billbourd: I'm surprised there is not an audio in for remote mike and audio out for monitoring sound considering the cameras assumed video quality. Did I miss this in the specifications?
Guys, it's "mic" not "mike"... :)
"Mic" is short for microphone."Mike" is a man's name - short for Michael.
- just saying...
Sore points, surprises, and stupidness IMO:
- Still no IBIS, - Still limited to 1/4000s - Still a 128s limit on bulb (no matter what)- X is still too low at 1/160s. - USB 2.0 - Not 3.0? Really?- Only 6fps in continuous drive? (how big/fast is the buffer?)- EC is still ±5 EV and not ±7
of course a FF sensor would have been better! But oh-well, these little µ4/3 are doing a pretty great job anyway!
The size and weight of FF glass is only a concern for weight-wimps IMHO! There seems to be a class of half-girly like photos that have risen up lately and they're very very verbal about saving an unnoticeable amount of grams and millimeters. Phewy I say!! I aint no girly photog. :) I barely notice the difference between the GH2 and the D700 in the field! Of course I usually don't carry more than 2 lenses with me unless it's a paid gig and the GH2 (or GH3) probably won't be stepping in on that territory anyway.
The news here is the weather sealing, and nice size increase, and the now adequate video codec. All of which Panasonic deserve praise for.
The rest of the improvements seemingly look rather lackluster to me. Like only 6fPS in continuous? Not 12 or 20? And how big is that frame-buffer - I bet it's too small (again), etc. etc.
It weighs almost 280 kilograms. My tripod can cope! I have faith! Now just to find a camera bag I can fit it in so I can bring it up to the top of Mt. Fuji the next time I go!
Grandin: Love the looks, love the features and to me its perfect apart from one big flaw: no built-in flash = ARRRRGGGHHH!!!
I LOVE built-in flash and I hate the fact that it has been omitted in this camera. Naturally I have external flashes for both my systems (Canon EOS 5D Mark II which also lacks built-in flash and Olympus E-P3). But I really enjoy having a built in flash that I never forget to bring, and that I never have to mount/unmount.
For me, its a show stopper. I'll hold on to my EP-3 even though I really like the improved sensor and a couple of other things. Hopefully an EP-4 comes in the future.
I'm glad there's no built-in flash myself!
The only bad points I can see are the weight is a little too light for me... The HDMI port is a mini... The max shutter is still 4k instead of 6 or 8k... and The USB is v2.0
I guess with the battery grip it'll be about right concerning the weight aspect...
But those are all pretty minor I guess! Overall this looks like a total winner! I think it's my next camera! :)
Set next to the Panasonics it's embarrassing how bad panasonic's styling is! Or maybe how good the Oly is! ;)
Awesome! Finally a pro (or at least semi-pro) µ4/3 body!
Awesome features and cool sounding new flash unit!
Looks like a complete winner to me!
I shoot these KingFishers too and I've never captured an image that clear even tho I also use pro lenses and pod stabilization!
No EVF means I can not use this camera. Too bad!