It's fast, it's compact, it's accurate! It's AFFORDABLE!? Yes.
So I decided to write a short review about my Olympus Stylus Epic because I’ve been using it so much lately. I’d consider this camera to be one of the most underrated cameras ever made. I don’t think many people are aware of it’s power. (pictured above is a photo I took of MY stylus epic)
They were produced from 1996 to 2003 which is usually too late for my liking since I believe the golden age of cameras was in the 70s before everything became plastic. However I’ll completely let that slide because this camera is loaded with features that no point and shoot camera can even compete with for this price. So let’s make a list of some of it’s features.
1. It’s compact: So tiny that it’s almost smaller than the LC-A and Olympus XA!
2. It’s fast: For a camera this small it’s sporting a 35mm f/2.8 lens. Also unlike many point and shoots when you press the button on this one it fires RIGHT AWAY. It’s lightning fast. Also besides long exposure this baby can shoot up to 1/1000 of a second!
3: It’s accurate: The autofocus is nearly spot on for 99% of my shots and I’ve shot in all sorts of crazy lighting situations from super dark to blazing sunlight. The meter on this baby is very good and it even has a feature to spot meter!
4: It’s affordable: Yes there are other autofocus cameras that can compete with this…but this camera can easily be found for around $50 USD second hand. I’ve even met a couple people who scored one for $5 USD at a thrift store! Lucky mofos. (I personally paid $50 for mine)
5: It’s Weather Resistant: Despite relying on electronics to fire it is water and cold resistant! A couple splashes on the thing won’t harm it at all. Also the sliding mechanism is really great for protecting the lens when you wanna throw it in your bag and go.
6: The flash is actually usable: What I mean is that this flash I actually don’t mind using. Usually when using on camera flashes the subjects get blown out and it’s never pretty. But this camera even manages to expose flashed shots correctly. Pretty impressive!
7: It favors higher apertures: This makes is great for portraits. I like to shoot wide open as much as I can so having it favor f/2.8 is definitely a major plus!
8: It can use a remote: Yep, not only does it have the standard timer feature but you can also get a wireless remote to fire it off. I haven’t personally used that feature yet with it…but it’s pretty sweet that it has it.
9: It has massive film range: You can use film speed from 50-3200 ISO!
So with all this praise you’re probably asking yourself…well what can’t it do?!
Well since it’s fully automatic you can’t change the ISO or exposure settings. It’s DX coded so the camera reads the film canister and decides everything for you. But that’s to be expected in a point and shoot camera anyway.
So really….there’s not much it can’t do. haha
Below are some photos I’ve taken with this camera :]
Also I have the Stylus Epic Zoom 80 DLX (which is the similar to this except the lens is f/3.5 and zooms from 38-80mm) It’s not as good but the lens is just as sharp. I picked it up for $3 so I can’t really complain. But since I got the one I wrote this article about I haven’t used it. :P Still I’ll show some examples of this version below:
Anywho, I hope you dig this review! If you find one of these babies at a thrift store..BUY IT!