Let's be clear, the ONLY thing about E-M1 that matters is...

Started Aug 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jeff
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Re: Let's be clear, the best way to get hits on an OP
In reply to peevee1, Aug 29, 2013

peevee1 wrote:

Jeff wrote:

peevee1 wrote:

Olympus is doing so badly here in the States, they would really benefit from anybody it seems.

You have different opinion? Do you think somehow die hard 4/3 fans will be enough to sell many E-M1s when they were not enough to sell many E-5s or any other 4/3 cameras? Or somebody will choose just as slow and almost as big E-M1 over 6D/D7100/70D/k-30/NEX-6 and the rest of competition, if E-M1 is not significantly better in some respect? How? Why?

With due respect ... shouldn't we wait and see at least some actual specs before jumping 'just as slow' or 'almost as big' or 'not significantly better'?

A lot of specs are already pretty much known, and at least we can always take them as a base for speculation (including and first the insane $1500 price). Among the specs (and actually real performance, not just specs) which is not known I see the one which can determine whether or not the camera will be a success.

Does a system have to have a competitive advantage to survive? Of course.

Will the E-M1 display such a competitive advantage? We'll see. Oly did pretty well with the E-M5.

Sure, $1000 camera preorders on which started more than 18 months ago in a market without $600 NEX-6, $470 k-30, $800 X-E1 etc, with the closest competitor being $1400 NEX-7 lacking weather-sealing or fast AF or stabilization and with only 50/1.8 and $1100 24/1.8 being decent. Now is not then and the market is very different.

Must that competitive advantage by measure in fps? Depends on your needs.

What else is left at this price point, which competitors, say, 6D, or even $470 k-30, does not do better? Not just better, but $1000 better over that same k-30, not forgetting the disadvantages too? Surely not 1/8000 vs 1/6000 or WiFi.
It is not a rhetorical question - what else? And don't start about 4/3 lenses again, all competitors have lenses, some systems are bigger than m43 and 4/3.

OK, take the first camera on your list, the 6D.

The 6D kit with a 24-105/4 lens is priced $2,600 at B&H whereas the rumor site has the E-M1 w/12-40/2.8 kit at $2,200. (Btw, the 6D is no 9fps monster). We don't have the specs on the Oly kit, but based on the Panasonic 14-35 and the E-M5, we should expect the Oly kit to weigh less than 800g while the 6D kit weighs in a 1437g. Right there you have a competitive advantage for Oly for those interested in lighter gear.

Maybe you don't care about lighter gear. Others do, me included. The fact is that different users have different preferences. If we all had identical preferences, then we might reach similar conclusions about the ideal system. But we don't (thankfully) -- we have different preferences and needs. That's why multiple systems can survive in a competitive market -- they succeed by finding a niche.

It's plain silly for you to be arguing about competitive advantage without actual specs, or accounting for differences in user preferences.

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