My Macworld Review of the Olympus E-PL2 Camera

Olympus E-PL-2 with PENpal Bluetooth Adapter

Macworld Magazine has published my review of the Olympus E-PL2 micro four thirds camera. I've talked about this compact interchangeable lens device before, but the full review covers everything from important features, accessories, and image quality; to using the camera with an HDTV and pairing the PENpal Bluetooth accessory with a Mac. We cover a lot ground!

The pros and cons list in the review shape up like this:


  • Ergonomically comfortable body with textured hand grip, recessed on/off button, mode dial, and control wheel
  • Improved 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko MSC zoom kit lens
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Manual exposure and art filters in movie controls
  • Accessory Port 2 for expanded functionality
  • Built-in wireless flash control


  • No built-in external mic jack--must buy accessory port adapter
  • Complex menu system
  • Limited to AVI movie format (Motion JPEG OpenDML)

Overall, I think this is an excellent camera for the photographer who wants a compact, lightweight design, but still retains plenty of control and a variety lens options. The Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera kitis available for $599 US.

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