- There are a lot of options that can confuse a non-professional. But in auto mode even a newbie will be just fine.
- The EPL1 doesn’t focus well in dim settings–it needs contrast to focus, but otherwise takes great photos (samples below).
Photo review Olympus PEN-EPL1
Price: $440 @ Amazon
Why you need one: Some say that the best camera is the one that you have on you. However, the unfortunate truth is that the most handy camera–the cell phone camera–just isn’t good enough. Whether you have a Blackberry, iPhone or Android, your cell phone camera simply wont match up to a simple point and shoot, let alone a higher end camera out in the field. The Olympus PEN-EPL1 is part of a new breed of cameras, offering most of the benefits of higher end DSLR models in a smaller body and at a fraction of the price.
Quick Stats: 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds, LensLive View on 2.7″ LCD Display, Live Guide Image Manipulation, 12 Megapixels, 19 Automatic Scene-Select Modes, HD Movies (720p), 6 In-Camera Art Filters, 3 In-Body Image Stabilization Modes.
Disclaimer: Olympus sent us a demo unit for review.