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Olympus XZ-1 Review

Scott Gietler
A complete review of the new Olympus XZ-1 compact camera, and its potential for underwater photography

Olympus XZ-1 review

A complete review of the new Olympus XZ-1 compact camera, and its potential for underwater photography

By Scott Gietler

 

 
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The Olympus XZ-1 is clearly a winner in the class of high-end compact cameras, with very few negative aspects. It's excellent F1.8-2.5 lens makes it stand out about the small crowd of competitors. I've been using this camera for several days, and wanted to share my personal thoughts. Here's the Olympus XZ-1 review.

 

Olympus XZ-1 quick specs:

  • Sensor size: 1/1.63 CCD, 10 megapixels, 3648x2739 (4:3). Same equivalent sensor size as Canon S95/G12
  • Focal length: 28mm-112mm
  • F1.8 - F2.5 aperture Zuiko lens
  • Full manual controls, RAW
  • 11 auto-focus points, with moveable focus point
  • shoots in RAW or JPEG at 2fps
  • Built in image stabilization
  • 1280x720 HD video, 30 fps, AVI motion jpeg, auto-focuses in video mode
  • ISO 100-6400, 3 inch LCD with 610,000 dot resolution
  • max shutter speed 1/2000th
  • Has an internal flash and hot shoe, allowing control of remote strobes
  • Built-in 3 stop ND grad filter
  • Long exposures, up to 60 seconds
  • Lithium ion battery, good for 325 shots without flash

Olmypus XZ-1 review

Build quality & handling: Excellent. Unlike other compacts, this camera was simple to figure out how it use it in seconds. Small is size, it is closer in size to the Canon S95 than the Canon G12. Controls are very similar to the S95, except the body is slightly larger and has a dedicated video button. The camera is very comfortable to hold and use, and very intuitive. The body is a combination of aluminum and plastic.

Zuiko F1.8-2.5 lens - superb. This lens is F2.5 when fully zoomed in. Most other compact camera lenses are F5.6 when fully zoomed in. This lens is the highlight of the camera, and is in my opinion a better lens than the 14-42mm kit lens that comes with the Olympus E-Pl2. The large maximum aperture offers some depth of field control, a first for a compact camera. This is the first F1.8 camera from Olympus since the C5050Z, and the first lens to have the Zuiko brand on it. Shooting at 112mm, at F2.5 will actually allow you to slightly blur the background -see the photos below.

olympus xz-1 blurred background

olympus xz-1 camera review

Top photo taken with the Olympus XZ-1 at F2.5, 1/40th at 112mm (fully zoomed in). Bottom photo taken at F5.6, 1/10th. Most compact cameras will shoot at F5.6 at a 112mm focal length. As you can see, the background is somewhat blurred in the first photo - and you can shoot at much faster shutter speeds than at F5.6. Keep in mind that 112mm is not exactly a long zoom, you won't be shooting small birds with it.

 

Startup time: almost instant

Control dial: A front contol dial changes either the aperture or shutter speed in aperture or shutter priority mode. In manual mode, the rear control dial changes shutter speed.

Menus: easy and intuitive to use. However - some functionality, like setting macro for example, takes more button presses than on other cameras.

Focusing speed: consistently good, not as quick as the E-PL2 but a little faster and more consistent than most other compacts

Image quality: Great, comparable to other high-end compacts

olympus xz-1 review, image quality test

olympus xz-1 image quality test

This outdoor photo from the Olympus XZ-1 is a 100% crop of the above photo. F4, 1/500th, ISO 100, zoomed in to 35mm. Detail looks great!

 

Internal flash: Good, even coverage that lights an entire room without a problem.

Olympus XZ-1 Video performance: The Olympus XZ-1 does 720/30p Motion JPEG AVI video. Clip lengths are limited to 7 minutes. This camera has a nice one-touch video button, which means you don't have to change modes to do video. Also, it auto-focuses in video mode, unlike many other compacts. The auto-focus is slow, but it does work. Large exposure changes are dealt with quickly. Zooming is slow, like in other compacts. Overall, a thumbs up!

