Olympus EPL1

Olympus EPL1

Olympus EPL1

I took the EPL1 out for a little hike on Monday and had a great time with Olympus’s 4/3 camera. Here’s the specs from dpreview…

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Olympus/oly_epl1.asp

The camera is small, light and compact….the perfect walk around camera, right?

Olympus EPL1

Olympus EPL1

There are even some built in Art Filters to play with…

Diorama filter

Diorama filter

On a bright day the screen is pretty much what you’d expect, which is next to useless. I found myself going to the electronic viewfinder frequently.

Olympus EPL1

Olympus EPL1

The EPL1 is getting very good reviews and is an excellent value for the money. I certainly enjoyed using it but low light performance is poor with the camera failing to lock focus on a subject. Even using manual focus it was still next to impossible to focus in low light. Now keep in mind that the store demo that I was using had not had the firmware update which is supposed to improve focusing in low light and also consider how often the type of user this camera is aimed at would want to manual focus in low light.

Now we get to the sore spot in my experience with this camera. This camera is designed for the person who wants more than just a point and shoot but doesn’t want to carry around the big camera and all the fixin’s. In that Olympus is bang on, small camera, lots of extra features, more control of your shot and a price tag that makes it attractive. My problem? I’m not a point and shooter, or even a step up from that. I found myself wanting more….which is pretty much what all the other reviewers said as well.

What more am I looking for? Well, for one, I like my zooms long which usually means a bigger lens, which defeats the purpose of a small body. Also I’m a sharpness freak and while the EPL1 produces good quality images most of the time it’s not as consistent as I would like with the kit lens. I’ve read that the pancake lens resolves that issue but like I said I like my lenses long.

My verdict? Great camera, great price. I wouldn’t hesitate to sell it to the right customer….but I’m not that customer.

Olympus EPL1

Olympus EPL1

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