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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Black Lens, Black

SKU: IOMEPL2B14 MFR: 262901
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About the Olympus E-PL2

The Olympus PEN E-PL2 Digital Camera (Black) W/14-42mm II Lens (Black) is a dream come true for many photographers--with 12.3 megapixels, plus technology normally found in much larger cameras. It features a PEN large-size image sensor that is 8 times larger than the ones in average point & shoot cameras. This sensor, combined with the TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color and reduced noise, all the way up to ISO 6400. With state-of-the art noise reduction technology and 3 in-body image stabilization modes, users will realize clear images with all compatible lenses under most lighting conditions.

The E-PL2's iAuto mode automatically identifies the scene you're shooting (portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport) and adjusts the settings to optimize results. While in iAuto you can engage Live Guide control which lets you compose your picture, manipulate the image with various in-camera effects like softening backgrounds, adjusting colors and brightness before taking the photo.

Adding to the dream, recording HD movies (720p) with the E-PL2 is simple thanks to an easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body. You can toggle back and forth between capturing stills and video which opens endless shooting possibilities. For example, you can shoot a portrait of a child and switch to video to capture the moment when he or she is playing with the dog that interrupted your shooting session.

This camera has 19 automatic scene-select modes which adjust camera settings according to the subject you are photographing plus 6 in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and the new Gentle Sepia filter). These tools make image capture easy and can expand your creativity.

This E-PL2 comes with an M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lens (equivalent to 28-84mm) which is extremely compact and lightweight. It has ED lens elements which deliver very high imaging performance and despite its small size, it delivers amazing image brightness and contrast. It covers wide angle to short telephoto distances and is suitable for just about any kind of photography: portraits, everyday shooting, sports and traveling.

The Olympus E-PL2 is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Travel, Wildlife and more.The Olympus E-PL2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Olympus E-PL2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus E-PL2: Compact, Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good battery life, Great resolution and Large clear LCD.

Olympus E-PL2 Includes

  • Olympus PEN E-PL2 Body
  • 14-42mm Lens II
  • Li-Ion Battery BLS-5
  • Li-Ion Battery Charger BCS-5
  • USB/Video Multi Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Olympus Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (8) , Compact (7) , Great resolution (7) , Fast shutter speed (6) , Good battery life (6) , Large clear LCD (6) , Good in low light (3) , Zoom range/performance (3)
Cons:
No viewfinder (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (8) , Family photos (6) , Low light (5) , Wildlife (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (5) , Photo enthusiast (5) , Pro photographer (1)

Olympus E-PL2 Features

  • In both still and movie modes - the E-PL2 Image Stabilization excels. The E-PL2's 3-mode In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to three shutter speed steps in the still shooting modes with any of its interchangeable lenses
  • Mode 1 for general shooting, Mode 2 for creative high-speed horizontal capture and Mode 3 for high-speed vertical capture. The camera's Mechanical Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens
  • In the Movie Modes the advanced Electronic Image Stabilization tracts the images both vertically and horizontally to achieve clear sharp movies, matching the performance of the in body IS
  • Illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red eye and fill in dark areas. Set the built-in pop-up flash to auto or control the amount of light the flash emits
  • The E-PL2's powerful 12.3 megapixel Live-MOS sensor packs a powerful high-quality imaging punch for such a compact camera, allowing you to capture more detail than ever before
  • The Live MOS image sensor delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas
  • In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO
  • A Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it cannot interfere with the picture imaging at any time
  • Shoot movies at 30 frames per second, with high-quality sound, in 720p with available manual control over aperture and shutter speed. This new level of control allows you to express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos
  • A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with the press of a button. You can also capture HD video (720p) using one of the six Art Filters for more creative shooting options
  • The E-PL2 includes a port (AP2) for new accessories including the MAL-1 accessory light, the PENPal Bluetooth accessory - which makes it easier than ever to share your images - as well as the VF-2 viewfinder, a detachable electronic viewfinder
  • The external accessory port also allows for connection with the new EMA-1 external microphone adapter for enhanced audio capture
  • Penpal: This Bluetooth accessory plugs into the camera's accessory port to easily save albums, send pictures from your PEN to a smart phone or another PEN. This makes it easier than ever to share images to sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr
  • Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler hues? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background?
  • Simply set the camera to iAuto, press OK to engage Live Guide, then press the up and down arrows on the back of the E-PL2 to easily slide through numerous photographic effects
  • Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live - before the image is captured! Live Guide also features a Tips section on how to compose a shot or shoot kids, pets, flowers and more
  • From portraits to sunset shots, the E-PL2 is equipped with 22 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode
  • iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting - portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport - and adjusts the settings to optimize results. iEnhance can be used in any mode and automatically engages when using iAuto to enrich color in any subject, just as the human eye sees it
  • The Micro Four Thirds Mount on the E-PL2 provides many key benefits, including the effectiveness of a digitally designed image sensor, an ultra-compact design and expandability and compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Four Thirds System Lens via the MMF-2 Adapter
  • Keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus. AF Live View displays subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way. AF Tracking locks your subject into focus and adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving
  • The E-PL2 is capable of recording video to SDHC and SDXC media cards to accommodate large files. (SDHC Class 6 cards are recommended.) Videos, stills and high-fidelity audio can also be output via HDMI cable - direct to any HD television

