I need to pick up a P&S for my wife to use on a 3 week European trip, and notice lots of good reports last year on this forum concerning the Olympus Stylus Epic, especially the 35mm f/2.8. Is this still a good pick, or has some other camera in the $100-150 range superseded it?
The Epic can be purchased alone or in a kit (about $10 extra). Is the kit worth it?
Also, my wife likes the gold colored model, but it seems to come only with the date imprinting feature, in which she has no interest. Is that function always on, or can it be turned off so the pix are without the intrusive dates? Is the black finish more durable than the gold?
I'm not aware of anything *new* in that price range that's better.
If you're talking about the kit that contains the case and the remote, whether it's worth it depends on whether you'll use the case and the remote. I use both all the time, so the kit is great for me.
The date feature can be turned off. The gold (DLX) model also comes with a panoramic feature, which masks off the top and bottom of the frame. It's just as useless as the date feature. Save your money, unless the champagne gold color is worth spending money to you.
I got a gold one so it would be easy to tell from the black one we already had. The imprinting can be turned off. There are two gold models, one with the QD back and one that also adds a panoramic mask built in that costs a little more.
For the money, there isn't a camera in its class. In fact, it's as good as cameras that go for several times as much.
Another thumb up for this Oly gem from me. It has tendency to pop the fill flash a lot which suits me and the metering is nice too especially the night flash mode.Best of all it's the value for money gong. Lose it or trash it in rain/beach and you can just buy another one without heart break.You might get more interesting shots because you have less inhibition about risking the camera.My friend's Contax T3 Zeiss Sonnar 35mmf2.8 lens is better expecially towards the edge wide open but who cares at 7 to 8 times the price of this Oly.
I think the epic is great too. However, I find that you have to be careful when focussing: you should always point the cross-hairs on the subject and depress the button halfway until the green light comes on. Then recompose and press the button all the way.
Great little camera. The kit comes with a case and strap which is very handy. By the time you buy the battery which isn't in the kit, you've almost erased the price difference. Why anyone wouldn't buy the kit is beyond me.
The date feature can be turned off. I wouldn't buy the gold model unless you want the date feature (which I personally can't stand, I don't like "stuff" printed on my pics).
I'd get the regular black model in the kit. Link to it from B&H: