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Mar 19, 2011 15:55 |  #1

cant decide between the 2....please help

it will serve is my main walk around activity camera

pros? and cons?

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Mar 19, 2011 18:48 |  #2

I would say pen for its IBIS. I have a GF1 and just got a EPL-2 for this (I use a 20/1.7 and 35/2) neither with IS, which is nice to have but not essential. I also wanted to be able to do some some simple in camera editing as I am about to do a trip and want to be able to make some prints in remote spots with a battery operated printer. I don't know if I will need to do any edits but I can if needed. I also like the Oly kit lens for it size. It may be handy to have in a pocket.

Olympus has a better quality but larger add on viewfinder if that matters to you.

Overall they seem to be very comparable cameras. Too many buttons that get pressed too easily if the biggest drawback on both. Proprietary USB connection also is very bad (why? why? why?).

Spare batteries for the EPL-2 cannot be found yet and no Adobe RAW support yet. Other models are OK on these points.




  
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Mar 19, 2011 18:53 |  #3

Quad wrote in post #12052301 (external link)
I would say pen for its IBIS. I have a GF1 and just got a EPL-2 for this (I use a 20/1.7 and 35/2) neither with IS, which is nice to have but not essential. I also wanted to be able to do some some simple in camera editing as I am about to do a trip and want to be able to make some prints in remote spots with a battery operated printer. I don't know if I will need to do any edits but I can if needed. I also like the Oly kit lens for it size. It may be handy to have in a pocket.

Don't all Olympus bodies have built in IS anyways? So the lens wouldn't need it.
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Here is the DigitalRev video where they compare GF2 vs. E-PL2:
http://www.youtube.com …ature=channel_v​ideo_title (external link)

But the tl;dr (or tl;d'watch') would be that there isn't any feature from either camera that makes it clearly the superior choice.

The E-PL2 has art filters, but if you PP anyways it shouldn't be a deciding factor, and the GF2 has a touch screen (although apparently not a very responsive one).

You can use any m43 lens with either body, so lens choice shouldn't be a deciding factor either.

I'd say play with both and see which one you like using better. I borrowed my friends E-PL2 and I like the controls of it, so I'd probably lean towards that over the GF2.


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Mar 19, 2011 19:49 |  #4

GF-1 is better than GF-2, so you should be comparing the GF-1 to the PEN.


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Mar 20, 2011 09:38 |  #5

irwaffles wrote in post #12052323 (external link)
Don't all Olympus bodies have built in IS anyways? So the lens wouldn't need it.

Correct, hence one point to Olympus for users of non-ยต4/3 Panasonic lenses.




  
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Mar 20, 2011 13:08 |  #6

Quad wrote in post #12052301 (external link)
I would say pen for its IBIS. I have a GF1 and just got a EPL-2 for this (I use a 20/1.7 and 35/2) neither with IS, which is nice to have but not essential. I also wanted to be able to do some some simple in camera editing as I am about to do a trip and want to be able to make some prints in remote spots with a battery operated printer. I don't know if I will need to do any edits but I can if needed. I also like the Oly kit lens for it size. It may be handy to have in a pocket.

Olympus has a better quality but larger add on viewfinder if that matters to you.

Overall they seem to be very comparable cameras. Too many buttons that get pressed too easily if the biggest drawback on both. Proprietary USB connection also is very bad (why? why? why?).

Spare batteries for the EPL-2 cannot be found yet and no Adobe RAW support yet. Other models are OK on these points.


Thanks for the information. It helped me a lot. :)

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Mar 20, 2011 20:04 |  #7

kathlenrt wrote in post #12056436 (external link)
Thanks for the information. It helped me a lot. :)

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