I went over some parts of the review (it's very extensive) and found out that they advise to keep the noise reduction off while shooting under iso 800.
They gave it a '9' in image quality, I don't recall them ever giving any camera that high a score!
it is very rare. they did give the dp1 a nine and flunked it in every other department. this is a very good sign for the ep1.
ps. reading a bit more of their conclusion, it doesn't seem like a camera for a neophyte. more like for don, people who've had a lot of experience with cameras.
ps. here's the comparison with the dp2: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/OlympusEP1/page27.asp i think it will be a surprise for some!
Last edited by smokysun; 29th July 2009 at 11:31.
It works fine as a p&s. The only issue with "experience" is that I think it requires a few setting changes out of the box. But with the 17mm pancake it focuses plenty fast and exposes correctly. The menus aren't totally intuitive but you don't need to go there unless you want to.
It is what it is. The iq is much better than a small sensor camera, but not as good as a good APS-C dSLR. The handling is somewhat unique (p&s with a different interface and interchangeable lenses) and the vibe is strong. Certainly not for everyone, but very enticing to some.
David Pogue's article about the EP-1 in the NY Times, entitled "Instant Love, Followed by Letdown," is more of a gut reaction to the camera.
That NY times review is clear. But if you are spending this sort of money and choosing this sort of camera then the flash and VF compromises should have been taken account for. Especially the flash. End of the day all cameras are compromises. Depending on how well focused the manufacturer is to fulfilling the objectives makes or breaks the camera.
all the best
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It's funny to me that reviewers compare the camera to
Dslr's. That's absurd. It wins against every camera in it's class even
if for 1 reason....interchangable lens mount.
This single feature blows the competition away.
Then if you compare feature against feature, it fares well
against it's competetors.
Remember the Oly software sucks and most users will switch to
jpegs untill Adobe gets on board. Because of this, we are not
really seeing what the camera can really do.....
I always wondered how independant the reviewers really are.
I would take it all with a grain of salt........
The camera is having a very pronounced effect at this time and I
expect that to grow as the dust settles and when ACR is updated.....
BTW, the german photo mags are much worse -- they give ratings to two places of decimals -- not just on objective things, but on some that are quite subjective -- very detailed etc, more light entertainment than anything to base a judgment on.
Pogue is a tech reporter and commentator -- more of a "gadgeteer" than a photographer. And his NY Times audience is not what you'd find on dpreview or another photo site, though there's some overlap I suppose.
I want a camera like this -- bigger sensor than a compact, interchangeable lenses, size comparable (in some ways) to a compact, extensive manual control, etc.
But I'm not sure at this point that I want this camera.
some more for the ISO performance and sample photos: