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Would this be a decent camera to pick up?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830111384&nm_mc=EMC-EXPRESS040712&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS040712-_-EMC-040712-Index-_-DSLRSystems-_-30111384-L02B

Thanks for any and all help!

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Olympus doesn't make a bad camera; I know some people that have shot PENs and really like them. I dont quite know enough about the system to really help, but I can ask a couple of questions.

Are you looking for a point and shoot (no removable lens)? Something just to take nice pictures? Or did you want to go with a system like the PEN? It seems pretty good and is basically a bridge from the point and shoot to a DSLR but in a 4/3rds system.

Sorry if any of that is confusing, I guess the easiest way to clarify is to ask 'what made you choose that camera specifically?'
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I have it and I really like it. It has some nice features that I didn't expect to have.

I just hate the AF system on it. Not that it isn't accurate, but it constantly needs to refocus when you half press the shutter button. Got it for $230 as a refurb and for the price no point and shoot can touch it.

If you are a looking at a huge step above a point and shoot, but don't want to spend another $300 for an entry level DSLR then It's totally worth it.

The biggest downfall, at least for me, is the lack of lenses and AF lenses with focus rings are just electronically controlled. The plus is that you can get adapters and use older MF lenses.
    
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Sorry if any of that is confusing, I guess the easiest way to clarify is to ask 'what made you choose that camera specifically?'


I chose it because it was on sale...lol

Really, what i am looking for, is the best camera I can get for $400 or less. I want something that takes good pictures and that will last. Any help would be appreciated.
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How about this one?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MTMFHU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Anybody?

The only benefit of that over the Olympus is the amount of reach on the lens. The bigger sensor on the EPL1, will have less noise, more dynamic range, sharper, more detail. The list can go on.

Plus the SX40 HS doesn't even shoot in RAW without a custom firmware. Why Canon wouldn't include that option on a camera that expensive is beyond me.
    
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Hey just gonna weigh in with my 10 cents because a while back I remmeber being in a similar situation, when looking at buying a camera it is important to keep in mind what you plan on doing with it, if you want something that has a huge amount of flexability as far as size goes, also consider focal range or the zoom, and be sure to look at the optical not the digital zoom. With that said comparing features is also helpful, but take everything with a grain of salt, for instance everyone gets caught up in megapixels and just assumes whichever has the most wins, but its not always that clear cut because the glass (lens) is what ultimatly takes the picture, you could have a 100mp sensor shooting through a coke bottle and you not going to get very good quality at all. So when I bought my real first camera I went with a panasonic lumix FZ-28 because it had a leica lens, which if you dont know if highly regaurded as some of the best quality glass in the world, and it was a really solid all around camera.

Anyway with that all said I would preferably go with something like the second one, because you will have a camera that will do a lot right of of the box, (not to mention the vari angle screen which should not be underestimated) and will allow you to experiment and kinda find what you like to do. (Now I have a Nikon D7000 with a 70-200 f/2.8) I hope this was of some help biggrin.gif
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I'd get the E-Pl1 at that price, for $280 you're getting a camera that nothing else in that price range is going to touch, and to actually do better you're looking at several hundred more....

The second one you linked will not offer anywhere near the same IQ as the E-PL1, it has sheer reach true, but id much rather have IQ over reach (plus, the reach advantage can be negated by picking up another lens for your E-PL1...)

The AF is a bit slow on it from what i remember, but again, Nothing in the same price range is going to be that much better...
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So when I bought my real first camera I went with a panasonic lumix FZ-28 because it had a leica lens, which if you dont know if highly regaurded as some of the best quality glass in the world

You've played right into their marketing tricks.
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You've played right into their marketing tricks.

that ^
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