5.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but not as good as my Fuji F550EXR, 27 Jun 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My best blag so far through the Amazon Vine program*......... previously rated a 5-star best buy by "Computer Shopper" magazine.
The product image of this camera didn't look all that particularly flattering when the Amazon Vine newsletter landed in my e-mail inbox one Thursday evening last summer, but I thought "screw it, lets try grab it anyway"... and was successful.
It looks much better close up, finished in a similar way as my Xbox 360
in glossy black plastic, with shiny metal trim in various places........ a bit like old fashioned cameras such as my Grandad's old Konica C35, my Dad's Pentax ME & my Mum's old Rollei B35... only updated a bit.
Image quality is alright, but colours seem a bit lighter than those produced by the similarly priced Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR
I'd bought a few weeks before (which is also a 16-megapixel HD jobbie).
The flash is better placed than the one on my Fuji, so doesn't get in the way........ though it is manually operated by flicking a switch next to the side of the lens (just below the "Full HD" lettering in the top corner).
Buttons are pretty good, ones on the back next to the screen are metal ones that feel as solid as the internal workings of the metal cap guns I played with when I was a kid.
The video capture mode on this thing is better than my Fuji's..... focus sorts itself out better, particularly when you've been changing the zoom.
Unlike the Fuji this thing can also capture 3D images, but not properly seen the results yet as I ain't got a 3D TV or 3D monitor or 3D graphics card to play 'em back on,.... but when you capture them you get a normal jpg image to view it normally, and an "MPO" file for the 3D image.
One of the things that attracted me to the Fuji F550EXR is it has a 15x Optical zoom, which beats the 10.1 optical zoom of my big Fuji S6500fd..... yet this Olympus goes further than that with a 24x Zoom, despite being not that much bigger than the F550EXR.
If you stick it on a tripod, and can aim & zoom in right you can even capture space shots of Jupiter & it's Moons... not like some telescope images you see, more like you would through a pair of binoculars (a bright shiny star, with 3 or 4 smaller stars around it).... couldn't manage that with any of my other cameras.
Has a Panoramic shooting mode not that different to the Fuji's.... works pretty much the same way.
"MAGIC" mode gives you a load of tricks you can do with the camera:
- Pop Art
- Pin Hole
- Drawing (more like a white-out nearly)
- Soft focus
- Punk (produces a Pink & black image)
- Watercolour (not much better than "Drawing")
..... and the camera lacks the F550EXR & S6500FD's ability to do Black & White Shots (the F550 also does SEPIA + Film simulation of Fuji's old camera films).... so this mode is more of a gimmick for teens than a serious photographer tool in this department.
MR Mode on the dial..... that lets you fire off 2 shots... one normal, the other a "magic mode filter".
The one with the camera with a piece of film / negative alongside it is a mode that let's you take still images while recording video (one of this camera's main selling points).
The camera has various "scene position" (SCN) settings similar to my Fuji F550EXR, but not quite as many... these set the camera up for specific types of shot...
- Cuisine (For taking pics of Food + Macro shots)
- Beach & Snow (Fuji's have 2 seperate ones for this)
- Pet mode: cat (for taking pictures of Cats)
- Pet mode: Dog (for taking pictures of Dogs)
- Portrait (for taking pictures of people)
- Beauty (some sort of enhanced portrait mode)
- Handheld Starlight
- Night + Portrait
- Self Portrait
- Sunset (also suitable for Sunrises)
- Fireworks (for trying to photograph fireworks)
Another bonus I've found is you can recharge it off your PC's USB port like you can with an iPhone
& iPod touch
while you're downloading your pictures off the camera.
According to the sticker on the bottom, the camera was designed in Japan....... and Made in Indonesia.
Overall it's worth buying, but a Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR
/ Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR
/ Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR
is even better.
* This camera has also been used to make many photographic contributions to the "Save Whitby Piers" Facebook group (campaigning to preserve the historic piers of Whitby, North Yorkshire before they completely fall to bits).