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Olympus PEN E-PL2 12.3 MP CMOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digit
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||280 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Flash Type||Pop Up Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI type-C|
|ISO Range||Auto ISO (200 - 6400), Manual ISO (100 - 6400), 1/3 or 1 EV steps|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 1.65 x 4.49 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.8 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Focal Length||42 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,032|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Truepic V|
|Remote Control Description||Optional RM-UC1|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Supersonic Wave Filter|
|Shipping Weight||2.95 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion BLS-5 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42MM lens 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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
In the last couple years my young son started showing keen interest in photography particularly in close-ups of bugs and flowers. I've been wanting to get another camera that's capable of macro and portraiture to complement what I have, something not as heavy or "obvious". This Pen EPL2 fits the bill and is much smaller and lighter. Photo quality wise, IMO it matches the DSLR in some regards and lags a little in others, partly a function of the accompanied lenses and how much I'm willing to spend to close the gap. And partly my skill. I love the skin tone it produces which is gorgeous and flattering. Photo opportunity wise, the little guy sometimes surpasses due to its readiness and stealthy nature.
Here are the lenses I use to maximize the varied styles of photography we enjoy:
a. Oly Kit 14-42 lens with Oly wide converter for general photography plus the occasional wide angle shots (to 11mm).
b. Oly 40-150 lens with Oly macro converter for telephoto and up to almost 1:1 macro on the long end. This is sought after as I get to zoom during close-up framing.
c. Panny 20mm f1.7 for street photography and low light situations. The 35mm equivalent focal length due to the 2x crop factor is 40mm, making it an ideal all around fast pancake. Combined with the in-body image stabilization this is quite the app.
d. Oly 45mm f1.8 for portraiture and short telephoto. This combination produces very sharp, luminous and detailed photos plus the great ability for shallow depth of field to give you the separation of in-and-out of focus subjects. If you are curious, yes the bokeh is lovely.
I'm delighted by the large selection of M43 lenses and accessories available. Frankly with just one lens, you can do alot and some may argue that's all you need. But I'm extremely happy with how far this system can take me today. The camera itself looks retro, comes from the stellar Pen lineage, and is equipped with many manual adjustment buttons and dials which I like. One of my favorite features is with the ease in which one can adjust exposure compensation + or - and see in real time what the photo will look like on the LCD before clicking the shutter. Focus comes in Single or Continous, auto and auto/manual, as well as face recognition, plus get this: tracking. Easy to capture the shot and stay in focus. The focus speed and accuracy are more than good enough for me.
Another benefit is that all this equipment fits into a small/medium sized bag and combined weigh very little. I can carry it for days and not get sore at all. One negative is that at this point, Olympus only offers one external flash, and it's not very good. But I guess newer and better ones will be coming.
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. Both the HD video as well as the mono audio are quality stuff, especially in a pinch. The 720P shown on my 25 inch monitor is very sharp. I used the EPL2 and the Panasonic 20mm lens combination the other day for my daughter's ballet performance, and it turned out better than what I could ask for. Until I get a dedicated camcorder with a large sensor, in most situations the EPL2 will do fine. Did I mention it's discreet? Highly recommend.
Over Christmas I brought only this camera for a Disney trip, and it was perfect. I still think that each the M43 and the DSLR formats has its pros and cons. When it's time for a smaller outfit, this is really fantastic. If I'm doing a photo shoot where I need the ultimate in photo quality and accessories, I'd stay with the DSLR.
Finally added up the weight: the EPL2 body plus the 20mm f/1.7 lens combined weighs roughly 360g to 380g. That is less than the weight of the Nikon 60mm prime lens alone at 435g, or close to the Tokina 35mm lens alone at 350g. That's really amazing if weight is a factor.
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!!
It is July 2012 and I've sold the EPL2 and replaced it with the EP3. EP3 has a metal body and wow that feels completely different, very solid hunk of a tool. 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. I've sold a number of lenses in my pursuit to become more creative with photography and now have just 3 prime lenses: Panasonic 14mm and 20mm, plus Olympus Four Third 50mm f2 Macro. I have placed an order for the wide angle lens converter (part # DMW-GWC1) for the 14mm which will bring the FOV to 11mm for more dramatic view. We'll see how it works out.
The combination of the standard 14-43mm zoom with the 70-300 is great. I don't miss the gap in between one bit.
I have been a fan of Olympus Cameras for over a decade and this camera lives up to their high standards. Overall the camera is really great, allowing me to to control whatever I want to control. I have found the controls to be easy to learn, and with practice they do become intuitive. The color and image quality are fabulous.
My only negatives are the lack of a macro feature in the standard 14-42mm lens (Olympus offers an adapter lens) and the overall length of the 14-42 mm lens when it is in the unlocked position. It gets in the way when I am hiking and it gets smudged because it sticks out so far.
I was concerned about the lack of a viewfinder, especially with the 70-300mm lens, but I have found the LCD screen to be adequate 90% of the time. Yes it is very hard to see in bright sunlight but I quickly learned to look over the top of the camera to get pointed correctly, then there is enough of an image to compose. But if you can find the slightest shade the screen is very visible. I probably will eventually buy the add on electronic viewfinder, but I am doing fine without it for now
The body and lens are rugged. I carry the camera hiking and it is doing just fine even though it is already been knocked around a bit. Although it is all plastic, it does not feel flimsy and I like the lighter weight and the fact that scratches will not show.
What I am especially pleased about is the speed of the CCD and lenses. Most of my photography is in the woods in the early morning. I have yet to find a time when the system has been challenged by low light. I often step down the ISO and aperture and shoot at a lower shutter speed. With the 14-42mm lens and the built in image stabilization, everything is nice and clear at 1/15th or 1/30th of a second.
For transport I could not go with a shoulder strap type bag as it would interfere with my backpack. My whole kit: body with 14-42mm lens, 70-300mm lens, remote release etc. all fit into a 7.5"x 4.5" x 6.5" belt mounted case and I don't notice the weight hiking.
As I said at the beginning, I'm extremely pleased