Summary: This camera is a real work horse, for a mid level instrument this is a good deal. Technology has advanced a great deal since buying this camera, nonetheless it continues to serve a great deal of my needs.
Summary: I found this camera to be a good starter to shooting with an SLR camera. I like amount of control and customization it has to offer along with a variety of shooting mode options (landscape, portrait, night, macro etc.). The 4/3rds system is a plus as well, as you can buy smaller lenses which comes in handy for traveling. As I said, this is a good beginner camera for the price.
Summary: I have enjoyed using this camera. My learning curve of it challenges me. The only issue I have with these cameras, is they do not take the picture, under automatic mode, until everything is perfect.
It was a good value at the time but won't age well at all
20 November 2012
Summary: The issue, of course, is micro 4/3rds. it is a good like 50% smaller than an APS-C sensor. This means noisier images and bad low-light capability. And low-light is the main differentiator between cameras. Any camera can take good pictures when it's bright and plenty of light. It was a good deal when I bought it. For $450 I got two lenses. A comparable Nikon or Canon would have cost $500 with just one lens. and it works well.
Summary: This camera is my first DSLR after having had a number of Olympus P&S cameras over the years. I have larger hands, and this model was one of the few entry level DSLRs that I could grip comfortably. Similarly priced Canon and Nikon models were simply too small for me. The performance feels very snappy to me; I'm never waiting for the camera to do anything. The in-camera image stabilization is great, as is the ability to configure the camera in so many different ways.
Summary: The camera itself is very rugid and feels very sturdy. I am very new to SLR photograpghy. The only negative comment I can make is that the options aren't so user friendly, but they will probably come the more I learn about the camera and all the functions. There are so many buttons, just is a little confusing for me right now. The AUTO function seems to produce good pictures most of the time, especially close ups, they come out very well.
Summary: The price was reasonable, so I took a chance. My last SLR was a 35mm Nikon. But I was hooked on the compact digitals--great lens quality, good features, low cost, and most important light weight and compact size--they seemed perfect, except for the fact that in bright light, composition is very difficult. I left the Olympus out of travel plans, because the real estate in my backpack was very limited.
Summary: For the price I paid, this was an excellent starter camera. I don't believe there was a better deal for me, and i don't regret my choice. The Kit lenses that come with it are both pretty good, you can try out both lenses and see what kind of range you typically use. Later you can dump them for a better lens. In the past Canon's kit lens were so awful the cheaper olympus kit took better pictures. Today i'm not so sure, however this is still the cheaper kit.
Summary: This camera is perfect if you are on a budget and want a digital SLR. Everything so far works great, easy to use, takes crisp and clear pictures. If I had one complaint it would be that the focusing system can be slow at times. I am used to a Canon Rebel and if you have ever used a Canon you'd know what I mean. There is a reason why most sports photographers use Canon, they are lightning fast when it comes to focusing and frames per second.