Reviews and Problems with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake
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11 February 2012
Summary: It's hard not to fall for the E-P1's charms. The unashamedly nostalgic design combines with true SLR quality in a remarkably pocketable package. The lack of flash and viewfinder will put some off, as will the relatively slow focus, but overall this bodes very well indeed for the new system.
Pros: Excellent resolution, tons of detail in the shots, Appealing, bright and punchy out of camera results and well optimized JPEGs, Very clever collapsible kit lens that's small, but offers decent quality, Unique retro design puts SLR quality into a compact body, Good high ISO performance up to ISO 3200 and lots of control over noise reduction, Superb build quality, Decent handling, Dual control dials - unusual design that works well, Lots of external control, easy access...
Cons: Slow focus requires a more considered approach to shooting, Some highlight clipping (and poor dynamic range at ISO 100), Low resolution screen that's hard to see in bright light, No viewfinder, No built-in flash (and the optional flash is expensive and pretty basic), Complicated menu system not that easy to navigate, Preview image brightness doesn't always match the captured image brightness, Poor focus, slow lens and jerky live view image make shooting in very low li...