not bad at all, after firmware upgrades and new lenses. 3.5 stars.
30 September 2011
Summary: This camera is now 2+ years old, but let me tell you why it's worth picking up on the cheap. These are going for very little on the second hand market and totally worth it if you are looking to replace your p&s; it's actually cheaper than the higher end p&s. With an update to firmware 1.4, the main issue with the slow autofocus performance is not really much of an issue at all.
It's A Love/Hate Relationship! Definitely wouldn't be great for beginners...
5 November 2010
Summary: I have been a photography enthusiast for a long time and really enjoy any opportunity I can get to hone my skills as a photographer. I currently use a Canon Rebel T1i DSLR and enjoy it very much (as with all of my previous Canons). The biggest drawback is not being able to have my camera with me at all times due to its large size. Having a large purse is enough to carry as it is.
Summary: I had a couple of reservation about the m4/3rd system when it first came out. Shutter lag and also the lack of a viewfinder. I own an E3 but was also looking for something smaller to do street photography with. I love my Leica M6 but sometimes getting film developed can be a hassle. I read a ton of reviews and ask a million questions before I finally bought an EP-1. I was very suprised that there is almost no shutter lag. I bought an EP-1 with the 17mm and OVF.
Pros: Small size, low price, nice dynamic range, low noise, easy to use
Cons: Small button dial easy to knock off of settings, can not use a EVF, art filters write slow to card, lcd screen hard to see in bright light
Summary: I traded a nikon slr system for this more compact Micro Four Thirds system. I love the "any lens works with an adaptor" nature of the camera. The files that I create with it are of good quality as well. I wish I could say the same for the build quality and customer support. I charged the battery one afternoon and when i put the battery back in and closed the door it would not latch. The catch on the body had simply broken off.
Summary: The optics and picture are of high quality however it somewhat problematic to cary and change lenses. I would have been better satisfied if it had come with an indirect flash. I find myself most of the time taking an Olympus tuff 8000. The pictures are of very high quality and I can carry it in my pocket.
Summary: I've moved from a Nikon SLR to the Olympus EP-1. I was looking for a smaller camera that took SLR quality pictures and this fits the bill. Build quality feels superior to Canon/Nikon although time will tell. After a recent trip up the coast and through the woods of Maine I'm very pleased with the results. Getting used to having no viewfinder takes more than a week or two. I use a Mac and store and edit programs with Aperture.
Had it for 3 weeks, just took the first adequate pictures
Mark Twain, Amazon
28 September 2009
Summary: The low ease-of-use score relates to a really terrible manual. Major basic steps are left out, leaving the user unable to figure out how to access important menu areas. Symbols in the menu are arcane and trying to go between modes to make changes in menus non-intuitive. I had to make 6-7 phone calls to Olympus in the first two weeks, after which I got the first photo that could be enlarged to the max in iPhoto with acceptable clarity.
Summary: The E-P1 autofocus is absolutely horrible. Even my Canon point and shoot AF is much faster and more accurate. Half the photos of my kids are out of focus due to the slow focus speed or focusing on the wrong subject. I am looking forward to the new Panasonic GF1 ( Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-45mm Lens ) as a replacement for my E-P1.
Summary: I purchased the E-P1 to provide better quality images than my F100 Fuji but easier to carry around than my dSLRs. And I had high confidence in what I know about Olympus etc. In practice it falls a little short. Manual focusing with the zoom technique is awkward and less than reliable. Poor low light operations. Slow focusing in automatic. That being said it is a camera intended to be used at a slower more deliberate pace. And in that regard it works well.