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Olympus PEN E-PL2 12.3 MP CMOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black) (Old Model)

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  • Interchangeable lens digital camera with powerful Live MOS sensor; Micro Four Thirds format
  • Kit includes movie & still compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent)
  • 3-inch, 460,000 dot LCD for bright and easy image composition
  • Live Guide II: preview HD video and still image effects on the E-PL2's high-resolution LCD screen
  • Capture images and HD video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: 262901
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.3 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: MOS
  • Optical zoom: 2 x
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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Digital Camera: Preview by dpreview.com

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Olympus has announced the Micro Four Thirds PEN E-PL2. Sitting below the E-P2 in the company's PEN lineup, the E-PL2 boasts the same 12Mp sensor but adds a raft of improvements, including a restyled body, larger LCD screen and improved AF. The innovative Live Guide mode, first seen in the E-PL1 has been improved too, and the E-PL2 comes with a redesigned version of the collapsable 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (which debuted with the Japan-only E-PL1s, last year). We've had a production E-PL2 in the office for a while - just long enough for us to prepare a full hands-on preview including studio comparison and real-world samples.

Read the full Olympus PEN E-PL2 preview at dpreview.com

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.8 x 4.5 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004HO59M4
  • Item model number: 262901
  • Batteries 3 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,980 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

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.

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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Highlights

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!

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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
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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.

Additional 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 resolution
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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.

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
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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.

