The writing was on the wall, because Apple failed significantly to update the program for a long time.
IMO it's a strategic error. The cost of updating Aperture to make it best in class would be tiny for a company with the world's largest cash reserves, especially since much of that cash is offshore, preventing the company from repatriating it but providing the resources to upgrade the program locally. And Apple's brand and heritage are with the creative and imaging communities, who will now have one fewer reason for sticking with the brand.
Granted, a free program will be offered with future versions of the OS. But I cannot believe it will be anything like as powerful as a paid-for package such as LightRoom.
I would like to see someone, ideally Olympus, launch a tough compact that shoots RAW files. How hard can it be?
Mark B UK: Coming a year after its predecessor the E-M5 won the same award, the E-M1 shows how much the OMD line has done to win mass acceptance of m43 among enthusiasts. IMO DSLRs had simply become too big and heavy. Were I in product planning at Canikon my main priority would be to launch quality models, not just entry-level, that address these objections. It might also require a redesign of many of the lenses.
@ Anastigmat: too many Olympus fans? A smarter person would be asking themselves why so many people are fans of that brand at this time. Maybe because it is. Developing cameras that people really want to own...
@ Everlast, equally, the success of the OMD and X100S and recent launches such as the DF and X-T1 surely indicate that the smaller, metal-bodied, more dial-driven style of camera is welcomed by a sizeable chunk of the camera-buying community. You may not share those preferences; that's fine, there are other products for you. But no need to insult those who do.
Coming a year after its predecessor the E-M5 won the same award, the E-M1 shows how much the OMD line has done to win mass acceptance of m43 among enthusiasts. IMO DSLRs had simply become too big and heavy. Were I in product planning at Canikon my main priority would be to launch quality models, not just entry-level, that address these objections. It might also require a redesign of many of the lenses.
I have just two questions not answered by this otherwise very thorough and helpful piece: how many PDAF sensors are there, and what proportion of the frame do they cover?
With the X100S I believe there's just one, central one, which to my mind is of little value; the E-M1 has a diamond of sensors covering perhaps half the frame.
What I'm really hoping for is a mirrorless manufacturer that covers the entire frame with PDAF sensors. That would give real potential to beat DSLRs for action.
Does it have IS? I see no mention in the press release or specs.
swankFoto: Aperture not included, seriously?What value does this review have without Lightroom's biggest competitor? Aperture wasn't even mentioned in the intro.
I found this an interesting review, but share the viewpoint that it would have been nice to have seen Aperture included, since it's the obvious rival to Lightroom. While I accept that Aperture isn't cross-platform, the test was carried out on a Mac, probably the system of choice for most photographers, and even those currently using PCs would surely like to know whether Apple offers a RAW-processing product that warrants switching allegiances.
webneep: Merry Christmas! Great to see little Olympus do so well. I voted for the RX100 as I have one (and a D800), but the mere fact that it fits in my shirt pocket and produces stunning images makes it my favourite. The D800 is great and I love the amazing detail it captures, but it means I have to carry a heavy backpack with huge lenses to get the quality results.
I too voted E-M5 on the grounds that its combination of performance, versatility and low size/weight is groundbreaking. I have the body, 12-35 and 35-100 2.8 Lumix zooms and 12 2.0 and 60 Macro Zuikos. The whole system weighs less than a 70-200 or 210 zoom for Canikon FF...
Thoughts: Who would have thought,only few years ago, a M4/3 camera would compete with a die-hard professional full frame camera to become the best camera of the year? I am amazed! 2012 certainly has been an interesting year. Let's see how mirrorless camp is doing in 2013! Merry xmas everyone!
I guess it depends what we believe the award should celebrate: the objectively best camera of the year, or the most significant? If the former I think it's between the D800 and 5D MkIII, with my money on the latter due to the former's well-publicised and ongoing left focusing sensor fault. But if the award is for the most significant new camera of the year I think the E-M5 should win on the basis that it has transformed the fortunes of a format, and a manufacturer, by being the first m43 model to deliver true enthusiast-level IQ - and in particular DR that equals the best FF models - in a tiny package.