Summary: If you're looking for a compact camera to get better pictures from your cell phone, this is a good one. And for the price, it's practically a steal. PROS: - well built - nifty front lens ring used to change aperture - touch screen; just point and the camera shoots! - super menu makes it extremely easy to change settings - fantastic jpeg colors! CONS: - no viewfinder. good luck taking pictures at high noon.
Firmware version 1.3 turns this into a pocket monster.
Edward V. Hawk, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: I was initially disappointed with this camera when I first got it. The focus issues other reviews have mentioned in low or even medium light were just frustrating to deal with. After the 1.3 version update (released earlier this year) - its fantastic. You can take not only usable, but fantastic photos in incredibly low light - even for an SLR. ISO 800 @ f1.8 is around1/50th of a second in a very, very dark bar, concert or room.
Excerpt: What i like - fast start-up time - fast AF - IQ, colours, details - touchscreen - art filters, hdr - art bracketing - build quality Would be better - customization: why so few functions in Fn1?, useless AF point button (I have touchscreen) on dial ring, lack of fast access to raw, why HDR is set apart from picture modes and Art Filters menu?
Summary: I have a hard time comfortably holding this camera. Maybe my larger hands and long fingers make it more difficult? That lever switch in the front, while high quality and functional, is just in a bad spot. My other issue relates to the software and interface. I think it lacks thoughtful organization. I am used to my Pentax. I was able to quickly learn Sony, Nikon, and Canon interfaces. This Olympus interface is proving to be hard to understand.
Summary: Was an excellent value at about 50% off the original price. Camera focuses quickly, has all the controls an advanced amateur wants, and takes excellent quality pictures. Beats lugging along DSLR and lenses on hiking trips.
Summary: Months ago, I sold my old Canon SX1 and shortly thereafter regretted no longer having a camera with a built-in "macro" close up feature, as I take a lot of close ups, often extreme close ups. In eventually looking for an alternative replacement for an "all in one" enthusiast-type camera (as a convenient carry around camera when I do not want to carry my pro class cameras and lenses), I sought a camera with a moderate sized sensor, minimal chromatic fringing, and able to...
Summary: After using it for an hour in order to try it out, I have to return it immediately. The picture quality is bad. They are not sharp and noisy even at ISO 100. It is even much worse than my 6 year old Canon SD 800. I can not understand why it such a good review on every photo web site. May be just my bad lucky of having a lemon?? The unit is fully functional. Just with awful result.
Summary: Camera pack a lot of advanced features for this price. Everything can be set manually, it's good to carry around (not really for regular pockets). Professional reviews also praise it, and after this massive price cut this is ideal Advanced Point and Shoot camera!
Excerpt: This is a great all-rounder. The OOC Jpegs are nice and you can tweak the noise reduction, sharpness and other settings if you want. The best feature is the click wheel around the lens. In Aperture Priority mode it is used to adjust the aperture. If you flick the switch on the front it can then be used for manual focus. It then moves freely with no clicks and works perfectly for focus.