olympus-e-pl2-pen-four-thirds-digital-camera-review

Olympus E-PL2 specifications

Type
    Body material Aluminium / Plastic
    Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor
    Type 4/3 ” Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
    Effective pixels 12.3 Megapixels
    Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
    Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Full resolution 13.1 Megapixels
Engine
    Type TruePic V
Filter
    Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
Live View
    Displayed information Shooting information, 100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, gradation setting preview (SAT), face detection preview, Perfect Shot Preview, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Histogram
    AF type Contrast detection system
Image Stabiliser
    Type Sensor shift
    Modes Two-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
    Effective Compensation Range Up to 3 EV steps
    Shutter speed range 2 – 1/4000 s (not available when Bulb is selected)
Focusing System
    Method Contrast Detection AF system (when non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)
    Focus areas 11 points / Automatic and manual selection
225 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode
    AF lock Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode
    Modes Manual focus, Single AF, Continuous AF, Single AF + MF, AF Tracking
Exposure System
    Modes Programme automatic, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual, i-Auto, Scene Modes, Movie
    Exposure compensation +/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
    Exposure bracketing 2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
    Enhancement function Shadow Adjustment Technology
Face Detection Technology
Scene Modes
    Number of scene modes 22
    Modes Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, Wide converter
Multi-Exposure
    Max. number of frames 2 frames (shooting)
    Auto gain control Yes
    Frame assistance Live View
Light Metering
    Method TTL open aperture light metering
    Zones 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
    Detection range 0 – 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100) Digital ESP, centre-weighted average metering, spot metering
    Modes ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Art Filters
    Pop Art  
    Soft Focus  
    Grainy Film  
    Pin Hole  
    Diorama  
    Dramatic Tone  
Sensitivity
    Auto ISO 200 – 6400 (customisable, default ISO 200 – 1600)
    Manual ISO 200 – 6400 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter
    Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
    Self timer 12 s / 2 s
    Anti Shock Yes release delay:
Shutter Speeds
    Shutter speed range 1/4000 – 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
    Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
    Shutter speed P, Ps 1/4000 – 60 s
    Shutter speed A priority 1/4000 – 60 s
    Shutter speed S priority 1/4000 – 60 s
    Shutter speed scene mode 1/4000 – 60 s
White Balance
    AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
    White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
    One-touch white balance 1 custom settings can be registered
    White balance adjustment +/- 7 in each A-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB, preset WB mode & one-touch WB)
    Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K – 14000K)
    Preset values Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Flourescent 3, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade
Sequence Shooting
    Speed (H) Approx. 3 fps
    RAW Mode 10 frames
    JPEG Mode Depends on compression ratio or number of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. 17 with Toshiba Super High Speed type “Class 6″ 4GB)
Image Processing
    Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
    Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
    Saturation 5 levels
    Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
    Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
    Picture mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
    Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Internal Flash
    Guide number 7 (ISO 100)
    Type pop-up
    Modes FP Manual, TTL-Auto, Off
External Flash Control
    X-sync speed 1/180 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)
    Type TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
    Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation, Fill-in for exclusive flash, Manual
    Intensity +/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps )
Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
    Number of channels 4 channels
    Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
    Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
    Modes Auto, FP Manual, FP TTL Auto, Manual, TTL Auto, TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode)
    Group setting 3 groups
Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
Monitor
    LCD type HyperCrystal LCD
    Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 ” (3:2)
    Resolution 460000 dots
    Brightness adjustment +/- 7 levels
    Colour balance A-B: +/-7 levels, G-M: +/-7 levels
Super Control Panel
    Displayed information Battery indicator, Aperture value, Shutter speed, AE bracketing, AF frame, Focus mode, AEL notification, Face detection, Number of storable frames, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Exposure compensation indicatior, ISO, Colour space, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Contrast compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, Flash mode, Drive mode, Record mode, Memory card, Internal temperature warning, Histogram, Flash compensation value, My Mode
Recording Formats
    RAW 12 bit
    RAW & JPEG Yes parallel recording
    JPEG Yes
    Aspect ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6
Image Size
    RAW 4032 x 3042 compressed / 14 MB / frame
4032 x 3042 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 5.9 MB / frame
4032 x 3042 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.7 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
    EXIF 2.2
    PIM III
    DPOF Yes
    DCF Yes
Movie Recording System
    Recording format AVI Motion JPEG®
    Movie mode HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / SD 640 x 480 (4:3)
    Frame rate 30 fps
    Max. recording time 14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD)
    Max. file size 2 GB
    Compression ratio 1/12 (HD), 1/8 (SD)
    Sensitivity ISO 200 – 1600
    Image Stabilisation Mode Yes Digital Image Stabilisation
Sound Recording System
    Internal microphone Mono
    External microphone Optional
    Recording format Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, Wave Format Base
    Image footage 30 s
View Images
    Modes Index, Calendar, Zoom, Slide show, Movie
    Index Yes 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames
    Calendar Yes
    Zoom Yes 2-14 x
    Auto rotation Yes
    Histogram in playback mode Yes
    Shooting information Off / On
    Image protect mode Yes
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
    Erase modes Single, All, Selected
    Image protect mode Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Image Editing
    RAW data edit Yes
    Red-eye reduction Yes
    Sepia Yes
    Black & White Yes
    Resize Yes
    Correction of saturation Yes
    Shadow Adjustment Yes
    Trimming Yes
    e-Portrait Yes
Menu
    Menu languages in camera 34 languages / 27 European languages (e.g. English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish)
Customisation Options
    My Mode 2 settings available
Power Supply
    Battery BLS-5 Li-Ion battery (included)
    Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
    Live View shooting Approx. 280 images (100% with Live View) (with 50% flash light)
Environment
    Temperature 0 – 40 °C operating temperature / -20 – 60 °C storage temperature
    Humidity 30 – 90 % operation humidity / 10 – 90 % storage humidity
Size
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 115.4 x 72.7 x 42 mm (without protrusions)
    Weight 317 g (body only)
Interface
    Media SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXCcompatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
    Connection Accessory Port 2
    HDMI™ Yes Mini connector (type C) *
    USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
    Combined V & USB output Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
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