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  • 商品尺寸 ‏ : ‎ 4.32 x 5.59 x 5.59 cm; 145.15 克
  • 制造商 ‏ : ‎ Olympus
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00ZYATKCA
  • 型号 / 款式 ‏ : ‎ V208010BU000
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5.0 颗星,最多 5 颗星 A Review for Smartphone Users
2015年7月26日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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Chipp Walters
5.0 颗星,最多 5 颗星 A Review for Smartphone Users
评论于 2015年7月26日 在美国 🇺🇸 发布
Review of the Olympus AIR A01

The short of it: So far so good. Nice camera but very rough first time customer experience. I searched far and wide on the Internet for information on how to operate this, and found very little. So, after hours of trial and error, I think I finally got things figured out. And that's why I write this review-- so others don't have to go through the miserable customer journey I've had.

First thing. I am NOT a photography expert. I know only a very little about photography, some things like what an F-stop is, but not much more. This review is NOT specifically for photography experts, but rather for those who enjoy using their smartphone camera and want to move up to a more professional quality solution.

I should also mention I use an iPhone 6 plus, so this review will be from the viewpoint an iPhone user using the AIR iPhone app and iOS.

I do own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5. It's what they call "mirrorless" which means it's an all electronic shutter, not mechanical. It's considered a high quality camera, uses interchangeable lenses and takes excellent shots; it's just not a traditional SLR. As such, it's smaller and uses "Micro Four Thirds" lenses. These lenses are very high quality, and in fact can be as expensive as their larger SLR counterparts. I purchased my Lumix camera along with an Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens for close ups of my saltwater aquarium. It's also a great portrait lens.

I thought I might spend some time outside with the Lumix but learned I'm just not the guy to haul around a camera bag everywhere I go. So, when I saw the Olympus AIR reviews, mostly good ones by professional photographers, I thought it might just fit my more casual photography style; plus I could use it with the other 2 lenses I had for the Lumix. So, I pre-ordered it and received it a day ago.

The "first time customer experience" is not a particularly good one-- especially if you're not a seasoned photographer. First off, it doesn't come with a micro SD card, and it won't work without one. So, after unpacking, I had to run down to Best Buy and pick one up. So, don't forget to buy one if/when you decide to purchase it.

Next, there's really very little documentation on how it works. Practically NONE. As mentioned, I have an iPhone 6 plus and the first thing I had to do was download their OA.Central App. It did a pretty good job of walking me through the very first steps, but there are a couple of real problems getting started. It's pretty easy to remove the AIR coupling via the instructions, but removing the AIR rear cover (underneath the coupling) was an interesting challenge. There are no indications or instructions on how to do this. You need to find a tiny slot on the outside rim of the cover, and put your fingernail in it, then carefully pry up. Once up, gently slide your fingernail around and under the cover until it 'pops' off. It's a delicate piece and appears it could easily break, so be careful. Took me some time to figure it out.

Putting in the micro SD card wasn't too hard, but there's not a 'click' or anything like regular sized cards. Next, I replaced the back cover then tried to figure out how best to put the AIR coupling (which holds the iPhone) back on-- which can be a real challenge. It turns out it can go on 90 degrees WRONG, which has the display confused so landscape is displayed in the portrait configuration and vice-versa. It's important the TOP LATCH of the coupling (with the oversized latch) align with the shutter button on top of the camera itself. There's also a little dot on the BOTTOM of the camera which lines up with one on the BOTTOM of the coupling which can help you to align things. Once done, you'll need to flip open the coupling and flip the LARGE or SMALL switch to your phone size. You may need to use LARGE for smaller phones if you plan on using your iPhone with it's protective case intact.

The wizard takes you through connecting the camera with your iPhone using BOTH Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Couple things to note. They ask you to create a 6 digit Bluetooth password. I mistakenly entered a 4 digit one, and it wouldn't connect and didn't tell me why. Eventually, after entering in 6 digits, it worked fine.

Within the camera is a little Wi-Fi server. The setup wizard asks you to point your iPhone camera (not the AIR camera) at the QR Code under the AIR rear cover to help install the AIR Wi-Fi network onto your iPhone. For this connection you don't get to create a password; I assume the QR code has the correct password. Once the AIR Wi-Fi network is setup, the wizard will try to CONNECT the iPhone to the AIR Wi-Fi network. IMPORTANT: if you're already connected to an existing Wi-Fi network, you'll need to disconnect and try to connect manually using the newly setup AIR Wi-Fi Network. It all sounds more difficult than it actually is-- and I was up and running quickly.

As far as I can tell, the AIR uses Bluetooth to communicate commands back and forth to the smartphone and vice-versa. Other features, including live previews, display and transfer of pictures are enabled only when connected to the AIR Wi-Fi. Along with AIR Wi-Fi, features such as txtMsgs and social media will use your phone cell connection to post data-- which can lead to large bandwidth uses if you're not careful. It would sure be nice to have some instructions or understanding of EXACTLY how this all works-- as this is all my best guess at this time.

