My trusty old Canon G7 has developed a smudge on the sensor, which will unfortunately necessitate the purchase of a new pocket camera sooner than I had hoped. Like many shooters out there, I have become obsessed with some of the new camera debuts, especially with the Olympus EP-1, which seems like it might answers a few of my prayers.(I do like the 4/3 ratio and wider angle of the Olympus, though!)
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The one on top is the Olympus, the bottom is the G7.
The upshot is, in decent light, I think the G7 compares favorably, considering the EP-1’s larger sensor. If you enlarge the bridge stones or “The Watchtower” building at 300% each, both pics look amazingly similar. So, for now, my EP-1 lust has abated a little, and I’ll wait on the sidelines a little while longer to see what else comes along this year.
Since I first posted this, an interesting review about the EP- at the The Online Photographer has appeared. Well worth reading.
We hope to do a more intensive hands-on review of the EP-1 and the Panasonic GH-1 as soon as we get our hot little hands on them.
For pixel peepers, a bunch of EP-1 vs G7 crops are here on our “Views and Reviews” page.