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Customer Reviews

I would give this camera five…I wouldn't repurchase because it doesn't really fit my needs, but the picture quality is really nice if you're just looking to take photos. Read more ›
I mostly use the Automode or one of the Scene options. The picture quality is amazing. I am quite happy with the results. Read more ›
We were so excited…Outside in sunlight the images are outstanding-amazing quality and the F-focus allows you to blur the background which makes for some frame-worthy art. Read more ›
I found that both of them were remarkably similar but chose EPL2 because it had a…The low lights pictures are beautiful, they do show a little noise in the dark regions. Read more ›
Having used an E PL1 in the past…Although the white version looks a bit flimsy and plasticky at times, it feels about right in your hands and image quality is really good. Read more ›
I had the camera less than 18 months and it quit working. I really used it very little because my new smart phone takes decent pictures. Olympus wants over $100 just to… Read more ›
The ability to change lens sold me completely, and it's the perfect…The lens is great for starting out, and I'm slowly going to be saving for a fancier lens later on. Read more ›
For me small size and light weight matters. At the same time I need a fast CCD and lenses. I was considering a high end compact when the Olympus PEN E-PL1 caught my eye in… Read more ›
I have this camera with the kit 14-42 and a…The 14-42 is silent and is sharp, but the lens construction is on the cheap side and it is slow (in f-stop, not autofocus). A… Read more ›
The 14-42 is silent and is sharp, but the lens construction is on the cheap side and it…Autofocus is fantastic with both lenses and comparable to a GF1 in focusing speed. Read more ›
Good: Size, weight, price, ease of use, versatility, built-in stabilization, extensive menus with clear nomenclature, built-in flash with high elevation, kit lens is… Read more ›
Like a DSLR: Changeable lenses, reasonable size sensor, good kit lens, lot of options, takes photos in succession quite rapidly (almost 1 every second, which is very slow… Read more ›
Out of the box functionality is great!! A little too much in the way of your thumb when holding the camera for a shot...I accidentally keep pushing buttons I'm not supposed… Read more ›
It has the right mix of professional level controls and novice controls like iAuto that will adjust features like background blur, depth of background focus etc to create… Read more ›
The HD video is limited to 7 minutes per take but the quality (720) is very good and the camera has full manual controls for every facet. You'll need to buy an Olympus… Read more ›
Also the E-PL2 is a handsome camera, whereas the E-PL1 was not. I liked the black model and the silver model the same. The new kit lens is compact. Read more ›
While using a Minolta Maxxum 7000 and 9000 for years, I also use a Contax IR-4 digital I purchased some years ago and, while the image quality and features were great for… Read more ›
If you want a pocketable camera, you should look at a compact model such as [[ASIN:B003ZSHNGS Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image… Read more ›
This camera is light and easy to carry when I don't want to lug around my larger camera. The menus are easy to use, takes excellent pictures and handles very well. I've… Read more ›
It's easy to use and light althoug I don't try all of functions so far. Further, the price is suitable for me. Read more ›
Very easy to use, the filters are great, the controls are easy to use and the quality of the photos is great. Just what I wanted for the additional controls without the bulk. Read more ›
I'm very happy with the camera and the pictures it takes. The basic settings are intuitive and easy to use once you've discovered them. I haven't noticed any artifacts from… Read more ›
I upgraded from a point and shoot and I'm very happy that I did. This camera is really easy to use and takes great pictures. Read more ›
No problems with zoom, noise, or focusing. I don't have a lot of experience with removable lens cameras, but the lens seem very high quality and easy to use. I have been… Read more ›
JPEG IQ is great,…rival mirrorless cameras, auto focus is fast enough but lack focus assist in low light, which is near useless with moving objects or people in low light. Read more ›
Autofocus was fast and accurate. You can guide it to focus on a certain area in the frame. Read more ›
It…Unlike your typical DSLR kit lens (from Nikon/Canon), it is internally focusing, with non-rotating front element (good for polarizers) and have a decent focusing ring. Read more ›
The E-PL2 has a revised kit lens that…This design change also improved the focusing speed dramatically, in both well lit environments, as well as poorly lit environments. Read more ›
E-PL2 reigns supreme in blurring out the…Ideal photos that look awesome define where the eyes should look at, by giving tack sharp focus on where it matters the most. T… Read more ›
Reasons not to buy one: 1. You shoot sports and need super fast autofocus and a very fast frame rate. 2. Read more ›
Works great. New low price was wonderful. Purchased with $100 gift card. Read more ›
It can create better images than even the best point and shoots. The price is reasonable. It's attractive and it's a lot lighter than an SLR. Read more ›
I've been happy with…After doing a lot of research and finding the Olympus E-PL2 at a really great price (under $400)with the 14-42mm lens, I decided to take the plunge. Read more ›
The price seems to have come down on this model at Amazon. There are new 12mm and 45mm m4/3 lenses coming out, but for now the 20mm is the best value. Read more ›
Overall, this is a fantastic kit at a great price....its not going to replace my 7D for shooting motorsports or wildlife but it definitely does well in all other scenarios. Read more ›
$6 Zuiko CP filter works…$49 Polaroid flash is compact enough and gives good amount of light and bounce, but manual mode or auto-focus assist lamp do not work with E-PL2. Read more ›
Adding the ability to tilt the flash helps when flash is…It would have been nice if the flash would have been able to stay tilted, but it springs naturally back to forward. Read more ›
Found here at Amazon on 2/28/12 a wonderful third party flash unit: Nissin Speedlite Di 466 FT Four Thirds Digital Flash for Olympus and Panasonic Cameras. Yippee!! Read more ›
You'll see your adjustments live on screen. Making the color temp a little cooler indoors without flash is usually necessary, but Oly makes it easy. And because you see… Read more ›
For low light action shots (for me it's grandchildren at field sports or recitals,…I still use my Olympus e30 and the 12-60 or 50-200 lenses, sometimes with a good flash. Read more ›
The pop-up flash is rather interesting because, if you simply pull the mechanism back slightly, you can bounce the flash off the ceiling for a better looking portrait(make… Read more ›
The iAuto does an okay…The camera is fast, looks nice (a bit retro in the front), and has a large, high resolution screen that is easy to see in all but the brightest sun. Read more ›
Although I have not used this camera for long, i…The screen is very nice and large but does not look very good in low light situations (which I think is common for LCDs). Read more ›
Images are about the same, maybe just a tad better. The overall speed is faster and the touch focus and shutter screen works nicely. I love the PEN series. Read more ›
Purchasing the optional electronic viewfinder is a MUST (at $275 it is not cheap) but is really excellent. The LCD is no good outdoors. I am happy to forego the DSLR mirror… Read more ›
Finally, the HD video feature. When the optional viewfinder is mounted, I can shoot video in a dark theatre without bothering patrons nearby as the bright LCD is recessed. B… Read more ›
I've had this Olympus Pen E-PL2 for…The picture quality and color vibrancy is wonderful, and I am having those covetable DLSR photos without reading the manual completely. Read more ›
But for a sensor smaller than APS-C, that's pretty great. Colors are awesome and Oly jpeg processing is amazing. There's a lot to like about this camera, and I think for… Read more ›
I have used many compacts, and…The general picture is very good, and in some cases superior to D5000 from my point of view, specially in sharpness and color saturation. C… Read more ›
The files right out of the camera (as jpegs) are very nice. Rich and accurate color and nice balance of sharpness and contrast. 2. Read more ›
So get one if you're…The Sony is too darn expensive and I don't like their color balance (yes, it can be adjusted, but why does the factory setting have to be wrong?) S… Read more ›
Another great feature is the "Live Guide" which is quickly accessed in iAuto by pressing the central OK button (pg 18) and from there you can make the scene lighter or… Read more ›
T…Zuiko telephoto zoom is compact and sharp enough, but the older ED Zuiko 40-150mm zoom, which can be used on this Micro Four-Thirds camera via the MMF-2 adapter, is sharper. Read more ›
I was looking to move up from a Lumix TZ1 which…I was looking for a tough combination of high image quality, a good macro and good zoom in a relatively inexpensive camera. Read more ›
But you can customize the fn…There's also a way to hit a couple of buttons for a quick zoom-in for close focusing, but I found it faster to manually zoom in and focus. O… Read more ›
I will definitely…But I've been using the 14-42 kit lens with good results, and I like that it focuses to 9 inches, which at the full zoom 42 (84) gives you big closeups. Read more ›
The 3 inch LCD screen is of good quality (460k dot) and after a…It's also adjustable in brightness, and you'll find it easy to zoom in and move around to check focus. B… Read more ›
Perhaps this can be user improved with a nice leather half-case. The optional VF-2 electronic viewfinder is wonderful! Clear, bright, and fully adjustable. Read more ›
I find I use the viewfinder most of the time for that reason and also for…Also, it's an excellent viewfinder; I don't find myself missing the view provided by my FT DSLR. Read more ›
it's a very compromised technique. Olympus makes a great electronic viewfinder that works with all the Pen cameras and also the new xz-1 compact camera. It's a 1.4… Read more ›
My criteria: higher quality pictures, which meant a larger processor, portability (if possible lighter than the Panasonic as most of my photography is on vacations and I… Read more ›
The camera is very well made and easy to use, though I was already familiar with Olympus. Videos are great also with this camera. For $300 it is a very good buy. Read more ›
I have the standard lens and the Telephoto lens and they both work great. The video is HD and it works well for short videos. I did find that the lens would need to focus… Read more ›

