duchamp: Battery life of only 350 shots?! Sony, are you serious?
I'd rather carry a couple of extra batteries than needing a tripod for just about every shot because of mirror vibration and lack of IS.
ogl: Nikon with real 36 MP is far better than 40 MP mode from crop 2.
By ogl"I mean that I don't see any advantages of High Resolution mode of m4/3 over real MP."
You might have to take off your Nikon tinted glasses.
The real advantage is having 40mp when it's really important to have, like landscape work, which is normally done with a tripod anyway. And you're getting this capability at a fraction of the cost, size, and weight of a Nikon system. When you're hiking or biking in the wilderness every gram matters.
ImageShoppe: Nice camera but the name is way too long!
Not a problem. I only have to remember it once...when I tell the dealer to hand it over.
stevo23: So underwhelming. Not sure why they bothered with this.
No more underwhelming than your tidbit of commentary.
plastique2: I see a few positive comments about the articulating LCD display. I on the other hand hate that change. Sorry, big partybreaker for me :(PS: Can anyone make a list of advantages of a fully articulating display versus a tilting display - including the frequency of use of each specific advantageous use of one or the other type of display?
1. Try taking a vertical aspect ratio shot at a low angle or overhead angle with a tilting only screen. Frequency of use? almost every time I shoot close-ups.
2. Screen can rotate so that the LCD glass is toward the body, thus protecting it when not in use. Frequency of use? Whenever the camera is not being used.
3. (Maybe not so important) selfies. Frequency of use? for some people....constantly.
FocusBogus: OM-D E-M5 II? How creative again... Why not simply OM-D6?
OK, it is a nice camera with high res mode.
@mg_k"Experts" have been predicting Olympus's demise for the last 20 years. I don't think I'll bother to mark your word.
Sdaniella: resorting to combining multiple exposures, albeit with a half-pixel shift in both X-Y axis ... compensating for shortcomings of its tiny m43 milc 16-mp sensor pixels ...
and restricting it severely to relatively good light ... and restriction to only medium ISOs (1600) ...
Nothing makes a dumb comment dumber like posting it twice.
princecody: Is this a gimmick feature?
Is what a gimmick feature?
PRohmer: I totally regret getting Olympus. I hate everything about this camera except for I.S. Olympus is a shitty company with shitty support. You're gonna tell me this is photographer's camera, so don't expect much of video features? Fujifim x-t1 is a photographer's camera, Em-1 is an angular camera. I only got it because i wanted to keep using my Panasonic lenses, but it was a mistake. I still don't get how this camera got its high ratings. Is it some kind of hipster camera? Who designed it?? It gets caught in my clothes all the time. Evolution in design is there for a reason.
"It gets caught in my clothes all the time."
I've seen cameras panned for silly reasons...but this is the winner.
reginalddwight: I don't own an EM1 but from what I can gather Olympus seemed to have hit a home run with this one.
It looks like video could be improved and the camera could use a nip and tuck.
Overall, a well-deserved selection among the top gear of 2013.
Without the grip, you have the OMD-EM5. And what's so big about the 4:3 lenses?
vesa1tahti: Sensor ratings by DxO: Oly E-M5: 71, Nikon D7000: 80, Nikon D800E: 96. Rely on that. Small sensors- weaker IQ. Micro Four Thirds can't be competitive, sensor size MUST be APS-C or FF. Camera size has no matter, normal people can carry DSLR- cameras, others are too small.
DxO while useful, weigh a lot of their sensor ratings on high ISO performance. Few experienced m43 users expect the same IQ at high ISO situations as they would from a larger sensor. However, at base ISO IQ is very close to the best APS-C sensors. Combined with it's superior IS, the new Olympus' are very useful tools for street photography or similar situations.Personally if I'm shooting grand sweeping landscapes like mountain ranges I'll use FF.Or I can drag out and dust off my 4x5 view camera and really give the pixel peepers something to look at.
marike6: Two things stand out form the RAW files:
* the higher per-pixel sharpness and detail of the D7100 vs the E-M1. * And how biased to red the EM-1 RAWs are.
Of course the reviews are worth reading and studying. How else can someone make an educated decision when purchasing a camera.
It's what the readers that post here have to say about the reviews, like your original comment, that I find tiresome, and useless.
You must have been frothing at the mouth, unable to hold back from posting your opinion that the Nikon D7100 was per pixel sharper.
"DPR uses the exact same RAW workflow for each camera, AFAIK. If they didn't the RAW comparison would be meaningless."
Exactly my point. Each camera demands a different workflow to get the best image.
The Nikon D7100 is a fine camera. So are the Olympus. and so are the Canons, Sonys and so on.
Most important of all is the operator. a person that understands the advantages and limitations of his equipment, and knows how to get the most out of, during the shoot, and in post processing.
This pastime of pitting one camera against the other is a childish game of oneupmanship...something to do after they realize their creative juices have long dried up.
Ya think? Nikon D7100 is a 24 megapixel camera vs. Oly's 16.Considering the Nikon's extra 8 megapixel's it doesn't offer that much more detail.
Also looking at detail quality of RAW files can be skewed, too much depends on the person performing the RAW>JPEG conversion and how detail and sharpness is adjusted.
retro76: That is one ugly camera, but I guess that more so due to the fact that their retro designs are so attractive.
If you want to have something pretty hanging around your neck...buy some jewelry. You want to take pictures, or make a fashion statement?
Edwaste: Not surprising, no innovative designs from Canon. Only one, rather useless innovation, from Nikon.
I also remember DP Review saying the live view of the Olympus E-330 was "a solution looking for a problem" Now it's groundbreaking...
History always reveals the true visionaries.
Perhaps it's a bad practice, but I always spend my money on the innovators. Canon and Nikon has never improved on image stabilization, sensor dust removal, or live view implementation like Olympus has. As for live view, Olympus and Panasonic were wise enough to jettison the mirror to get a proper live view camera.
i won't deny Canon and Nikon sell well, but so does plain vanilla ice cream and McDonald's burgers. Bland and ordinary can do well in the marketplace.I am referring to the hobbyist level of Canon and Nikon offerings. Their Pro cameras are stunning at least in their image quality and ruggedness. But those are not innovations, just good old fashioned engineering.I wouldn't call live view a design that failed. Or large sensor fixed lens cameras. True, the early version may have been clunky and poorly implemented, but they paved the way for successful designs that C&N eventually imitated.
Not surprising, no innovative designs from Canon. Only one, rather useless innovation, from Nikon.
If GIF is an abbreviation for Graphics Interchange Format, Wouldn't the G be hard like the word Graphics?Anyway Mr. Wilhite invented it...he can call it anything he pleases.
I always said "Graphics Interchange Format"...it made me sound like I knew something.
Timmbits: "Computer Industry" news now, on this photo site? what's up with that?
I've been in computers since the mid eighties, and I've never heard it called a jif either. gift, gif... should be a hard g I would think. now if I pronounce it correctly from today onwards, everyone will be correcting me all the time. now that doesn't sound like much fun! I'd much rather continue to upset it's creator whom I've never met.
""Computer Industry" news now, on this photo site? what's up with that?" It's a DIGITAL photography site. So news about imaging formats such as GIF, JPEG or TIFF, would be in order.
I love it when the tail wants to wag the dog.