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Full Olympus E-PL2 review at Cameralabs


There is a new full E-PL2 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “On the surface, the differences between the E-PL1 and E-PL2 may not look extensive, but they make a big difference in both handling and performance. The rear control dial makes the E-PL2 a much more comfortable camera to use in manual exposure modes while the change to the ISO sensitivity range combined, we suspect, with some tweaking of the image processing, has resulted in improved image quality.”…”the broad appeal of the PEN E-PL2 and the excellent quality results it’s capable of producing look set to make it one of the most successful Micro Four Thirds cameras yet.”

The E-PL2 gets an Overall score of 83%. To read all E-PL2 related news and review on 43rumors click here.
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Reminder: On Saturday Dpreview posted the Panasonic GF2 review and we asked you if you prefer the E-PL2 or the GF2:

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  • After reading the E-PL2 review, I also read the reviews of the E-3. E-620, E-420, L1, and L10. I’m really surprised and happy seeing the IQ comparison to Canon and Nikon, FourThirds and Micro FourThirds cameras are really sharp.

    I just hate how other people doesn’t acknowledge Olympus being a good, if not great, camera manufacturer.

    • Ahem

      I’ve compared prints from E-PL1 (kit glass) to Canon 550D (primes and/or L glass), and they are on par at 13×19″ (haven’t tried bigger). In fact, I would say the Oly prints are a tad sharper, presumably due to the weak low-pass filter used in front of the sensor.

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  • Kevin

    so many people hate it but you still see people walking around with EPs way more often then G-series.

    • Robbie

      Cuz people are still waiting the G-series to ship

    • Mr. Reeee

      I’ve seen many G-Series cameras. They’ve all been black and are quite discrete.
      Overall, I’ve probably seen about equal numbers of both. I’m in NYC.

    • cL

      Just for stats reason, I’ve seen more G-series on the street than Pens…. Here in Silicon Valley, people are more conservative about new things and most of the DSLRs you see are Canons and Nikons. I’m the only person with Olympus, except for one day I saw two other people carrying Olympus (one of them is a girl with E-620 with a high end lens on it, which I did not ask her which one it is).

      • cL

        Oh…, and one more thing. If I kept my Panasonic G1, I would be the only person on the street I’ve ever seen with a Panasonic m4/3 camera. There are more people with Sony DSLRs (usually low end models like A380/390) than 4/3 or m4/3 cameras. And I’ve been using my 4/3 cameras for more than one year now, so I’ve been observing what people are carrying…. People here usually just want to mix in with the crowd.

  • Nathan

    I think it’s funny that now that the megapixel wars are pretty much over, all they can nitpick is ISO3200 and ISO6400 100% crops. Remember film? Film couldn’t produce ISO 100 results with ISO1600 film either.

    I maintain that if you like shooting in the dark, grab a Nikon. If you want to shoot things that have at least as much light as a typical room with ordinary incandescents, any DSLR or mirrorless will work acceptably well.

    If you want to shoot daylight or flash, even a compact can be used for good results.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Actually, if you like shooting in the dark, use a tripod! ;-)

    • cL

      Agreed. Except most people think if they carry a P&S, they can’t get good result. I had a person complained he couldn’t get what I shot with his P&S, when I told him, yes you can! Just bring a tripod…. Yes, low light P&S won’t get good result. If you want to pixel peep, then yes, P&S won’t win on that front, but if you don’t need pixel level sharpness, all you need is a high-end P&S. Modern P&S has reached to a quality level where it’s good enough for everyday purpose and an overkill for web sharing (actually even a camera phone can do that. Web resolution only requires 75 dpi!).

  • richard

    Panasonic you had to use Raw mode, Jpect just among the weakess. panasonic need to fix such issue or whey won’t win any camera While for Olympus need to step up and make gh2 alike camera.

  • TR

    Thank you ‘Ahem’ for the practical info. It is very helpful and it would be good to hear from others on it. I have a questions for EPL1/2 users: do you have to dip into menus every time you want to use magnification for focus assist. On my G1 once I have the smaller dial on MF, then it is just two presses each time. What is it like with the Olympus cameras if you want to use manual lenses and like using magnification to focus.

    • Philippines

      No, there’s a dedicated button for the focus-assist zoom on the E-PL2. However, I find it very easy to use in GF1. In E-PL2, you first press the magnifier button and set it to your specified magnification by pressing the ‘info’ button. After focusing, you need to press again the magnifier button to return back to the original unmagnified view. While in GF1, all the processes is in located in a single button– GF1’s thumbwheel.
      Good thing, I got used to it in a matter of days..
      Coming from GF1, switching to E-PL2 is worth it. No regrets here.

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