While there may not ever be a "perfect" lens, there has long been a need for a one-lens solution for shooters who want to head out the door with one camera and one lens over their shoulder. The reasons vary. For some it's a matter of convenience. For some, it's a matter of pure laziness and for others it's the fear of getting dust on the sensor. For frequent flyers it's a matter of logistics, i.e., there's a limit to how much airlines allow you to carry aboard the plane (almost all of these lenses are surprisingly compact).
The interesting thing about entry level point-and-shoot digicams is that the simplest, least expensive of the lot is capable of taking wonderfully sharp, angst-free photographs. The costlier, more "'complicated" digicams can perform more "tricks" or have wider or longer lenses than entry-level digicams, but at the end of the day, each of these econo-cams capture surprisingly fine stills and video.
There are some really cool-looking, rugged digicams out there these days. But regardless of how much attitude your camera exudes while in your hand, the moment you tuck it away, it becomes just another vanilla-flavored weenie cam in a nebbish belt pouch. Not so with the new line of Harley Davidson digicam pouches from Olympus.
The Olympus E-PL1 offers many of the exciting features of the PEN line at an incredibly affordable price. Great fun to use, this camera offers DSLR-quality photos and video in a package that’s lightweight and easy to carry with you all day. Intelligent Auto mode, HD video recording and other features make this a great choice for both beginners and imaging enthusiasts.
The Olympus EP2 is the next chapter in exciting PEN line up: Solid controls, all-metal construction, creative Art Filters and HD video recording will appeal to photo enthusiasts and advanced shooters alike. Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, the EP2 is great alternative to a full-size DSLR.
When the Olympus EV-2 electronic viewfinder was first announced (along with the Olympus E-P2 Pen Digital camera) I had a feeling they were onto something. After finally getting one to play with I know they’re onto something, and it’s something that I hope other manufacturers start picking up on. With the exception of DSLRs and bridge-style cameras, viewfinders are quickly vanishing as cameras become tinier as LCDs grow conversely larger. And with dot-counts passing the 1-million mark, the resolving power of LCDs is finally making LCD viewing viable and trustworthy for the most discriminating needs, i.e., you can actually focus a lens manually based on the image on the screen and get sharp pictures.
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