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Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P2 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Key Specs

Olympus E-P2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Introduced April 2010
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-P1
  • New Model is Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-PL2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 362g - 114 x 72 x 42mm
  • Released February 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • Successor is Olympus E-PL3
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Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Overview

Let's look closer at the Olympus E-P2 and Olympus E-PL2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both are designed by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-P2 (12MP) and the E-PL2 (12MP) is very close and they use the exact same sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-P2 was brought out 9 months before the E-PL2 which means that they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going in to a full comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the E-P2 scores vs the E-PL2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P2 over the Olympus E-PL2

 E-P2 E-PL2 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Olympus E-P2

 E-PL2 E-P2 
ReleasedFebruary 2011April 2010More modern by 9 months
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-P2 and Olympus E-PL2

 E-P2 E-PL2 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-P2 enjoys outer dimensions of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") having a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Olympus E-PL2 has proportions of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") along with a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-P2 and Olympus E-PL2 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the E-P2 compared to the E-PL2.

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-P2 and E-PL2 is 86 and 85 respectively.

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to visualize the difference in sensor sizes merely by looking through specifications. The image underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-P2 and E-PL2.

To sum up, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the identical MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of photos however you will need to factor the production date of the cameras into account. The more aged E-P2 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Portrait photography features
Olympus E-PL2 Portrait photography features
60
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
60
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Street photography factors
Olympus E-PL2 Street photography factors
74
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
73
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Sports photography advice
Olympus E-PL2 Sports photography advice
40
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12MP)
terrible battery (300 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
terrible battery pack (280 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P2 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-PL2 as a Travel photography camera
43
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
51
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery pack (280 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Landscape photography details
Olympus E-PL2 Landscape photography details
60
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse function
61
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
terrible battery pack (280 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-PL2 Vlogging factors
29
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone port
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic jack
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Olympus E-P2 vs Olympus E-PL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P2 and Olympus E-PL2
 Olympus PEN E-P2Olympus PEN E-PL2
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-P2 Olympus PEN E-PL2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-04-22 2011-02-11
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic V Truepic V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 10.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 355 gr (0.78 pounds) 362 gr (0.80 pounds)
Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 56 55
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 21.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 10.2
DXO Low light rating 505 573
Other
Battery life 300 shots 280 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $799 $0