Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL2

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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.

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