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Old Oct 15, 2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Olympus PEN E-PM1 or Canon S95/S100?

Hi all,

I'm deciding between the Canon Powershot S100 and the Olympus E-PM1. Or the Sony NEX-5N, although the extra cost there is a neg.

Have read a ton of reviews, but still wondering - if I just plan to use the Olympus kit lens and don't plan to buy others, is the gain in image quality really going to be worth the extra bulk of the PM-1 with lens? As well as the hassle of no built-in flash.

Also concerned about the magnification factor with the Olympus, which I understand would mean reduced focal lengths.

I'd be mostly using the camera for baby photos, indoors & out, and don't plan to blow any images up beyond 8" x 10" at most.

I did take a look at the Olympus & the NEX-5 in store, and was put off by the NEX-5's very loud shutter! I understand this is a lot better with the NEX-5N though.

Thanks in advance for advice on this!!!
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Two quite different beasts really,the Canon and the Oly/Sony.
The Canon's smaller sensor will limit it's image quality in certain conditions(compared to the other two),though the faster lens will offset this to some degree in lower light.
If you want a compact with a fast lens THROUGHOUT the zoom range,maybe Samsung's EX1 might be worth a look.
The lack of inbuilt flash would be a no-no for me I'm afraid.

I forgot- the Olympus XZ-1 is worth a look too...!

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Old Oct 16, 2011, 5:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input!

Just started looking at the Panasonic Lumix GF3 too, since there's a built in flash. But then saw it gets lower ratings for image quality on imaging-resource compared to the Olympus PENs & Sony.
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Not add anything to make matters all the more confusing for you, But, here is an article written recently by Thom Hogan, comparing most all of the mirrorless cameras currently available.

I think it's a fair and balanced assessment. And, well worth reading, if you're
contemplating getting a m 43 system.

The link:http://bythom.com/compactmirrorless.htm


By the way, I just received an e-mail from Olympus USA announcing free shipping and special pricing for a number of their Pen systems. As an example,
you can pick up an E-PL1 with 14-42 lens for $399.00. For a hundred dollars more, you can add the 40-150mm lens.

the link:https://us.buyolympus.com/digital-ca...hirds-pen.html

good luck with whatever you decide
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 6:03 PM   #5
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From what I've seen- the NEX-5N does have very good image quality- especially at higher iso settings- however,I may be wrong here- but I don't think it has a flash..!
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/0...l-of-features/
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It's got a small optional flash that fits into the accessory port on top of the camera. You'd barely know it's there with it folded down (I wouldn't even bother to remove it). It's $149.99

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...52921666347923

If you read through some of the customer reviews at vendors that sell it, it's well liked by NEX owners. Click on the Customer Reviews Tab for this listing at B&H for examples:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Flash_for.html
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Thanks, that was a really useful overview article. It really emphasized the value of additional lenses, and that is actually something I'd rather avoid! (at least at this point).

Would like to just get by with the 1 kit lens. Which makes me wonder if a high end compact wouldn't be a better overall option.

Re: the NEX-5N flash - I understand it comes packaged with an external flash.
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Yep... You're right. The 5N comes with a Sony HVL-F7S flash supplied. It's range isn't as good as the optional HVL-F20S, and it doesn't have the bounce and diffuser features. But, the 5N does ship with a flash you can attach to the camera.
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If you fancy going the high end compact route- maybe Sony's HX9V is worth a look....
Comes in for some good reviews...
http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...c_hx9v_review/
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@Simon40 - Thanks ! I checked it out & looks like a good one. My one concern would be the smaller sensor compared to the S100.
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