The title says hands-on, but I don't see any hand on the camera. :(
PeaceKeeper: I love my $99 used GX1. It serves as a great body to match with the 20mm f/1.7 lens when I don't want to carry anything too large.
This is the camera I was waiting for as a replacement, but I was really hoping they'd put the new sensor in it for this price. IBIS? Awesome. EVF? Awesome. Just not sure it's gonna be enough to tempt me. The GX1 still makes REALLY great files. I have the EVF for it, too. The GX1 is very comfortable to hold, as well. This one looks... less comfortable.
Maybe it will drive used GX7 prices down.
> This is the camera I was waiting for as a replacement, but I was really hoping they'd put the new sensor in it for this price.
A new sensor would be the least productive addition to any new modern cameras.
> It can be hard to get excited about enthusiast level DSLR updates...
Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.
Arizona Sunset: Would have been more interesting at f2.8. At least then I could justify it, and the rest of the m43 zoom catalog, over the dozens of 1" cameras flooding the market.
> Really though, how exciting would an f2.8 travel zoom for m43 have been?
F2.8 is not that different from F3.5. There, I said it.
Well, I take it back. They are different. F2.8 would be a lot bigger and heavier. F5.6 is a stretch though.
Gosman: She is from Dallas and we are proud of her. But it does amaze me how youth will trump age and experience in the fashion photography business. I've heard her speech before, and she has worked hard but mostly been at the right place at the right time with a lot of luck. She obviously made a decision very young in life to be a photographer while most of us had to make hard decisions about growing up and having a family and making a good living. If she is still active in the business at 45, I will consider her a success.
> At 20 years old you simply don't have the experience of an older 'craftsman' professional photographer...
Sorry, but I have to offend my peer group there. Many, dare I say most, scientific or math discoveries were done by young people. Same goes with technology innovations. Old folks like us are good at banging on the same old thing for a long time, aka craftsman mentality. But sparks really come from young people.
ZJ24: 30 comments on a the presentation of a 20 year old with a successful commercial business, marquee clients and a lot to offer, 1500 comments on a new Sony APS-C camera - gear gear gear.
Ha ha. Girl against gear, she had no chance. :)
Emilio TTL: One of the features that the Olympus' users value the most about their cameras, at least those over $800, is their weather-sealing. Why on earth didn't they include weather sealing in a premium priced camera like this?
Correct me if there's any evidence out there showing otherwise, but this "weather-sealed function" seems to be largely a marketing tool rather than any specific performance standards.
I do realize that it's not easy to develop a objective measurement of weather resistance since environmental factors are complicated. Still, camera companies can slap on some rubber bands on their cameras, call them weather sealed, then sell them with a couple of hundred dollar premium.
Jim Evidon: If I read the article correctly, by employing a global shutter effect to the entire sensor, they could totally eliminate a mechanical shutter; either focal plane or leaf, and simply use the firmware to electronically turn the sensor on or off at user adjustable “speeds” resulting in a lighter, mechanically simpler and more accurate camera.
To the user, the controls could look familiar with dials and wheels, but the internals would be completely electronic. I expect the new product could hit the market within 2 years or much less. I suspect that the project is further along than is reported.
Times they are a changing.
> they can simulate this.
Yeah, there will be a market for shutter sound, like the ring tone. A fart sound will be very popular...imaging that at 10 fps.
Is there any evidence that weather-sealed cameras actually survive elements better than 'regular' cameras? I vaguely remember seeing an article saying otherwise.
> Best High-end Compact
DPR really should include interchangeable lens compacts in the running. For people looking for compact cameras, they are looking for compact cameras. Artificially eliminating some compact cameras (such as Lumix GM5) does not make sense to me.
The only criticism of this video is the lighting. Coming from an equipment site, the lighting really sucks. Come on DPR, you can do better than this. At least get the color temperature right.
Ryan19853: I just purchased an OM-D E-M10 and it arrived yesterday. So yeah. This is quite discouraging news.
I bought it specifically for a mid September trip so I would have time to learn it. Should I return mine and pay $100 more for the Mark II and risk it arriving right before my trip (if even)?
Pros (that I care about):Comes with the EZ Lens. The smaller size would be nicer than the II R I got for travel.5 Axis stabilizationFirmware updates (Will the Mark I stop getting them?)
Cons:$100 more than I spentWon't have familiarization time before I actually need to use it.
The silent shutter would be nice but I can do without.
Talk me off the ledge... what should I do?
> For $100 difference, I would swap it if only for the 5 Axis.
A quick search for completed transactions on eBay showed that used E-M10s are just over $300, so it's more like $350 difference for current model owners.
> Talk me off the ledge... what should I do?
Stop reading DPR and start enjoying your new camera. I can assure you that the Mk II will not suddenly make you a better photographer.
dash2k8: For those arguing "reality vs art," you do realize that every single movie nowadays is heavily color graded, right? And in many instances, the lighting technicians lit up a scene in the most unrealistic (or visually "real") way. Things that should be completely dark are suddenly given a silhouette to give the room depth. Two people talking in the dark magically happen to stand behind a light that illuminates their face in the perfect angle that adds mystery and intrigue to their dialogue. Is that not another form of HDR, only it's in pre-production? And then in post the warm scene with artificial rain is turned bluish and desaturated to make it look like a tempestuous storm. All. Completely. Fake. But critics "love" the art direction and execution. Go figure.
> That's why I hate movies today. CGI makes the movie deal unrealistic.
Kingslayer, you completely mis-read dash2k8's post. Color grading has nothing to do with CGI. It's more like post processing in Lightroom, and it's been done for decades.
johnsmith404: Calling a resolution increase of just around 12% a 'leap' is pushing it a bit.
Come on guys, linear resolution, line pairs, how 19th century! This is the 21st century. Resolution = pixel count. Get it? :)
Barry Goyette: I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops. Sure I get that the Nikon/Sony will let you shoot directly into the sun while you focus on your tulips...but when I look at that shot....I see a very strange looking sky, which is where most of that DR is being utilized. I shot some tests with the 5dsr today in stupidly backlit situations and was able to get very satisfactory results exposing for the highlights and pulling up the shadows. The shadows had a bit of noise in them sure, but at this resolution, who flipping cares...you're never gonna see it won a print shy of 24x36.
But here's the thing, when I maximized these images with their paltry 11.7 stops of DR, frankly...they looked a little fake to me. They looked a little like DPR's tulip photo...(HDR anyone?) My question is this. Would stuffing 2 more stops of DR into that shot make it look any better?
> I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops.<
Thank you for asking this critical question. Has anyone seen side-by-side comparison of the same scene shot with cameras with 10, 12 and 14 stops of DR?
TS's Tumblr post can hardly be called "angry."
Do all online reporters/journalists have a mandate to inflame issues?
Angrymagpie: To be honest, I really wanted the Leica Q when it first appeared on DPReview yesterday. Then a few hours later, A7R mk2 happened...
@ PhotoKhan > Do you believe that the Leica optics will be miles away from this...?
I obviously did not explain myself very well. I didn't mean they are different on optics or image quality. Optics and image quality are the last thing I worry about in these high end cameras. I meant ergonomics, or how the camera interacts with you, the user.
For example, the Leica does not allow me to just slap on another lens and do whatever I want. And that could be a good thing.
True. Sony certainly did not make camera selection easier. But these are really two very different beasts. The Leica sacrifices versatility for simplicity. Of course, it has a limited range of application compared to the Sony. But its beauty lies in its ergonomics and how it forces you to focus on the image, rather than on the operation of the camera.