Ultimate blogger's camera



A good few years back I spent some time learning how to take and print my own photographs (in black & white with a very basic dark room). It was fun but since everything was on film (yikes, what's this you might ask) we didn't get to take a zillion photos or super edit left right and centre before choosing THE ONE. Back then, filters did not look like this:


But like that!! And yes, the options were quite limited.


My first camera love was my dad's Canon AE1. Pretty much a standard look for an SLR in mid 80s which is when I started getting interested. Some of you might have not been born as yet. And the zoom lenses that went with it were super heavy. And no, auto focus was not available (say what!!!).


Since then I have gone from the above to the Nikon F50 in 1996. This was a standard 35mm film camera that weighted like a TON. Or 580g to be precise. And that's for the body only.


After that came a CANON EOS 450 as I entered the digital era. Another heavy weight there. Big, bulky, and didn't fit most of my bags.


I decided to downsize based on travelling abroad more. I went for a compact Panasonic Lumix and then a CASIO Exilim. Did not like them, although both were handy for vacations. They're both lying around in my drawers still.


Then came the PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-F28. Seriously mixed feelings about it. A very good optical zoom, lighter than a normal DSLR but did not take great photos. Or was it me?


In 2015 I was using primarily my IPHONE 6 as my main camera for blogging. Seriously! I would argue it is handier than any of the above and takes damn good photos AND I can download a number of photo apps for filters and texts. The alternative was a Canon EOS D60. The latter is terribly bulky again but takes brilliant photos. So why did I want to change my camera, again?


Well... It felt like I had done a full circle (after all I have tried all types of cameras) and I needed to go back to where it all started. I needed something that looked chic, took great photos, was compact yet a DSLR and came highly recommended by bloggers and photographers alike.

I cannot think of a camera that ticks more boxes than the Olympus OMD EM10.


The Olympus OMD EM10 - Photo: Seasons in Colour


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TAKEN ON THE OMD-EM10


RETRO LOOK

 

A number of bloggers, myself included, are fashion/trends conscious. We will put form over function so the OMD EM-10's retro look is a big seller, just like it is for the Olympus PEN series.

I think I have been secretly craving a return to this look for some time. I always stop at the camera stalls every time I am around the Old Spitafields antiques market. I have already decided that I will combine the camera with a leather strap from The Future Kept, see here.


COMPACT YET POWERFUL

 

Ergonomically designed, this is a mirrorless camera. It weighs less than the DSLRs above but is so much more than a point and shoot. This camera feels solid.

It is a micro four thirds camera, which is a standard for Olympus and Panasonic and basically means a camera that offers "high-picture quality digital-dedicated design," but focuses on reducing overall system thickness and size by aiming for a highly portable compact system.

Here's a great picture to help you visualize the difference between mirrorless and standard "four thirds" cameras (and if you have an SLR, just remove the lens, you can see the mirror behind).


FUNCTIONALITIES

 

Having used this camera for over a year now, I totally get why it has so many raving reviews. To start with it's got the expected all-auto, speed priority, aperture priority functions as well as additional functions where you can easily choose the "scene"/art (filtering) or settings for portraits, landscapes or a combination of the two.

It can also make photo frames (where you combine two or more photos) but in reality you can do this once you have downloaded the photos on your camera phone (more of that later).