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The interface is a bit confusing at first, but this is a very powerful and creative camera that you can grow into as you improve
9 March 2018
This is a very good little camera, with fantastic retro-looks hiding a very powerful and multi-functional camera.
There is something for everybody here. You can use this as a simple point-and-shoot with pre-set shooting modes allowing you to quickly get the best setup without having to know what an f-stop is, and at the other end of the spectrum you have the same powerful creativity that an SLR gives you but without the bulk and heft. This is a great camera for a beginner, as there is lots of camera here for your money and it has the functions to allow you to grow as your skills improve. It also means that if more than one member of the family is going to use this, there is something for everyone to get the best out of it. Pass it to your gran and she can take photos straight away, while the more camera-savvy can control every detail of the shot.
The controls are a bit weird and take some getting used to, not helped by Olympus pretty much not giving you any instructions on how to use the thing. There is a 'quick start' manual to get going, but to get the best out of this you will need to do a bit of websearching and a lot of playing. This is quite disappointing for a camera of this price. Olympus could easily have included a small memory card with the manual on it which would have been a really nice touch. Anyway, there is a lot to learn to get the best from this one - I've had this a few weeks now and I'm still discovering menus and options I didn't know about. What is nice is that most of the main controls are handled by dedicated buttons and wheels. There is no hunting about in sub-menus to find things you need right now. Having said that, the combination of a touch-screen and hard buttons is sometimes confusing, as you're not sure what to press to do what.
The lens that comes with the camera is very nice. If you're the kind of person that calls lenses 'glass' then you're going to find it a bit basic, but for normal people it's sharp and has a good enough zoom length. Of course, the beauty of this type of camera is you can buy more and better lenses and swap them over easily. The camera has built-in stabilisation giving you great results even in low light. For the more seasoned shooter you can shoot in RAW, JPG or a combination of the two.
The real strength of this camera is the size, and it gives you a 'real' camera that you can put in your pocket. You won't intimidate anyone as you might with a huge DSLR, and it's absolutely perfect for travel. It's very well made and feels solid in the hand. It has plenty of power and I'm finding myself reaching for this in situations where I would normally have taken a big camera bag and big DSLR.
It takes a bit of patience to get to grips with the slightly confusing interface, let down by the lack of a manual, but it's worth sticking with. It looks great, produces wonderful images, and allows your creativity to shine through. Very much recomended for all levels of photographer.