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On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2078 comments in total)
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white shadow: Well done Olympus. Despite the rather high price, it is an attractive camera.

Its very good news it has PDAF and able to use classic 4/3 lenses without any handicap. The lack of an AA filter will give sharper photos for sure. Overall, it has a lot of useful features in a small package. The bigger grip is also a big plus.

Since I will be going to their pre-launch event on 21/9, I will reserve my comments until I try out the camera for myself.

Although I use Canon DSLRs as my main camera system, this will certainly be an excellent travel companion. I have been using a micro 4/3 camera since its introduction in 2008. I might just buy one if I could get a "special deal" on 21/9.

Maybe, on-sensor PDAF will never be as great as "traditional" OVF DSLRs but it will continue to get better and better. In the future, OVF will be restricted to the professional-level cameras. The way forward is clearly EVF and on-sensor focusing.

It's expensive, but given the weatherproofing, I think a fair start price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 14:19 UTC

I hope it's good, being the last one? of this is the pinnacle of Olympus evolution. I would have made the body a bit larger to better handle the 4/3rds lenses that this flagship model was "promised" to handle well. There obviously will not be any more OVF cameras from Olympus.

Actually, I wonder where all this leaves Pentax-with 3 pretty conventional APS-C DSLRs, whilst Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony are doing some exciting things-refining micro 4/3rds or really offering variety in APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 14:09 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2078 comments in total)

I think this will be an extremely prestigious and successful camera for Olympus and micro 4/3rd, but how many buttons, dials, doo-dads does one camera need. Space shuttle commanders need apply.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 05:02 UTC as 525th comment
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Blake Willis: So which Panasonic camera is this a rebrand of again? (for sale specifically in dutyfree shops in Dubai airport)

If it says Leica on the lens, does that mean that Leica designed the lens in the Panasonic equivalent too?

Exactly. Love my Panasonic LZ8 and its Leica lens! Exceptional camera BTW for its price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 03:12 UTC

Nice styling but one sees so many of these "point and shoot" cameras and even this class of premium compact (Panasonic LX and now LF, Samsung EX, Olympus XZ) has its commonalties (buttons, control ring, etc.), one begins to wonder who really designs the modern digital camera and then fills individual OEM specifications and tweaks?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 03:08 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

"The Leica C is available in two stunning finishes—champagne and bordeaux—and is complemented by a range of accessories in premium materials that highlight the distinctive, eye-catching looks of the new Leica compact camera line.

The perfect complement to the Leica C’s well-designed and stylish look, Leica is offering a range of specially designed, perfectly finished, premium matching accessories."

What is it with photo industry press releases?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 19:04 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
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Sordid: Leica. The new Apple.

But designed in California! Manufactured to Apple specifications. Etc. Etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 17:33 UTC
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tkbslc: It's only $200-300 more and it includes $150 software with it, making the true premium pretty small.

Hopefully, the price premium also earns one world-class warranty service. If so, I think it justifies to a certain extent the Leica prices.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 17:27 UTC

Nice cameras. One of the great heritages in photography. I just wish Leica would say "co-developed with Panasonic" on these re-badged cameras. Don't pretend "it's a Leica."

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 17:22 UTC as 53rd comment

Different mode but this idea prompts one to think about the Lytos concept-the camera/sensor is capturing multiple views and we can distill later from it-changing many parameters, including focal plane, depth of field, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:47 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

GREAT JOB FUJI. A real set of lenses, modern advantages but traditional intent and quality. Excellent competitor to Leica with some more affordable entry options. PLUS one of the few innovators, especially with respect to viewing systems.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 14:56 UTC as 30th comment

Same but different and back to the future. P60 of 2008 had EVF-a trail that Nikon should have followed. Just don't know why more compacts didn't go this route. Nothing revolutionary but may be a nice user.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 06:03 UTC as 86th comment
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Bill McGrath: I will never migrate to a cloud/subscription basis unless I can opt out and continue to have access to the software versions current when I leave. The idea that I have to pay in perpetuity to have access to my files and the means to use them is a deal breaker for me. I'd pay the $120/year to stay current, but at some time I might decide that I don't need any new bells and whistles. (I'm 64 years old.) When that time comes, I should be allowed to continue using my software without further updates and without further payments. I won't budge from this position, and I doubt many others will, either.

Good thoughts. At least have a READER-CONVERTER application. See my notes above.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 00:54 UTC

Great. Now release a READER-CONVERTER application. You end your subscription, you can still open a psd file, print it or convert to a non-psd format. Unfathomable to me that Adobe hasn't done this. To this day, Microsoft still issues READERS so folks can share a Word or Powerpoint file with someone who doesn't have the application.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 219th comment

Just don't get it. Even at $1,000, I would consider it EXPENSIVE. That sad right side of the screen looks too much like Sony?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 17:10 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh announces HZ15 Europe-only compact superzoom article (58 comments in total)

Almost looks like the Olympus wedge?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 23:33 UTC as 31st comment

I feel much better now. Congrats.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 18:49 UTC as 81st comment
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crsantin: Very clever Sony, very very clever. 20 megapixel APS-C with a lens for...$400???That's the initial price too, not the deeply discounted price that comes along at the end of the product's life. The DSLR goes mirrorless. Goodbye micro four thirds, it was nice knowing you.

Not too cheaply made to be GearShop recommended pre-release.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 17:02 UTC
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justmeMN: Sony is trying to trick buyers into thinking that a mirrorless camera is in fact a DSLR. That's a sleazy sales strategy.

Many a bridge camera with quite small sensor does the same thing. The real deal is how low in cost can an APS-C sensor camera be. EOS-M on sale, Samsung NX1000, there ain't many. Used and refurb entry-level Nikon and Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 16:58 UTC
On Pentax K-500 Real-world Samples Gallery article (31 comments in total)
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iudex: Great pictures, ISO3200 is perfectly usable, I also appreciate variable environments (indoor, outdoor, portraits, landscape...).
Btw. is there any DSLR taking better picture than K-500 in entry-level segment or for this price? I doubt it.

You are right. Was not impressed with the kit lens. Samsung puts an excellent kit lens on its NX camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 15:50 UTC
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