Tap0: I am not sure why they chose 'Kashmir' as a name for a bag designed for women.
Tap0: No special reason needed. They just gave the backpack a name, like they do with all but the cheapest backpacks.
Edgar_in_Indy: If the replacement model includes high-quality 4K video in its list of improvements, I may finally be inclined to sell my APS-C gear and switch.
The GH4 is certainly a more competent camera for video overall, but Olympus have video image stabilisation which is so good, one reviewer called it "alien technology".
(not that it matters to me, I like shooting just stills...)
Apewithacamera: Darn it, I was just going to place my order. :-(
If you think it's a good camera, now will be a good time to get a deal on it, as retailers clear the last of their inventory.
It remains to be seen how strong the effect will be, however. This one has been such a success for Olympus, I could imagine the price staying normal until the end.
Getting a notification for every reply to one of my posts is very useful.
Getting a notification for every comment in a thread I've participated is worse than useless to me. Imagine posting something useful to a subthread, and then getting a notification for *every* single equivalence post in some worthless adjacent subthread.
So basically, good features. But please give them better customisation options - I just want to know when someone has replied to me - not to mention someone else probably wants the features to work the opposite way. =)
LensBeginner: Another proprietary file format...no need for that, thanks
"They are in it for business, please don't kid yourself that they are here to the public a favour." The big camera manufacturers are certainly in it for the money, too. Yet they use the JPEG standard format. If you think a proprietary format is needed to make lots of money, you are mistaken.
Gesture: Wonderful focal length. Why anyone would use 135mm equivalent for portraits is beyond me.
I can understand the sentiment, but I doubt making things as inconvenient as possible is the way to get there. Forcing oneself to do things the hardest way is likely to leave the pictures untaken, meaning it will be quite counter-productive.
"As a photographer, your own comfort and convenience should be the very last thing you think about." Uhh, what? Most of us here are hobbyists. Having fun should be the primary thing. Consciously maximising discomfort would be perverse - after, all there's no duty to anyone.
shaocaholica: Why is the body so long? Flange back is ~7cm. Seems like they could have made it ~2cm shorter.
It's a good question, especially after you see where the sensor plane is.
The white circle with a line through it shows the sensor plane on cameras. In this case, it's only a bit behind the hotshoe, meaning there's a lot more than 2 cm to save. It can be done, and has been done with the Leica S2.
I think the answer can be had by comparing the prices of this and an S2 camera. This design provides a better tripod surface, too.
JONNO G: I swear pentax could come out with a full frame with 3 card slots at 75 mp with being fully waterproof and dpreview would mark it under 85%
Something you can be even more sure of: whatever way they review Pentax cameras, the Pentax fans will do a lot of whining.
It used to be that the Olympus fans were the worst whiners, but my, how things have changed.
Valiant Thor: Coming from a country that puts melamine in dog food and baby formula and toxic acidic chemicals in flip-flops that burn the skin off your feet, that's the pot calling the kettle black.
Valiant Thor: Do you actually know they're not inspecting across the board, or are you just basing your view of 1/6 of humanity on a few well-publicised incidents?
None of that will be made better by selling a bad camera - two wrongs still don't make a right.
Also, "a country" is a pretty broad term here. It's not like the government mandates melamine in food. Sure, they could probably use some better inspection of manufacturers. Which is exactly what they're doing with this camera.
Gesture: I admire the silly names each OEM gives its image processor.
Pentax' "Safox" AF module is also pretty good - it's the most sapphic AF system in the industry!
Retzius: Nice work Olympus.
Maybe one of these years Nikon can find the time to come out with a wide angle DX lens. Just one, cuz you know, it is your biggest installed user base. I know you are busy and I know you don't care what the other companies are doing and I know it is hubris for me to bother you with such things. But look, it has been like 10 years. If you designed one lens element a year for the last 10 years you could have had designed one by now.
Naveed Akhtar: bluevellet is right: I'm talking about the old Four Thirds system. I and many others jumped from that to M43, so common deficiencies in both systems add up to a lot of years...
If this lens is as good as the early reviews suggest, the wait is over though! Very good. In a perfect world there would be a tilt/shift in the system too, but I'll manage.
slncezgsi: Glad to see more Zeiss for mirror less cameras, but I personally think that longer focal length like 80mm (or even more) would have been more useful for a macro lens.
yabokkie: Do you know a lot about practical use?
Lux Painter: The 25mmf1.8 sounds like an awesome lens and was long overdue. And based on Olympus reputation of building great lenses it should have a stellar performance.
But the price tag of $400 (twice the price of a full frame 50mmf1.8 lens) must be a sick joke!
Maybe Olympus is trying to ruin their m43 biz completely.
If the 25 is anything like the 45/1.8, it will be clearly better than the 50/1.8. The Lenstip reviews of the 45 and 50 show quite clearly which one is made to a lower price - the 45 does not have "loud and unreliable autofocus".
Some have actually waited for a fast 50mm equivalent from Olympus for ten years (since the launch of the previous system). So maybe your wish will be granted, too?
This Olympus has nine elements, though, so it apparently takes more than a year per element. : )
disraeli demon: Excellent! I've been hoping Olympus would come up with a 25mm 1.8… the PanaLeica 1.4 is brilliant but price aside, I tried one in a shop and it weighs a TON… hopefully the street price of the Olympus will be a little more reasonable
You know M43 has succeeded at being a light system when a 200-gram lens is considered very heavy. : )
BaldCol: I've never used a camera with anything other than the standard Bayer layout. Do any of the alternatives from Fiji or the Foveaon from Sigma make a lot of difference in the real world?
Having seen the output of a friend's X100S, I'd take that sensor over anything of the same size or smaller any day. And this is after looking at out-of-camera JPEGs!
The output feels a lot like it's one sensor size larger than it actually is. The same goes for Foveon, with reservations (cons in Roland Karlsson's post above).
I'm generally not that interested in 35mm sensors, but it would be interesting seeing one in that format from Fuji or Sigma - it would probably show things previously seen only in medium format.
ZhanMInG12: Actually, the smallest ILC before the A7 is the Leica M9 (which is a shade thinner than the M type 240).
Abaregi: it's still an interchangeable lens camera, which is exactly what the sentence in the review is talking about. The words have clear meanings.
Besides, it's not exactly like the Sony is in the same class as the SLRs...
Indeed! It's almost mirrorless, but there has to be at least one mirror in the rangefinder. :)
But aside from that nitpick: nice review!