First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

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First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby gstark on Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:50 pm

Had breakfast this morning with the good people from Olympus, who officially presented some new cameras, including the Pen E-PL1.

Like its more expensive siblings, this is a nice solid feeling bodywith a good, quality feel to it. This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market, and includes several features designed to be attractive to those expected purchasers.

It still lacks a built in optical viewfinder, and while the viewfinder seems bright and clear indoors, the location of the launch precluded getting any sort of impression of how the electronic viewfinder will perform in a brightly sunlit outdoors situation.

The new model does satisfy one criticism of the earlier siblings - it now has a built in flash, and although the implementation is very different from Nikon's, this body also now features a guide mode, to help those users unfamiliar with the more technical concepts of photography.

In Olympus's case, they have taken a decision to avoid the use of much of the jargon that we are familiar with. Terms like aperture and depth of field are avoided, for instance, and every day words like sharper are used. From the point of view of attracting their target market - those who wish to step up from a PHD camera - this might be a good approach, but as those users move forward and wish to learn more of the technical stuff, I'm wondering if that's the best course of action they could have taken, as those users will eventually have to unlearn many things in order to move forward.

AF speed seemed to be very good with the 14-42mm lens, and I experienced no instances of hunting for focus. The video mode is accessed by a single dedicated button. Whilst a good idea, I found I was able to accidentally press this button and start shooting video ... of who knows what! Perhaps this is a placement and ergonomics issue?

I am fond of the E-P1, and this is a more affordable body with some interesting features. I look forward to getting a review copy and giving this camera a real test.
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby Glen on Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:25 pm

Will look forward to your review of this one.
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby Matt. K on Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:10 pm

Gary said
they have taken a decision to avoid the use of much of the jargon that we are familiar with. Terms like aperture and depth of field are avoided, for instance, and every day words like sharper are used.


Who are they aiming this camera at?.....Monkeys? :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby gstark on Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:08 pm

Matt. K wrote:Gary said
they have taken a decision to avoid the use of much of the jargon that we are familiar with. Terms like aperture and depth of field are avoided, for instance, and every day words like sharper are used.


Who are they aiming this camera at?.....Monkeys? :shock: :shock: :shock:


gstark wrote:This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market,


In other words, yes. :)
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby sirhc55 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:42 pm

oooh, oooh, aaaah - throw us a peanut mate :up:
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby surenj on Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:16 am

Matt. K wrote:Monkeys?
gstark wrote:In other words, yes.

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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby Reschsmooth on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:05 am

gstark wrote:
Matt. K wrote:Gary said
they have taken a decision to avoid the use of much of the jargon that we are familiar with. Terms like aperture and depth of field are avoided, for instance, and every day words like sharper are used.


Who are they aiming this camera at?.....Monkeys? :shock: :shock: :shock:


gstark wrote:This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market,


In other words, yes. :)


Because those who wish to upgrade and don't have indepth technical knowledge are lesser people.
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby gstark on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:34 am

Reschsmooth wrote:
gstark wrote:
Matt. K wrote:Gary said
they have taken a decision to avoid the use of much of the jargon that we are familiar with. Terms like aperture and depth of field are avoided, for instance, and every day words like sharper are used.


Who are they aiming this camera at?.....Monkeys? :shock: :shock: :shock:


gstark wrote:This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market,


In other words, yes. :)


Because those who wish to upgrade and don't have indepth technical knowledge are lesser people.


In all seriousness, I can see - and to a large extent agree with - their point that, for many people, the jargon can be difficult to get a grasp on. Is a large aperture f/1.4 or f/22, for instance. That confuses many people, even those with great experience.

So, for those stepping up from a PHD to this style of camera, but with nor desire to go much further than snapshots, I think that might be ok.

If properly guided, then perhaps those who may be looking to go from the PHD to something substantial, and significantly so, might be directed towards the court of Canon or the neighbourhood of Nikon
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby ozimax on Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:51 pm

gstark wrote:This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market,


Post Hole Digger? :lol:
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby Reschsmooth on Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:53 pm

ozimax wrote:
gstark wrote:This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market,


Post Hole Digger? :lol:


Push Here, Dummy. :D
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby photohiker on Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:27 pm

Reschsmooth wrote:
ozimax wrote:
gstark wrote:This camera is targeting those who want to move up from the PHD market,


Post Hole Digger? :lol:


Push Here, Dummy. :D


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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby Steffen on Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:54 pm

Matt. K wrote:Who are they aiming this camera at?.....Monkeys?


And what's wrong with that? If you want photos of monkeys you have to aim the camera at monkeys, there's no way around this ;)

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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby Matt. K on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:05 pm

Don't laugh guys...I knew a monkey who had a PhD in photography. Unfortunately he went blind when his cousin poked a stick into both of his eyes and he now practises Braille photography. Here's one of his best images

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This image just takes my breath away.......a masterwork.
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby surenj on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:58 pm

Matt. K wrote:This image just takes my breath away.......a masterwork.

Way too many Dots Matt. If you had one dot in the middle; that's another story.
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Re: First Impressions - Olympus Pen E-PL1

Postby gstark on Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:05 am

Well, spotted, Matt.
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