The Olympus PEN E-PL2 Digital Camera (Black) is a dream come true for many photographers--with 12.3 megapixels, plus technology normally found in much larger cameras.
It features a PEN large-size image sensor that is 8 times larger than the ones in average point-and-shoot cameras. This sensor, combined with the TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color, and reduced noise, all the way up to ISO 6400. With state-of-the-art noise reduction technology and 3 in-body image stabilization modes, users will realize clear images with all compatible lenses under most lighting conditions.
The E-PL2's iAuto mode automatically identifies the scene you're shooting (portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport) and adjusts the settings to optimize results. While in iAuto you can engage Live Guide control which lets you compose your picture, and manipulate the image with various in-camera effects like softening backgrounds, and adjusting colors, and brightness before taking the photo.
Adding to the dream, recording HD movies (720p) with the E-PL2 is simple thanks to an easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body. You can toggle back and forth between capturing stills and video which opens endless shooting possibilities, for example, you can shoot a portrait of a child and switch to video to capture the moment when he or she is playing with the dog that interrupted your shooting session.
This camera has 19 automatic scene-select modes which adjust camera settings according to the subject you are photographing plus 6 in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, and the new Gentle Sepia filter). These tools make image capture easy and can expand your creativity.
This E-PL2 comes with an M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lens (equivalent to 28-84mm) and a Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F/4.0-5.6 lens (equivalent to 80-300mm) which are both extremely compact and lightweight. They each have ED lens elements that deliver very high imaging performance, and despite their small size, they deliver amazing image brightness and contrast. They cover wide-angle to long telephoto distances and are suitable for just about any kind of photography: portraits, everyday shooting, sports, wildlife, and traveling.