Olympus E-PL2 Specifications

Camera type Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera
Memory SD Memory Card (SDHC compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Screen size 17.3mm (H) x 13.0mm (V)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number 12.3 million pixels
Sensor High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter array Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF Fixed type
IR cut filter Hybrid type
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
File Size: RAW 4032 x 3042 pixels (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB
Set1(LF): 4032 x 3042 pixels (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
Set2(LN): 4032 x 3042 pixels (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
Set3(MN): 2560 x 1920 pixels (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024 x 768 pixels (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
File Size: Large 4032 x 3024 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 8.2MB
4032 x 3024 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
4032 x 3024 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
4032 x 3024 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.8MB
File Size: Middle 3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.4MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.4MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.2MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.2MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
File Size: Small 1 1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
File Size: Small 2 1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
Recording format (Movie) AVI Motion JPEG (30fps)
Movie Mode HD: 1280 (H) x 720 (V), Aspect 16:9
SD: 640 (H) x 480 (V), Aspect 4:3 (VGA)
Compression Ratio 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File Size Max 2GB (limited by AVI format)
Maximum Recording Time (Movie) HD: 7min, SD: 14min
Recording format (Sound) Wave Format Base, Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Maximum Recording Time (Sound) Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Live View Type Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view 1
Display Mode Normal Mode
Grid Line (3types)
Histogram Mode
Magnified View Mode
Comparable View Mode
OFF Mode
Magnification Ratio x7, x10
Monitor information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, My Mode, Internal Temperature Warning, Face Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
AF High speed imager AF
Image Stabilizer: System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Image Stabilizer: Mode 3 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, 1 dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF
Image Stabilizer: Manual Function Input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Effective compensation range Approx.3EV steps (in maximum effect with 50mm lens)
Image Stabilizer: Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
Image Stabilizer: IS for Movie Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS)
Monitor 3.0 inches HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Total no. of pixels Approx. 230,000 dots
Playback field of view 1
Brightness control +7 levels and -7 levels
Color balance +7 levels and -7 levels
AF system Imager Contrast Detection AF system When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
Focusing point 11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Focus tracking Yes
Manual Focus Assist When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Exposure Control: Metering system TTL Image Sensor metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Exposure Control: Metering range EV 0 - 18 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure Control: Exposure mode (1) i Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene select AE (7) Art Filter
Exposure Control: Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Exposure Control: ISO sensitivity Auto: ISO 200 - 6400(customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps, Movie ISO 200-1600
Exposure Control: Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure Control: AE lock Yes
Exposure Control: Exposure bracketing 2, 3, 5frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Auto WB system High speed Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance 8 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 1 custom setting can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
Effect level available in 3 steps for i-Enhance
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Shutter type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Yes (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
Max. recordable pictures RAW mode: Max. 10 frames.
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. 12 with Toshiba Super High Speed type ""Class 6"" 4GB) (on sequential shooting)
Built-in flash Yes
Compatible external flash E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14)
External Flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Flash mode of External Flash Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Synchronization speed 1/30-1/180
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Image Overlay Up to 3 RAW images
Input/Output PC interface: USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
TV interface: HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT (SD/Mono Sound)
USB/Video connector: Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
HDMI: Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Flash attachment: Hot shoe
DC-in: No
Accessory attachment: Accessory port
Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx. 300 shots (with BLS-1 and Toshiba Class 6 SDHC 4GB card under CIPA testing standard) (with 50% flash light)
Splash Proof No
Temperature 0 - 40deg.C (operation) / -20 - 60deg.C (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.51 x 2.84 x 1.63" (114.6 x 72.2 x 41.5mm) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 10.4 oz (296 g) (body only)
12.13 oz (344 g) (including battery and memory card)
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