April 19, 2012
Wouldn't change a thing. The stock lens is quick with focusing and the background blurs look great. Art filters are fun if you don't want to spend too much time in Photoshop. I did notice that it loves orange at night, so I'm going to try a few things to mute that.
April 08, 2012
I am a long time Olypus fan. I have had an OM-10, OM-2N and an OM-4. Over the years I have aquired many lenses for these old cameras. I wanted to purchase a new Digital Olympus that would let me take advantage of all these old great lenses. I also wanted a great price point and a small feateure rich camera. That led me to the E-PL2. I bought an adapter that allows me to use my old lenses as well. I like it's weight, size and simplicity.
April 07, 2012
The E-PL2 is a solid value with good imaging and almost too many features. Once you decide on a feature set, however, use becomes intuitive. Focus is quick with the kit 14-42 lens in good light, and a bit slower in poor. The styling is impeccable.
March 13, 2012
I recently brought this camera with me on a trip to Southern California - it took some great pictures and had an unexpectedly great battery life. The art effects are really fun and interesting - especially to spruce up plain portraits, but this camera is definitely great for everyday shooting. I love the small size, it fits great in my purse and has a lot of power despite its size. The auto focus in lowlight is a little off and takes some patience, but it's definitely possible to still achieve great pictures.
March 12, 2012
I wanted a camera that would put some of the pleasure back into photography for me...it just wasn't worth bothering with my little point-and-shoot model anymore. I wanted something new that was capable of taking high-quality photos...but also that wasn't too huge to travel with. This is perfect...I love this camera!
I have been really happy with the photos I've taken...and I haven't invested any time in learning the finer points of what the camera can do yet. It has been easy to use right out of the box...the art filters are fun to play with...the size is perfect. I have small hands, and it is very comfortable for me to handle, and is very unobtrusive to use. Super-portable!
February 29, 2012
I looked, read reviews and spent hours at my local camera shop before selecting the E-PL2. I was looking for something more than just a high end point and shoot camera. My criteria was for a small, light weight interchangeable lens camera that would take excellent pictures. I wanted a light weight grab and go system for when carrying my heavy SLR was not appropriate. The specific features I wanted, in addition to excellent pictures and interchangeable lenses were the following:
Shoot in RAW as well as JPEG
Manual Mode (as well as P, A and S)
Custom White Balance
Image stabilization in the camera
Reasonable speed autofocus
Internal or available electronic view finder
The Olympus E-PL2 has them all plus some other features I am still finding.
I have been extremely pleased with this camera.
February 28, 2012
I upgraded from the point and shoot world. I have never been so satisfied of a decision. I have a new interest/hobby/obsession. For my purposes this is the perfect camera. I love this camera so much, my wife is jealous. I am considering naming this camera Christine.
February 28, 2012
I've been using film and digital SLRs for 35 years. There are many times I thought it would be nice to have a "decent" camera with out carrying around all the gear. Tried a high quality P&S. Nice, but not really good enough for 12" x 16" prints. First time I went out shooting with the E-PL2 and kit lens I went home, found a picture I liked, printed it at 12" x 16" and the image quality was just as good as my DSLR.
Things I Like:
- The out of camera JPGs with the "neutral" setting are excellent.
- The metering is better than any of my DSLRs.
- A vast number of camera settings are configurable in the menus.
- The lenses are small, light and have very optics.
- The AF is very accurate - often better than a DSLR.
It makes for a small, light high quality camera kit.
Not so hot:
- The rear control dial has a very, very light touch. It's much too easy to depress it by mistake when trying to rotate it. In the Super Control Panel one can inadvertently change more settings per second than one would think possible.
- There are some menu items that are in places you'd never think they'd be.
For me, m4/3 has become my primary camera system.
February 27, 2012
My partner has an E-PL2 but I don't. He loves it. I have the E-P2 and am not enthusiastic - the camera is fine but the electronic viewer lets it down. First it is not as clear as an optical viewfinder. Other cameras are getting optical and electronic...why not Olympus? Secondly, the way of attaching the viewer makes it liable to damage. Third, it does not allow you to clamp your camera to your face and so make it steadier. Fourth, I cannot find a lens hood to fit.
February 14, 2012
Overall the camera has numerous great features.
The color is great, the autofocus works well, and the wide range of scene modes is impressive.
One of the major selling points is the small size of the camera, but it has actually caused me problems with accidently turning on the video.
The video feature is easy ro use and takes very good video over a range of light conditions.
The control dial for the flash, exposure compensation, auto focus setting and shooting sequence is easily worked, but the smaller size also results in accidently moving the control dial with the right thumb while shooting.
The ISO has good range, but I expected it would go to 12,800 like the other cameras in the PEN family.