I had the opportunity to play with an E-P2 recently and compare it against my E-PL2. For those trying to make a decision between the two cameras, I thought I’d post my observations. Fit and finish: Both cameras are superbly assembled and look and feel like quality products. I actually preferred the matte black finish of the E-PL2 over the glossy finish of the E-P2, as the matte finish seemed to hide wear better. Small scratches and fingerprints clearly stood out on the E-P2 body. Other than the brushed finish of the E-P2, there is no way to tell that the body of one camera is metal as opposed to plastic. In your hand: The E-P2 feels substantially heavier than the 20 gram difference quoted by Olympus. I put that down to the flat body profile and thin hand-grip of the E-P2, which made it harder to grip securely. The body of the E-PL2 is more contoured and the hand-grip more pronounced, which makes it easier to pull the camera body securely into the palm of your hand and lessen the apparent weight. I always felt as if the left side of the E-P2 was drooping and that the camera was less secure. Controls: The thumb-wheel of the E-P2 is much easier to use than the control dial of the E-PL2 and the dedicated exposure compensation button on the E-P2 was welcome; these were the main reasons I wanted to try the cameras back to back. After a day of shooting, however, this was less of an advantage for the E-P2 than I originally thought, as I tend to shoot static subjects where rapid changes in settings are not crucial. I also found the arrangement of the control buttons on the E-P2 less convenient than those on the E-PL2, since I zoom the focus frame on every shot and tend to move the focus frame around a lot (tasks that are very easy to accomplish with the dedicated control buttons of the E-PL2). Having said that, both cameras would benefit from a Nikon-style front control wheel or a Canon-style lens ring controller. AF: Auto focus on the E-P2 was noticeably slower than the E-PL2 using the same lenses (Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8). Screen: My vision is far from perfect, so both LCD screens looked about the same to me. Art Filters: I know the E-PL2’s “Dramatic Tone” filter is just faux-HDR tone-mapping with way too much local contrast but, gosh darn it, I’ve grown to like it. The cross-process filter that takes its place in the E-P2 just looks like bad fluorescent white balance to me – sorry. To each their own. In summary: I expected to like the E-P2 more, primarily on account of the thumb-wheel and the dedicated exposure compensation button. But the E-PL2 just felt more comfortable in my hand and fit my style of shooting better. YMMV.