Tom Goodman: Smaller sensor. Forget about it. Faster lens. How often does anyone really need that? Go on, count the number of shots you've done in the last month that needed the faster lens. It isn't going to give you DOF flexibility either.
Most of my shots are at max. aperture, starting from F1.8.Why? Because I keep ISO at 100.
Timmbits: Sorry, I changed the graphic. NEW LINK here:
These are the RELATIVE APERTURE numbers, taking into account sensor size, and everything adjusted relative to 135mm.
You're confusing "bokeh" with "DOF control".
Nice graphs, though.
malcolm82: "The LX7 features a slightly smaller sensor than the LX5, allowing it to offer the brightest lens of any compact camera with a really impressive F1.4-2.3 24-90mm equivalent range."
That should read F7-11.5 24-90mm equivalent range, not quite as impressive compared to the F4.8-13 24-100mm equivalent range of the Sony rx100.
No, malcom82.Their statement is perfectly right, because they refer to brightness and equivalent range. They do not mention "equiv. DOF".
Brightness is key for compacts to avoid high ISO.
peevee1: Finally RX100 has a competitor, at least at the longer focal lengths.
There are already a few competitors in my opinion. One of the hardest for me is Oly's XZ-1.
@Tekox: That is ok - it is due to DOF.
Kirppu: Aperture values gets wider, but at tge same time maximum focal length gets smaller in the enthusiast camera group. My opininion is that the 4x should be considered the absolute minimum zoom/focal length in the p&s group.
@Sam:I'd say, to most users your point is totally moot, because they need large DOF most of the times.
Hm, i don't think that this collection shows anything about the capabilities of this lens. We all know that you guys can do much better.
My suggestion:Please remove this collection and show a link to a more meaningful one like http://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/olympus-mzuiko-75mm-f18-review-street.html
I really do not like Sony - to many times they tried to force customers into their proprietary solutions.
But this camera is really surprising: Large sensor in a tiny box with zoom.
If the lens quality reaches "XZ-1 level", they have a top product!
IEBA1: I almost thought this was my next camera, but a 3x zoom is not what I want. I'll take a bigger camera, even Canon XS-20 sized, if you can give me a 12x-15x zoom, tilt-swivel display, and the large sensor for very high IQ.
They talk of a hole in the sensor size market... well there's also a hole in the compact travel zoom that focuses on image quality over pixel count or zoom range or gps, etc. Like a HX9v that has a 10 or 12 MP sensor and really good glass over it that really provides good low light, no need for heavy noise reduction, and stellar image quality.
It makes no sense to cripple a large sensor with a 15x zoom.
Great functions, but terrible GUI!
The display is cluttered with frames, but you cannot even move the viewable area of the picture with your mouse. Lightroom - or even Picasa - are much better here: They use fly-outs and make intelligent use of mouse buttons. A "hand tool" is simply cumbersome.The modules are a great idea, but also mixed bag: Without them the program even refused to open some JPGs in my collection!
Am I expecting too much for 99€?
thx1138: Looks shocking value compared to an E-M5 or any DSLR. Waste of effort IMO. Only news is that they have finally come into the l21st century with 920kp screen.
It's strengths are: Lightness and video.
E--M5 is a tank compared to it, but I still want the Oly. ;-)
Sergey Borachev: This is more expensive than some DSLRs!
Yes, and better than many, too!
Octane: I was excited at first, but after reading the article I'm like, OK I guess I'm keeping my Nikon J1.
You don't like your J1? Why do you want to get rid of it already?
Klarno: Seeing that the number of photosites on the sensor and the effective megapixels and are the same as most of the other Micro Four Thirds cameras, I won't be impressed by their claims of "newly developed sensor" until we see some actual samples. Because at this point it still looks like they're still trying to peddle that same sensor that was introduced in the Panasonic G1 and Olympus E-30 in 2008, that has been used in every 4/3 and m4/3 camera since except the GH series, G3, GX1 and E-M5.
1. Let's be happy that they did not join the Megapixel Race!2. I doubt that they dare to lie about the "new" sensor. They know that sites like this will tear it apart if there's no visible improvement.
cheenachatze: Why do they charge so much for this "Power Zoom" lens? Every $100 camera has "Power Zoom" lens. These small lenses require less material to make, and it's not like Panasonic has amazing manufacturing technologies that are light years ahead of Canon, Nikon etc., so why are they charging such prices for their lenses? Panasonic 20mm F1.7 retails as much as Canon 50mm F1.4. How do they justify that?
Try the Canon at F1.4 and F1.8 and you'll see why Pana's lens is worth its money.
Many of the (µ)4/3 lenses can compete with the "L" league from Canon - often at a better price.
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.