Macro & Supermacro functionality: Fair in macro mode. In supermacro mode, the camera can focus right on the lens port. However, the camera is stuck at 28mm focal length, which limits the effectiveness of supermacro due to the tiny working distance. Also, the flash will not fire in supermacro mode. In macro mode, the camera will take a photo 4.25 inches wide at 28mm, 3.75 inches wide at 112mm. In supemacro mode, because of the short working distance, taking a photo less than 1.5 inches wide is quite difficult. At these distances, you will also lose 1-2 stops of light.

olympus xz-1 review supermacro

Shooting supermacro at an angle. Here I am too close to the subject.

 

High ISO performance: photos are great up to ISO 400, good at ISO 800, and quite useable at ISO 1600. At 100% crop, you can notice loss of detail at ISO 800 due to the built-in noise reduction. At ISO 1600, you can notice the loss of detail when viewing the photo full screen. ISO 3200 shows significant noise. This performance is comparable to other higher-end compact cameras. However, the ultra-fast F1.8/F2.5 lens means that a lower ISO is needed than other compact cameras.

olympus xz-1 review, test photo at ISO 100

XZ-1 photo, hair of one of Raphael Sanzio's angels. ISO 100, 100% crop

olympus xz-1 review, test photo at ISO 400

XZ-1 photo,ISO 400

olympus xz-1 review, test photo at ISO 800

XZ-1 photo,ISO 800

olympus xz-1 review, test photo at ISO 1600

XZ-1 photo,ISO 1600

olympus xz-1 review, test photo at ISO 3200

XZ-1 photo,ISO 3200

 

Overall comments: The Olympus XZ-1 has all the features you would expect in a high-end compact - scene modes, art modes, high-speed USB interface, RAW file format, AF illuminator light, full manual controls. The one-touch video capability, USB charging, auto-focus tracking mode and the 3-stop neutral-density filter are nice touches. The ND filter means that the shallower depth of field of F1.8 can be used in brighter light. An optional electronic viewfinder, microphone, or macro light can be added via an accessory port - basically any accessory the E-PL2 can take. It also has custom modes.

Cons to the Olympus XZ-1: Macro capability not great, unless you are using supermacro mode, which is stuck at 28mm & no internal flash. Use macro mode and a diopter to get around this.

The rear control wheel is a little clunky and takes some getting used to. In manual mode, the LCD is dark when the settings are underexposed, like when using an external strobe for underwater photography. I prefer an LCD to always be bright. 

Other very minor cons that don't bother me but I should mention- the camera has no dedicated ISO dial, no noise reduction settings, no ability to customize controls (although it does have custom modes), no highlights flashing in the image playback, no AEL/AFL button (you can press the shutter halfway and recompose), no grip, and no 24fps video (only 30fps).

Olympus XZ-1 versus Canon S95:  The image sensor, video capability, high ISO noise, and control dials are comparable. If you don't consider the supermacro mode, the macro on the XZ-1 is not as good as the macro on the S95. The F1.8-2.5 lens of the Olympus XZ-1 is much better, and the moveable focus points is nice. At 112mm, the XZ-1 is almost 2 stops brighter than the Canon S95. The fact that supermacro won't fire the flash means a strobe can't be fired via fiber optics, a drawback.

The XZ-1 consistently focused and took the shot slightly faster than the S95 in my low-light tests, at all ranges. But remember - it's still at compact speed, not "dSLR" instant. The internal flash of the XZ-1 has wider, more consistent coverage than the S95 internal flash. For live view, I prefered the LCD screen of the S95, I thought it showed better color and more detail. The Canon S95 does not have a hot shoe for external flashes. The XZ-1 is bigger and more expensive. The mode dial is much easier to turn on the XZ-1, and the video on the XZ-1 autofocuses (it does not on the S95), and responds to exposure changes more quickly.

Looking carefully at DPReview's image tests, the XZ-1 to me looks slightly sharper than the S95, with a little bit more detail, but a little noisier at higher ISO's.

Compared to the Olympus E-Pl2: The XZ-1 clearly has a better lens (than the 14-42mm kit lens), allowing you to use faster shutter speeds and having a longer zoom range. The E-PL2 has much better high-ISO performance, and a much larger sensor, which will correspond to less noise and greater dynamic range. You can change the lenses of the E-PL2, which can be a benefit (more lenses), or a drawback (more money).

