I have owned this camera for nearly a year now and have used it extensively. My previous was a Canon Ixus which I had for a very happy 6 years. In comparison with the old Canon, the user interface on the Olympus is quite frankly poor. It has too many odd buttons - why include a dial, a menu and a set of cursor keys? The on-board software looks like it was cobbled together on a wet Saturday afternoon by a committee of six who were not on speaking terms. The "auto" setting seems to automatically foul up photos as the default. Having said that the camera is usable, I just wish that the designers had looked at (say) a Canon camera, or something like a Squeezebox controller, an Iphone, a modern linux, etc, before deciding on their user interface and general set-up. To give two examples: some menus offer "Camera 1" and "Camera 2"... Why? Also, I can access the replay function by twiddling the dial or by pressing the playback button. Olympus, please decide on a logical set-up please! Overall it gets 1-2 stars here.
The camera is redeemed to a very large extent by the 10x optical zoom and by the quality of the images, which push my review up to 3 stars. The overall image quality does not seem up to the standards of my old Canon but is still very good. Image stabilisation on this Olympus is not as good as might be hoped.
I don't regret buying this camera, but the overall experience does feel about 15 years behind the times. I would recommend it for the zoom.
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