Olympus Pen E-PL2

  • Olympus Pen E-PL2
80
Based on 46 scores, 62 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    29
  • Average:
    6
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Design, Build, Handling and competitive image quality
  • Beautiful image quality, Compact body, Large image sensor, Digital accessories port and hotshoe, Dual menu system tailored toward either beginners or seasoned photographers, Silent autofocus during video recording with kit lens.
  • Good image for the price, Sharper LCD, Better controls, Dedicated video record button, Excellent fit and finish, Popup flash, Penpal Bluetooth addon, Cheap lens options, Fun art filters.

Cons:

  • No viewfinder may put off some and performance not up to a similar priced DSLR
  • Low light performance isn't as good as cameras with APS-C-size image sensors, Proprietary USB port.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Amateur Photographer on 78

With the Olympus Pen E-PL2’s simple styling, ease of use and competitive price, it will appeal to entry-level photographers who don’t want to dip their toes into the seemingly murky waters of buying and using a DSLR. The addition of a range of...

By The Luminous Landscape on -

The Olympus E-PL2, as well as other Olympus PEN models, share the Micro Four Thirds lens mount with Panasonic. This means that any MFT lens, or other lens via an MFT adaptor, can work on any camera. But something worth considering is that while...

By Digital Photography School on -

It’s been a while since I’ve seen the PEN E-PL1 and this one comes at the right time — and price — for an entry level camera following the Four Thirds plan. In keeping with the PEN format the camera is mirrorless, dispensing with...

By DPexpert on -

The Olympus micro four thirds cameras are ideal for anyone who wants decent image quality in a smallish body. And that the lenses are interchangeable is a bonus. For owners of OM lenses there is the option of an adapter that works well, but focusing...

By What Digital Camera on 87

There's no denying that the E-PL2 is a welcome development over the E-PL1 and, in many ways, is the most rounded of the non-viewfinder Compact System Cameras.Starting with its looks, it's a balanced blend of retro and modern that eclipses its...

By CNET Australia on 81

Operational quirks aside, the E-PL2 is a great addition to the burgeoning interchangeable lens camera...

By Macworld UK on 80

The E-PL2 is Olympus’ fourth Micro Four Thirds system digital Pen camera to take design inspiration from the 1960s film camera series of the same name. And, like its three predecessors since 2009 in the E-P1, E-P2 and direct forebear the E-PL1, it...

By TechRadar on 60

Olympus Pen E-PL2: OverviewOlympus's Pen range of Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras seems to have captured the imagination of more photographers than its Four Thirds system ever did. The main reason for this is likely to be that the Micro...

By G4tv.com on 80

Video Review: The Olympus PEN E-PL2 digital camera makes taking high quality pictures easier than ever with its TruePic image processor, 720p video recording and creative art filters for $550. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review the user friendly...

By NeoCamera on 60

The Olympus PEN E-PL2 proves to be an interesting camera with more capabilities and sophistication than expected from an entry-level model. The Micro Four-Thirds sensor used in the E-PL2 delivers excellent results with low image noise and good...

By PC Mag on 80

The Olympus E-PL2 is the least-expensive compact interchangeable-lens camera you can buy. And while it offers very good image quality, some same-price cameras use even larger image sensors and deliver better low-light performance....

By Electronista on 80

We suspect the intended audience will be very happy with the E-PL2. Apart from its jewel-like construction and finish, it’s an amazing piece of hardware for the price and size. The image quality is good for the class, and we saw some important...

By Photo Review Australia on 85

Announced in early January, the E-PL2 is a fourth-generation model in Olympus's PEN family of compact interchangeable lens cameras. Featuring the same 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Sensor as the E-PL1, the new model has a redesigned user interface and...

By TechReviewSource on 70

The Olympus Pen E-PL2 is a Micro Four Thirds 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera with a 3x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD display. It has a very comfortable compact design and will certainly please more advanced photographers that...

By techcrunch.com on -

Features: 3-inch LCD Four color choices PenPal Wireless Support 12 oz weight MSRP: $599 Pros: Quieter lenses Improved power button placement Lighter Cons: A bit pricy for entry-level shooters Performance almost identical to E-PL1 No viewfinder ...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The Olympus E-PL2 is a very good update of the E-PL1. It's better built and has a few nice, if predictable, new features (click-round wheel, screen, image processing etc.). As it stands, in early 2011, this is clearly the most attractive Pen camera...

By 5FWD on 80

Despite that, the Olympus E-PL2 is a fantastic little camera. Photo quality isn't far off that of DSLRs, yet the packaging is a lot more compact and easy to carry round with you. The Olympus E-PL2 is well worth a look if you're in the market for...

By eTech Reviews on -

Olympus has made some feature and design enhancements for this camera and there the performance too has been tweaked. The result is that you get a better camera along with better photo quality and the shooting experience too has been improved as...

By The Imaging Resource on -

Though I've admired Olympus' Pen-series compact system cameras in the past for their stylish designs and bounty of features, I didn't find them to be particularly enjoyable to shoot with. Until now. With the 12.3MP Olympus Pen E-PL2, the...

By ElectricPig.co.uk on 80

While we don’t think the Olympus E-PL2 is quite up to the all-round standards of the Sony NEX-5 or Panasonic GF2, it’s definitely our favourite PEN camera so far, and a great premium snapper in its own right. If Olympus continues on this...