I think the macro capability of the E-PL2 lens is a little better, being able to take a photo 2.8 inches wide at 42mm (84mm equivalent), with use of the internal flash. In my "focus shootoff" tests, the E-PL2 focused slightly faster than than the XZ-1 all the time, although the XZ-1 was never too far behind. The XZ-1 LCD seems to be sharper with more color and contrast.

Other competitors: Panasonic LX5, Samsung EX1.

 

Implications for underwater photography with the XZ-1:

This camera is sure to be popular in underwater photography, with a sharp, fast-focusing lens, full manual controls, raw, the ability to slightly blur the background, and an excellent image quality. TTL in full manual mode is supported, unlike the Canon S95 or G12.

Cons include poor macro performance in normal macro mode, a supermacro mode that does not support zooming or use of the internal flash, and an LCD screen that is a little dark when the manual settings underexposure the image. Keep in mind that for supermacro mode, you can't fire strobes via a fiber optic cable. However, I don't consider this a huge issue, because you can simply shoot in regular macro mode, and use a 67mm threaded diopter on the housing, which will allow for closer focusing and more magnification. Also - on the plus side, the Olympus underwater housing will support the control dials.

Wet Lens support: 

For good macro, this camera will benefit from one or two strong diopters, such as the Dyron 67mm dual-element diopter. 

The fact that this camera has a similar zoom range to the Canon S95 implies there is very good chance wide-angle lenses, such as ones made by Dyron and Inon, will be supported, depending on how the housing is built. The lens travel distance on the camera is fairly short. The PT-050 underwater housing does have a 67mm threaded port for wet lenses. I've been told the housing supports both control wheels, but I haven't yet got my hands on the housing.

If the underwater housings do not support a fisheye lens, then the Canon S95 + Recsea housing will most likely still hold the edge for preferred underwater compact camera setup.

XZ-1 Underwater modes

The XZ-1 has 2 underwater scene modes, and one underwater white-balance mode. These modes appear to have no effect on settings or white balance, so I'm not sure what they do. I'll do some further testing though.

 

A close look at the Olympus PT-050 underwater housing

 

 

Where to purchase the Olympus XZ-1 & PT-050 housing:

The camera can be purchased for just $439 from our sister site Bluewater Photo & Video, with free shipping. They also carry the housing, macro and wide-angle wet lenses.

Check out the Ikelite underwater housing for the XZ-1

 

Further Reading

Review: Olympus EPM-1 Underwater

 

 


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DX 2G Conclusions

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Conclusions about the sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

 

Front iew of the DX-2G

Front view of the DX-2G

 

 

With all of the great advanced point and shoot cameras and underwater housings available on the market now it is hard to say that any one system or combination of camera and housing is right or better for everyone. All that I can say about the Sea & Sea DX-2G is that I have been very happy with the results and functionality of the system and would have no problem recommending it or suggesting it is heavily considered by anyone in the market for getting into underwater photography, upgrading a beginner system or looking for a smaller, lighter alternative to a DSLR system.

 

Key points:

  • Great wide-angle capability with the FIX UWL-04 fisheye lens
  • Great macro ability without a wet lens, compared to other compacts. Optional wet lens makes it even better
  • RAW, full manual controls
  • Ricoh Gx200 is a great camera with RAW, full manual controls, and a wide 24mm lens. Only negative is noise - don't try bumping up the ISO on this camera.

Comparison to Canon S90, G11 - by Scott Gietler

Although the Canon S90 and G11 have a reputation as the best compact choices out there, Shawn's photos with the FIX wide-angle fisheye lens clearly shows this camera can produce great photos. In addition, it's macro capability out of the box is much better than the Canon cameras with respect to close-focus. 

 

 

Sea & Sea DX 2G main review page

Main characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

Some technical features on the sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

DX-2G Wide Angle & Macro capability

Sea & Sea DX 2G underwater photos

 

Best place to purchase the Sea & Sea DX-2G

You can get purchase ths camera from our sister company, Bluewater Photo. The staff at Bluewater know this camera and its accessories inside out!

