I have lost count how long I have owned this camera, but it has made it through six festivals, and numerous social events and a year at university. Yes, this camera has yet to be defeated through my rigorous scheme of attempted destruction. It has been claried in glow paint, drop kicked through mud, even dropped out of a second story window, (don't ask). Now, I don't recommend that you do this, I'm just trying to illustrate the point that this is a reliable everyday camera.
The front has no lens, just a slide open shutter, adding to its strength. The camera itself is 10 megapixels with a macro feature and an LCD screen. It even records HD video for all of you Quentin Tarantinos (sorry.) The movie feature is great, I've filmed a few concerts and even the blasting sound doesn't muffle on it's adequate microphone. The photo quality is decent, nothing professional, but good enough for your photos to be framed.
To me, this camera was worth every penny, not only does it look good, it fits snuggle in any pocket and has been given the safety test via myself. Enjoy.
This Olympus is a stylish and slimline compact camera from a well known and much trusted manufacturer. Unlike most other cameras you turn this one on by sliding a screen down at the front which then reveals the lens and flash. All the button's on the back are flush with the camera in a similar style to some mobile phone keypads and there are a couple of buttons on the top - namely the shutter and zoom which is a small 'switch'.
The camera is pretty simple to use and self explanatory. There are a number of scene selection modes which you access through a menu by pressing the camera shaped button on the back. I noticed a 'self portrait' mode which I tried to use but for the life of me couldn't work out how it functioned any differently to a normal portrait mode, essentially it seemed like a pointless addition. There is also a smile shoot mode that I have tried and tested - it works well by activating the shutter as soon as it detects a smile, however teeth must be showing.
When playing back the photos you have taken on the camera you can view as many as 16 shots on the LCD at once by using the zoom button - each time you press to zoom out it increases the number of images being displayed.
Battery life is estimated at 150 photos before needing a recharge, however this is subjective and can be dependant on things such as weather conditions (battery life is reduced in the cold).
- Stylish appearance, slim enough to fit in most pockets and available in a number of different colours
- Novel way of turning it on - lens protected when off
- Super macro can focus from roughly 2cm
- When adjusting settings manually (such as white balance) the LCD adjusts itself to show you what sort of effect this will have on the photo, however this effect becomes much more enhanced when the photo is actually taken
- There are no sticking out parts to this camera so you don't run the risk of accidentally snapping something off
- Brushed metal cover does not attract fingerprints
- Auto focus only takes about 1 second to work (in average conditions)
- No optical zoom, only digital and only up to 3x (I have never found a good quality digital zoom)
- Image quality is poor, particularly when using the flash which results in the images being very dull and flat although contrast and colours are improved without flash
- The zoom switch would be very difficult to use if you were wearing gloves
- No manual focus options
- No viewfinder
Specifications (things you may be taking into consideration when thinking about a camera purchase):
- 2.5" screen
- XD and micro SD compatability
- Lithium ion battery
- Image stabalized
Price wise this camera can be bought for just shy of £200 although price will of course vary depending on where you shop.
Overall I can't say I would recommend this camera - yes it's one of the more stylish available and very easy to slip into a small space for a day or night out, however these things are nowhere near as important as the quality of the images it can take and here it fails massively - it only has digital zoom and image appearance suffers the instant flash is used (which is usually a fair amount eg. indoor situations). However my opinions on quality appear to be greatly at odds with the only other review written on this camera so all I can say is go to an independant camera shop and ask to have a play with it first if it is a camera you are considering buying. To me it seems like Olympus spent more time and money on the looks of the camera as opposed to what it can do.
My parents bought me this Olympus camera for one of my birthdays a few years ago to help with taking photographs for my art studies. This camera is fantastic for clear, detailed images without having to spend thousands of pounds.
It looks sleek and sophisticated with a black sliding panel in front of the lens, which switches it on and off. It's extremely easy to use, with flat yet sensitive buttons and a large clear screen.
One of my only criticisms is that the battery life is really short. The camera doesn't take regular AA or AAA batteries, it has its own, which has to be charged in its own charger separately from the camera. It can be quite irritating if you forget to charge it before you go out, as you can't simply pop into a shop and buy some batteries. Also, it means if you plan on going on holiday or taking a lot of pictures on a short trip, you'll need to bring the charger with you. The charger itself isn't big but it is that extra something that you've got to remember on top of everything else you're bringing and it can just be a bit of a pain. To solve this problem, I'd suggest buying a spare battery. However, if you don't take regular trips, this is probably unnecessary.
My charger is also rather fragile, the cable, which connects the charger pack itself to the power point, tends to fall or pop out of place a lot, as if the cable doesn't fit into the port properly. There is a red light on the battery charger, which shows when the battery is charging, but if you're in a rush you may not realise when the light isn't on and not realise your battery isn't charging as it's only small. I bought my camera from a reputable shop, brand new so the cable wasn't loose through any fault of my own.
I'd also recommend that people buy an appropriately sized camera case as well, as the screen is easy to scratch.
Overall, I love this camera. It's attractive and easy to use with great picture quality.