The Sell: The world’s smallest interchangeable-lens camera.
The Test: Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds technology uses a larger sensor instead of mirrors, so the E-PL2 can swap lenses without requiring a hulking body. We liked the pro feel, but this camera was too feature-heavy, and its slim profile was negated by its nonretractable lens. It took above-average stills and 720p HD video, but we’d have been just as happy with the Canon PowerShot, which runs $250 less.
The Verdict: Great for camera geeks who like extras, but the pics don’t justify the added cost. Image Quality: 3.5. Ease of Use: 3.5.