Pros Very versatile. Excellently doubles as a point and shoot but potential found when tweaked. The articulating screen is invaluable at times. Dust elimination and Image stabilization is a must. Lenses are great and works with Olympus legacy lenses.
Cons It may try to do too much. The cutesy art filters can be saved for the PC. Like another person said, being waterproof would be nice but I enjoy the price without it. Could stand an upgrade on its menus.
Summary It does some things perfectly and other things leave you wondering if a little more time in the lab could have fixed them. I think that the price point this comes at, you will not find a better camera. It has pro type image quality and lens selection. Has convenience features not found on any camera and compromises the necessary with the not-so-necessary very well. Like any camera that does not cost in the thousands, compromises are made and Olympus chose how to accomplish that pretty well. I feel that if I could hack the menus and change some defaults, this could be my perfect camera. Such is life. Good job anyway Olympus.
Pros Great body design, features better than the more costly other brands and the ability to use the best lenses at any price. I find this camera to be right on the money.
Oh did I mention it has a self cleaning sensor and in body shake.
Cons The only thing I would like is for it to be splash proof and metal body like th E3. And as soon as the E3 upgrades to a larger sensor, I will buy it as well.
Summary I the world of digital, the game is the "Mega Pixel" count. I liken it to the "Horse Power" race in cars. Do we really need all that horse power to drive in traffic. Sure one needs all that power to make a living behind the wheel, but what is the price for HP when in real life it is about the performance and handling in our everyday situations.
This is the same for "mega Pixels". When we are rarely printing larger than 8x10, what on earth do we need a giant pixel count for? Braging rights, that is it in a nut shell. I would much rather have more feature and benifit's for my real life situations.
The print is only as good as the lens that took it. Olympus has the best lenses in the business, all that automatic this and that camera's do in the back ground are helpful and make them easy to use, but as we grow our skills we find ourselves trying to do it "old school". This is where the art of it boils up to 2 things, you skill and the lens.
I have taken many THOUSANDS of portait's and sold tons of prints, as do many studio's. And I have NEVER shot a session in the highest res setting, yet I made prints up to 30x40. And that was with 8 mega pixel bodies. It alway came down to the flexablility in the camera's features and adjustment and the quality of the lenses I used.
Back to the car analogy, do you want a dragster or a sports car. Do you want to spend your money on an engine for a car that can't take a corner (unless you are a pro driver) or do you want to look like a pro because you can take a corner.
So It come down to budget with most of us, and in that, Oly win's the race. What you don't have to spend on the body you can invest in the lens, and it is really that simple.
This E30 is not the best camera money can buy, those one's cost $40,000 that right 40k. It is the best 12 to 15 mega pixel camera for the money, when you factor in the Olympus lenses it uses.
You want braggin rights, buy a Beamer, you want your money's worth, buy a Corvette.