I love my Nikon D7000 dearly, but man, it is heavy especially when I’m playing a tourist or mountain hiker. By the end of the day, my beloved becomes a brick and I want to leave him home.
You probably have noticed that one of the links I listed on my blog is Chasing Light. His images using a point-and-shoot camera are so much better than most images taken by a camera with a four-digit price tag. Check out this image of a church interior using a Lumix LX5. This picture was taken in the dark, but still captured the sharp details, brilliant colors and wide angle. I have camera envy and have been keeping my eyes out for a more portable camera to fit inside my purse.
I have a long list of requirements for a portable camera but my budget is not. It must have a real depth of field (so point and shoot cameras are out), large sensor, built-in flash, light-weight, and of course, cheap. Well, I found it at Amazon, body-only for $150 bucks! The micro four-third Olympus PEN E-PL1.
The Olympus E-PL1 is the less expensive version of the E-P1 because there are less buttons (hence it takes longer to make adjustments using the screen), more plastic, less sophisticated software, but for $200 less (two E-PL1s for the price of a E-P1!) and bonus flash that can bounce of the ceiling (more on that later).
Here are some snap shots of our Lady of Angels taken by the E-PL1. I want to like this cathedral but her modern lines seem unforgiving to me.