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Weaker Anti-Aliasing filter on E-P2?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Dave Jenkins, May 25, 2012.

  1. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    I have read that the E-PL1 has slightly better image quality than the E-P1 because it has a weaker AA filter. Is this true of the E-P2 also? What about other models?
  2. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Theres a bit of prior discussion on this topic over here


    By all accounts the E-P1 & 2 don't have the same sharpness as subsequent cameras and theres a fair bit of friendly discourse on whether the E-PL1 has the weakest AA compared to others (which are weaker than the E-P1/2 but maybe not so weak as the E-PL1).

    Having said that, cameras newer than the E-PL1 have plenty of other benefits so it depends on what peoples individual priorities are (for many the AF speed improvements really started to shine with the E-PL2 onwards).
  3. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Study the base ISO and 1600 ISO shots between the E-PL1, E-P2
    E-P3 and E-PL2 in these reviews and judge for yourself whether
    or not the E-PL1 resolves more detail than the others (in my
    experience it resolves more than even the OM-D outdoors in sunny weather at base ISO):

    Olympus PEN E-PL2 Compact System Camera - Review
    Olympus PEN E-P3 Compact System Camera - Review
    Olympus PEN E-PL1 Compact System Camera - Full Review
  4. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    Also keep in mind that those things aren't ever noticeable in any real life use, be it print or viewing images on screen, they're only detectable when pixel-peeping at 100%. There are far more important features defining a camera than a slightly weaker AA filter.

    Of course, out of 2 equal cameras the one with a weaker filter is probably the way to go, but different cameras are never equal (except, maybe, Nikon D800 and D800E).
  5. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    No, the E-P2 does not have a weaker AA filter. The E-PL2, E-P3, E-PL3, E-PM1, and E-M5 do, as does the E-5 DSLR. According to Olympus, the E-5 was actually the first real attempt at reducing the strength of the AA filter. The E-PL1 was before the E-5. However, the user results of both the E-510 (DSLR) and E-PL1 both seem to exhibit sharper images and weaker filtering. The E-PL2 follows right after the same imaging engine as the E-5.
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