weight
  • Dimensions 115.4 mm (W) x 72.7mm (H) x 42.0mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight 317g (body only), 362g(including Battery and Memory card)
Operating Environment
  • Temperature 0 - 40 C (operation) / -20 - 60 C (storage)
  • Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
  • Splash Proof: No


- Olympus E-PL2 PEN Camera
- Olympus ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens
- Li-ion battery BLS-5
- Li-ion battery charger BCS-5
- USB/Video Multi cable
- Shoulder strap
- OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM
- Instruction manual
- Warranty card


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

  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Large clear LCD (6)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
  • Good image quality (4)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (5)
  • Low light (5)
  • Travel (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
  • Wildlife (4)
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5.0

Love the camera, love the photos!

By Railroadmanskid

from Olympia WA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great For Ebay Photos

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Ebay Seller Photos
    • Family Photos
    • House Remodels
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wedding Photos
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

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

    We bought this camera to take photos of my father's last trip home. It was great for beautiful scenes across the US, and great to stuff in my purse and pull out for quick detailed shots.
    Then we remodeled our home and bought a wide angle lens that cost as much as the camera, but WOW, what fabulous pictures and you can get everything into one picture with awesome detail to email to our famliy.
    I have also been taking great low light photos of ebay products we are selling. The close detail we have been able to great has been superb.

    Would buy this camera again in a minute.

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    5.0

    I am so glad I sold my E-PL1 for this!!

    By Joe G

    from Los Angeles

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    Verified Buyer

    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

    Comments about 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.

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    4.0

    excellent compact camera

    By Peter S

    from charlotte, nc

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    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

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

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

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    5.0

    Great camera with loads of features!

    By Cherie

    from Baldwinsville, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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

    Comments about 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.

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    4.0

    Is the PEN really mightier than a sword

    By aPENture

    from west hills, CA.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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

    Comments about 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.

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    5.0

    High value purchase

    By Joe the Runner

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about 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.

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By cloudpost

      from MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

        Comments about 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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