July 12, 2012
This camera was bought specifically for a trip to the Outer Hebrides. I wanted a camera that did more than a typical point and shoot.
There is a bit of a learning curve and the manual is not terribly clear on some points. With the help of Olympus Pen cameras for Dummies this problem was rectified.
I learned enough to handle auto shooting, Art and Scene modes with some dexterity. I found the camera easy to switch back and forth between these modes.
What I liked ... the small size; interchangable lens; Art and scene shooting. The battery life was excelleent and recharged quickly.
The pictures I took were very good and I have received compliments on them. Some of these photos having been shot with the pop-art setting have stunned those I have showed them to.
I look forward to learning the rest of the camera features.
July 04, 2012
I took the camera with two Lenses and took pictures at Presque Isle and Erie Zoo. Using the manual mode ..... Mostly aperture preferred, I got excellent photos of sail boats, and speed boats with their occupants. At the zoo, I got almost perfect photos, I ran mostly 400 iOS. I love the ergonomics of the camera and the Olympic photo program.
June 29, 2012
I wanted to have the control over settings, interchangable lenses, some advanced features, and portable. I have used point and shoots(P&S) and single lens reflex (SLR) in the past. I really made a decision of which camera to use based on where I was going. Out with friends, taking indoor shots, take my P&S, it was handy. Going to take pictures important, SLR. These general rules were very constricting.. Then these hybrids came out. Perfect. Now I always carry my Olympus pen E-pl1. It was good but I missed having a viewfinder. The LCD is OK but outside or at many typical angles you shoot it just did not work well. After some study I found the viewfinders available were Olympus VF-2 and VF-3. The advantage to VF-2 was better optics, but it did not have a locking mechanism in the shoe. The VF-3 optics were not as good but it had locking, oh and it was less money. Which one did I get, the VF-2 of course. Optics trumps always. Well, the critics were right about the locking feature being needed. I figured out to use a lanyard you put on your lens.
June 17, 2012
I like the camera but disappointed that the lens front element is loose and turns when I attach a filter. I don't know if that is going to be the ruination of it or not.
There is also a spot on the front element of the lens where the multi-coating is missing. This is a new camera and lens and I have to go to the bother of packaging and shipping the lens back to Olympus not knowing if I will get someone's old refurbished lens back.
June 12, 2012
I am not a camera person but I needed to take some photos for a contest that I enter often. This camera takes a very good picture but I still don't know how to really use it.
Picture quality is sharp with good color, something I could not get with my point and shoot.
The one thing that really bugs me is the placement of the record button. My hands are not that big but the button is directly under my thumb and it gets pushed all to often.
The camera is also slow. It might be me but sometimes I want to take more than one photo and it takes forever to come online again.
And a major drawback that you will not get with a SLR is not being able to see the screen in bright light.
Some day I will try to learn some of the features.
June 11, 2012
This is my fourth digital camera. The images are better than my point and shoot cameras and just as good as my older DSLR. The small size is a big plus. I have already purchased an extra lense (17mm, f2.8) and the optional view finder (vf-3).
The pictures are sharp and color saturation is excellent. I am just beginning to explore the power of this camera and it is still surprising me after a week of shooting. I have found the camera to be easy to use, and menus easier than what some camera "expert" reviewers have stated.
June 11, 2012
The E-PL1 was my first digital camera. I wanted something where I could still maintain creativity. My old wonderful film camera was an Olympus OM-G. I loved it and it was hard to make the switch. Once I started taking pics w/the E-PL1, I loved it. Love the art filters and different effects you can do while shooting. They make it fun. Have had good luck with the video as well. I just got a viewfinder which I like for those sunny days when you cant see what you're shooting on the screen. Like it--glad I finally got the firmware downloaded to make it work (that was a bit challenging for me). I dont change settings in my camera much--seems like there are just way too many options and settings and I dont have time to figure them all out. I pretty much stick w/auto focus or art/scene and have had good luck. I recommend it, but for it's potential take a class. I also have e-PL1 for dummies and that has helped alot.
June 10, 2012
I was looking for one of the new smaller, mirror less cameras. Looked at models costing much more. Another user mention E-PL1's great value and great images. I was convinced after taking a few images.
E-PL1 deserves it great popularity.
June 10, 2012
Mr. Rio Grande
My first digital camera was also an Olympus with 1.3 Megapixels and did not do nearly half of what the PL1 does. It is a great camera for the price. I am paying less for the PL1 and extra lens than what the first Olympus cost me. The PL1 produces vivid images including a sunset picture from the time of the Venus transit. Buy one.
June 09, 2012
I just recently purchased my Pen E-PL1 and love it. Though I have not had it long, I particularly like the e-portrait feature and the art filters. I took a photo of my wife in natural light at home and used e-portrait and you would think it was taken in my studio when I had my pro photography business. Learning something new everyday and enjoying the experience.