Olympus E-M1 or …

Started Sep 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Chris R-UK
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Re: Canon 7D
In reply to Jorginho, Sep 13, 2013

Jorginho wrote:

I agree partially. First of all, even though the C_AF is now much much better it is on E5 level. They clearly note that it is okey, but not great. I think 7D is still better here.

Otoh: the dynamic range of these two cams is not similar. The E-M5 is already 2/3 of a stop better. That is usefull as I can compare to my GH2 and it is really realy better. Now GH2 and 7D are comparable. If E-M1 has a sensor that is not only capable of PDAF on chip, but also better in the IQ department the difference will likely grow.

I think you can already assess how the next generation compares in the IQ depaertment: it is rather similar. But we have to wonder: if that is the latest Panny chiop, are they again going the Sony route for their faux DSLR styled cam? Otherwise, on chip PDAF might be more than just one generation away. Also: I have seen that NX300 and Sony NEX6 PDAF is not nearly as good as E-M1 or Nikon1. So to me, it remains to be seen how well Panny will implement it.

The question for me is when to buy into a hybrid AF system.  I try to keep my bodies for at least 3 years before upgrading and, except for C-AF, the GH2 meets most of my current needs and I would prefer a better quality long M4/3 lens (perhaps a 300mm f4) for wildlife to a new body.

Like you, I suspect that really good on sensor PDAF may be more than one generation away.

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