August 12, 2011
I wanted a camera to take along when the situation didn't call for a DSLR. I also wanted good image quality and lots of control. Beyond all that, I wanted the Art Filters. It is so much fun to go into a situation and use the Soft Focus or Dramatic Art Filters or Pin Hole and be amazed by what comes out. It's brought out the fine-artist in me.
I would suggest a class 10 sdhc card, and, that you read the manual. These two things will help get the most performance and understanding of this small camera.
Also, things to get are a better neck strap that's easier on the skin and a spare battery.
The E-PL2 is the right size and price for a lot of fun.
August 11, 2011
I almost got the E-PL1 until I read up on the reviews about the E-PL2. I just like the way the camera feels in my hands, and performance wise, I have not had a bad picture yet. I still have an E-500 which I will be passing on to my son. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't come with a viewfinder, but you can purchase one at the Olympus web site. I wish it came with the camera, but I guess you can't have everything. I really love the art filters, ect
August 11, 2011
David-Lehigh Valley, Pa
Impressed with size to weight ratio. It's small, but not too small. (Reminds me of my old C730UZ.) Haven't given it a good workout yet. Lots of nice features. Menus seem easy to use, once you understand them. The external viewfinder, though pricey, does provide additional viewing options. Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase. Looking forward to using it at DisneyWorld.
August 11, 2011
Vivid color reproduction. Love the natural tones. The art filters are amazing and a lot of fun in the field. Very well built.
August 10, 2011
Great Camera! However, it doesn't have a focus assist lamp for low light. Even the Olympus FL-36 external flash focus assist lamp doesn't work with this camera - not 100% compatible. Suddenly the newer "P3" versions have this feature. It's a basic feature on other company's point and shoot cameras. Otherwise great pictures from this camera!
August 09, 2011
I've been a devoted Olympus user for many years and the E-PL2 was a replacement and upgrade from my E-510. I choose this body for the compact size and full feature set. I also wanted the ability to utilize occasional video capabilities of this body. I read many reviews before my purchase and am excited to say I'd buy another.
July 21, 2011
After losing our first one off the top of our car and never finding it again, I went ahead and bought it for a second time! I cannot say enough good things about this camera. Just a photo enthusiast/amature photographer, I can say that with the QUALITY of photos taken with the E-PL2, family and friends wonder if I've secretly taken classes, did we spend an obscene amount of money??? This camera has it all - and safely packaged small enough to fit in a lunch box! Comparing to the other cameras of similar price and function, Olympus has won my heart for sure. I would recommend this model to anyone, especially since we have purchased it for a second time!
June 23, 2011
My experience in digital photography goes back to the earliest days and I find this camera to be the very best in terms of construction, features, quality and value. For an exhaustive review please refer to dpreview.com where you'll find detailed comparisons to other micro four-thirds cameras and examples of photos at every ISO. I am always delighted to show off my EPL-2 and it's fantastic photos. To compare apples to apples for sensor size I recommend going to sensor-size.com as trying to determine this important factor can be difficult.
June 03, 2011
I have used Olympus cameras around the world starting with the OM-1 and working up. I absolutely refuse to consider other D35 cameras as they don't have the flexibility of the Olympus gear. Another extremely important point to me is weight. Olympus is around 3/4 the weight of the others and that makes a difference when you're running up and down a football sideline or trying to outrun a bull in Pamplona, Spain. I was skeptical of the EPL-2 but figured it would be a good backup to my E-520. It almost immediately took center stage. The features it has that no other camera offers, plus the 4/3 lens system are fantastic. Instead of one main camera and a backup, I now have two mains.
May 31, 2011
I can't say enough good about this camera--from its solid, comfortable construction to its incredible picture quality and video--it's simply a joy to use. I bought the telephoto lens accessory and find it invaluable in capturing distant subjects and found the image stabilization to be good even at high zoom. I have had no issues with seeing the LCD display outdoors but may add the optional viewfinder soon as many have recommended. The small feature of a flash that extends above the camera body helps reduce red eye (and looks really cool). If there is one thing that makes me glad I bought this model it is the sensor size. I had to search hard to find that it is the same size as found in the Olympus Evolt E-3, 17.3mm x 13mm or 0.85". That's remarkable and nearly unheard of in a non DSLR camera, surely what helps produce professional looking photos.