2eyesee: A poll like this is meaningless as you’re comparing cameras in completely different categories.
For me, the game-changer this year was the RX100. I moved to DSLR about 6 years ago, thinking I’d never use a pocketable camera gain, and since have owned an NEX and Micro 4/3.But in the RX100 we have a product that is able to hold up well against these much larger cameras in a form factor compact enough to have it on you wherever you go. So for MY purposes that makes it a far better camera than, for example, the OM-D. Others will have different requirements and the OM-D will be a better fit for them.
I read the forums widely before getting my RX100, and time and time again I would come across people who had given up lugging around their NEX/M43/DSLR and were now happy RX100 owners. That’s something I’ve never seen before, which is why I regard the RX100 as such a game-changer and therefore the camera of the year.
The pocketability of RX100 is the best among all others. The point with RX100 is that it is very easily taken to places and occasions where one has no plans to take any photos. You are less likely to take your OM-D to those places.
The best cameras are nearly always in the hands of the best photographers. I think the best cameras are the ones that seek and convince the best photographers to use them. The same best cameras are the ones in every generation that end up producing the largest body of superior quality photographs.
So IMO to really get to compare the OM-D to D800, we need to wait for a couple of decades and rank the two cameras in relation to the quality of the work that they have created. But what is quality?
More than 99% ( I would guess ) of all photos taken these days are for personal pleasure. No claim to art or commercial objectives. It is a vast ocean and any little camera can become number one.
A successful software especially one that is supposed to facilitate organisation, must form its core ideas around the developers' insights into how the mind operates and what the users like to see in UI and the transparency with which their precious files are manipulated and stored. Too many people have obviously found their LR experience a tad frustrating :
''Did I just delete the edited third copy of my second backup in the folder that LR designated or just move my unsaved original RAW into the archive that I have saved twice already before the edited version was auto-saved ?!??!!!!?!?!''
I will be surprised if the coming generation of femto-second-attention-span kids will even give it a glance in its current form.
A few men enter a closet and without user consultation design a software so counter-intuitive to operate that a gang of expert photographers are discussing how to use it more than a decade later.
Another Adobe success story.
Reilly Diefenbach: Come on now, D800 fans, is this little shrimp of a camera going to show us its heels?
The Porsche GT3 RS is actually a fine car.
OM-D is a sad joke. So even in this sense, it contradicts itself.
There is only one thing worse than carrying a lot of garbage and that is carrying a backpack full of garbage. At least when there is no backpack, one remains more rational and takes only what is essential.
Besides, what is that camera I see in the top photo? A featherweight Olympus with its two tonne entourage? Haha.
That optional Kata strap looks like a death trap. Sorry, I am nearly finished....
It is inelegant and looks too much like a double cheese burger held by a toddler.
You carry the extra weight of your winter cloths or your boots or the extra six pounds you put on during the Xmas break for months or years, everywhere you go. As well as the briefcase, the handbag, the four pounds of fluid retention because the sausages were very salty the night before last, the shopping bags, the books, backpacks. You spend an extra year carrying your entire body about to work because your kid was enrolled in a more expensive school, you carry the two pounds extra to work because of the morning coffee or water alone. Carry things in relation to your job, daily here there up down the stairs.
But your camera? Cannot tolerate excess weight ! And any photographer who produces a 20+ MP image is firstly an idiot (who carries too much weight for no reason) and secondly a pixel peeping nerd.
Najinsky: I don't get the negative reactions to the poll. Are people assuming they're on the Panel of CIPA and being asked to judge on behalf of the industry? What would be the point of that? Did they all send you a review copy?
This is a consumer site for camera buyers, they want to know which new Cameras hit the target. Who got it right. What worked for US.
If you want to pretend your on the CIPA panel then I guess you could try to vote for the best industry achievement, a hard vote in 2012, with nearly all manufacturers hitting a home run or two.
OM-D is not a superior imaging machine to the D800, 5D3, A99, etc. But for many peoples shooting objectives, the OM-D was a big (small) hit.
I left a superior machine 6,000 miles back at home this year, taking the OM-D instead. It was a scary decision, but in hindsight absolutely the right one. The OM-D hit a sweet spot of results and portability.
Why not vote what was a hit for YOU, and let others say what a hit for THEM. You know, like a poll.
You left your superior machine at home?
Surely the OM-D cannot be that good for you if it makes you commit such irrational acts.
