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Olympus E-PL2 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Here are some general test shots taken with the E-PL2 and 14-42mm lens as stated to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the lens' focal range.

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A couple of images that show the possibilities with the E-PL2 of achieving an eye catching image even on a dull grey day and without resorting to Photoshop, courtesy of the Dramatic Tone Art Filter.

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And by contrast here's an example of what's achievable using the E-PL2's creative filters if you are blessed with naturally colourful subject matter.

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If a brooding Dramatic Tone look is not your thing, then there's the alternative of boosting colour saturation to retina-searing levels via the Pop Art option. However, if choosing your subject wisely it can be an effective enhancement rather than silly gimmick.

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By way of a direct comparison, here is an image showing the kind of colours delivered with the camera left on its default 'Natural' Picture Mode setting. Again, this image would benefit from a brightness/contrast adjustment in Photoshop to add a bit of punch, but is a more than acceptable rendition nonetheless.

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Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Image Quality 9
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