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Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010

Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
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Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
 
Olympus Stylus 5010 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
27
Overall
33

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Key Specs

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
  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • Renewed by Olympus E-PL3
Olympus 5010
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 20mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Alternative Name is mju 5010
Photography Glossary

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Overview

Below is a in depth comparison of the Olympus E-PL2 and Olympus 5010, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Ultracompact and both are created by Olympus. The resolution of the E-PL2 (12MP) and the 5010 (14MP) is relatively comparable but the E-PL2 (Four Thirds) and 5010 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor sizes.

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The E-PL2 was announced 14 months later than the 5010 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. The two cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus 5010 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the E-PL2 grades versus the 5010 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Olympus 5010

 E-PL2 5010 
ReleasedFebruary 2011January 2010More recent by 14 months
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus 5010 over the Olympus E-PL2

 5010 E-PL2 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL2 and Olympus 5010

 E-PL2 5010 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL2 has got physical dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") having a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs) while the Olympus 5010 has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Check out the Olympus E-PL2 and Olympus 5010 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Here is the front view size comparison of the E-PL2 compared to the 5010.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL2 and 5010 is 85 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to envision the contrast in sensor measurements just by checking out technical specs. The photograph below might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL2 and 5010.

As you can tell, each of the cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The E-PL2 using its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field easier and the Olympus 5010 will provide more detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The younger E-PL2 will have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Portrait photography features
Olympus 5010 Portrait photography features
60
focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
28
megapixel count good (14MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL2
Street photography with Olympus 5010
73
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
57
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Sports photography details
Olympus 5010 Sports photography details
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12MP)
bad battery (280 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
39
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
offers tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Travel photography features
Olympus 5010 Travel photography features
51
flash built-in
no Timelapse function
bad battery (280 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
65
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Landscape photography advice
Olympus 5010 Landscape photography advice
61
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
bad battery (280 shots)
no Timelapse function
38
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Vlogging details
Olympus 5010 Vlogging details
29
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone port
29
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Olympus 5010 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL2 and Olympus 5010
 Olympus PEN E-PL2Olympus Stylus 5010
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL2 Olympus Stylus 5010
Otherwise known as - mju 5010
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Released 2011-02-11 2010-01-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Truepic V TruePic III
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4032 x 3024 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-6.5
Macro focus range - 7cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.00 m 4.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 362 grams (0.80 lbs) 126 grams (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 95 x 56 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life 280 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-5 Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $0 $150