The Olympus Pen is the camera that bloggers everywhere had about five years ago, so why am I raving about it now?
The Olympus Pen is SO much lighter than a DSLR
This camera is really light, because it’s a Micro Four Thirds camera, which means it has a smaller sensor than traditional DSLR cameras or other mirrorless cameras. This makes it much lighter, and it also has image stabilisation in it to help cope with low light conditions; something a smaller sensor might otherwise struggle with.
It’s great for throwing in your handbag, in full knowledge that you’ll get great pictures without shoulder or back ache afterwards.
Due to MFT cameras like this having a smaller sensor, you also get much smaller and lighter lenses than DSLRs or other mirrorless cameras.
Plus, you can even use Panasonic MFT lenses with these Olympus cameras and vice versa. I have the Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.7 for my Olympus Pen and it’s great, and also much cheaper than the Olympus equivalent!
I was lucky enough to get the 45mm lens for free with the camera, and I had another Olympus Pen years ago which I got two other lenses with. So, all in all, out of the four lenses that I have for this camera, I only ended up paying for one of them!
The handy little app
It’s really easy to transfer images over to your smartphone with the Olympus OI.Share app. I’ll level with you and say that it isn’t the best and most reliable app out there, but for transferring JPEG shots, it does the trick pretty well.
It’s for beginners and enthusiasts alike
One thing that I really love about the Olympus Pen is that it’s suitable for different levels of photographer. It’s super easy for a complete beginner to pick up and start shooting with, but it’s got customisable options so that enthusiasts like myself can tweak the settings to our tastes.
It’s less intimidating to beginners than a DSLR is, and it’s one of those cameras you could hand to someone who only ever takes photos with their phone and they could take a pretty decent image with it.
One thing that most of my cameras don’t have is image stabilisation. It’s something that someone with a lack of steady hands like myself could do with when shooting away, particularly in low light conditions.
The Olympus Pen has 3-axis image stabilisation, so it’s not like the the 5-axis you get in the top of the range Panasonic or Sony full-frame cameras, but it’s still great to have.
It means that you can shoot steady video, and it also stops your photos in lower light conditions from suffering with camera shake induced blur.
Plus, the Olympus Pen is the only camera I own (aside from my phone’s camera) that can shoot in 4K!
The final word
While it’s an entry-level camera that a lot of photography snobs will gladly turn their nose up at, I honestly think it’s a great camera for snapshots and daily photography.
Okay, it’s not a Leica, but it’s far cheaper than that for a start. It’s a good camera that you can start off using as a point-and-shoot that’s also a step up from your phone camera. It’s the kind of camera that you can gradually learn from and hone your photography skills with very easily too.
What camera do you have?