So, this weekend I decided to buy a new camera. Originally, I wanted a replacement for my Sony camcorder, which I lost at the cottage this summer (RIP baby). Buuuut since the model I wanted wasn’t there, I started browsing through the compact systems and of course I had to fall in love with one of them, didn’t I?
I went home with this baby.
I’ve only had it for 2 days and I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep it, but here is my first impression:
- The size – it is TINY compared to my DSLR (They don’t market it as the “world’s smallest compact system camera” for nothing)
- The screen is pretty big for a small camera (3 inches)
- The pre-sets (think filters) are really fun – like the ‘diorama’ – which creates a tilt-shift effect
- Captures 1080p HD video with great sound quality
- It comes in pretty colours like pink, purple, brown & grey (Mine is white obviously)
- Customize-able – I’ve already seem some beautiful cases and straps for it! (I love customizing my things)
- The lens that came with the kit (Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 ED) is pretty big and takes away from the ‘mini’ appeal of the camera. But I did read online that the ‘pancake’ lens (17mm) is quite good and will keep the camera pocket-friendly.
- This might be weird to some, but it makes a really loud, mechanical noise when you take a photo (Maybe I am just not used to it)
- It doesn’t have a built-in flash but it does come with a flash unit (which is okay, but not great)
- Now the video: the quality is great (1080p HD) but the design of the camera makes it hard to capture videos steadily. I find the videos I take are mostly shaky because the camera is so small and the lens is heavier. This can obviously be solved by using a tripod, but since I’m looking for an on-the-go camera, I’m not sure this will do.
If you own this camera and would like to give me some tips and tell me what you love about it, please comment! I’m super excited to use this excessively for the next week and then decide if I will keep it or search for a new compact system cam (If you have reco’s for that, that’d be awesome too!)