After all the excesses of Christmas day it was a pleasure to go to the beach with DD and give my new little compact camera a tryout. Another camera! Well, it all started with my desire to have a small waterproof camera. I did not expect to find a shockproof and waterproof camera anywhere as sophisticated as this one. It's been quite a while since I've used a camera with automatic settings let alone such fun ones and - bonus- I could get in the water to take photos and not be afraid of it getting wet or dropping it or getting sand in the lens. Here are some settings I tried out.
Auto: zoomed out
Reflection: Hey, it does this kaleidoscope thing! That's a little crab by the way.
Sparkle once again, with a big subject, not so good, but it would probably be great for photographing jewellery...
Grainy Black & White:
Underwater: Yes it's just the bottom of the pool. My underwater selfie didn't work out. I have to practice holding my breath while swimming and shooting. It's a lot to co-ordinate!
Auto: zoomed in a bit
I haven't fully explored Aperture Priority or the Underwater menu but don't worry I will. Within the Program Auto menu you can change white balance, exposure compensation, ISO, File compression, Flash settings, Single or multiple shot or timer, picture orientation. And lots of preset options. I only did a few! You can also do your own custom settings, two of them, accessed on the main dial to have at the ready.
File sizes go up to 16M or 16M+RAW. There's even the capability for wifi connection to social media if you want to share travel photos or immediate selfies. (Spare me!)
Note that there is no true Manual setting and no Manual focus. The thing I miss most is the ability to direct the focus within the frame. In conclusion, while there are limits to this camera and of course it won't do what my full frame Canon can do, for what it is - a small go anywhere compact - it's impressive. It's also my first Olympus and the quality is very good.
By the way this isn't an advertisement. I don't advertise on my blogs and this post is just me talking freely.
I got approached a few months ago to advertise a new start up company's camera. It would have been on a 'we mention your blog if you publicise us' basis. I gave it consideration and found out more about them and their product but in the end I didn't feel right publicising a camera I couldn't try out myself for a few more hits. There goes my advertising career : )
Hope you are having a good time wherever you are,