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.