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.
May 19, 2011
Love this for a carry everywhere camera. Just the right size, good ergonomics.
May 13, 2011
So many levels of menu items for custom setting it is hard to grasp all of them. However, it can make the camera really versatile and the quality of images are remarkable compaired to P&S type digitals. The HD Videos are usable but hard to get them to not shake even with IS on. That takes more practice. Focus seems to be quick with the kit lens and am anxiously waiting to get the adapter so I can use my 4/3 lenses to shoot with. For my use though, this is the perfect camera.
May 09, 2011
I just returned from a 2 week trip to eastern Turkey where there were many amazing opportunities to try out the camera. I used the super-zoom 14-150mm and loved it. The results are the same as a full sized SLR but much lighter. The digital viewfinder is a must to frame shots and reduce battery drain.
I hate the location of the red video button. My fat thumb set it off on nearly 1 of 5 still shots so editing out unwanted videos was a nightly exercise.
April 29, 2011
I use compact digital cameras for their convenience and DSLR's for image quality and lens interchangeability. The PEN EL-P2 is a perfect compromise. It is almost pocketable but has the image power of the larger sensor DSLR's. I always liked the Olympus OM 35mm cameras, and it is great that i can still use those lenses and others (although only manually) with adapters. The zoom button is very useful in achieving proper focus manually. Auto-focus with M4/3 lenses is quick and reliable. The sensor has a 2X conversion factor versus 35mm. This is great for telephoto work but costly for true wide-angle photography. A drawback of the design is viewing the image outdoors. Relying on the LCD screen is unsatisfactory in bright light. Though nothing matches an optical viewfinder, the accessory EVF VF-2 is suiperb and must be considered when using the camera outdoors.
April 22, 2011
great pictures light great for travel used on trip to china. only complaint keep pushing record button
April 18, 2011
We love this camera! Small enough to take anywhere, fantastic photos!
April 18, 2011
I switched to the E-PL2 and parted with my large and heavy DSLRs that spent all their time in my closet. The Pen goes everywhere with me even with 3 lenses. Am looking forward to more micro lenses. The viewfinder is wonderful but I wish it didn't come off the camera so easily when I take the camera in or out of my case. Love the quality of my pictures and the excellent color.
April 18, 2011
Love the high quality images in a smaller, lighter camera than my E-30. Would love a bigger variety of lenses, however.
April 16, 2011
Purchased the e-pl2 and have just returned from a week of use and 900 pictures later. The camera is light and compact. I appreciated this as it was easy to carry around all day. The features in this camera are impressive. It shares so many with its larger counterparts that there was rarely a want for anything different. In fact, choosing which mode or filter to try was often the hard part in making the image. There is often more than one way to navigate to a desired shooting mode; especially in the iauto, program and art modes, that it was a learning curve to remember which route to take. I have made 20x30 enlargements, camera on a tripod, and the picture quality was flawless. Not a pixel to be seen. The art filters are a hit with my teen children, plus there will be room to grow in their photography with this camera. The 14-42 lens works well and the autofocus is a step faster than little point and shoots. The battery held up well after a day of heavy flash, video and still use. I am hoping that a lens hood will become available soon. As a down note, the wheel with exposure, flash, etc. can be easily bumped, so you have to learn to watch for any changes. And the protective hotshoe cap comes off easily, and mine is already missing. Replacements?