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Pros: Has lots of buttons. Sends pics via wifi to your computer if you like. Fast. Takes good photos. Completely silent (with proper setting enabled.) Simple enough for DSLR/MILC beginner, but shows promise to let me grow into taking "serious" photos. Built-in viewfinder is awesome for old people who remember what it was like before the stupid rear display trend came along.
Cons: Has too many buttons. Wifi setup obnoxious. Manual is a 150-page booklet for starters followed by a 600 page PDF. Really? A grand I spend and you can't print the ruddy thing out for me? Poor battery life. 350 shots on a 1Ah battery makes me sad.
Other Thoughts: I am *not* a photographer. I am a guy who takes pictures. I could not tell you what makes one great over another, so this is all layman perspective.
That said, this is the first camera I've had since a manual Minolta 35mm I had back in the 80s that I've been pleased with. I have *always* hated the "look at the back of the camera" viewfinder, and seeing this one built-in was enough to convince me.
While I despise the addition of photo filters and effects in-camera (like a sun-sparkle or sepia-tone effect), I assume there are those that will take advantage of them.
I wish there were a way to geo-tag photos. Perhaps not a life-draining GPS, but maybe a setting you could set in the EXIF directly in camera. By the time I get home, I've forgotten exactly where some shots were taken.
And I am happy with the shots I've taken. I look at them and know they are bad because I am bad, not because of the camera. I could ask for nothing else.
Reviewed By:xizar,12/15/2013 12:56:25 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: This is a very good camera; it has the same specs as the E-PM1 (which I also have), but has a tilt screen and more control buttons, so it is more versatile and much easier to use. Olympus has newer models with higher specs, so this one has been deeply discounted by various vendors for months. I guess that it is no longer manufactured and is a clearance item, while the E-PM1 (whose only relative virtue is slightly smaller size) remains at a higher price. The lens itself has a retail price of about $300. This camera takes great photos and beautiful video, even in rather low light. The Micro 4/3 system is a design shared by Olympus and Panasonic; there are lots of very good lenses and accessories available and essentially all of them are interchangeable throughout both lines. Olympus tech support has been fairly good. Unless you already know that you need higher performance, you will probably find that this camera serves you well.
Cons: Micro 4/3 lenses and accessories are not cheap. (You might think of buying some if you get this camera.) I really miss having a viewfinder; it is an optional module that I have not bought yet. The video is beautiful, but it is choppy if the camera is moving quickly or too much of the background is moving.
Reviewed By:Emptor,12/5/2013 1:35:11 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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