Olympus Imaging Singapore has kindly loaned me a review unit of the E-PL1. This will not be a technical review, rather more of a personal take on the new E-PL1. This will be a diary format review and I will share my thoughts on the E-PL1 as I spend more time with it. Full sized OOC JPGs are linked in the images.
The First 12hrs
The E-PL1 single zoom lens kit out of the box. The review unit is a production set with firmware 1.0
The plastic mount M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm/f3.5-5.6 ED. This single part change of material is supposed to help bring down the price of the E-PL1 kit.
My wife (the hand model here) who only has a camera in her Samsung Jet mobile phone, had 3 points to share:
1. The control interface is much more 'female-friendly', without the button overdose like the rest of my cameras (E30, E510, Lumix L1, GF1)
2. The grip is perfect for those with smaller hands. For her, the grip is decent but not ideal. She found that the weight was resting on her 3rd finger when using the camera with a single hand. She's not a fan of holding the camera with both hands.
3. The EVF (not pictured) is fantastic although she does not know why its needed since there's a large LCD screen.