 

 

Underwater photos

Sea & Sea DX-2G underwater photos

Part of the Sea & Sea DX 2G review

All photos copyright Shawn Rener, all rights reserved.

 

Great quality images with the DX-2G

Great quality images with the DX-2G

 

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater photos

Arrow Crab from Cozumel

 

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater photos

Barrel sponge in Cozumel, using the fisheye lens

 

 

Great backlit shot with the DX-2G

A versatile lightweight camera capable of great shots

 

 

A close shot with the DX-2G by Sea&Sea

A colorfish fish underwater photo by the Sea & Sea DX-2G

 

 

A closeup with the DX-2G

A closeup wide-angle shot well taken with the DX-2G

 

Sea & Sea DX-2G review intro

Main characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

Some technical features on the sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

DX-2G Wide Angle & Macro capability

 

 

 

DX-2G Macro capability

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

DX-2G Macro capability

 

The Sea & Sea DX 2G has the ability to focus a 1cm (1/2”) to capture small subjects making this a great camera for macro and super macro photography, with the optional Sea & Sea 125 coated glass multi element close up lens you have the ability to capture the really small opportunities at almost a 2:1 magnification or to really focus in close on a subject to isolate it from a background. The 125 close up lens requires a ring adapter that cost extra to mount to the front of the DX 2G housing.

The focus distance is so small that you may need to back off of your subject and use the cameras zoom to give your self enough distance to position your strobes to light your subject. If using the cameras onboard flash Sea & Sea makes a macro diffuser that attaches to the front of the camera but you still need to allow enough space for lighting or you will get a shadow form the barrel of the lens.

 

Topside Photography

The actual camera that is used in the Sea & Sea DX 2G system is manufactured a Ricoh (GX 200). This is a fantastic and fun camera for topside photography when you find that you can’t be in the water. Ricoh has available add on lenses, a 19mm ultra wide conversion lens DW-6 and a 135mm telephoto conversion lens TC-1, you will need the HA-2 adapter to use either of these options.
 

DX 2G review intro

Who would buy this camera?

Main characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

Some technical features on the sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

DX-2G Wide Angle capability

 

Sea & Sea DX-2G Macro & Wide Angle options

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Macro & Wide-Angle capability

 

The Sea & Sea DX 2G has a wider lens (24mm) than most other advanced compact cameras on the market and with the available Sea & Sea bayonet mount wide angle (19mm) conversion wet lens you have the ability to get very capture larger subjects at closer distance allowing for better color and detail and scenic reef and wreck photographs. If wide angle is important to you the DX 2G gives you fantastic wide angle capability, other comparable camera systems can only offer 24mm even with the addition of accessory lenses.

 

Wide Angle Third Party Options

The best option that I have found so far to increase the wide angle ability (the camera lens WA is 24mm) for the DX 2G to a super wide 16mm is the addition of the FIX UWL-04 Fisheye lens. The only way to use other manufacture's lenses is to make an adapter because the DX 2G housing have a priority bayonet system designed to fit their products. When using the FIX UWL-04 I had to bump the cameras zoom 1x to get rid of the dark corners (vignetting) though but the results are still make a major difference over the Sea & Sea 19mm wide angle wet lens.

By using the adapter ring for the Sea & Sea 125 close-up lens with a 62mm-52mm step-down ring I was able to create lens custom adapter that allowed a Sea & Sea bayonet mount to be added to the FIX UWL-04 Fisheye wet lens. Because of the bayonet mount the lens is easily removed or added underwater as needed. A Sea & Sea lens caddy attached to the systems tray or arms keeps lens safe and out of the way when not attached to the housing.
 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G with Fisheye lens attached

 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G with no wet lens attached

 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G with Sea & Sea wide-angle lens attached

 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G with Fisheye lens attached - best option!

 

Sea & Sea DX-2G Macro capability

 

The Sea & Sea DX 2G has the ability to focus a 1cm (1/2”) to capture small subjects making this a great camera for macro and super macro photography, with the optional Sea & Sea 125 coated glass multi element close up lens you have the ability to capture the really small opportunities at almost a 2:1 magnification or to really focus in close on a subject to isolate it from a background. The 125 close up lens requires a ring adapter that cost extra to mount to the front of the DX 2G housing.

