Neodp: One day perhaps the m43 sensor will be better than the best APS-C sensors today. That day, is not today. I can not abide the water color smeary noise at 1:1, at real world lighting (including shadows in any contrasting light) high IOS's. I'd say the goal is zero noise; at ISO 3200. This camera is way over priced. It's fine lenses are also way overpriced, comparatively (think 35mm Nikkor AF-S). I'm all for better carry sizes(and pocket camera progression); but it's just not worth it, now.
I've not used an APS-C sensor that I can say is definitively better than the newer m43 models. I have an X100s and an E-M5 and don't notice any discernible difference in IQ below ISO 3200 between them.
arbuz: L-Fn button - so Olympus now copies Samsung NX solutions? Well, well, who would have thought...
I don't know who was first or second, but I do know my Oly 12-50 has the same button.
Pity it's more expensive than the OM-D, in the UK at least (£899 vs £839). Can't see someone getting this over the OM-D, unless they *really* need the enhancements.
forpetessake: Can't wait to see the sibling rivalries on the m43 forum. Both E-P5 and E-M5 produce religious following, and true believers always zealously fight the infidels from another camp.
@jadmaister: No they don't.
A really poor interview. For instance the question about the price hike was brushed aside with a comment about Lightroom pricing! How was that relevant to the question? Did you pursue it? Did he refuse to answer?
Dave Knadler: Wish I had waited a bit longer before buying the 20mm f/1.7. Now I suppose eBay will be filling up with the Pannies.
I'm also putting my Panny 20mm up for sale. I bought the 17mm the other day and it's a really good lens, especially the IQ.
Sergey Borachev: What's the point of a shiny metal lens with fancy focus ring and high quality looks (and price) when its performance is just adequate? This lens should have been made cheap in plastic like the 45mm, if at all (since there is another olympus 17mm lens that does not impress already). And there is also a good Panasonic 20mm. So, why bother? Any wonder why this lens is such a disappointment to most? 35mm equiv is the most essential lens, the lens that most would pick is they can only have one single prime. Yet, with all the lenses already in its range, Olympus chose to release another somewhat better 17mm but expensive lens after the failure in the earlier version. You excited by this lens?
Where did it say it was "adequate"? I saw it say it's not as sharp as two of the sharpest lenses available for m43, the 45mm and 75mm.
I've got both the 17mm and the Panasonic 20 and will be selling the 20mm, the 17mm is sharper and the AF much faster.
I've also got the old Oly 17mm and there's no comparison between the old and the new, not "somewhat better".
Ronald A Yorko: Editors choices, not the readers. All fine cameras- but so were many others. Issue for Micro Four Thirds IS the limited lens choices and their prices- as compared to Sony, Pentax, Nikon & Canon. While the OM-D is a cool camera- I can't say the image quality is up to the level of dslrs.
"I can't say the image quality is up to the level of dslrs."Does it have to be? I mean, I know a FF DSLR will outperform it, but how many people actually push a modern camera to the limit where the differences become noticeable? Some do, I admit, but the majority probably wouldn't.
I feel it's a bit like PC's. How many people *really* need the absolute fastest CPU? Do people really notice if MS Word opens 0.02sec faster than the next CPU?
I bought the OM-D as it offered pretty much everything my 5D and 1Ds MKII offered in a significantly smaller package. I know the 1Ds MKII is an 'old' camera, but it still produces results that are very impressive, for me.
I think the most interesting observation to come out of this poll is that a disturbingly large percentage of posters took the poll way too seriously.
forpetessake: Unlike boring predictable Canons and Nikons, Olympus OM-D created a cult following, that's for sure, the poll is yet another evidence.
@Pal2012 - a lot of the comments I've read seem to be saying that people voted for the camera they owned, rather than the 'best' camera. Which would suggest that Olympus sold more OM-D's than Nikon sold D800's.
tkbslc: Some people are a bit too hung up on the term "Best Camera". They seem to think it means the one with the highest resolution or the fastest fps burst. But that's no more true than saying the "best car" has to be the Bugatti Veyron. Sure it's fast, but it's too freaking expensive, sucks for dirt roads and where do the kids sit? Best just means "best for my set of requirements". The fact that the Olympus won means many people consider the best camera to be one that has good enough image quality, good enough portability and a attainable price. Much like how the Motor Trend 2012 car of the year was the VW Passat. I doubt it has the highest specs in any category, but it's a cool, yet practical car many people can afford.
You must be new. Presenting a logical and well thought out argument won't win you any friends here.
Boris F: OMD EM-5 is the King! Look for ISO performance, it is maybe one stop only below full frames.
