|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!
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 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.
Customer Reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL2 Digital SLR 12.3 Megapixel Camera with 14-42mm & 40-150mm Lenses Kit, Black
Good focus lens9/7/2012
If you have manual focus lenses from your SLR days, this is currently the best deal on a camera body to bring those lenses back to life. There are inexpensive adapters for using lots of SLR lens types, and some old rangefinder lens types, with Micro Four Thirds cameras such as this one. With your old lens mounted, just set the camera mode to A for aperture priority, set the aperture on the lens to your desired f-stop, and the camera will automatically adjust the shutter and ISO for a good exposure. Manually focusing your lens is made easier because the viewfinder can magnify the subject you're focusing on. Moreover, the camera has in-body image stabilization, so the sensor compensates for camera shake. You just choose your lens's focal length from a menu, and the camera will permit slower shutter speeds without blur. Other camera lines put their image stabilization in their lenses, but the Olympus PENs have it in the body, so it can be used with any lens you mount on the camera. The camera has a full range of other digital features, and it produces images of excellent quality.
Olympus Pen E-PL2 Kit6/7/2012
I've only taken a few test pictures and look forward to more photo opportunities. The camera has enough options to allow rather complete control, which was what I wanted. It's a little bulkier than a point-and-shoot but, with the same sensor as a DSLR, it should take much better pictures, especially in low light situations. The only drawback so far is that the menus for selecting and using the multiple features are not intuitive, and the manual is rather terse about explaining the options.
Fantastic travel and walk around camera5/18/2012
It's tolerably light, fits in a smallish fanny pack. handles great, takes great photos in good light, has well though out controls, and works fine with flash systems. The other nice thing about this camera is that it will take accessories and a remote shutter release. You can, and probably should add the attachable viewfinder. It will also take external microphones, which helps with much higher audio when recording video.
Was not as sharp5/12/2012
I had E-PL1 camera. I decided to upgrade it and ordered E-PL2. Images of new E-PL2 camera were not as sharp as from older model. I suspect it is due to redesigned new lens kit.
Super Little Camera - Love at First Handling!4/2/2012
This is a great little camera. And the lenses are quite easily adjusted to ... about like a duck taking to water! With all the menus/submenus it will take a while to gain a full appreciation for all that it can do; yet, it is easy to pick up and start utilizing its abilities immediately. [Why have I waited so long for an Olympus Pen?]
Small and light, easy to use, takes great pictures in RAW