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Old 01-06-2011, 05:12 PM
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Default Olympus E-PL2 Released; It's a Big Upgrade Folks!

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.dcresource.com/news/newsitem.php?id=4247' target='_blank'>http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4247</a><br /><br /></div><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1294329438.usr15670.jpg" /></p><p>Now this is an upgrade! The E-PL2, while an upgrade over the E-PL1, makes a number of changes that make even the E-P2 look outdated. Right now, the only advantage of the E-P2 appears to be the design and construction, as well as having a thumb dial, which the E-PL2 removes. The 12 megapixel sensor remains the same, but now there is a new 3" HVGA LCD screen, a new grip that looks much better to hold, and of course, a much lower price at US$600, which includes the new 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) lens, which focuses quickly and quietly.</p><p>A bit of a minor laugh comes where Olympus mentions the new lens is also compatible with three new conversion lenses; a macro, wide-angle and a fisheye. I thought the idea behind an interchangeable lens camera was to well, you know, change lenses. I do wonder if the macro and fisheye convertors are a response to keeping Olympus users from buying Panasonic lenses. If so, here's a hint: Make your own lenses Olympus.</p><p>Other features include 720p video, a built-in flash (which the E-P2 lacks) and even more Art Filters. One downside is that the camera uses a new battery type. Sorry, no bringing in your old batteries from the last camera.</p><p>Also introduced are two new hotshoe accessories. First is the MAL-1 macro light, which is essentially two LED lights with mini diffusers each attached to a gooseneck to allow adjustments. Second is the very interesting PENPal Bluetooth dongle to allow sending photos to mobile phones and computers. As I mentioned in <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/101882/things-i-want-to-see-in-2011.html" target="_blank">my previous article</a>, connected cameras are the way to go, and this is the first step. It does look a little bulky though, so Olympus needs to get ease of use and reliability of the connection right. If it is a UI nightmare or bug-filled mess, the idea will die a still birth.</p><p>The E-PL2 will be available this month. Once again, price is US$600 with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MSC lens.</p>
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:19 PM
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Looks nice, but I'm confused as to what Olympus's strategy is here, especially the E-P versus the E-PL lines. And, as you imply, where are their nifty lenses?

The only thing I want from the Olympus line in my Panasonic camera(s) is in-body stabilization. Alas, Panasonic'll never do it. Other than that, I think Panasonic's strategy and lineup have been far superior.

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Old 01-07-2011, 09:01 PM
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The E-P-series is probably in a transition phase. I expect Olympus to correct it with the E-P3.

Let us know how the GH2 performs once you get it!
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