Landscape photographer Steve Gosling tells us why he thinks you should ditch your DSLR for a lighter CSC

1. Small and light, but solidly built

1. Chassis

They may be smaller and lighter than a DSLR, but the OM-Ds feel like they’re robust enough to withstand professional use.

2. Bodies and lenses that are weathersealed

2. Splashproof

This is essential for outdoor photography in the UK – I believe that if I haven’t got wet then I probably haven’t got a good shot! I’ve used both my EM-1s and EM-5 IIs in some appalling conditions and they’ve worked without missing a heartbeat.

3. 5-axis image stabilisation

3. 5 Axis IS

I use a tripod for most of my photography, but when I do need to handhold the camera then I know the image stabilisation system is going to help me get the best possible image quality as shutter speeds start to lengthen.

4. Live bulb/live time feature

4. Live Bulb

The live bulb or live time modes provide a real-time update on exposure progress and take all the uncertainty out of the long-exposure photography that I love to do. It’s a fantastic feature that works really well in the field.

5. Art filters

7. Art Filter Home of the Dark Lord

I love to use these as they’re a great stimulus for creativity. I really like using the black & white ‘dramatic tone’ filter, as it can give some atmospheric results with the right choice of subject matter.

6. Tilting screen

5. Tilting and Rotating Screen

The angled screen is a great option to have for street and low-level photography. I’m not getting any younger, and while getting down on my knees is still possible it’s getting back up again that’s becoming harder!

7. Built-in level

6. Built in Level

Off-kilter horizons are generally a no-no in landscape photography (unless as a deliberate aesthetic choice). And while you can correct in post-processing, the two-way level visible in the viewfinder really ensures there’s no excuse for wonky horizons in-camera.

See Amateur Photographer’s in depth feature, where Steve Gosling talks more on swapping your DSLR for a CSC

  • Nick Harman

    7 reasons to buy an Olympus seems to me. Should be labelled ‘sponsored post’

  • Lars L

    Ehh… Does this article in ANY WAY compare CSCs to DSLRs..?? It just lists a couple of features that this guy’s CSC seems to have (which can be found in some DSLRs as well!). But I do agree with the headline – a CSC is the way to go for many photographers (if they dare making the switch)!