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.
November 13, 2011
This is my first 'high end' camera and I find it easy to use. It's best to play around a bit, to get the feel for the different settings and how to use them under various lighting and background areas. Not sure how it compares with the more pricey models, but overall a great product for the money.
November 13, 2011
My father bought a Pen-ee while in Vietnam Nam in the 1960's and the small size, high quality and level of fun was amazing. The same is true now of the newest digital Pen E-PM1. You will never take good pictures if you don't have the camera with you, and the small size, light weight, and incredible image quality makes this an amzing camera system that you can take anywhere. I bought the vf-2 viewfinder to make the camera feel more like the classic rangefinder cameras I love, an extra lens, and a Macro adaptor that works on both lenses. It's genius!
November 10, 2011
The E-PM1 is the perfect compromise in balancing image quality and portability. With the M. Zuiko 17/2.8, the Lumix 14/2.5, or the Lumix 20/1.7 mounted on this camera one can obtain comparable image quality to an APS-C DSLR in a package half the size. In fact, pretty much the same size as some of the popular enthusiast compacts.
Build quality is excellent. I thought I might be a bit annoyed at the lack of dedicated control buttons/dials, but if one familiarizes oneself with the menu options and sets the camera up properly, the work arounds are quite adequate.