Kirk Tuck says OM-D is shot across the bow

Started May 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Forgiving the hyperbole, he has a point
In reply to Tim in upstate NY, May 12, 2012

although I would personally liken the EM5 to a Lotus Elise. It's a little hotrod whose size belies its capabilities.

It's not so much the EM5 itself as it is technology creeping up on the larger sensors over the last few years. They're still better, but the performance difference has become academic.

But, the size difference remains a constant, and always will be.

What the EM5 has done is wrap these advancements in an enthusiast grade body: metal construction, weatherproofing, battery grip, classic lines. It looks like a serious camera, whereas previous M43 bodies looked like mini rangefinders or hybrids on steroids.

By coincidence, or perhaps not, the EM5 came out right at the same time as C/N released two long awaited high end FF bodies, that, under typical shooting circumstances, aren't really that much better than their predecessors. The specs look better, but in the real world, it's not that dramatic a difference.

So it's an interesting juxtaposition: the traditional 'bigger is better', vs the sleek little jewel who approaches them under most shooting circumstances, at less than 1/3 the price: $1k vs $3500, and substantially lower size and bulk.

Sort of like comparing 35mm to 135 and MF, sixty years ago.

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