We took the plunge. The first real step toward the beginning of our round-the-world trip. We bought a digital camera and accessories.
But it isn’t just any digital camera. This Olympus PEN E-PL2 has built-in effects, takes HD video, has 12.3-megapixel resolution and is EVIL, but in a good way. EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens, which means that it trumps DSLRs by being smaller, lighter and possessing the same features. This versatile camera has a hot shoe for attaching an external flash or microphone; allows the owner to swap out lenses (e.g.: wide angle to fisheye to telephoto); contains a large sensor—bigger than in a point-and-shoot camera but the same size as a DSLR—which delivers high-quality images even in low-light situations; and, back to the beauty of it being smaller, it’s less flashy and doesn’t necessarily scream, “Hey, look at this tourist taking pictures!” in the same way a DSLR does. The features that go beyond that of a point-and-shoot are important to us for a side project we’re working on, so they may not be useful to everyone. If you’re in the market for a new camera, first think about how you will use the device before making the final purchase.
Amazon was running the best discounts (as opposed to a couple local camera stores), and we bought all the necessary accoutrements through Amazon too: camera case, extra battery, flash memory card, additional lens cap and a lens adapter (to connect to the Nikon lenses I already own). Total spent: $709, which included two-day shipping so we could use the camera on a trip this weekend.