'So Olympus is trying again to lure this lucrative audience to its Micro Four Thirds camp, this time with the more consumer-friendly designed and priced E-PL1.
'And in the eyes of many consumers the E-PL1 will best its more expensive bigger brother due to the fact that, for the first time, Olympus has included a built-in, pop-up flash, activated by a thumb switch situated at the top left-hand edge of the camera back. '
'the E-PL1 feels sturdy and easy to tote around from bag to beach and back again.'
'Camera has a "retro" look and design, which is appealing.'
'The Olympus SP-590UZ's noise levels were average for the megazoom models we tested.'
'flimsy lens cap'
'While its continuous shooting rate of 1.2 frames per second sits close to the bottom of its class, frame rate is almost immaterial with an EVF camera since your real constraint for burst usability is the blackout interval of the viewfinder, which is almost universally bad.'