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Perfect go anywhere, use anytime inter-changeable lens camera
on 1 February 2012
This is my second Olympus Pen camera and although this is the cheapest camera in the Pen range its a superbly made camera for the price. The improvements over the E-PL1 are smaller & nicer form factor and much better standard zoom lens the 14-42mm IIR which unlike the earlier design has a non rotating front end and is better made. The controls at first take some getting used to if you move from earlier Pen cameras but all the usual functions are there and the image quality from the combination of the camera & lens are great. I use the camera with the electronic viewfinder if using a tripod but this does reduce battery time and sits on the camera hot shoe, however in sunlight that tends to saturate the LCD screen of any digital camera its a god send. One gripe is not have a built-in spirit level it is easy to not get the horizon exactly right although this can be fixed in photoshop or iphoto.
The camera balance with longer lenses like the 40-150mm are OK and if you want a really small package the pancake lens is a good option. The Pen cameras have in-body image stabilisation unlike Panasonic as well as ultrasonic sensor cleaning which Olympus pioneered. In all a relatively simple camera for the price allows a lot of creativity whilst not challanging the photographer.