An anti-EM1 Thread - Here's why

Started Sep 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: A camera's value is an individual decision
In reply to Sergey Borachev, Sep 18, 2013

Sergey Borachev wrote:

The reason for the E-M1 being bigger is because many of us complained about the small size of the E-M5. In addition, it has to be bigger to handle well with the 4/3 lenses.

For your information, the E-M1 has many more additional or improved features compared to the E-M5. Here are what I have found:

- Auto CA correction

- 1/8000 sec and 1/320 sec flash sync speed

- 3.5mm audio input

- improved IBIS (5 stops claimed)

- larger and better EVF

- better LCD

- better IQ (no AA filter and better processor)

- Focus Peaking

- Much better grip (like have the horizontal grip of the E-M5 built-in) and handling

- More buttons

- in-camera HDR

- Wi-Fi

- better AF tracking

- better construction (1 piece magnesium alloy)

- better weatherproofing (freezing)

- improved operation/buffering

- use of 4/3 lenses if you should need something special and still not in M43

- and a good sized built-in grip, and yes, for many of us, the bigger size is an important improvement.

It is true that it is not for everyone. Many would prefer a cheaper E-M7, but for those who need the higher specs and can afford it, there is a choice now. More choices are always better.

A great list showing many evolutionary improvements to the E-M5 (class leading EVF, improved screen, 1-step better IBIS, auto CA correction, focus peaking, 1/8000 sec shutter, Wi-Fi, more buttons to minimize menu diving, more room for same for less fumbling about), and a few potentially revolutionary new capabilities (AF tracking in an mFT camera, fast AF of some exceptional HG/SHG lenses).

Missed opportunities? GH3 caliber video implementation and an MSRP matching the D7100 ($1200) to allow them to go head-to-head in the market.  On price, my guess is Olympus targeted this body at E-5 users who would gladly spend $300 less than the E-5's intro price to finally, finally be able to use the 16MP Sony sensor without serious AF compromise.

I frankly can also see all of the E-M1 improvements showing up in the E-M5 successor, and the price of same holding at the current $850 to truly take on the D5200 (no weathersealing and poor OVF, offset by a better sensor and brand recognition/loyalty).  If Pentax can build a weathersealed K50 with the excellent K5 sensor and sell it for $600, or the K5II itself for $750, Olympus can certainly produce a weathersealed full-featured mFT body for $800 or so.

The issue for me is that Olympus did such a remarkable job with the E-M5.  As another poster said, the E-M5, along with the D800, was one of the few truly watershed cameras of recent years.  All of the above improvements are very much welcomed, but not enough to justify a move for me at this time, especially given the premium being charged.  Others will justifiably feel differently for their own personal needs/reasons, but I'll sit this round out and continue to enjoy my E-M5 as I watch what the next year holds.

Who knows, maybe by then we'll be seeing organic sensors with truly revolutionary capabilities... fodder for future conversations .

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