Behind its simple looks and clean lines, the Olympus Pen E-PL2 compact system camera hides a number of DSLR-worthy features. Richard Sibley tests the 12.3MP, micro four thirds camera

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Olympus Pen E-PL2 review


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Dynamic range

With the metering system of the E-PL2 avoiding clipped highlights where possible, the camera’s dynamic range would appear to be quite good. At the time of writing, we had no exact figures for the dynamic range, but it would appear from the images taken during this test that it is on a par with other Olympus models with the same four thirds sensor. This would put the dynamic range at around 10-10.5EV, which is at least 1EV less than we would expect from a current APS-C-sized sensor.

Although it is possible to use editing software to brighten images, I found that once I brightened images by more than around 2EV there is little more detail revealed in shadow areas. Beyond this level, shadow areas are largely devoid of detail and appear mushy.

Although the JPEG image straight from the E-PL2 was acceptable, it did require brightening and a slight increase in contrast

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. Competition
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