December 11, 2011
I like the compactness of m4/3 camera and fell in love with this little gem. At first, I was disappointed with the lack of buttons and controls/settings of the camera but as I worked with its Menu's options to get deeper inside, I've found the camera provides me with all the features and controls I need as from a conventional DSLR. It is a bit hard to get to but they all are there. I like the info display as I navigate the options/settings in the Menu, it is handy without looking them up from a Manual.
I also like the preset of various shooting styles, art filters which are very convenient and effective; particular I love the option to overlay images. You have to play with these control (setup) lots of times in order to get familiar with them and get at them faster. You'd definitely do faster with external buttons/dial switches...as you would find them on the E-P3 model.
I like the choice of available body colors, mine is white but admittedly this is my first non-black/silver camera and it looks cool being so.
December 08, 2011
I desired a lighter camera to take on vacations replacing my large, heavy DSLR. I already have two point and shoot (P&S) cameras whose image quality (IQ) is totally unsuitable to me. When Olympus released the E-PM1, I noticed it was about the same size as most P&S cameras. I, then, viewed several of the E-PM1 images on line and noticed those images were as good as or better than those images produced by my full size DSLR. I also observed that the E-PM1 had other features my heavy DSLR didn’t: 1080 HD video, to mention one. I, therefore, ordered the E-PM1 with the kit lens and the VF-3 electronic view finder (EVF). I love the removable EVF; it’s like a little TV sitting on top of the camera. The price of the E-PM1 was right too; less than what I paid for my much inferior P&S cameras.
When I hung the camera with the lens and EVF around my neck, I hardly knew it was there (WOW!). Next step was to use the menus and take pictures. The menus are COOL; I got used to them after two or three short photo-excursions. I shoot pictures using RAW in aperture priority. Once again, not disappointed! The E-PM1 still images are absolutely beautiful; they capture incredible detail. I have included a few E-PM1 images with this review. I have used briefly the video section of the camera and the videos appear to be excellent too. I really appreciate how easy it is to activate the video recording with only the push of one button. I have since purchased the M40 – 150mm lens that also produces beautiful images (see the cat picture included). Actually, I am a little concerned that this little E-PM1 may push my beautiful, big, and heavy DSLR into the background. We shall see.
December 08, 2011
I own an EP1 also and there is a difference between them for example the buttons, but the EPM1 is very simple and the controls are right there if I need to tweak them a bit. I use to have an SLR and all it had was Aperture ring and Shutter dial, and that's at my finger tips on the EPM1, the buttons on my EP1 some times get in the way and touch them some times by mistake and I have to reprogram again. YES, I would recommend the EPM1.
December 07, 2011
Camera is easy to use. As I dig into it I am starting to use the filters and play with more buttons. It is fun. I am not a good photographer and yet I have taken some wonderful portrait fotos of my young students and colleagues. I look forward to my next vacation to learn how to use it to do landscapes.
December 06, 2011
Overall, I am dissappointed in this camera. It has confusing menus and the lack of a built in flash and viewfinder make it clumsy to do any serious photography. As opposed to the way this camera is marketed, it is not a DSLR replacement or equivalent. I think the average photographer would better spend their money with an inexpensive DSLR than investing in this camera. Once the viewfinder or flash is added to this camera, it really is not significantly smaller than a DSLR.
November 30, 2011
I admit I gave it a head start. I put my 9-18mm lens on it, not its kit lens, together with a heliopan polarizer. The results are astounding. I would tell you about my other cameras but the writing guidelines prevent this. It is a real keeper. I wish the 1.8 lens were available as I only shoot in available light.
November 22, 2011
Really like the portability and speed. Do miss my viewfinder from my E-30 and will probably get a EVF. Soze is nice for travel but like the ergonomics of my DSLR, E-30.
November 19, 2011
Over all this is a nice compact DSLR, but there are many improvements that could be made - Whats good: very compact and perfect for travel. With the optional pancake lens it will fit in your pocket or purse; its too bulky to fit in a pocket with the lens that comes with the Camera and obviously any telephoto lens makes it way to large. Auto focus is good, art filters are very useful and produce great results. Manual mode has all you would need to take complete control. Pre set up modes (sunset, portrait etc) are ok. Ease of use and navigation between set up screens is ok. So whats not good...the photo software that comes with the camera is TERRIBLE I still cant use it, its very confusing and there is absolutely no usable help manual. I use a Mac and there is no seamless interaction between iPhoto and the Olympus software. The Panorama function does not work (yes, i am using it correctly) No paper manual altho down loading a version and storing it as a pdf is easy. no built in view finder - you can get one as an accessory but price is high. Battery life is poor so always have a spare. Image stabilization is not that good at all and watch out in low light and low f-stop. Also by the time you have purchased a couple of additional 'must have' lenses, a view finder, an additional battery, a case and a decent memory card, you will have spent a lot of money. I would like to be more happy with my purchase. Olympus has work to do before this
camera really meets the expectations their advertising sets.
November 17, 2011
this is a camera that is very easy to use. I love the fact that my pictures come out looking professional and I am such an amateur at photography! Yes, I highly recommend this camera. Its a small camera that acts like a big expensive fancy professional one!
November 13, 2011
I like the feel of the EPM1, it feels very solid, it's very compact. The menu system is very easy to use and the features are great, especially the art filters and the manual modes.