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Olympus E-PL2 Review – Olympus Entry Level DSLR Cameras

Olympus E-PL2 Review – Olympus Entry Level DSLRs 

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The very first thing you have to do with the Olympus E-PL2 is ignore the way it looks; for an entry level DSLR, the Olympus e-PL2 is a veritable wolf in sheep’s clothing. This camera has a great pedigree and comes packed with technology and features that are guaranteed to give you a fantastic user experience. To be honest I actually like the way it looks; it doesn’t try to look like all the other entry level DSLR’s but has a unique identity and I think that is rather cool.

This DSLR comes with the ability to shoot HD video at 30 frames per second, 10 times its still frame rate. You can connect it directly to your television via an HDMI cable thus allowing you to share those special moments with friends and family in a convenient and comfortable manner. I would suggest you an SDHC or SDXC media card, which are both compatible with the E-PL2, to store these large files.

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The E-PL2 is a great entry level DSLR and is ideal for capturing those enduring family moments. If you want to get creative it comes with six artistic filters for you to choose from, enhancing your video to create dynamic content.

The E-PL2 DSLR boasts iAuto technology camera which automatically recognises and then utilises the appropriate camera mode; the choices are:

  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sport
  • Night

It also has 22 preset modes that aid you in getting the best shot every time; these include portrait, panorama, sunset, sports, night, children and lots more.

The one setting that really made me sit up and take notice is the ePortrait mode; this brilliant feature automatically smoothes out and applies the correct illumination to the face of your subject. Another neat feature is that similar to far more expensive cameras the E-PL2 will save two copies of the portrait file, the original and the ePortrait enhanced file.

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The most interesting photographic subjects rarely oblige by staying still long enough but the E-PL2 employs Live View technology with autofocus tracking and in-body image stabilisation. Once again this technology is normally found on higher spec and higher priced cameras. Once the camera has locked onto the subject the technology takes over; the autofocus tracking system locks onto the subject, continuously adjusting the focus and brightness levels until you fully press the shutter release.

There is no doubt that judging by its appearance alone this looks like your everyday entry level  DSLR and with the flash not being in the traditional top centre position it looks a little strange; but don’t judge the book by its cover, this baby is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The support is good and includes an Overview, Features, Accessories, Support and Reviews. The product page features live chat support that beats hanging around on the phone.


The Olympus E-PL2 has some excellent features and technology. For those of you that want to be creative with your photography the 22 scene-select modes certainly assist getting the artistic juices flowing. The biggest let down is the amateurish feel to the camera and this is a shame because it definitely over performs; however some entry level photographers might prefer the handy pocket size.

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