Tape5: I invite people to download a few OM-D samples from this site and compare them on their computers at 100% magnification with some RX100 samples.
It is your right to know and to speak out! Join the '' All-This-OMD-Thing-Is-Getting-A-Bit-Silly'' party and exercise your right to express your opinion. And take it easy on the turkey.
The stylus ? I don't think so.
113x65.4x48mm --vs102x59x36 mm of RX100 and
346 grams --vs240 of RX100.
with the RX100's higher resolution and larger Sony sensor and the fine-tuned Zeiss lens?
I invite people to download a few OM-D samples from this site and compare them on their computers at 100% magnification with some RX100 samples.
I feel happy for all the OM-D EM-5 owners and how they think their camera is the best thing that has ever been manufactured.
But I feel sort of sad for them because they have not tried the RX100.
So there you go. Happiness and ignorance have always been intertwined.
Kendall Helmstetter Gelner: The Sigma DP-2M should have been included on this list. Nothing else in that form factor can match the lens and sensor combination for images. In that regard it's far more of a jump than the incremental improvements that all of the other cameras on the list exhibit.
Especially in the realm of print, the DP-2M is like having a D800E in your pocket - IF you can find a lens as sharp!
Only for ISOs below 10 for five minutes.
BillyShooter: Greetings one and all. I'm now an official member here and this is my first post. I've read many of your posts on "2012 Camera of the Year" and cannot pick anything as I have only a D7000. However, I will continue to read and learn about this craft as best I can. As a whole, the site has much more to offer than I could digest, even with the best spices. What an amazing time to participate in photography !
Greetings. If you have just joined you cannot be an official member yet. The official membership takes like 15 years. That is if you live in Seattle. If you are elsewhere it may take up to 40 years.
The other thing is that if you like to read and learn about the craft of photography you have come to the wrong place. Here you only learn how insomniacs defend cameras they have never used and attack cameras they love to use. ( Yeah it is the other way around because the brains are adversely affected by lack of sleep ).
And finally if you feel that the site has more to offer than you can digest, I don't know maybe you have a digestion problem, like irritable bowel or something.
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.
Most people who are bothered too much by the weight of their gear are probably fussing too much over them. If they are treated like junk, one is more likely to take them around. This expensive heavy equipment desensitisation can be helped by lending your camera to others for a week at a time or grabbing a nail and digging some deep scratches on its back or monitor.
Using this technique my 5D2 has become nearly weightless.
vassilis gazelos: Hi all, I'm trying to decide on a new compact/bridge camera and this review came out on time even though it doesn't inlcude the bridge/large zoom cameras! I don't have first hand real life experience of either of these so I'm trying to narrow down the selection from the reviews and comments. I'm looking for the best image quality, full manual control, widest angle 24mm/25mm, long exposure, braketing. I was considering the FZ200 or SX50HS however these have significnalty smaller sensors than the ones reviewed in this article. Could anyone assist me with some real life experience and regardless of the budget how these different types compare. Is the image quality (and Depth of Field) of the comeras here noticeably better? P.S> The only reference I have is via a friend's Canon older Gseries which produced some relay good results (I don't rememer the widest angle though). My experience ranges from a SLR Canon F1 (multiple lenses) to a point a shoot Sony DSC T7 Thank you
Go with the one that has been the most controversial, that has the highest megapixel count, the best video quality and is the most expensive and that is your best chance.
bildeb: thought I would use the D800e as a back-up to my beloved D3s, but since I got the D800e I have not used the D3s.. really amazed at what the D800e does as a portrait camera.
Good to see some people speak about their experiences of using the clear winner of this title for 2012. Keep taking great pictures.
bshelly42: The Olympus OM-D is nothing close to being a camera of the year. You're kidding, right?
That is like a carrot stick winning a competition, like for the most orange vegetable that can boil for an hour and still keep its shape.
Mike Brown: The only point here is to "shoot", so how can one be better than the others?Each to his own and to own any one of these fine cameras is the only true win for all. No point in shooting otherwise. I think I made a point but now I'm not sure. Just shooting the breeze. Is that possible? And which camera on this list can do that? None, so what's the point?
I thought you were making a point but since you showed some doubt makes me think maybe you were not making a point.
And yes I think a breeze can be photographed indirectly.
How about a poll that asks two questions from the participants:
What is your favourite current camera that you are using?
What would you like to swap it with if cost was not an issue? and to take three choices here not one.
The results can be tabulated in interesting ways.