@Holgs - you forgot to add that at low light the increased DOF is usually a benefit.
Robert Judelson: The Cannon 5D Mark 3 should win the Worst camera award
Really? I don't have the MKIII (I have the 'classic'), but it seems like a pretty good camera to me. I think the real reason is that the forums really built it up and it didn't meet the expectations. But it's still a very, very good camera.
rallyfan: I bet he goes home each night and cries into a suitcase full of money.
Even if he did, and the last sentence of the DPR article says he's donating most of it to charity, so what?
If I was in the same position I'd expect to be compensated. You wouldn't I take it?
Daniel from Bavaria: 500$ and no lens hood, that's ridiculous.
What happend to Olympus?
Well, I paid $450 for my Canon 50mm f1.4, and that didn't come with a lens hood either. Lots of lenses in this price bracket don't either. But it would be nice if they had put one in, wouldn't cost that much.
undergrounddigga: Am I the only one, who is over the moon about this launch?! :)Perhaps, because I am the lucky owner of an OMD, 12mm f/2.0, 45mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 macro. (no kit lens for me :) I absolutely adore these products. In design, size, quality and most importantly image quality are close to perfection. Just the thought of not owning the 75mm and now, this new lens, makes me go nuts :)This is actually the first Olympus camera I have bought. Have been using Oly (and Nikon) microscopes for 15-20 years, and they always been flawless. I am very delighted to see Olympus doing so well, and being able to release such fantastic products. And I am particularly happy that they attacked the m4/3, as for me size in an important factor. I know, not FF or whatever, but these lenses with the OMD are a dream to use. Can't recommend them enough. Hope the new lens will be sharp as the other ones, as I have heard some concerning reviews about the pre-production model.
Nope, I'm really looking forward to it as well! Hopefully it'll be a good as the 12mm f2.0 or 45mm f1.8. I doubt it will be as good as the 75mm, but we can hope.
bugbait: Photos are essential as they offer smooth & complex hue saturation and value.The old man is ideal. The blown out female image is not as useful to me as there is absolutely no texture to her skin. Real women have texture, and so do the images of them. The lip area was also very useful part of the old scene. The child is adorable, but even if it is your own child or a paid (parent) model; I do think it is inappropriate to use a child for the intense viewing of thousands of strangers. I feel strongly on that point.
There is a lot to like about the scene, but do not finalize until you get lots of feedback from users and have implemented some of their suggestions. Such as adding back in shadow areas, that is a must for most folks.
Thank you for the effort.
I don't really understand why the child picture is inappropriate, surely many photographers take pictures of children, either their own or other peoples.
If the concern is around the type of person viewing the picture, I'm sure they can get better quality (for want of a better phrase) pictures from other sources.
Otherwise DPR would have to ban all child pictures from the site. Something I think not many of us would want.
Just a thought.
schufosi777: 1995 pounds???????????????????? Thats 3200USD. Hello am I missing something. The price in Japan is 2500USD. Whats going on. I will import it from America!!!!!!!!
Yes, you're missing the fact that we have to add on import duties and VAT. VAT alone takes it to £1560. I'm not sure what the import duties are on something like this, but I reckon £1995 is probably bag on when you factor in those two taxes :(
Craig Atkinson: why do people get so excited? It's a camera, a good one, not a perfect one. I think a percentage rating is fine as long as it's read in context. I see it as being relevant today. Of course in six months it wont be the same, better cameras of the same type will be out. Today though the RX100 is best / second best [ricoh grd4] in its class. It might be the only camera of it's class, seems so.
Dpreview could develop two sliding scale systems. One which is the rating of the camera at the time of release and another which slides with time, so most likely will slide down as new tech is developed and released. 78% I think is fair. It's too small, it has no snap function or way of measuring distance. It has no real grip. It has no lens thread...A great camera but far from perfect. As far as the GRD4, they are both great cameras.
I'm with ManuH on this. I rarely even look at the scores. If I've read the review and I've not made up my own mind by the end of it, the score is not going to influence me at all.
Justin Francis: An Olympus Pen with a 14mm pancake lens and 45mm 1.8 walks all over this cam. The slow tele on the RX kills it. It's not that small as well. Don't understand the hoo-haa.
Avid m43 user here. Don't really think you can compare the size of the two. I've an E-PM1 which even when using the 14mm Panny is going to be bigger than this.
I really like the Sony, it's moved the P&S cameras forward and Sony should be applauded for this. I'll probably get one once it drops in price as its current price is right where other more interesting (for me) products sit (Oly 12mm f2.0 for one).