REVIEW: Olympus PEN E-PL2 - by ed9119


Status
Not open for further replies.

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#1
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:

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#2



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
 

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#3
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:

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#4
Noise test at various ISOs
All images shot at f5.6

ISO 3200


ISO 1600



ISO 800



ISO 400


ISO 200
 

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#5
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:
May 8, 2006
1,208
3
0
Sunny island
#9
wow... looks great... :) can loan me for a test run too? haha...
i promise to be a good boy...

cheers
banana
 

May 8, 2006
1,208
3
0
Sunny island
#11
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...

cheers
banana
 

mexican88

New Member
May 4, 2009
340
2
0
32
Singapore
#12
try a night shot with the lamppost in the centre of the frame

or try a sunset shot pls

thx
 

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#13
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





 

Last edited:

edutilos-

Senior Member
Dec 28, 2010
6,032
17
38
The Universe
www.facebook.com
#14
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??
 

Alpina

New Member
May 5, 2010
378
0
0
#15
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?
 

edutilos-

Senior Member
Dec 28, 2010
6,032
17
38
The Universe
www.facebook.com
#16
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???
 

Alpina

New Member
May 5, 2010
378
0
0
#18
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.
:)
 

ed9119

Moderator
Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
11,012
35
48
56
Singapore
www.walkeast.com
#19
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
 

Status
Not open for further replies.
Top Bottom