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So what do you think about the E-P1?

I like what I see, be good to have a play with one and see how it handles, I do find I use the rear screen more and more with live view so guess that is a natural trend although maybe not so good in bright sunlight.

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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

Well, it looks good. But I'm glad I didn't wait, and bought the G1 instead. I NEED a "real" viewfinder for my eyes sake. The top-mounted accessory one won't allow you to focus, or indeed frame with any degree of accuracy.
But I'm sure it will sell well, and I look forward to more m43 lenses.
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

Oh dear, cat amongst the pigeons* time.. I was supposed to be saving for a E620 body. Nice small discreet camera with bells and whistles.

Now along comes this item.. Looks great, classy, discreet and with bells and whistles. Its quite a stealth item, looks like a P+S but can sport yer monster lens if needed

So - will it really AF with my old 11-22mm, 50mm macro, kit lenses (albeit slowly)? Is it nice and quiet??

I am quite tempted - particularly if the prices fall in 6 months.. I am just worried that I have to use the screen as there is no EVF, as I am long sighted, so I would need my reading glasses to use the camera (!)

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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

I like it very much. I bought a Leica D-LUX 4, which makes me a target buyer and I'm open to being convinced to change that for the PEN for the promise of more speed, control and IQ. Interesting to read about the tweaked 12MP sensor and TruePic V image processor, makes it the most advanced Olympus in that area doesn't it?

Pricing is interesting, they're certainly confident. It has its small size, style and HD video on it's side versus the Panasonic G1 and also E620 but they and the kits you can now get with them do look good value all of a sudden and they have a built in flash and viewfinders.

Amazon have it pre order, 599 body only, all the way up to 849 with both lenses and view finder so it would probably take 999 to get the flash too! Serious money.
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

The built-in video is a turn-off for me - if I was interested in video surely I'd own a video camera. Still, I suppose I'm a minority traditionalist and "they" know what they're doing (sigh).
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

With respect to video this is a much more logical camera to fit it to than say the E-620, I don't see the logic on a conventional SLR but it doesn't hurt on this one and you never know when it may be of use.

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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

I suppose so, as long as it's not at the expense of some other quality.

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With respect to video this is a much more logical camera to fit it to than say the E-620, I don't see the logic on a conventional SLR but it doesn't hurt on this one and you never know when it may be of use.

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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

The ISO 6400 sample looks amazing - can't wait for the E-5..............
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

Yes, they'd certainly not be able to have HD Video with a card as slow as the xD and not having it would look bereft in the face of the high-end compacts too, it's just a handy thing to have at no penalty other than space on the memory card.

To me, two issues, both surely avoidable, are the lack of built-in flash and it really ought to have had a 460k LCD. A flash would be so handy for a camera like that, plus the hi-res LCD is great compensation for not having an EVF (and for viewing all that HD video!). For a quality item like the PEN, they seem strange omissions when everything else seems spot on.

My craving to get one has abated, a good thing for my bank balance, my D-LUX 4 is back in favour. I was convinced the PEN was going to be the perfect carry-everywhere/no-gubbins/SLR-level IQ camera, especially for a 4/3 user. Hmmm.
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Any good rumors on that one?
I wish! I think that maybe within six months or so something may emerge.
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

Overpriced IMHO. Still, their research obviously believes there's enough of a market to make it economic. It may do well in the Japanese/ eastern market, but unless someone decides it's a key fashion accessory I can't see it selling outside the enthusiast sector in Europe or the US. Especially without a built-in flash. Olympus may have shot themselves in the foot... again.

The lack of a viewfinder knocks it on the head for me. I like Live View and use it when necessary, but I wouldn't want to be tied to it. A bolt-on defeats the object of a small body IMHO.
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

Hope not! I've spent too much money recently....

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No view finder, No flash, and.................................HOW MUCH !
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Re: So what do you think about the E-P1?

Funny my glass is half full

But then I paid over 800 for my E-400 - why because its small and a camera is only good if you have it with you.

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