A tale of two reviews

Olympus E-410

I have two very different reviews of the newly launched Olympus E-410 DSLR in Which Digital Camera? and Practical Photography, respectively. The review in the former was a positive affair, though it was a first look at the camera, but impression formed by the latter reviewer was lukewarm in nature. The camera features a live electronic viewer on its back, a carry over from digital compacts and a feature that I may never use. While that might be the unique selling point for the camera, good image quality and the fact that it possesses a cleaning mechanism for its sensor are of more interest to me. Ironically, the Practical Photography review spent most of its time talking about the very feature of the camera that interests me the least with only a scant mention of quality; to be frank, I didn’t find it a very useful appraisal even if the electronic viewfinder may not be all that it’s cracked up to be and it’s picture quality and camera handling that ultimately matter to the photography enthusiast. In contrast, Which Digital Camera? seemed to give a more rounded view and proved to be of more interest and I’d be interested to see what the likes of Photography Monthly and Amateur Photographer might have to say. I also shall be awaiting the Which Digital Camera? appraisal of Ricoh’s Caplio GX100 in their next issue.

Ricoh Caplio GX100?

Ricoh Caplio GX100

Because my digital SLR has needed to be sent away for cleaning for a while now (in the meantime I have got good at using Photoshop Elements to clean up up pictures…), I have been on the lookout for a backup camera so that I can add photos to any trip reports on my hillwalking blog without having to wait for film to be processed. Previously, my eye was on Ricoh’s GR Digital but they have now introduced the award-winning Caplio GX100. The zoom range is a very useful 24-72 mm in 35 mm film terms and that removable electronic viewfinder looks very neat. Having a 10 megapixel sensor adds to the appeal and advanced exposure modes like manual and aperture priority. The feature list has almost ensured its ousting of the GR Digital from any wish list that I might have; the only thing outstanding is seeing how it performs in a photography magazine’s full test review. A thumbs up from there might even get me onto the acquisition trail…