As a fully invested Canon camera user I have never experimented with another brand. Until that is local camera shop Campkins approached me to arrange a #CambMeetUp event with Olympus to try out their brand new Olympus PEN E-PL8. The pen was the camera I originally lusted after when I first started to take blogging seriously, if I’m honest it was partly because I had seen it round the necks of bloggers I admire and partly because the white one is so damn pretty!
This meant I was only too happy to give it a go, as were several of those in my blogging community. And so it was on a glorious Saturday afternoon a bunch of us found ourselves able to play with the latest Olympus creation. David Smith, an Olympus tech specialist very patiently went through the set up. Showing us how easy it was to link our images to our phone (a real pulling point for instagram lovers!) and running through the basics of what the Olympus PEN E-PL8 can do. He was on hand throughout the walk, answering our questions and helping us figure out the menu's many icons. He even became photographers assistant - with the help of the reflector or the ‘shiny shiny’ as we will now be calling it - so that we got the most out of our images.
Obviously a stroll around this incredibly gorgeous city is never a hardship and it was made all the more special as we could document our time together. Catching up with those who have moved away, had babies or are just plain crazy busy all whilst learning how to use the blurring mode and enjoying the pin point clarity from this cutest of cute cameras was so much fun.
There’s no denying this is a sexy little camera, as a blogger and social media lover it has many aspects that are attractive to me. The down side being for a small camera it does get quite heavy and the cost isn't exactly a drop in the ocean if you know what I mean.
I’ve listed my likes/dislikes below and will be consulting this list regularly over the next few months to figure out if it’s something I need… or just something I just really really want!
App easily links images to phone
Pin point clarity
Weight (Some rather painful neck marks appeared after a couple of hours)
Expensive! (Kit from £549)
Do you have an Olympus Pen?
Thanks to Campkins and Olympus for hosting us.