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on 20 June 2011
This camera was purchased to fill the roll of a general point and shoot holiday camera. I have a DSLR, but needed something I could drop in my pocket and take anywhere, especially on the beach.
First reactions to the camera were poor. The interface is clunky and slow - The camera uses old and out of date electronics and software - lots of lag, and a clumsy looking interface. I have seen similar on the early digital cameras I used around 2001 - 2002. Picture quality was the lower end of average for a compact, but not really what I could ever call 'good'. The pixel count is academic - before reaching anywhere near full magnification, the images are always noisy and soft with lots of compression artefacts.
In everyday use, the camera is even worse. Colour, focus, contrast, and white balance are all over the place. It is easy for dust and debris to foul the lens cover mechanism, the lens is not water repellant, meaning a lot of shots taken when the camera is wet will have areas of distortion or be obscured altogether due to water drops on the lens. The camera completely failed after 4 days light use in the sea. Sea water had got into the battery and card compartment rendering the camera useless, and rendering us without a camera for the remainder of the holiday. Fortunately, my iPhone proved to be a superior camera to the Olympus in every way.
After my experience with this camera, I will never buy another Olympus again. If you want an outdoor camera with a similar size and superior spec, get a Pentax WG 1 instead. Or anything else.