Aaron MC: I am tentatively optimistic about this camera. I think that this is undoubtedly the G3 sensor, but it appears that Olympus has squeezed a lot of performance from the pipeline. It's still an old sensor, though, and I fear that it enters the market obsolete and will be made only more so with the release of the GH3.
Sensors are not everything. Sony may make excellent sensors, but 24 MP are useless for me. Even if their lens collection grows, their lenses will always be bulkier. Quality of all current systems is so high that switching between them does not make much sense if you already own some lenses.
And who knows: Maybe some day Olympus will buy sensors from Sony, again?
sotirius: My Canon's 450d/XSi performance at ISO 400 is the same as this camera's ISO 6400....
Come on. The OM-D is very good, yes, but your 450d is not bad either.
Edmond Leung: Not so good. Just a little bit better than the quality of a compact camera. Then... how come I paid more and carry more weight for such a camera?
The only compact that can keep up at the same aperture is the G1 X. Maybe when high DOF is required, the XZ-1 will not be far away (until ISO800).Would you mind to clarify your statement?
gl2k: Does ANYONE still shoot during daytime ?
According to all those tests and high iso talking I assume that the photographic community has turned to a nocturne society.
At least I do about 95% of my photographic work under good to fair light conditions. Am I a dying breed ? Seems so ...
Where do you take pictures of your family? I usually do this indoors, where almost any current SLR struggles at ISO1600 and above due to DOF. Sure, you can use a flash, but who likes flash pictures?
lensberg: Lets face facts... the image quality is impressive... there's absolutely no question about it... But the pinnacle of IQ excellence still remains the Canon G1 X ...
Plus the G1 X's high ISO prowess is about half a stop better than this OM-D E M5 at any setting beyond ISO 3200.
In these OM-D E M5 samples... there is a slight desaturation in the colour sequences... and lack of extremely fine details... and From ISO 6400 the sharpness begins to suffer...
By comparison the G1 X is virtually flawless throughout its sensitivity scale... with just a hint of softening at its highest setting...
Yes, G1 X is really good, but OM-D is not a compact: Use the right lens, when you need more light.
Dafffid: And have they addressed any of its major UI failings present since its first incarnation? No. The incredibly wasteful use of screen space, the ludicrously unhelpful access to controls etc. Typical Adobe release, add things but don't fix. Such a shame. The software boys certainly know what they're doing but the designers screw it up.
So true. I dislike file access, too. Some functions are really good, but the GUI ruins everything.
profdeming: What a bitter disappointment this camera is. We waited three years for a sensor that has 22 instead of 21 MP? I can't believe the way people are swooning over this. Unless Canon comes out with a high resolution pretty quickly, they are going to lose a big market share to Nikon.
@Caleido: Actually I only had the 36 MP in mind. So you can consider the additional "s" as a typo.Still, I think that 12 MP is enough for most cases, but Nikon had to come up with 16 MP. The market dictates it.
Just the right tool for "generation facebook":No need to pay attention when taking the shot but still be able to check out all girls in the frame. ;-)
yabokkie: this is a very old idea to capture 3D image and is taught in schools but people have to be really mad to bring such a useless thing to the market.
1080x1080 is huge resolution for this kind of camera though.
This not a 3D camera.
yuyucheu: Dispointed, It's not 32MP.
Buy a compact. ;-)
makofoto: Since low light ISO is so good now, there should be a setting where one can set say F2.8 and 1/125th of a second, and the ISO auto follows along.
Sport shooters would also like a Focus Trap mode, where the shutter releases when best focus is achieved, ie. one should be able to pre-set focus at a certain point, and the camera will auto trip when the subject matter does through that point.
Many cameras can do this already, even compacts.
Kaj E: What is the blob above the owl pillow in all shots?
Reflections of the black background cloth.
rusticus: what is that on the left side of the Black?
Don't think so. The least thing most Pros need today is more megapixels. Nikon is already heavily criticized for bumping up their sensors.
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?