The focus distance is so small that you may need to back off of your subject and use the cameras zoom to give your self enough distance to position your strobes to light your subject. If using the cameras onboard flash Sea & Sea makes a macro diffuser that attaches to the front of the camera but you still need to allow enough space for lighting or you will get a shadow form the barrel of the lens.

 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G at closest focus distance, zoomed out

 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G macro, closest focus, zoomed in 2x

 

sea sea dx-2g underwater camera with fisheye lens

Sea & Sea DX-2G macro test, closest focus, zoomed in 4x. These tests results are great, much better close-focus capability when zoomed in than the Canon compacts - good when you need extra working distance.

 

Topside Photography

The actual camera that is used in the Sea & Sea DX 2G system is manufactured a Ricoh (GX 200). This is a fantastic and fun camera for topside photography when you find that you can’t be in the water. Ricoh has available add on lenses, a 19mm ultra wide conversion lens DW-6 and a 135mm telephoto conversion lens TC-1, you will need the HA-2 adapter to use either of these options.
 

DX 2G review intro

Main characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

Some technical features on the sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

 

 

Sea & Sea DX 2G Technical specs

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Some technical features

 

The Sea & Sea DX 2G shoots in RAW including 3:2 and 1:1 and RAW/JPEG bracketing and multiple JPEG modes, JPEG mode for those who want smaller files and have simpler post processing needs, RAW mode for those who want more control and prefer advanced options for post processing. The cameras RAW mode uses Adobe’s DNG standard format, which is nice - it means you don't need to wait until your RAW editor supports the Ricoh standard.

 

A closeup pof the DX 2G

A powerful but light weight camera

 

The Sea & Sea DX 2G review screen offers highlight warning feature that will blink in the overexposed areas giving the photographer a warning so corrections can be made and a live histogram display to help advanced photographers determine their correct exposure and make any adjustments. The histogram is simply a bar graph of the tones in the image and provides feedback to help you to make the exposure as bright as possible without loosing too much detail in the highlights.

 

Camera (Ricoh GX200)

 

  • 12.1 million effective pixels in a 1/1.7" primary color CCD
  • With the enlarge buffer you can capture 5 consecutive images with a 3 sec write time in RAW mode.
  • 1/2" close up photography possible without an accessory lens.
  • The Sea & Sea DX2G Underwater Digital Camera offers 24-72mm optical zoom
  • Sea & Sea white balance mode provides color correction when shooting available light
  • Built-in electronic level allows you to verify that the camera is level for landscape photography
  • Dual fiber-optic cable connector sockets
  • Comes with an LCD monitor hood to improve LCD
  • Shutter: 180-1/2000 sec
  • Aperture: F2.5 - F4.4
  • Exposure Modes: Auto shooting mode, Program shift mode, Aperture priority mode, Manual exposure mode
  • Zoom: 3x Optical Zoom Plus 4x Digital Zoom
  • Memory Card: SD and SDHC up to 16GB
  • Internal Memory: 54MB
  • Lithium-Ion rechargeable or 2x AAA Batteries
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.3 x 1"
  • Weight: 7.3 oz
  • DX-2G Housing
  • [Construction]Polycarbonate
  • [Depth rating]55m / 180ft
  • [Dimensions (WxHxD)]158x109x109mm / 6.3x4.4x4.4inch
  • [Weight]Approx. 530g / 18.6oz (excluding hand strap)
  • [Underwater weight]Approx. -110g / -3.9oz
     

DX 2G review intro

Main characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Photos

 

DX 2G Main characteristics

 Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Who Would Buy This Camera?

The Sea & Sea DX 2G is an advanced compact point & shoot housing and camera system that is best suited for the earnest beginner who wants easy to use preset options but has the ability to learn and expand to more manual control. It is also good for the advanced user needing full creative control with easy to access manual controls.

 

Some details on the DX-2G

A close-up of the DX-2G, with a fisheye lens attached

 

So tell us about the camera inside the housing!

When you buy the Sea & Sea DX-2G, you are purchasing an underwater housing and a point and shoot camera together.

