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Olympus PEN E-PL2


$599.99 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Capable of recording video in 720p high definition. Mini-HDMI output - for direct playback of images and videos to to a compatible display or HDTV. Small and compact - a great camera for use on the go when a dSLR would be too bulky and cumbersome.

The Cons:Not a huge upgrade over the E-PL1 from 2009. Usable ISO range isn't any better than the E-PL1. No optical viewfinder.

The Olympus PEN E-PL2 is a Micro Four Thirds digital camera designed for users wanting to step up from the E-PL1 without crossing over into DSLR territory. For starters, it inherits its predecessor’s 12.3MP, high-speed Live MOS image sensor.

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However, it hosts an improved button/dial design that’s friendlier for one-handed shooting; a larger 3” display with double the resolution (460K); and a collapsible M Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MSC “silent autofocus” lens that is 25% lighter and, more importantly, much faster and quieter. According to Olympus, this means the E-PL2 will perform significantly better than its predecessor. Additional features include 720p video capture, ISO sensitivity up to 6400 for enhanced low-light performance, new creative art filters, and iDetect face/eye functionality.

Features

  • Micro Four Thirds Camera
  • 12.3MP Sensor
  • 3” Display
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Silent Autofocus Lens
  • TruePic V Image Processor
  • Dust Reduction System
  • HD Movie w/Manual Controls
  • Art Filter Movie
  • Accessory Port
  • Live Guide Control
  • Autofocus Live
  • Media Cards
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Pop-Up Flash
  • iDetect Functionality
  • Low-Light ISO

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Pros
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    capable of recording video in 720p high definition

  • 1

    mini-HDMI output - for direct playback of images and videos to to a compatible display or HDTV

  • 1

    small and compact - a great camera for use on the go when a dSLR would be too bulky and cumbersome

  • 1

    3" LCD with respectable 460k dot resolution - double that of the one found on the E-PL1

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    includes a well designed pop-up body flash

  • 1

    swappable lens system (Micro Four Thirds)

  • 1

    records to easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash memory storage

  • 1

    Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor - larger than the vast majority of handheld cameras, improved overall image quality, low-light performance

  • 1

    improved build quality and materials over the E-PL1

  • 1

    improved ergonomics over the E-PL1

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    Fantastic zoom

Cons
  • 2

    not a huge upgrade over the E-PL1 from 2009

  • 1

    usable ISO range isn't any better than the E-PL1

  • 1

    no optical viewfinder

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    Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor - smaller than DSLRs, including similarly priced options, poorer low light performance, overall image quality

  • 1

    as expensive as an entry-level dSLR

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    very expensive

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