Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s

Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
Olympus Stylus 1s front

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Key Specs

Olympus E-PL2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL3
Olympus 1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Older Model is Olympus 1
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Overview

Here, we are comparing the Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both offered by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-PL2 (12MP) and the 1s (12MP) is fairly well matched but the E-PL2 (Four Thirds) and 1s (1/1.7") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL2 was released 5 years before the 1s and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus 1s being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a brief overview of how the E-PL2 matches up versus the 1s in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Olympus 1s

 E-PL2 1s 

Reasons to pick Olympus 1s over the Olympus E-PL2

 1s E-PL2 
IntroducedApril 2015February 2011Fresher by 50 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kClearer display (+580k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL2 and Olympus 1s

 E-PL2 1s 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera often, you'll need to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL2 has physical measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") having a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs) whilst the Olympus 1s has sizing of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") with a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using at that time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the E-PL2 compared to the 1s.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL2 and 1s is 85 and 79 respectively.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to envision the gap between sensor sizing purely by looking at a spec sheet. The graphic here might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL2 and 1s.

As you can see, both of these cameras feature the identical resolution but not the same sensor sizing. The E-PL2 comes with the larger sensor which is going to make obtaining bokeh less difficult. The older E-PL2 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Portrait photography factors
Olympus 1s Portrait photography factors
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
focusing manually
provides face detect focusing
saves RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Street photography details
Olympus 1s Street photography details
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
features focus by touch
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus 1s as a Sports photography camera
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low resolution (12MP)
bad battery power (280 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
great battery (450 per charge)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL2
Travel photography with Olympus 1s
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
bad battery power (280 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
great battery (450 per charge)
features focus by touch
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Landscape photography info
Olympus 1s Landscape photography info
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
bad battery power (280 per charge)
no Timelapse function
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
great battery (450 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Vlogging details
Olympus 1s Vlogging details
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focusing
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone socket
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone jack
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 1s Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL2 and Olympus 1s
 Olympus PEN E-PL2Olympus Stylus 1s
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL2 Olympus Stylus 1s
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-02-11 2015-04-13
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Truepic V -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4032 x 3024 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 35
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-300mm (10.7x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8
Macro focus range - 5cm
Available lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 4.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.00 m 10.30 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 362 gr (0.80 lbs) 402 gr (0.89 lbs)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 573 not tested
Battery life 280 pictures 450 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 BLS-50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $0 $699