Just before the spontaneous trip down to Malacca on Sunday evening, I have spent the entire day from early morning till late afternoon meeting and catching up with Frederick, who came all the way out from Malacca to KL for a short holiday. His main purpose of visiting KL this time was to grab a brand new camera, and after tiresome hunt and much thoughts, he decided to settle down with an Olympus SP-570.
OLY OLY OLY
This camera bears significant meaning to me, since it was sitting at the top of my list when I was choosing a new camera almost half a year earlier. For a non-DSLR camera, this particular Oly has some irresistibly compelling reasons placing it above all other cameras, even comparable to entry level dslrs. Starting price being comfortably way below any DSLR, and packing in a lot of features such as wide angle, super zoom ED lens (FREAKING 20 TIMES ZOOM FTW), hotshoe with wireless flash capabilities, full manual control and impressive shooting performance just made this camera somewhat hard to be shoved aside.
The main selling point of the camera would be the lens itself, it is wider and longer than both my current standard and tele lens combined. 26mm – 520mm (in 35mm Equiv), this is as much coverage as you could get. They even threw in Optical Image Stabilization in compensation for the difficult long zoom shots.
I guess there are times I have wondered, what if I have decided to get SP-570 instead of the DSLR? It is an interesting possibility to explore, and certainly, due to its compactness, I would be able to bring it everywhere I go to, thus more spontaneous pictures can be taken, anywhere, anytime. So much for the road not taken. I believe I would have been happy with Sp-570 too, without having to think about the possibilities of upgrading my lenses and all.
After all, it is an Oly too.