Peiasdf: The color are nice under an overcast but the ISO 8000 image are not very impressive. Even down-sampled the noise are blotchy.
I also don't understand why the camera is still at version 0.95 when D800 with finalized firmware has been in the hand of pro shooters for the past few months. It seems like D800 will hit the ground shooting while E-M5 will spend a few months getting through its teething period before version 1.01.
Peiasdf, yes, Nikon may be on schedule with their new product release, but why do you compare them to Olympus? The latter is much smaller. Yes, it is sad that they cannot release a new E-System every year, but they still offer more innovation than the big brands. Do you really want to blame them for putting their R&D money where the market is?The SLR market is shrinking and I really hope that Oly will gain market share from Pros around the world who seek for a light and durable system.
Macwiz: DP should hire more team members to keep up with the testing backlog.X10, G1X, OM-D, X-Pro 1 anyone?
Macwiz, then go ahead, give them enough money for hiring more people... and force manufacturers to release their products quicker!
What makes you think that all those people will only work according to your own agenda?
migus: Samsung NX series and EX1 not supported
Also no support for Oly XZ-1. Why don't they offer DNG support? Too expensive due to licenses?
Michael_13: "Knob and Dial" concept:This reminds me of the concept Olympus implemented with their C-5050. I used it all the time for quick access to settings like ISO, exposure or flash. Surprisingly, DPR was at that time not very pleased with it, if I recall correctly.Sony seems to have copied and optimized it. Now they like it. :-)
@ Simon: Yes you are right, I checked again - great that this review is still online.I must have confused it with another review, sorry for this!
Gimme a break! I find voting in regular challenges already quite hard (at least if you want to give credible, relative scores).
But choosing from this exquisite collection of pictures with totally different topics is utterly insane!
Calvin Chann: In my eyes, the X10 is flawed. It presents you with a viewfinder, which you'd obviously want to use, but then gives you no information in the viewfinder. Not even focus point confirmation. So, you're happily composing away without a clue where the camera is focusing.
Can't you simply set it to the center focus field?
Alberto Battelli: Please help me decide. I already have the Samsung, LX5, and Oly, and for Xmas I just know I'm getting the X10. I can see Santa with my X10 in his bag, travelling.The question is, what do I do in January, when I should really only keep two at the most? Pick two for me.
Alberto, first of all, you should go and see a doctor, because you suffer from "compacts-buying disease". :-)
I like my XZ-1 a lot, but it is too similar to the X10. So I advise you to keep either EX1 or LX5: They ad 24mm, one with good video, the other with a tilting screen.
"Knob and Dial" concept:This reminds me of the concept Olympus implemented with their C-5050. I used it all the time for quick access to settings like ISO, exposure or flash. Surprisingly, DPR was at that time not very pleased with it, if I recall correctly.Sony seems to have copied and optimized it. Now they like it. :-)
D R C: I still don't understand this small body big lens thing!
"I have seen smaller 6x9 cm cameras made 1930."
With autofocus and zoom? Now you gimme a break.There are physical and technical limits. Why do you think Pentax and Nikon use small sensors for their systems? If you want a small cam with a large sensor, get a Sigma or use prime lenses only.
rsf3127: NEX-5N rules!
Why buy a camera that is not right for you?The NEX may be good, but not good for everyone's needs.
So the statement above is not only immature, but also wrong.All these cameras can take excellent pictures. The last bit of IQ is not worth a penny, when the handling is not what you expected.Jonathan already reflected on this.
IcyVeins: Is there anybody who doesn't immediately jump ahead to the number at the end before reading anything else in the review? I doubt it
IcyVeins, if you only look at the number for taking your buying decision, you shouldn't be bothered by this website at all.
CAcreeks: Any idea why FNAC tested the E-PM1 to autofocus much faster than the E-P3? I don't understand how the lowest price m43 can be faster than many DSLRs.http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/editorial/labo/reflex-10-2011.pdf
I don't see that it is better: The numbers shown for E-P3 are slightly better, but maybe my French is not sufficient.
Either way, differences can arise from different firmware versions.
Louis_Dobson: Regardless of Oly's intended market, I suspect many people here would use it differently... I use it alongside my full frame Nikon system, with the 12mm f2 and the 45mm f1.8 (24 and 90mm EFL). The body fits in my top pocket, each lens in my side pockets, and I can convert myself from a biker into a photographer in moments. I love it, frankly. It can easily be modified to give me quick control over ISO, exp comp and aperture from the jog dial, and with an eyefi card I can upload snap JPGs to FaceBook or do proper raw processing later at home. A wonderful, hilarious, fun, carry everywhere camera.
I can't see the point of any of these things with the supplied lens, a good point and shoot would be better, but add some small, fast primes and you can have a hoot.
I've not had so much fun out of a camera in years. Buy two!
Nice comment Louis, you should apply for a marketing job at Olympus. :-)You really do have fun with this little cam!
Size is not all that matters: It is also the weight. Many users, esp. women, don't like to handle heavy DSLRs. A PEN weighs only half as much.
Jim Lowell: Regarding 'angry' emails about the bloated fluff on the home page you say.."The news filter on the homepage allows you to hide certain categories permanently from the homepage feed, so you can keep your blood pressure under control by never seeing the offending stories."
Why did I have to download over 2 MB's of fluff on the home page before I finally found that link to turn off the garbage????
Are you serious?
Jim, are you serious?
fransams: The compactness of the body makes no sense when compared to the size of the lenses.If you want a pocketable (zoom-)lens, you need a smaller sensor. Plenty of them for sale, but not so good.But why should you want a pocketable body when you need a bag for the lens(es)?Considering the size of the m4/3 lenses I have no problem with an EP-L1 or G3 body.This is not necessarily a camera with an identity crisis, but it could sell very well to people with such a problem.
Don't worry. There are many larger cameras available.
Because it is a fine camera.
It is all about having options. You can use big lenses OR small lenses. Compacts with fixed lenses do not not offer this.
jorepuusa: ...cameras get updates and new colors, but pictures that amateurs take are the same as they were in 70´s 80´90´etc.Flowers in a vase, out of focus picture of our cat, dad´s new car hilites blown..etc etc.Lot´s of opinions about the sensor and ergonomics and then...the same poor pictures with no visual idea. And mister Sonycanikolyfuj smiles.
Yes, true, but does it matter? No.What matters is that many hobbyists can make good use of this technological progress.
They forgot the most important question: Q: "Do you need more megapixels?"A: "No!!!"
Get a weekly update of all that's new in the digital
photography world by subscribing to the Digital Photography Review