OLYMPUS PEN E-P1+ 14-42mm Lens-£295 with Code Delivered@Currys - HotUKDeals
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Its a steal for this price (almost for a price of the lens!)


*Extremely small and light-weight Micro Four Thirds system
*Stylish design with metal finish
*SLR image quality
*12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
*Built-in I.S. with max. 4 EV steps efficiency
*Adapter for all ZUIKO DIGITAL & OM lenses
*TruePic V image processor
*Easy operation
*New developed GUI for easiest operation via Live Control
*Automatic recognition of common scenes possible with i-Auto
*Clear skin with e-Portrait
*Two dials for easy handling
*Creativity & HD Movie
*HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters
*Art Filters, Multi-Aspect ratios, Multi Exposure function
*Art Filters can be applied to previously taken RAW images in the camera and with Olympus software
*Enhanced creativity with special lenses e.g. fisheye is available via the Four Thirds lens adapter

info:
http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/21693_pen-camera_e-p1_21723.htm
review:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusep1/
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#1
Remember this is the "E-P1" and not the later "E-PL1"

LINK HERE for the difference
#2
Without a viewfinder its a no for me allthough good price.
#3
rangermastiffs
Remember this is the "E-P1" and not the later "E-PL1"

LINK HERE for the difference


Still hot though, at this price. Heat added, but to be honest, if the Sony NEX-3 is still available from Play.com for £319, I would go for that, rather than the Olympus, as the autofocus on the Olympus is much slower.

Edited By: andyken on Oct 09, 2010 16:06: .
#4
+ dont forget 3% Quidco too!

to andyken: I can't find NEX for that price on Play.com (delivery time on NEX is up to 28 days anyways for NEX even if it shows available in 4-5 days!)

Apart from not really great lenses for NEX, my main gripe with Sony is that all-in-one (18-200mm) lens is too big,heavy and expensive, so NEX is slight con on size- you have small body and big lenses- which defeats the purpose to have mirrorless camera....
I don't want to bash NEX-it has own advantages-certainly people deciding between micro 4/3 / Samsung NX/ Sony NEX or whatever should look at great forums such as dpreview.com

Edited By: radissimo on Oct 09, 2010 16:18: adding info
#5
You would be better off spending a little more and go for the Panasonic G1 or (G2).

You can't exactly get the Olympus into your pocket so may as well have a compact D-SLR with viewfinder and flash! The same goes for the Sony NEX by the time you have something to carry the flash and lens in you may as well have a "real" camera.

If you need something to be lightweight then get a bridge camera such as the Panasonic FZ45 or Canon SX30.
#6
HotBot
You would be better off spending a little more and go for the Panasonic G1 or (G2).

You can't exactly get the Olympus into your pocket so may as well have a compact D-SLR with viewfinder and flash! The same goes for the Sony NEX by the time you have something to carry the flash and lens in you may as well have a "real" camera.

If you need something to be lightweight then get a bridge camera such as the Panasonic FZ45 or Canon SX30.

G1-no video, G2-much more expensive- completely different type of cameras btw
bridge cameras are much bigger too esp.Canon SX30IS...
#7
radissimo
HotBot
You would be better off spending a little more and go for the Panasonic G1 or (G2).

You can't exactly get the Olympus into your pocket so may as well have a compact D-SLR with viewfinder and flash! The same goes for the Sony NEX by the time you have something to carry the flash and lens in you may as well have a "real" camera.

If you need something to be lightweight then get a bridge camera such as the Panasonic FZ45 or Canon SX30.


G1-no video, G2-much more expensive- completely different type of cameras btw
bridge cameras are much bigger too esp.Canon SX30IS...


Must admit over the years i have owned many cameras and it is always a compromise what ever camera you buy, a dslr certainly takes good pictures but is large to carry around, small camera like the one in this thread have no optical viewfinder. I t would be great if there was a camera that was small took photos as good as a dslr, had interchangeable lenses and also included a proper. viewfinder. Not found one yet.
#8
Well the new Nikon P7000 may be what you are looking for. Is quite compact (similar to Canon G11) has reasonable zoom, movie mode, built in flash and most important an optical viewfinder. They have kept the resolution down to 10M pixels to ensure noise is not too much of a problem.

The Olympus has a tiny LCD screen with poor visibility in bright light so making composition a pain which is the whole point of a quality camera! Overall this limits it's usefulness so you may get a good quality picture but have compromised the composition! And ruined the picture!

£300 is a lot to spend on something that is so limited in use, even if it seems like a bargain price.
#9
Just been looking at weights and the Nikon P7000 weighs in at 310g (with it's fixed 7x lens) but the Olympus comes in at almost 500g with standard lens and battery! Given a D-SLR such as the Nikon D3100 body comes in at 500g plus lens of your choice it is clear the benefits of carrying a PEN over something else is minimal.
#10
Just seen the Panasonic G10, with movie mode, is now available for £338 with 14-42 lens!

As the body only weighs 335g it is almost the same as the PEN without the limitations of lack of flash and viewfinder! I don't think many will notice the difference carrying the G10 over the E-P1 for a whole day but will notice the befits of the flash and viewfinder!
#11
to HotBot:
all P&S and Oly PEN and Pana GF have no viewfinder and are wonderful cameras to use. If the OVF and weight are your only important requirements then go and buy P7000 (which has poor OVF and majority will use LCD anyways. By the way screen on E-p1 is 3 inch in size!
comparing of bulk of D3100 with lens (even standart kit one) and E-P1 is ridiculous! the bulk is twice a size!
G10 is different class of camera and actually is quite mediocre IMHO.
#12
radissimo

G10 is different class of camera and actually is quite mediocre IMHO.


What class might that be? The E-P1 is trying to be a compact D-SLR replacement giving you all the IQ and manual controls of a D-SLR without the size and weight. Is that not what the Panasonic G10 gives you? Weight is almost the same and size is not that different, neither will fit in a pocket or handbag so must be carried either around your neck or in a purpose fit case. I don't feel there is that much in IQ between the two units and I bet more will get a good picture out of the Panasonic than from the Olympus unless they speed lots of time.

The E-P1 screen is always reviewed as quite poor in bright light but the G10 has a higher resolution screen and the option to use the EVF. It ends up as coming down to personal preference but I think you get much better value and flexibility from the Panasonic. Add in the current offer of PSE 9 and PE 9 and it is hard to beat.

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