This has to be the bargain of the year. A brand new
(ex-demo) top of the range compact from Olympus with all the kit for £10.
This will be the replacement for the Yashica 140 and will go with me at
all times. In fact I'm planning a few days away and this will be firmly
strapped to my side.
Ergonomically not the greatest camera I've had the
pleasure to handle. However, it does suit my small hands and the buttons
fall in about the right place. The viewfinder is unusually small
and, although clear and sharp, a little bit difficult to line up with your
line of vision. You have to look precisely through the centre to see
anything. The Yashica was similar in this respect. Ironically the
viewfinder on my Olympus digital is better and it isn't even necessary.
The quality of images, although good, turned out to be
disappointing. I had expected to get images as good or better than any
compact I've used and maybe even give an SLR a run for it's money, but it
failed to live up to this expectation. I took it with me alongside both
the Zenit and an early model Agfa Silette on trips to Bath and Stratford
among others. I expected the Zenith to come in first but when the Agfa
came out better than the Oly I was rather surprised. It seems that
all we have gained from over 40 years of technological advance is
convenience. As a point and shoot automatic it certainly is that and with
the zoom lens it saves a lot of lugging around, but, if it's good quality
images you want you will have to settle for inconvenience. Oh, and while
I'm having a moan, why is it these P and S cameras always start up with
auto flash ON, I probably use flash on around 1 percent of my pictures.