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Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens - £284.99 (with code) @ Currys
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens - £284.99 (with code) @ Currys

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens - £284.99 (with code) @ Currys

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Good price for a (IMO) very good camera.

In a few ways, imo superior even to the NEX-5. Price is very good.

What code?

Jellybeans

In a few ways, imo superior even to the NEX-5. Price is very good.



In what ways might that be, Jellybeans?

snapsort.com/com…X-5

Looks like the NEX-5 beats it hands down in virtually every respect to me.

E-PL1 is still a good camera, though and a good deal at this price, heat added.

andyken

In what ways might that be, Jellybeans?.


Because the NEX5 is hideously ugly perhaps ?

Good price for a good camera. Voted hot.

A word of warning though:

I bought the EPL-1 in December and have just swapped it for the NEX-5.

The EPL-1 is let down badly by an inability to focus in dim conditions, I mean very badly. Do a search on the Pen forums. It doesn't come up in any reviews but many people have huge problems with it in "social" situations like parties and clubs. Situations where your own eye would think "this isn't dimly lit".

The NEX-5 is brilliant, I'm using it more than my SLR at the moment. It is hands down the best "bridge" camera I have owned and it's low light performance is stunning.

The EPL-1 does however take square pictures also - which I love

andyken

In what ways might that be, … In what ways might that be, Jellybeans?http://snapsort.com/compare/Olympus_PEN_E-PL1-vs-Sony_Alpha_NEX-5Looks like the NEX-5 beats it hands down in virtually every respect to me.E-PL1 is still a good camera, though and a good deal at this price, heat added.


I would suggest you go to a shop and handle both cameras before you buy. You miay change your mind when you do a "hands on".comparison.

If it's four thirds, does that mean it's 33% bigger than a standard DSLR X)

pet2000

I would suggest you go to a shop and handle both cameras before you buy. … I would suggest you go to a shop and handle both cameras before you buy. You miay change your mind when you do a "hands on".comparison.


You are right. I fancied the Samsung EX1 and popped into currys. Nice camera but the way the flash was opened was a no for me. So just for the sake of half hour of your time it is well worth doing what pet2000 says. saves hassle of returning camera if you are not happy.

good price for a good camera.

for those wondering though - NEX 5 still wins hands down - king of low light in its class.

glad i got mine for this price in the bestbuy/sony cashback deal during xmas

PhilK

Because the NEX5 is hideously ugly perhaps ?



This one is hardly a looker. Is there a good looking four thirds camera? They look like an SLR lens stuck on a compact camera, which is essentially what they are.

Try the Panasonic Range. The G1 is a great camera, I have had one since xmas. Got it on clearance from PC World. Last on though. The G2 or G10 are the later models.

wd40

Good price for a good camera. Voted hot.A word of warning though:I bought … Good price for a good camera. Voted hot.A word of warning though:I bought the EPL-1 in December and have just swapped it for the NEX-5.The EPL-1 is let down badly by an inability to focus in dim conditions, I mean very badly. Do a search on the Pen forums. It doesn't come up in any reviews but many people have huge problems with it in "social" situations like parties and clubs. Situations where your own eye would think "this isn't dimly lit".The NEX-5 is brilliant, I'm using it more than my SLR at the moment. It is hands down the best "bridge" camera I have owned and it's low light performance is stunning.The EPL-1 does however take square pictures also - which I love


Hmmm, the word 'flash' springs to mind. Oh the Sony misses that out. Image quality is subjective and personally have always preferred Olympus quality over the likes of Canon and Sony. Sony is catching up though.

JESUS!

Try the Panasonic Range. The G1 is a great camera, I have had one since … Try the Panasonic Range. The G1 is a great camera, I have had one since xmas. Got it on clearance from PC World. Last on though. The G2 or G10 are the later models.



Well I think that rather settles it then and we should all follow the advice of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

And might I add how blessed I feel that you took the trouble to return to Earth to post a comment on HUKD?;)

Wolf

Hmmm, the word 'flash' springs to mind. Oh the Sony misses that out. … Hmmm, the word 'flash' springs to mind. Oh the Sony misses that out. Image quality is subjective and personally have always preferred Olympus quality over the likes of Canon and Sony. Sony is catching up though.



it actually has a seperate flash module, but im sure you knew that already...

your last statement is a bit bold and not justifiable (_;)

Edited by: "simba2585" 28th Apr 2011

simba2585

it actually has a seperate flash module, but im sure you knew that … it actually has a seperate flash module, but im sure you knew that already...your last statement is a bit bold and not justifiable (_;)



Hardly bold and totally justifiable, in my opinion.

Reading all the above (and comments on other threads) it becomes very clear that a camera is a very personal thing and that there is no "perfect" camera which fits everybody.

A camera is just a tool and the most important part of a good picture is you, the photographer. Technical details are secondary to that. First priority is that you need to feel comfortable with your camera. It has to be "right" for you. The only way to find out which camera is right for you is by handling several different makes and models. You will not find your perfect camera from just reading spec sheets and compare pixel counts, noise and resolution (or other peoples feedback).
Edited by: "pet2000" 30th Apr 2011

Wolf

Hmmm, the word 'flash' springs to mind. Oh the Sony misses that out. … Hmmm, the word 'flash' springs to mind. Oh the Sony misses that out. Image quality is subjective and personally have always preferred Olympus quality over the likes of Canon and Sony. Sony is catching up though.



You may have missed my point Wolf, it actually won't focus at all in semi-dim conditions, to the point I thought it faulty - but after some time on the Pen forum, I'm not the only one that had concerns. Some people were getting people to hold mobile phones up withtheir screens lit to enable the auto-focus to get a bearing, then take the shot.

The camera takes brilliant pictures apart from that, the flash works very well on it for it's size.

Sony don't have the lenses right now.. none are particularly fast.. You can get a couple of fast prime lenses on the m43 system... Only 3 NEX lenses have been released?

If you look closely as well the lenses for the NEX system aren't small .. only the body is

Then there's the reliance on touchscreen controls more than mechanical

Not saying its a bad camera, but I think m43 offers more of a balance.. especially with Olympus/Panasonic competing within the same system
Edited by: "Conqueror" 21st May 2011
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