I’M A WRITER, NOT a photographer. But I was tired of coming home from trips with disappointing pictures taken with my point-and-shoot camera. When I found out I was going to Belize for three months, I knew it was time to take action. I consulted a friend with a photography business and told him I wanted something lightweight, affordable, and easy to use that would provide me with clear photos.
His solution? The Olympus E-P1, a micro four thirds camera with an interchangeable lens system that is almost a hybrid between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot. I Googled it and was immediately impressed by how sleek it looks; this camera is sexy.
A new one with an interchangeable lens prices at about 800 bucks, but I found one used on Amazon with the lens for $350 and placed my order. External flashes, different lenses, and a viewfinder are all sold separately.