I'm looking to pick up a pocket-sized point and shoot to carry with me whenever I go out. Can anyone help point me into the right direction on this one? I'm really leaning towards the Olympus Stylus Epic, but I'd like some advice on the matter. I'd like something I can stash in my pocket and something that is weatherproof so I'm not left without a camera when the rain chases my SLR back into the bag. I'd like to keep it fairly inexpensive, around or under $150. Anyone out there have experience with this model? Can anyone offer advice as to other models that are comparable to this?
I don't think there's a better value in a water resistant point and shoot than the Epic. The lens if fast and sharp - and flare free unlike the zoom point and shoots I've used. The truly tiny size makes it so easy to keep a camera handy always. We have two of them.
I agree with BJ. The Epic is the deal. There are fancier models and more water resistant but price is much higher than what you are looking for. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
How would the Epic Zoom 80 work as a street photography camera? That would be my main use for it, along with replacing my SLR trackside when the rain lets loose. Anything thoughts on this model for street shots?
The Epic Zoom 80 should be fine for street photography. It has a 38-80mm lens which should cover all aspects (wide, normal, moderate tele). The only downside might be the amount of time the camera takes to activate from closed clamshell to ready to fire. It might take a few seconds to get ready.
One great advantage for street photography with this is that no one would expect you to be a street shooter. People would think 'just another tourist'! It would be great for stealth!
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Well guys, I picked up the Stylus Epic QD yesterday. I got the non-zoom model because it had a quicker access time, no need to let the lens extend, and because they had it in stock vs. having to wait for a zoom model to ship to me. I already burned through one roll (Kodak T-Max 100) and I'm about halfway through my second (Fuji Superia 100). Should have the photos back later this week to share with you all!
Nice choice. Ultimately this camera will end up costing me a lot of money. I have owned it for several years and I can't bear buying any lenses for my SLR that I think might not measure up. This eliminates a lot of lenses.
I was in Europe for the earlier part of this discussion, so I didn't get to put in my $.01, but the non-zoom version is definitely better than the zoom one, mainly due to the speed of the lens. Altogether, I have found the Epic non-zoom to be an excellent camera--waterproof, spot meter, focus-lock, etc.
I'm going to be the dissenting voice here and recommend the Yashica T4 Super - no zoom, but it's splashproof and has fantastic Carl Zeiss glass. I love mine - it replaced my Olympus XA as a daily carrier (except for when I carry my Minox!).