2eyesee: Shutter shock was the reason I abandoned M43. While it's good to see Olympus taking some steps to address the problem here, the fact that Panasonic and Olympus have never publicly acknowledged the issue is disappointing. Even with this firmware update they're still downplaying it:
"Olympus has rather played-down the new mode in its release notes for the firmware, simply saying 'A 0 second setting has been added to Anti-Shock mode'."
Olympus has had an "anti-shock" setting to avoid this problem for years. If that isn't acknowledging the problem then I don't know what is.
True that they didn't put a big, fat warning about it when announcing the cameras, but who does that????
Great news. Did anyone try it already and have anything to report? I guess that not only it should eliminate the shutter-shock possibility (without introducing any shutter lag as the previous option), but since with this electronic curtain the shutter only does a close-open cycle with each shot instead of a close-open-close-open one, it should also:
- Reduce noise (shutter sound)- Double the shutter lifespan (ok, not double, since it won't apply on shots over 1/320).- Reduce shutter lag?
Emacs23: Same size as Canon 85/f1.8 and slightly smaller than equivalent Nikon. About the same low light performance (FF vs APS-C), more than twice expensive (three times more expensive than Canon). And the performance will be worse than those full framers, because to be better it should be better than Otus 55 (which is about on par with Nikon 85/1.8G at equivalent apertures mounted on D600, Otus mounted on Nikon D7100).
Yes, the Nikon 85mm 1.8G is a bargain at half the price, giving equivalent performance, and similar size and weight (actually it's probably lighter). But it's not a premium, metal lens, but a cheap, plastic one. And you still need a D610 to use it (so the combo camera-lens is still bigger, heavier and more expensive than the Fuji lens with the X-E2). In the end, it's a matter of preference.
I still don't get this thing about blurred images. Why the E-P5 and not all the other cameras out there (especially mirrorless or compact cameras)?
If it was shutter shock, it could be said that the E-P5 has one of the most refined shutters in all the mirrorless cameras, so if should suffer less than others from this. If it's not shutter shock, as it seems from the testing they did, and just because of pressing the shutter... why don't cameras like the Fuji X-M1 or the Panasonic GF1/GF2/...GF5/GX1, Sony NEX5, etc... suffer it even more (since they don't have IS as the E-P5 has, which reduces this shake according to the tests)?
More testing seems to be needed to determine why this is occurring (especially comparing with other mirrorless cameras).
You can say what you want about the camera's look, but the really great news is that finally Nikon understood the real problem and upgraded the kit zoom from that pedestrian f/3.5-5.6 to a much more attractive f/1.8-2.4. This by itself makes the camera and system to suddenly become relevant for photographers. Great move!
Hhmm... I'm double checking now and it seems that no, they actually didn't change the kit zoom. My bad.
jrg: My PC won't bring up the samples, won't load them. Anybody else having this problem?
Refresh the page in the browser. If still nothing, try to clear the cache and load the page again (or try a different browser).
manmachine242: ISO3200:NEX5n: 1/800, f87D: 1/640, f9E-M5: 1/800 f6.3
ISO200:NEX5n: 1/50 f87D: 1/40 f9E-M5: 1/50 f6.3G3: 1/80 f6.3
The difference is consistently 2/3 EV.
real sensitivity of E-M5 at ISO200 = ISO125 on 7D, NEX5n, G3real sensitivity of E-M5 at ISO3200 = ISO2000 on 7D, NEX5n
Aparently they changed the lighting for a dimmer one recently. But if you compare to the Panasonic GX1 (same sensor as the G3) you will see same exposure (probably GX1 was shot with the new dimmer light).
ISO 3200:GX1: 1/800s F/6.3E-M5: 1/800s F/6.3
A bit off topic, but in this day of lens announcements is it possible to ask why dpreview stopped reviewing lenses? It's over a year since the last full review was published...
Alberto6674: About the ZS8:
"Essentially a ZS10 but without the GPS, touchscreen and stereo microphone, the ZS8 offers the same core features at a lower price."
I think you forget here the main difference: The ZS8 has a CCD sensor instead of the MOS sensor on the ZS10. This makes the ZS8 have a much better image quality, at a lower price. The ZS10 uses this MOS sensor for being able to record Full HD video, but sacrificing IQ (Unlike Sony, Panasonic still didn't learn how to make MOS sensors that produce the same or less noise than CCD, and this is even more noticeable in these small ones than in 4/3 ones).
Maybe I spoke too fast. Now I saw that in the studio set you can also choose the ZS8 and the IQ is about the same as the ZS10. Very strange. I seem to recall seeing a noticeable difference between both at the time of launch (which is normal having different sensors with different technologies). Hhmm...
About the ZS8: