The E-PL2 has the same sensor as the E-PL1 and doesn't officially replace it, but sits above it in the product line, beneath the E-P2. As well as a physical makeover (the E-PL2 reminds us slightly of the rather beautiful Stylus Verve) its ergonomics have been refreshed too. The all-button operation of the E-PL1 has been ditched, in favor of a more conventional combination button/dial approach, with a rear plate that's much closer in design to the E-P2 than the E-PL1. The LCD screen is better too - its size has increased to 3 inches and it doubles in resolution, topping out at 460K dots. Indeed with its 3:2 aspect ratio and deep blue anti-reflective coating, it bears a startling resemblance to the unit used on Panasonic's DMC-GF2, although without that model's touch-sensitivity.
The little doodad on the EPL2 hotshoe is something they're calling PenPal or something that's basically a bluetooth connector to some smartphones and similar devices. So I guess you can transfer photos straight to your Blackberry or whatever, if thats your thing. I think its compatible with the EP2 and EPL1 also, but not sure. Other improvements to the EPL2 include raising the top shutter speed to 1/4000, the ISO to 6400 (don't know how useful, but I guess its always nice to have an amp that goes to 11), the control dial on the back, an additional art mode, maybe one or two other things. Looks like VERY little to separate this from the ep2 now, which suggests the ep2 is getting ready to be supplanted by something higher end in the premium end of their line. I literally don't see any reason to choose an EP2 over the EPL2 except the orientation sensor (which is too small an issue to even think about) and maybe the second rear dial, if you use two a lot. I guess for some the aesthetics, but I think the epl2 is a good enough looking camera. So just not much at all to separate those two cameras anymore.Tell me - what is that atop the E-PL2?
Looks like Olympus have done some good work in terms of fixing the "wobbly" kit lens issue with the new model and reportedly better AF speed as well as AF during video.
The styling is better to my eye - the ep1/2 lines were just a bit too straight and boxy.
But please, please - Olympus -( anyone ) - a sealed body and lens for those of us who want to take our cameras out into the wide, wild world were dust and rain abound