Olympus E-PL2 reviews round-up

March 01 , 2011 by: Daniela Bowker Reviews, Reviews round-ups

Do Canon and Nikon want to compete in the mirror-less market, where others are doing so well already?

People seemed to really like the Olympus E-PL1. It produced great images, it handled fairly intuitively, it was the right size, and it didn’t cost the earth. Of course, it wasn’t without its faults, but in creating the E-PL2, Olympus had to be sure to carry over the good and sort out the not-so-good. This was especially the case if Olympus really is serious about abandoning single lens reflex technology in favour of the bright new world of mirror-less cameras. So now that the reviews for the E-PL2 are beginning to trickle in, what’s the verdict?

Overall, it seems to be that the E-PL2 has taken all that was good about the E-PL1 and corrected a few of its niggles. And the art filters seem to be really popular. But, it is the same price as an entry level dSLR. For some people, this camera is going to offer them what they need; for others, it won’t be quite enough. Take a look and see what you think.

Amateur Photographer says ‘In many ways, the Olympus E-PL2 is the camera the E-PL1 should have been and I think that this should stand up to the entry level compact system camera competition.’ – Read the full review on Amateur Photographer.

CNET Asia says ‘In terms of picture quality and performance, the new camera is slightly better and faster, but not significant enough to warrant an upgrade [from the E-PL1]. That said, shutterbugs who are looking to buy a mirrorless ILC should really keep the E-PL2 in mind because it offers plenty of useful features in a compact body.’ – Read the full review on CNET Asia.

ePHOTOzine says ‘On the one hand we have a small and rather fiddly camera that needs some considerable care in operation. On the other hand we have a very compact unit that can deliver the very highest quality of results, and this must in the end be what counts.’ – Read the full review on ePHOTOzine.

Imaging Resource says ‘Overall, the E-PL2 seems like a more mature offering [than the E-PL1], and though it’s lost some of its visual appeal (at least, for the black model), it’s gained in utility and portability, thanks to the smaller kit lens, better grip, and higher resolution LCD.’ – Read the full review on Imaging Resource.

PhotographyBlog says ‘The E-PL2 is one of the best Olympus PEN cameras yet, refining an already appealing design with a few well-thought-out design tweaks (with the exception of the Live Wheel) and a much improved standard kit lens. It’s also a little cheaper too, making the new Olympus E-PL2 a serious contender for compact users looking to upgrade to a more full-featured yet still very portable camera.’ – Read the full review on PhotographyBlog.

Pocket-lint says ‘Priced at £529 at launch, the biggest problem the Olympus E-PL2 faces is being priced too close to more capable entry-level DSLR models, which ultimately will offer finer detail in the same conditions. However, the looks and the compact nature, along with the solid build quality, should mean that the E-PL2 appeals as an alternative to a high-end compact as a back-up camera, or as a step-up model for those interested in getting more control.’ – Read the full review on Pocket-lint.

T3 says ‘Priced as high as an actual DSLR, you’ve got to want the added portability provided by the E-PL2 to consider buying one then.’ – Read the full review on T3.

About Daniela

This post was written by Daniela Bowker, who has written 1382 articles for Photocritic

Daniela has written three books on photography, contributed to several others, and acted as the editorial consultant on many more.

Her newest book, Social Photography, is currently available as a digital download as well as in bookshops in the UK and US.

You might also want to check out her exploration of other-worldly photographic creations, Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, and Photo School Fundamentals, for which she contributed the section on composition.

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