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    Default REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2 - by ed9119

    Olympus PEN E-PL2 review

    Olympus Singapore has been kind enough to provide 5 sets of the E-PL2 with kit lenses for Clubsnap Mods to review and field test over the next couple of weeks..... so..... other Mods will be contributing comments and images.

    I also understand that Oly will be working with Clubsnap on a few hands-on sessions ..... so do look out for these outing announcements

    I'll start the ball rolling here first and more images (and feedback/comments) will be added in the coming weeks

    The EPL2 looks cosmetically different from the EPL1 with curvier lines


    Cosmetics:
    1. The front grip is sporting a slightly higher 'hump' and thus a more secure hold
    2. The lens release button has a little more 'bling'
    3. The flash hot-shoe is flush into the top panel without the old 'hump'
    4. There is a MSAP dial knob above that includes iAuto, ART, SCN, video (that video icon on the knob is ..... illogical ..... I was able to activate the video shoot button WITH or WITHOUT turning the shooting mode knob to the video icon )
    5. Thank you for giving the white body a tan/sandstone grip ...... it actually makes the white version look very handsome ( hint hint there is a really great DSLR that comes in a hideous white and black version)
    6. Front of camera is metal and the whole outfit looks and feels well-put together
    7. The kit lens (as in almost all kit lenses) is clad in silver polycarb to give it a faux brushed steel feel ..... its saving grace being a wonderful Zuiko zoom with focal range of 14-42mm (28-84mm equiv in 35mm format)... and comes with a lock/unlock switch ....from 14mm through 42mm, the kit zoom looks physically extended when deployed for shooting .... (again I'm asking for ALL manufacturers to PLEASE give consumers a physically flatter , low profile kit zoom to complement all these diet, slim-profiled EVIL bodies)

    Here are some images of the camera itself with the kit lens for a look-see and inspection





    Last edited by ed9119; 1st February 2011 at 07:59 PM.
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    OK some technical specs off the back of the User Guide

    Sensor
    Micro 4/3" Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
    17.3 x 13.0 mm
    13.1 million total pixels
    12.3 million effective pixels
    RGB (Primary) color filter array
    Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)

    Image Engine - TruePic V

    Dust suppression - Supersonic Wave Filter (sensor cleaning) (Horray !!)

    Image stabilization
    "Supersonic Wave Drive" sensor (in the body)
    IS via 3 modes: Vertical only, Horizontal only and Horizontal+Vertica
    3 EV exposure compensation

    Photo Image sizes
    4032 x 3024
    3200 x 2400
    2560 x 1920
    1600 x 1200
    1280 x 960
    1024 x 768
    640 x 480

    Movie Image sizes
    1280 x 720 (HD) @ 30 fps
    640 x 480 @ 30 fps

    Movie length

    7 min @ HD
    14 min @ 640 x 480

    Aspect Ratio
    4:3 (Default), 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 (it officially says 6:6 , which mathematically translated still ends up as 1:1 , someone please advise me why they say 6:6)

    File formats
    RAW
    RAW + JPEG
    JPEG

    Lens Mount
    Micro 4/3 Mount

    Auto focus
    Contrast Detection AF system
    11-area multiple AF

    Shutter speed
    60-1/4000 sec

    Focal length multiplier : x2 for 35mm equivalent Field of View
    Range of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
    can use regular 4/3 lenses via adaptor (not provided)

    Focus Area Selectable
    Automatic
    Manual
    Auto from all 11 area
    Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON

    Focus modes
    Single shot AF (S- AF)
    Continuous AF (C-AF)
    Manual focus (MF)
    Single + Continuous (S-AF+ MF)
    AF Tracking (C-AF+ TR)

    Exposure modes
    iAuto
    Program AE (with shift)
    Aperture priority AE
    Shutter priority AE
    Manual
    Art Filter
    Scene select

    Scene modes (SCN available on top knob)
    Portrait
    e-Portrait
    Landscape
    Landscape + Portrait
    Sport
    Night Scene
    Night + Portrait
    Children
    High Key
    Low Key
    DIS mode
    Macro
    Nature Macro
    Candle
    Sunset
    Documents
    Panorama
    Fireworks
    Beach & Snow

    Art Filter (available on top knob)
    Pop art
    Soft focus
    Pale & Light Color
    Light Tone
    Grainy film
    Pin hole
    Diorama
    Cross Process
    Dramatic

    Sensitivity

    Auto : ISO 200 - 6400* (customizable, I had lost count due to close intervals )
    Manual ISO 100 - 6400, in 1/3 or 1 EV steps

    Metering modes
    Digital ESP (324-area multi-pattern metering)
    Center-Weighted Average
    Spot (1%)
    Highlight based spot
    Shadow based spot

    AE Lock
    Available
    AF lock with shutter release half-press in Single AF mode

    Exposure comp.

