After months and months of debating whether to get myself a new camera or not – I’ve finally gone and done it. I am now officially part of the Olympus Pen club. For the past year I’ve been using a Nikon D3100 which is a fantastic piece of tech, but for days out and trips abroad it’s just not practical for those spontaneous snaps. Whilst the Nikon isn’t the heaviest camera in the world, it’s more the size that’s an issue. Cramming it into a beach bag for the day definitely isn’t an option and it essentially makes you a target, which led me to the decision that purchasing a compact camera before we jet off in November was a must. For the past few weeks I’ve been harassing fellow bloggers and sales assistants in John Lewis about which CSC to buy. With so many incredible cameras out there, choosing the right one for my needs was important – and there were around three cameras that hit the mark. Though secretly, I always knew deep down that the Pen would win. If you’re a blogger I can guarantee you’ve seen this camera before, probably an irritating amount of times, but regardless – I thought I’d blog about it. I’ve read countless posts myself, but with some of the more popular blogs it’s sometimes hard to tell if they’re being sponsored by the brand they’re posting about. So, I am telling you now that this is 100% my honest opinion, and I am in no way, shape or form being asked to blog about this camera. Oh – and I won’t bore you with all of the facts and figures, so instead you can read them here.
I could go on for an eternity about how pretty it is, but let’s be real here – you can all see that for yourselves. I went with the white version of the Olympus Pen purely because I have an absolute obsession with everything either white or neutral – an obsession of which will be apparent if you ever visit our apartment. The Pen’s leather-look retro/chic appearance is blessed with the most gorgeous hint of pale gold too, which seems to instantly capture the heart of every blogger out there. Going into a tad more detail, the menu/button section of the camera overall is a nice, spacious layout – though with some buttons being teeny tiny, those with perhaps slightly larger hands may find it trickier to navigate around. If it really is an issue – there’s always the touchscreen option, a feature of which I wasn’t particularly fussed about – though being able to tap the screen in order to take a photo is actually surprisingly useful. The huge talking point for bloggers is the Pen’s flip down “selfie screen”. Now I don’t take many selfies at all, but I have a feeling that’s about to change – and I can see why it’s such a god send for those vloggers out there. Sadly there is no viewfinder, though you can buy one separately if needs be – and whilst there’s also no integrated flash, it does come with a detachable one that you can pop on and off as and when it suits you.
So of course the Olympus Pen isn’t going to be quite as good as a full blown DSLR – but in all honesty, they really aren’t worlds apart. I bought the Pen with the pancake 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens as opposed to the zoom lens, simply because I wanted to buy the smallest version possible for my holiday. Thanks to the vast ISO range and 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, amongst other excellent qualities in the spec, you are able to get stunning, high quality photos even in harsh lights. I only bought this camera a week ago so I haven’t had time yet to fully figure out all of the settings – but from what I’ve heard, there’s a lot you can do with it in order to achieve exceptional shots. Lens wise there are plenty to choose from, and apparently you can even use Panasonic lenses, but if you just want to stick with the kit lens – you won’t be disappointed. I’ve read time and time again about how the 45mm lens is an absolute must, and whilst I will probably get it myself at some point in order to achieve those beautiful blurry background shots – it really isn’t necessary if you’re not looking for anything too fancy.
So, What Do I Love?
I love love love that it has wifi. This feature is a huge factor in why I bought it. The idea of being able to snap away and upload the images immediately to my iPhone is fantastic, so I am really looking forward to keeping my family up to date with beautiful pictures when I’m abroad later this year! As I mentioned before, I also love the 3″ LCD selfie screen – whilst it’s not essential, it’s a pretty fun feature that I’m definitely going to be experimenting with. Aside from that, I generally just love the look, feel and quality that the Olympus Pen provides.
And What Don’t I Love?
I’ve heard that due to the selfie screen flipping down, this actually prevents you mounting it onto a tripod when filming/taking shots. It’s not an issue for me as I’m not a YouTuber, but for those that are – I can see why it’s a problem. Aside from that, my only other niggle is the fact that it’s still a tad weighty in comparison to other CSCs I tried in-store – though I can completely appreciate that this is most likely because it’s incredibly advanced for its size. For the quality you get – you’d actually expect it to resemble the size and weight of a DSLR. Tech these days, eh? It truly is amazing what they come up with!
Whilst I still love my DSLR, I can honestly see myself using the Olympus more. Perhaps not for outfit shots, but for most other photos the Pen will be ideal – especially if I do end up getting the 45mm lens. Overall the Olympus Pen has absolutely revolutionised blogging and social media for me. Being able to blog and upload high quality shots on the go is something I will be eternally grateful for. I was told that if I bought this camera, I wouldn’t regret it – and they were right. Now all I need to do is learn how to use it on Manual mode, eek…
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