Ricoh GX200 inside

The DX-2G is actually a rebranded Ricoh GX200. The Ricoh GX200, which is quite a compact camera, features a 12.1mp high resolution sensor, a sharp F 2.5-F4.4 24mm-72mm lens with a 3X optical zoom, a 2.7” bright high resolution LCD screen, with 460,000 pixels. The sensor size is the same as the sensor in a Canon S90 or G11.

The camera offers a very little shutter lag, full manual control as well as program exposure modes. You have complete control of balancing the available light to strobe light, which is important in an underwater camera.

The GX200 replaces the Ricoh GX100, which was the Sea & Sea DX-1G underwater camera. The biggest change in the GX200 is a fast improvement in the raw write speed, and the LCD screen is also larger.

 

Main characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

 

The Sea & Sea DX 2G housing is well made and laid out giving you easy access to all controls, it is rated to 180 feet and features a bayonet mounting system, two built in fiber optic mounts. The shutter is accessed by button/dial on the back top right side of the housing, if pressed this button give you access to 4 user pre-set settings (AF, AF/MF, WB, Exp Comp, Flash Comp, ect) including the ability to move the focus area to anywhere inside the frame.

 

Some Technical Details on the DX-2G

DX-2G 24-72mm optical zoom

 

The aperture is accessed by a button/dial on the front right side of the housing directly below the shutter release lever. There is a third button on the left top side the can be pre assigned for another function if wanted. I have this set for manual focus for use with macro. There is an accessory shoe located on the top of the housing that can be used for attaching a single strobe or focus light that is helpful for low light and macro focusing situations.

 

DX 2G review intro

 

 

Who would buy this camera

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Who Would Buy This Camera?

The Sea & Sea DX 2G is an advanced compact point & shoot housing and camera system that is best suited for the earnest beginner wanting easy to use preset options but having the ability to learn and expand to more manual control to the advanced user needing full creative control with easy to access manual settings.

 

Some details on the DX-2G

A close-up of the DX-2G

 

The camera features a 12.1mp high resolution sensor, a sharp F 2.5-F4.4 24mm-72mm lens with a 3X optical zoom, a 2.7” bright high resolution LCD screen. The camera offers a very little shutter lag, full manual control as well as program exposure modes you have complete control of balancing the available light to strobe light.

 

DX 2G review intro

 

Sea & Sea DX-2G Camera Review

Shawn Rener

Sea & Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera and Housing Set, a great choice for beginner underwater photographers

Sea & Sea DX-2G review by Shawn Rener

 
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DX-2G Sea&Sea Camera

DX-2G Sea&Sea Camera

 

 

 DX-2G Sea&Sea Camera, rear view

Dx-2G Sea&Sea Camera, rear view

 

 

Intro & characteristics of the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

  • Who would buy this camera
  • What do buyers get when they purchase this camera

 

Some technical features on the sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

  • Technical Information
  • Type of files this camera supports

 

DX-2G Wide Angle & Macro capability

  •  Wide Angle wet lens options, test photos with different wet lenses
  • Macro magnification at different zoom levels

 

Sea & Sea DX 2G underwater photos

  • Some great images to show what this camera is capable of doing

 

Conclusions about the Sea & Sea DX 2G Underwater Camera

 

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Olympus E-PL1 Review

Scott Gietler

Olympus E-PL1 Review

An in-depth look at the new Olympus PEN E-PL1 micro-four thirds camera, for land and underwater photography

Olympus E-PL1 review by Scott Gietler

 
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Olympus E-PL1 First impressions

  • What's it like to use the PEN E-PL1 for the first time?

Why are people buying the E-PL1?

  • I surveyed some Oly E-PL1 owners to find out what they liked about the camera

Olympus E-PL1 Specifications

Olympus E-PL1 Pros and Cons, comparisons to compacts and dSLRs

  • A look at pros, cons, features auto-focus speeds and sensor sizes

Olympus E-PL1 Image tests

  • See images tests of high ISO, macro, diffraction and more

Conclusions for the Olympus E-PL1 for Land & Underwater photography

  • Is the Olympus E-PL1 camera the right choice for you? Is it good for land and underwater photography?

Olympus E-PL1 underwater photos

 Discuss this review

Olympus's E-PL1 marketing page

Intro to Mirrorless Cameras

 

To Purchase:

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