    Up to 3.0 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or full steps

    AE Bracketing
    3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 EV bracket steps

    WB Bracketing
    3 frames
    2, 4 or 6 steps

    White balance
    Auto
    Cloudy
    Shade
    Flash
    Daylight
    Fluorescent 1
    Fluorescent 2
    Fluorescent 3
    Lamp
    1 custom preset
    Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
    Red - Blue: 7 steps (2 mired each) for fine tuning
    Green - Magenta: 7 steps (2 mired each) for fine tuning

    Flash X-sync speed 1/30 - 1/180

    Color space
    sRGB
    Adobe RGB

    Image parameters
    iEnhance (3 levels)
    Saturation - 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted)
    Sharpness - 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
    Contrast- 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
    B&W filter (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
    B&W/Sepia toning (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green)
    Gradation (4 levels)

    Drive modes
    Single
    Continuous 3fps (10 frames max in RAW)
    Self-timer (2 or 12 sec)


    LCD monitor
    3.0" HyperCrystal LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating*
    460,000 dots
    100% frame coverage
    15 step brightness adjustment
    15 step Color Balance adjustment

    Live View
    100% fov
    7x - 14x magnification

    Live View Modes
    Normal Mode
    Grid Line Mode (4 types)
    Histogram Mode
    Highlight & Shadow Mode
    Comparison View Mode

    Connectivity
    USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
    Mini HDMI
    Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
    Accessory Port AP2

    Battery : BLS-5 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery

    Dimensions 115.4mm (W) x 72.7mm (H) x 42mm (D)

    Weight (no batt) 317g
    Weight (with batt & card) 362g
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    lets do something different here........ ISO testing will start backwards from the HIGHEST ISO (6400) to the lowest (200) to give you an idea of the outputs

    I must say..... noise is pretty well controlled even at these levels

    AND because the intervals between ISOs are pretty close, I tested at 8 'round numbered' ISO levels

    ISO 6400


    ISO 5000



    ISO 4000
    Last edited by ed9119; 29th January 2011 at 12:45 AM.
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Noise test at various ISOs
    All images shot at f5.6

    ISO 3200


    ISO 1600



    ISO 800



    ISO 400


    ISO 200
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    100% Crop of the above images ..... some noise at the highest ISO levels but again.... IMHO pretty darned impressive results at the higher ISOs

    ISO 6400


    ISO 5000


    ISO 4000


    ISO 3200


    ISO 1600
    Last edited by ed9119; 29th January 2011 at 12:49 AM.
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    ISO 800


    ISO 400


    ISO 200
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Up close wide angle 14mm (28mm) table-top images at various f-stops

    f3.5


    f5.6


    f8


    f22
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Up close at tele end of zoom 42mm (84) table-top images at various f-stops

    f5.6


    f8
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    wow... looks great... can loan me for a test run too? haha...
    i promise to be a good boy...

    cheers
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    see u tomorrow at the usual place in little india .... bring ur own SD card.....
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    see u tomorrow at the usual place in little india .... bring ur own SD card.....
    thanks boss... but might not be free tomorrow afternoon... let's see when i can loan it... happy chinese new year... hope to see more of the review from u...

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    try a night shot with the lamppost in the centre of the frame

    or try a sunset shot pls

    thx

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    It was a lousy day to take pics .... but a GREAT day to put a camera through its paces .... especially in wet conditions..... no hiding behind warm light and good shadows....

    I started shooting around 5pm today in the rain .... mostly around Millenia Walk area and around the Esplanade

    Note: to Olympus Singapore: I was a GWC today with the camera mostly hanging off my shoulder walking in the drizzle earlier and later, walking through some heavy rains..... the camera strap's soaked through but your camera looks to be still working





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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Looks like the noise is quite well controlled.

    Hope I don't sound too swagu, what's that over the place where DSLR viewfinders usually are??

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    it's a hotshoe cover if that is what you are mentioning about.
    i'm very impressed with the noise control even at high iso.
    thanks for sharing, will wait for more pictures and further reviews.
    could share CA and flare if convenient please?
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
    it's a hotshoe cover if that is what you are mentioning about.
    i'm very impressed with the noise control even at high iso.
    thanks for sharing, will wait for more pictures and further reviews.
    could share CA and flare if convenient please?
    I know what a hotshoe cover is, below that, there is something with "Olympus"

    Fake VF???

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2


    100% crop of above image below
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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    I know what a hotshoe cover is, below that, there is something with "Olympus"

    Fake VF???
    looks to me like a part of the hotshoe cover.
    let's wait for reviewer's reply.
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    Default Re: REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2

    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    Looks like the noise is quite well controlled.

    Hope I don't sound too swagu, what's that over the place where DSLR viewfinders usually are??
    lol ! the hole where the viewfinder is supposed to be is to connect the EVF to the camera's electronics interface so that an image can be shown on the EVF

    so... the hotshoe anchors the EVF (but no interface) while the hole is the image 'lifeline' to the camera .... sorry they did not give me a EVF
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    TS, if possible could you repeat the ISO tolerance test, but this time at night or in low light settings?
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