"Unbelievable package"5.0 starson by chimayred
Pros: Size. Weight. Build. Features. Appearance. Weather sealed. Flexibility. Customizability. Adapters. Fantastic pictures. Small with great viewfinder. Art filters. Good software. Solid construction. Included flash.
Cons: no built in flash.
Complex if you want to do more than just use Auto.
Summary: 57 year old enthusiast. Have owned a massive 6 lb SLR with a 35-105 Zoom that was so heavy it took the fun out of photography. Moved to 35mm point and shoots and loved it. Got into digital with the original Sony Mavica (media was small 1.4mb floppies - good for 20 pics!). Since then i've had a dozen digital cameras including a Nikon D40, a Lumix superzoom, a half dozen amazing Fuji's, finally pretty happy with a Canon G10 and S95. But a few years ago I bought a micro 4/3 - the Olympus EPL-1. I loved the idea of a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses and mirrorless just made sense. Why introduce an archaic principle (a mirror that has to bounce out of the way every shot) when a direct to sensor approach exists?
And the pictures were superb. But the EPL-1 didn't have a viewfinder and the flash was anemic; good for fill in; when I started seeing the uniform 5 star ratings for the OM-d I was intrigued. It is actually smaller than the EPL-1 except for the "pentaprism" on top with the viewfinder and the body is actually smaller than my G10. I put it next to my old massive 35mm Slr and it is amazing how much is packed in.
The 14-42 lens is terrific but I like a longer zoom range so I switched to the 14-150 Olympus zoom I had on my EPL-1. Everything works on this; the menus, which people love to slam, aren't as confusing as you would think. Frankly, what is confusing is the vast flexibilty and customizable options. That just comes with complexity. 3D, 11 art filters, multiple exposure, panorama mode, real time monitoring of bulb and night shots, the super control panel; this ain't a point and shoot. If you just want to put it together and use it on auto you are probably just as well off with a PEN but if you want an SLR quality experience this is the way to go. And BTW, the consensus of EVERY review I have read is that you'd have to go full blown high end SLR to improve on the picture quality, and from what I have seen I believe it. Remarkable camera in a terrific small ergonomic package.
Wish list? more places to put customizable buttons, ability to toggle pre-set (Mysets) parameters, some way to figure out what your pre-sets are. hard copy owner's manual. Longer warranty (and that goes in general....honestly; anything you spend $1000 on should be guaranteed for longer than a year...).
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