Plenty bang for the buck, can produce amazing images with the right lens (Panasonic 20mm f1.7)
Jamie Hamel-Smith, Amazon
12 November 2013
Summary: If you're just getting into interchangeable lens photography, here's my advice: Find the lens you want, then get a camera that fits it. - In my case, it was the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 Even though this camera is four years old now, it is still quite capable. I purchased this camera specifically to pair it with a shallow, bright lens for photos of my baby. This was purchased a few weeks before she was born, and my first photos of her were taken with it.
Summary: Bought it for my wife so she can use some of here legacy Olympus lenses. It works great. Awesome pictures and ease of use. She loves it. I even bought a lens adapter for my Nikon lenses for it. The viewfinder is hard to see in the bright light (like most digital viewfinders) but I put and magnifying viewfinder on it and it works perfectly. VERY NICE camera for the price!
Great characteristics, fun, compelling picture taking capabilities, no VF!
6 May 2013
Summary: This is the best walk around camera ever!!! I use it with a Manual Focus Minolta 50mm(eq 100mm), and it's just fantastic. Takes really good video. I play around with the pull focus on the lens and it's just good fun recording videos. IQ is pretty decent. I haven't had any problems with noise. I've seen a lot of complaints about the noise ISO performance on the E-PL1, but I haven't experienced any hold-backs. I shoot freely at 1250 at night.
A wonderful camera at a great price from a great seller.
10 April 2013
Summary: The camera is wonderful. It is compact, light, sturdy and takes really great pictures. I am just learning how to use it. I had two adapters, one for Canon EF lenses and one for screw type lessens in manual mode. They allow me to use lenses I have from an old film camera. The camera comes with a great photo-organizing program called IB which helps you organize photos, by date, event, and face. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.
Excerpt: IF you want a good zoom you will need to buy addition lenses, if you want better indoor photos you'll want to buy an additional flash. It is not a great camera for sports shots, unless you get additions. But the color quality is amazing and the specialty techniques that the camera comes with are great, as is the tutorial on how to use the camera, I particularly enjoy the sepia and the soft focus feature, for modern art photos the pop feature is pretty fun.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD
Summary: I bought two of these cameras, one new for $170 for my brother, one used at $125 for myself. At that point, I already had the GX1 and I now also have the OM-D E-M5 (absolutely wonderful). The reason I purchased this one was I wanted to give a try at star lines, using 30 minute exposures. A cheap camera with a 30 min exposure as opposed to Panasonic's 2 minute limit was very enticing, and I went with body only since I had lenses already.
Summary: I've had this camera body for 5 days now. During that time I've tested it with Olympus, Canon and Leica lenses, both prime and zoom (all with mount adapters). I have to say that I'm amazed at the images I'm able to capture with good lenses! I've been deep into photography since the 1960's and currently have two DSLR's as well as a collection of classic high-end cameras, so I have a lot of experience with which to judge this micro wonder.
Summary: I love this 4/3 format camera. Does everything well as a camera but the added bonus of excellent video (not just something thrown in as an afterthought) is the reason I got a second one. I also got a nikon adapter for it and even though focusing is manual I get some excellent shots nevertheless. Shooting video with my Nikon 1.8 glass just makes this an easy reason to have a second body.
Summary: This is a terrific camera. The image quality is super and it's a perfect compliment to my Evolt 500. I'm using the "standard" zoom on it and it is a great everyday camera with tons of feature. Priced like a point and shoot with the features of a DSLR. Great value!