Olympus Pen E-PL1 Art Filters

No camera these days hits the shop shelves without packing some gimmicky extra features. Otherwise known as pointless crap that looks good on the television ad, but has no practical use when you’re actually out and about shooting. So I had a little skepticism when I read about the Art Filters built into the Olympus Pens, although I had actually read good things about them.

But I had to try them out. And they are pretty good! It has to be said, certain filters suit certain subjects and types of shot, and my samples haven’t been taken with that i mind. I’ve just been pointing my camera at anything that moves and everything that doesn’t. But still, what I have produced gives you a good idea of what they can do.

The camera can also use these filters in movie mode which is cool, although I had mixed results. Diorama (tilt shift) worked well with stills and video. Grainy too. The sepia is a bit strong for my taste. Pinhole is one of my favourite still photo options, although something went a little wrong when shooting the video methinks. I’ll have to try again and see if it’s me or the camera.

Soft Focus and Pop Art are definitely modes that will suit some subjects wonderfully, but look ghastly on other occasions. My efforts so far fit into the latter category I’m afraid. Click here to see the whole set of photos and videos on Flickr.


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