When AIR is connected to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, your smartphone is no longer connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, only via your cell network. This is an important concept to be aware of as we shall see later when trying to use Amazon Cloud Drive.

Swapping lenses is pretty standard, and even neophytes should be able to figure it out. I purchased the camera with bundled 14-42mm EZ lens. The kit also came with something I thought must be some sort of mouting adapter: Olympus part LC-37C. Later, after using the camera, I decided to research the part as there was nothing in any of the documentation I could find about it. After some Internet research, I found it to actually be a special lens cover which opens and closes automatically for the 14-42mm lens, thus negating the necessity of the traditional lens cover. Cool! I figured it just snapped on like the lens cover which came with the 14-42. Nope. I couldn't seem to get it to fit. So, back to the Internet. Turns out it SCREWS on. I'm sure experienced photographers know all this, but I didn't. Again, another failing of the customer journey. One other *issue* with this automatic lens cover, is it doesn't close when you're doing things like viewing and transferring pictures, which sometimes takes several minutes-- all the time with the lens not covered.

Once the setup wizard was complete, you are placed into the main OA.Central App screen. It's basically broken into 4 app areas: Mode Dial, View Images, Camera Settings and Amazon Cloud Drive.

Pretty self-explanatory-- or so I thought.

MODE DIAL
The Mode Dial button launches the main camera interface including viewfinder and settings. I'll go into it a bit later, but suffice to say there is little if any documentation anywhere on the Internet on how this app and all of it's settings works.

VIEW IMAGES
View Images button takes you to the images screen and is at first fairly self-explanatory. You click it and if connected to the AIR Wi-Fi, you can peruse the images on the AIR micro SD card. From there you can copy the images to your smartphone, or send them via txtMsg or social network to friends, plus do a couple of other things. The only problem with this app is it places a funky icon on *some* of the images at the top right. It looks sorta like a rolling pin over a film strip. For the life of me I don't know what it is or why it was created. Only some images have it. Anyone with an idea, please let me know in comments.

In the View Images settings, there's a setting called IMPORT Resize which defaults to 3M (2048x1536). As I assume this is also what get's transferred via saving to smartphone, I've changed it to "No Resizing" so I can save full resolution images to my smartpone and Amazon Cloud Drive (more on *that* clustermess later).

Camera Settings are fairly self-explanatory. One setting you might want to change is the timeout period under General > Sleep. It typically defaults to 3 min which can be too short if you're inside a known Wi-Fi area. If you don't intereact with your camera within the timeout period, it goes to sleep and it's Wi-Fi network shuts down. Then your phone will auto-connect to a known network and if you try to use your AIR again, it's Wi-Fi network starts up but your phone won't auto-connect to it as it's already connected to a different network. So, you have to manually disconnect from the existing network and select the AIR network, which can be tedious.

AMAZON CLOUD DRIVE
Amazon Cloud Drive is different than what I thought it would be. Again, there is zero information or instructions on how it works with the AIR. So, this is what I've figured out from several tests.

First off, Amazon Cloud Drive is a web service Amazon has where you can store your images on their cloud servers for a small fee, or FREE if you're a Prime member, which I am. Logging in is straight-forward and easy. The real problem is *HOW TO GET THE PHOTOS FROM THE AIR TO THE CLOUD?*

This took me awhile to figure out. Basically, the only time one can view the images on the AIR micro SD card is when it is *connected* to the smartphone via Wi-Fi. But, if the smartphone is connected to the AIR Wi-Fi, it is *NOT* connected to the Internet and therefore cannot communicate with the Amazon Cloud Drive. Olympus PR and marketing don't explain this and one is left to believe you can *just store your photos on Amazon Cloud* to save space on your smartphone. I could find no way for this to happen directly-- as in directly from the micro SD Card to Amazon Cloud.

Here's how it works: First you move all your photos from the AIR micro SD to your smartphone by manually tapping each and every photo (no "Select All"?) and then selecting menu item "Save to smart device." The app will then transfer all selected photos to an Album called "Olympus" on your iPhone. (Of course you can configure the main capture app to auto-save every picture to your iPhone when taken, but the save time is just too long for any sort of continuos picture taking workflow.)

Once all selected pics are transferred to your smartphone, you must then switch to an Internet enabled Wi-Fi Network and allow the images to auto-upload to the Cloud. There is one way around from having to switch Wi-Fi networks, and that is to go into the settings for Amazon Cloud Drive and choose: Auto-Save > On > CHOOSE NETWORK > Wi-Fi + Cellular (instead of Wi-Fi only). When this setting is enabled, it's no longer necessary to switch off the AIR Wi-Fi network as you'll transfer you images from your Olympus album to Amazon via your cell network. Unfortunately, this can be slow and expensive; you might want to be careful with this setting. Once all transferred to the Amazon Cloud Drive, you can then delete the photos from the micro SD and your Olympus iPhone album.