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237 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Tuck on January 29, 2011
Color Name: Black
I asked Olympus if I could review this camera. I had written reviews for them before. To preface the review I will mention that I own several of the Olympus EP2 cameras and the EPL1 camera. While the EPL series cameras don't come with the accessory finder, VF-2, I consider it the reason to buy this camera and this family of cameras. More on that in a second. I gave this camera five stars but you should be clear that all ratings are contextual. It's not a better camera than a Nikon D3 or a Canon 1dsmk3 but it is a wonderful and very capable camera for $600 (with a lens). I consider it an $800 camera because I want to be able to use the 1.4 megapixel finder.

Reasons not to buy one: 1. You shoot sports and need super fast autofocus and a very fast frame rate. 2. You rarely see daylight and want a camera that shoots noise free from 3200 ISO up. Nope, this one is not your camera.

Reasons to buy one: 1. The files right out of the camera (as jpegs) are very nice. Rich and accurate color and nice balance of sharpness and contrast. 2. It's a very stealthy package that flies under the radar, masquerading as a point and shoot but fully capable of great results. No one will guess that you're a serious photographer. 3. With adapters there is a very wide range of lenses from other manufacturers that work well with the camera. If you want to try a Nikon or Leica lens for some street shooting this would be the camera to try it with.

The big question I got over and over again in response to my review on my blog was whether this camera has better image quality that the EPL1. No. I find them identical. But the newer screen and newer controls are better.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2011
Color Name: Black
I am quite surprised at how good the images are that I'm getting, especially jpegs. I'm used to shooting raw because I get better files and can squeeze a bit more juicy goodness out of my photos that in-camera jpeg processing does. Surprisingly, this camera does a great job with jpegs in good light situations. That's the important idea to keep in mind, good light. Kirk Tuck gives this camera a fine review, but realize that he's a lighting pro, who has written several (good) books on the subject.

IMO this camera is targeted toward two markets. For those moving up from a point and shoot, it's wonderful. It's familiar and less intimidating than an SLR. It can create better images than even the best point and shoots. The price is reasonable. It's attractive and it's a lot lighter than an SLR. Those people wouldn't consider shooting in bad light without a flash. They wouldn't consider deliberate long exposures to smooth motion effects. Those last two areas are not the camera's strengths as Brad R. points out. From the things he's asking the camera to do and not getting satisfaction he is a more knowledgeable photographer and demands more than the main target market for this camera. If you want low light capability or low ISO speed then this isn't the best camera around, though it isn't that bad, either.

The other market is more experienced photographers looking for a light and compact second or third camera. They have cameras for low light or fast action shooting. But there are reasons for not carrying around a big, heavy, professional looking camera but still wanting quality image files. That's my reason. My aging back hurts lugging around a fully sealed and rugged SLR. I've also found that I've been questioned about photos when in many tourist places: No pros allowed.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sanders on May 5, 2011
Color Name: Black
I've used the Oly Pen e-PL2 for over a month now (update: over 6 months) and I like it very much. I'm going to try to highlight some of its best features and also recommend some very useful accessories. And I'd also like to show you how to navigate quickly while avoiding unnecessary problems. My review will be long and detailed but will ultimately save you time. I'm a pro fine-art photographer (Dick Sanders) and I shoot medium format film cameras for "the look," but I have numerous other photo needs, and I found myself using my Nikon F100 film camera for everyday apps, which was inconvenient. I didn't want to buy a bulky DSLR for non-pro work, but I also didn't want (even the best) point-and-shoot camera with its tiny sensor. The Oly Pen e-PL2 gives you a quality four-thirds sensor in the ideal body size. And because it has both a front grip and a rear thumb rest, it's easy to hold and shoot, even with one hand. Granted, the Oly is not pocketable (except for a large jacket pocket), but that's not important to me, especially after getting the perfect case, the Lowepro Rezo TLZ 10 (more on this great case just ahead).

A great feature right off the bat is that the Oly e-PL2 comes with a 100 page printed English manual (see page references for various features ahead). It also has a CD ROM with a detailed manual, but I haven't found a need for it. The camera has vast capabilities and can seem daunting at first with so many menus and choices, so expect to spend several hours with the manual and camera exploring, but this is fun and you can customize the settings for your preferences. Before buying this camera, I had read a couple of reviews in which the users said the camera had confusing menus and difficult navigation, but this is not true.
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