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12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The crops below show the performance of the Olympus PEN E-PL2 next to the same ISO for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
. Both of these are Micro Four-Thirds SLD cameras but the GH2 captures 16 megapixels versus 12 megapixels for the E-PL2. They both cover the ISO 200 to 6400 range, with the GH2 also supporting ISO 160 and 12800.

All images below are 100% crops from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality JPEG setting available. ISO, aperture and white-balance were set on camera. Other settings were left at their default values. These crops help determine which ISO settings is acceptable on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 160 Crop
ISO 160
Olympus PEN E-PL2 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Olympus PEN E-PL2 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Olympus PEN E-PL2 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Olympus PEN E-PL2 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Olympus PEN E-PL2 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Olympus PEN E-PL2 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 12800 Crop
ISO 12800

The Olympus PEN E-PL2 may seem humble with its lower resolution and smaller ISO range but it performs solidly and shows that bigger pixels is better than more pixels. Compared to the Panasonic GH2, the E-PL2 starts with a 2-stop image-noise lead which narrows to about 1 stop at ISO 1600. Details are not ultra-sharp and colors are very slightly off, yet results are impeccably smooth until ISO 800 with only a tiny about of noise appearing at ISO 1600.

Olympus PEN E-PL2
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By Neocamera on 2011-04-07

Olympus E-PL2 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 200-6400
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-60s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Optional EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.58X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
3 FPS Drive, 12 ImagesHot-Shoe
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 460K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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