One setting to be careful of in the Amazon Cloud Drive app is the Resize setting. You'll probably want to transfer the images directly to the Cloud at the same resolution you originally shot them, so be sure and set Resize to "No Resizing."

So, basically, the process of archiving images to the Amazon Cloud Drive is 4 steps:

1. Shoot and save on micro SD Card
2. When ready, transfer images at full resolution to the iPhone "Olympus" Album using the VIEW IMAGES app.
3. Transfer from Olympus Album to Amazon Cloud Drive with Amazon Cloud Drive app.
4. Delete images from Olympus Album and micro SD Card.

MODE DIAL APP
The Mode Dial app is the app you use when you want complete control of the camera and picture taking experience. Unbenknownst to me, another suite of apps can be accessed by *swiping* the Mode Dial App button to the left. They are Art Filter, Color Creator, Photo Story, Clips and Genius. I'll not go into great detail on any of these. They're fun to play around in, but most users will stay with the Mode Dial app.

A quick primer on how things work in the Mode Dial app.
Icon buttons Top Left to Bottom Right

LEFT:
Settings (Gear icon)
I pretty much leave the settings at their default. As previously mentioned, the Save Destination should be left at "Olympus Air" and not "Olympus Air + Smart Device" in order to allow for a less interrupted workflow when taking pictures.

Options (Grid of 6 squares icon)
1. Drive Mode: switches between single image and multiple image shots
2. Face Priority: On/off
3. Picture Mode: Filters (not available in iAUTO mode)
4. AF Mode: S-AF (autofocus mode), MF (manual focus)
5. Metering: ESP, Ctr-Weighted, Single Point (not available in iAUTO mode)
6. Aspect: Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1

Zoom (Magnifier icon)
With the included Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens, you can control the optic zoom using a slider on the right of the screen, OR manually with the zoom ring on the lens.

Timer (Time icon)
Self-explanatory for setting auto timed shots

Disp. (No icon)
Toggles: Grid overlay, Mode settings overlay, and Both overlay

Home (Home icon)
Goes to Home screen

RIGHT
Mode button
Choose from: iAUTO, P A S M and Video
PASM is part of the Olympus camera controls nomenclature. From their website:

P = Program Mode
The P mode allows you to have more control of the camera. In P mode you can change your settings (including exposure) to what you like, but the camera will set Aperture and Shutter automatically for you.

A = Aperture Priority
The A mode allows you to set the aperture manually while the camera sets the shutter speed automatically. Changing the aperture value you can give your pictures different expressions – you can have separate subjects in the front and back of the picture both in focus, or you can narrow the area of the picture that is in focus so the main subject stands out against the background.

S = Shutter Priority
The S mode allows you to set the shutter speed manually while the camera sets the aperture value automatically. By changing the shutter speed you can “freeze” the subject's movement in the picture, or you can deliberately create a blur, giving a stronger sense of motion to the picture.

M = Manual Control
In Manual Mode (M), the user selects both the aperture and the shutter speed. When shooting the moon in the night sky or the multi-colored lights shining in a night scene there is a great difference in light level with the brightness of the surroundings. In manual mode you can shoot without the brightness of the surroundings affecting the exposure of the main subject.

RIGHT-MIDDLE
Shutter button. Tap to click. Of note, the camera reacts faster to the shutter button on the camera vs the one on the iPhone.

RIGHT-BOTTOM
Review images. You can scroll through images and delete without having to exit the Mode Dial app.

So, HOW DO I LIKE IT?
Actually, now that I have it somewhat figured out... I like it quite a lot. I purchased a small pouch which can hold the camera and lenses along with a small smartphone battery recharger which WORKS great at recharging the camera, too. One of the interesting features of this camera is you can continue to use it while it charges, which is good as there's no removable/replaceable battery packs.

I've enjoyed taking pictures and I really like the ability to transfer the images quickly to my iPhone and use them how I like there. Plus, the Amazon Cloud Drive is very nice for archiving even if it is a bit obtuse in how to get it to work correctly.

I *really* enjoy the ability to hold the camera up high or down low in my left hand while holding the iPhone in the right to frame and take the picture. I've seen online pictures of AIR photographers with their backs to a scene and able to take candid shots this way with no one the wiser. I believe this feature alone differentiates it significantly from either the build-in iPhone camera, a mirrorless camera or a SLR camera.

Also, being a programmer myself, and knowing of the open nature of this camera, I'm interested in seeing what sorts of apps will begin to show up in the future-- everything from security camera apps, to facial or image recognition to awesome drone/robots with superb recording capabilites.

So, even though the customer journey gets an 'F,' I still rate this camera high. I hope this review gets some folks past the poor initial learning curve and they can start to enjoy the camera.
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