They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if you don’t know how to use the camera?  This is exactly the situation that I found myself in after I purchased my first digital single-lens reflex camera (SLR).

After years of barely getting by with a point-and-shoot, I decided to make the switch to a digital SLR.  Although I knew that the transition wouldn’t be easy, I was using my camera in my writing career on a daily basis, and the images I was getting from my point-and-shoot weren’t cutting it.

I purchased a digital SLR and told myself that I would take the time to learn how to use the plethora of buttons and what seemed like endless features.  I took an Introduction to the Digital SLR Camera course and tried to carve out time to apply what I learned.  The problem? I didn’t have any time.  My work weeks range from 60-70 hours a week, and at the end of the day, messing around with a camera was the last thing I wanted to do.

After countless swear words, hundreds of blurry photos, and a handful of angry rants, I realized that a full digital SLR wasn’t for me. What I really wanted was to be able to get the effects and the quality of a digital SLR without having to spend absorbent amounts of time doing it.  For many people, discovering how to create the perfect photograph is precisely what they enjoy about photography, for me, it was what I dreaded.  I was spending more time setting up and editing photos than writing, and I knew it was time for me to make a change.

I started researching and realized that I wasn’t alone; the demand for a user-friendly camera with easily navigable features was there, but many people just don’t know where to start.

After about half a day of research,  I set my sights on the Olympus PEN E-PM2, a stylish and small micro-four thirds camera that is compatible with a range of Olympus lenses.  The camera offers digital SLR style photos with a simple interface, and is repeatedly recommended online as a happy medium between a point-and-shoot and a digital SLR.

Lucky for me, I was given the opportunity to test it out. Stay tuned for part two to see how the camera conundrum turned out.