New Generation System Camera Makes Shooting Still and Moving Images Easier and More Enjoyable Than Ever

Press Release


Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce the introduction of the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2. The E-PL2 is an entry-level "new generation system camera" compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard that boasts an impressive array of functions designed to boost performance, support creativity, and enhance ease of use when taking still pictures or shooting movies. It is scheduled to go on sale on January 28th, 2011.

The OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 is an interchangeable lens camera compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. It is the latest addition to the OLYMPUS PEN series of new generation system cameras.

The E-PL2 was designed to offer users an easy entry to the world of system cameras. It offers the user-friendliness of the E-PL1's (March 2010) simple interface, compact size, and light weight, as well as the excellent operability and design. The new E-PL2 also features new features that provide users with more ways than ever to enjoy photography itself, not only while shooting, but afterwards as well.

To make it easy even for novices to take full advantage of the photographic power of the SLR, the E-PL2 features a new user interface called "New Live Guide", an enhanced version of the Live Guide interface*1 originally featured on the E-PL1. All the user has to do is follow the guidance provided by the New Live Guide interface. Right away, they will be able to take pictures that turn out exactly as desired by setting image brightness, hue and background defocusing with intuitive dial operation. The New Live Guide interface also works in movie shooting.

The highly acclaimed Art Filters have also been improved with selectable Art Filter variations that allow users to apply a variety of moods and effects to each filter and an Art Effect function that adds various composition effects to the Art Filters. With the addition of picture composition effects, users will be able to create truly unique images that express their individual creative vision.
The Art Filters themselves now include the popular "Dramatic Tone" effect, first available on the E-5, which applies dramatic tones of light and shade based on local changes in contrast. All six Art Filter effects can also be applied in movie recording.

The E-PL2 is a true system camera. More extendable than previous entry-level cameras, the E-PL2 features a new Accessory Port 2 extension terminal that can accept the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder, the SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Set 1, or any one of the new accessories announced together with the E-PL2 such as the OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Communication Unit*2 or the MAL-1 Macro Arm Light.

The newly launched optional accessories also include three different lens converters including the FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter, the WCON-P01 Wide Converter and the MCON-P01 Macro Converter. When a lens converter is attached to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens and the scene modes exclusive to that converter are loaded in the camera, users will be able to take advantage of new photographic possibilities made possible by changing the angle of view.

Several new camera functions have been added, which not only make the camera easier to use, they enhance performance and help ensure high-quality results. Perhaps the most notable is an Eye detect function to improve the effectiveness of the face detection AF by adjusting focus automatically on the subject's eyes when shooting a relatively large image of a person. Operability has been enhanced with a big, bright, easy-view 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot LCD monitor and a rugged control dial.
The control dial can be used for quick exposure compensation during shooting and quick frame advance during playback. A convenient Movie button lets users switch instantly to HD movie recording even when the camera is not set to the movie mode. Switching back to still image shooting is just as easy. To achieve the high resolution and advanced picture quality proper to SLR, the image sensor uses a 4/3-inch 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor, while the image processing engine uses TruePic V.

The E-PL2 is as mobile as a conventional compact camera. Despite the incorporation of a flash and an image stabilization mechanism, the size and weight of both the body and lens have been reduced. The body color is available in four variations including Champagne Gold, White, Red and Black.

Combining compact, eye-catching designs with full SLR performance, the OLYMPUS PEN series has staked out an important position in the digital SLR market. To expand the entry-level user segment and meet growing market demand with a wider line-up, we are proud to introduce the new E-PL2, a new generation system camera with richer expressive power and higher functionality to supplement the E-PL1.

Olympus is planning to enhance the "OLYMPUS PEN" new generation system camera series to create a wider market for the series.

*1: The OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 obtained the 2010 Good Design Award (Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization). The key to this honor was the design of the new Live Guide interface.
*2: The OLYMPUS PENPAL Communication Accessory can be connected only to Accessory Port 2.

Main Features
1.New and updated Live Guide user interface for easy, intuitive adjustment of brightness, gradations, hue (color balance), dynamic feeling and all other photographic parameters. Dial operation is easier to control and adjustments can be applied to movies, as well as to still images.

2.Improved Art Filters with selectable new Art Filter variations that allow users to customize each filter with different moods and effects and an Art Effect function to add various composition effects to the picture. Six Art Filters are incorporated including the new Dramatic Tone filter.

3.Excellent extendibility with a wide selection of easy-to-use, convenient, unique accessories and excellent portability thanks to light weight of 474 grams* including the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens.

4.The MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism built into the lenses in the lens kits enables fast and quiet AF operation during and movie recording. The face detection AF employs an "Eye detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting.

5.Excellent operability with a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD monitor and a control dial.
* Weight when the standard zoom lens is mounted

Other Features
4/3-inch, 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS image sensor and TruePic V image processing engine for high-quality, SLR-class imaging

Easy-to-operate controls that can be customized to suit various shooting styles

Enlarge button to facilitate focusing and composition check

Magnified-frame AF for both small AF target and wide-area AF target

Built-in image stabilization mechanism for compensation of camera shake with any lens

Proven dust reduction system for worry-free lens changes

Choice of 4 aspect ratios to suit users' creative objectives and display format preferences

Multi-exposure function with simultaneous LCD monitor display

i-ENHENCE Picture mode for clear imaging with a heightened sense of realism

Multi-Mix Slideshow playback with background music

e-Portrait function for smooth rendering of skin texture

MF Assist function for manual focusing with auto image magnification

Continuous-tracking AF that locks onto subject and tracks movement in the frame

Seamless recording of movie and still images using the dedicated Movie button and shutter button

Shadow Adjustment Technology for beautifully exposed portraits and group photos

Gradation Auto to prevent blown highlights and blocked-in shadows

HDMI output for high-quality image and movie playback

High-precision 324-zone evaluative metering system
SDHC/SDXC card compatibility
RM-UC1 Remote Cable compatibility

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