What a disappointment. There is no point beating around the bush on this one. Overpriced and underspecced. Let’s review:
- The screen is tiny. Imagine the smallest DSLR viewfinder you have ever used. Now reduce that.
- Resolution is too low to check for focusing.
- Major tunnel vision.
- Colours seem less accurate than the LCD.
- Awkward button positioning for switching from LVF to LCD.
- Takes up the hotshoe.
- Tiltable. A really, really great feature. Useful for photographing from lower angles.
- Has diopter adjustment.
- Impervious to sunlight.
- It’s a viewfinder.
Uff. A sad day indeed. The first thing that strikes you is just how small the screen is. Then, how far away the screen is (strong tunnel effect). I feel like I’m watching a movie in a Smurf cinema. If you are a glasses wearer, like I am, then it is especially awkward to use since you have to press your eye up quite close to the VF to be able to see the whole frame. The resolution is too low to do any sort of precise focus work. The colours seem a bit off, slightly bluish with a narrower gamut. Switching from LVF to LCD is a pain because the button for switching is up against the side of the VF and a bit hard to push. I think there is a bit of flickering, though I’m not sure because of the eyestrain I’m getting from looking through the damn thing.
There are positives though. I really like how it can be tilted. In bright sunlight, it may be more comfortable to use than the LCD. That’s about it I guess.
Smurf cinema. The end.
[all photos with Olympus E-P1 / 21mm f2.8]