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E-P1 Review on "The Online Photographer"

By Ken Tanaka

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad...en-review.html

which answered most of my questions...
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Re: E-P1 Review on "The Online Photographer"

I completely disagree with two of the reviewer's key points: the quality of the LCD screen and the AF performance.

The extra size of the LCD screen compared to a E-System camera is a revelation. 3 inches does not seem much bigger than 2.7 inches on paper, but it reprsents almost a 25% increase in area. It's also 44 percent greater in area than the older 2.5 inch screen of earlier E-System cameras.

Yes, it 'only' has 230,000 dots, the same as all E-System cameras in recent years, but the screen is both bright, offers excellent contrast, and has a very wide viewing angle, both vertically and horizontally. I had no problems using this screen in bright midday sunshine under cloudless skies in Portugal. It's very easy to use this screen for manual focusing using the magnified mode.

By comparison a Panasonic G1 screen is also a 3-inch (diagonal) panel but it has twice as many (460,000 dots), however, when shooting in 4:3 mode, as the screen is a 3:2 aspect ratio, the vertical margins are not used and not all of its 460,000 dots are used. In 4:3 aspect ratio the frame area is the same as a 2.7 inch E-System camera, so although it has more dots (400,000 approx in 4:3 mode compared to the E-P1's 230,000), the view is smaller. It's swings and roundabouts. I'd say the G1 screen has the edge, but it's not a knock-out advantage by any means.

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There is no doubt that Panasonic has a better AF system for their G-series cameras and lenses than Olympus. Looked at separately, Olympus have some catching up to do with Panasonic concerning their E-P1 AF system in the body itself and AF speed of the lenses. However, there is a big 'BUT' that must be emphasised: the E-P1 AF system is far from inadequate and represents a far better deal than rival DSLR live view AF from Canon, Pentax, Samsung, and Nikon. Sony is different as they use the DSLR phase detect AF sensor in their live view models, but this means the advantage of framing accuracy and critical focus capability are compromised. The E-P1 AF has room for improvement, but is by no means useless, and it's a lot better than many other live view AF systems out there.

I just found the reviewer's language describing these issues as wildly and excessively critical.

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Re: E-P1 Review on "The Online Photographer"

Interestingly, several of the comments posted from users would agree that the AF comments were over-critical, and also wonder whether the reviewer had a faulty sample. A couple also query whether it's sensible to compare the E-P1 with the DSLR - or rangefinder - market rather than existing "bridge" or compact cameras.

Personally, I'm not much interested in the E-P1 (unless there's a free one to hand!), but I thought other people might find the review interesting as a different angle.

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