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Great camera in a small body,
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I'm a longtime point and shoot user upgrading for the first time with this camera. I bought it with the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Pancake Lens and have been pretty happy with the purchase so far. My first impressions are below. Note that I'm not a pro photographer.
Things I like:
- Image quality is great. Despite some of the features I don't like about this camera, this was the single strength that convinced me to keep it.
- Great color reproduction. Colors are warm and vivid without being over-saturated.
- Super easy menu system. I picked up on the basic navigation quickly without opening the manual.
- Pretty fast shooting. I love using the touch screen focus shooting.
- The body is fairly compact for a camera this high quality. I wanted something I could fit in a relatively small purse and tote around easily on trips.
Things I don't like:
- Less than optimal way of manually adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and exposure. I have to click the up/down or left/right button once just to get into the "edit" mode and then again to actually change the setting. The process feels amateurish like the designers didn't fully think this through. On the plus side, there are customizable buttons on this camera so I can choose to map aperture or shutter speed to them and avoid the two-step clicking.
- The flip out LCD is a bit awkward to flip out. It takes multiple steps and more force than you'd expect to get it out (just watch any youtube video on this). Also, the screen is thick and adds a lot of bulk to an otherwise slim body. I almost think it would be a better camera without it.
- Is it really too much to ask in this day in age for my camera to be wifi enabled and play nice with my other electronic devices? For those of you who are looking forward to the wifi enabled memory card, you'll have to keep in mind the card doesn't come in the box. You have to get it through a mail in rebate and wait 8-10 weeks.
The other mirrorless camera I was seriously considering was the Sony NEX 5R. While that camera had many more bells and whistles, I ultimately chose the Olympus for two main reasons. (1) Better lens selection. Yes, Sony will make more lenses eventually. But the NEX line has been around for years now and their Marketing department is probably going through some extreme verbal gymnastics convincing people to keep waiting. (2) Despite the smaller sensor on the Olympus, a number of reviews I found said the image quality is only slightly better on the NEX.
Overall, I'm really happy with the Olympus and can't wait to take some amazing pictures with it.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2012 6:30:11 AM PST
Adam Miarka says:
You are able to turn off the "lock" of the shutter speed and aperture thru the settings menu. That was something I disliked as well at first, but then found the setting.
Posted on Feb 20, 2013 7:02:05 AM PST
Kenneth J. Hudak says:
setting up the super control panel will help you navigate the controls very quickly...there is a video on you tube showing how to set this up...it says super control panel for the e-pm2 but it works the same for the Epl5...I was considering the Nex system as well...and the lens selection steered me to Olympus...I love my E-PM2...with the 45 and 75 it is a great machine
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