photo perzon: That large and no flash, no LCD screen that does selfies. I'd rather a PL5 with VF4.
I'm sure there are cheaper ways to satisfy your selfie needs. PL5 with a VF4? Go for it!
nathondetroit: Olympus had one shot, and that was a 17mm 1.8 kit @ $999.
$1450 can get you a better sensor and viewfinder in the X100s, or get you started with a body+fast prime in any number of DLSR lineups… It just doesn't make sense to pay such a premium for less image quality.
nathondetroit Dude you just saved yourself $1400 you should be happy and shut up about it. Now go shoot something with your cheaper yet better camera.
BJN: Meh. You get a more compact camera only if you don't use the add-on EVF. If you do, you have a bigger, bulkier package. And you have fiddly caps that need to cover the vulnerable accessory port behind the hotshoe and the protruding connector below the EVF. Unless you never or rarely intend to use an EVF, go for the better integrated E-M5.
Being the Best is not always the most popular. Is that what you meant to say?
igorek7: OMD - evf + wifi + 1/8000 + peaking + a few more new features. However, the same "vintage" design, the same lack of improvements in video, the same idea that starting price should be twice more than expected. Fortunately, the micro four thirds system provides a good choice of the alternative cameras.
This would be really great for $100 but at $1000 it's only great. Someone buy me one so I can stop posting how much it cost... um, how broke I am.
Ybor: OMG...this camera (even at this price) would have been great about a year ago. To introduce as they have makes it no better than Panasonic putting GH3 sensor into latest down the chain model, making it so yesterday. Add to this that the price is about $100 higher than I anticipated. That said, the kit with the evf and 17 1.8 for $1,499 is a pretty fair deal (even with the not so sharp lens that it is).
If only this would cause a price reduction in the OM-D...like down to $799 for body.
What i really, really meant was...
iShootWideOpen: It will be half price in a few months.
That really only works for food.
Edmond Leung: I think this is the right time for Olympus and Panasonic to think about FF cameras.In the long run, there is no way for 4/3 to compete with FF cameras.
Too deep for...?
Valentinian: Question: why there are no full size mirrorless cameras?
They are full size.
Naveed Akhtar: lovely.. its interesting to see how Oly and Fuji are matching their camera specs to specs. earlier their enthusiast compacts X10 and XZ-1 and now this one against F770exr
What are you "just saying" (?) Fujifilm's F770EXR about $320.00 Olympus SZ-12 about $ 179.00. Who woulda thunk one was better than the other... oh, you thunk it alright. Thanks for your insight.
Super Duper nice shot. Which metro is this?
Diopter: It must be a wonderful tool for a demanding photographer as many previous advanced cameras from the Olympus. But the styling is none! Ugly, chaotic box with unconvincing "retro" pretenses.
35mm was never "top of the game" in the day. I worked and shot in car studios 'back in the day'. 35mm was there but really not a starter, never first team, never ever top of the game. what ever that is supposed to mean.
D1N0: I think i'd rather have the Fuji X1-pro than this one. micro43 just feels too small for me.
He's a master at it. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
Glen Barrington: "A few months away from being finished" sounds suspiciously like, "They've run out of money and we don't know when it will be available" to me. I'm done with new Olympus gear.
Are you done enough to stop telling all of us about every time Olympus comes out with a new camera? Not that done!?!
Peiasdf: The color are nice under an overcast but the ISO 8000 image are not very impressive. Even down-sampled the noise are blotchy.
I also don't understand why the camera is still at version 0.95 when D800 with finalized firmware has been in the hand of pro shooters for the past few months. It seems like D800 will hit the ground shooting while E-M5 will spend a few months getting through its teething period before version 1.01.
@Peiasdf "I went Nikon for safety..." That's all I needed to hear, I mean that's all you needed to say.
ARTASHES: It could have a built-in flash in that huge "pseudo" house for pentaprism.
And yet it doesn't. How will you live now?
Mtsuoka: On second thought this Film era SLR design is kind of old fashioned.reminds me of the old film SLRSI'd still prefer the RF styling
Yeah, looks kinda retro to me. Does anybody else see that?
Francis Carver: This thing does not look too good for video shooting, right?
I mean, it can only record 1080 interlaced video. Not 1080 progressive.
You cannot plug an external mic into it via a standard 3.5mm unbalanced mini-RCA jack. There is a lame, pretty weird workaround to that "problem," but who will bother with that?
Kit zoom lens of 12-50mm is too dark for most video shoots indoors and after the Sun goes down outdoor shooting. What type of a quality video can you capture with 1/60th or 1/120th of a second shutter speed at F6/3, for example?
So, it's much more like a still pix cam.
Facts! What are facts? I rant! I've got rants and complaints about a camera I haven't even seen in person. Facts! I don't need your stinkin' facts!
historianx: I think they oughta drop the E-M5 and just call it the OM-D1 : )
"This camera has nothing to do with OM cameras apart from the way it looks from the front." Except the fact that it's made by the same company. As the owner of an OM-1n and OM-2n and OM-3 and OM-4T I do realize the OM name is " just Olympus marketing" by I think it's great marketing. They should try it with the Pen... oh, they did.
munro harrap: As the OM series was full-frame, remarks about this one surpassing 35mm quality are plain daft. I expect 36x24mm in a body this size at this price £1150 with a kit lens that is f6.3 at 100mm on Micro fourthirds means buying their VERY expensive faster zooms. (They have changed the mount so you cannot even use the 4/3rds ones.
Corruption in the industry seems to extend to fanboy commments about this ridiculous machine. The Panasonic is a third of the price, and has a screen you can at least fold away- not much point being weatherproof and having an exposed screen. Its been thrown together for suckers by a bunch of monkeys.
I still have my OMs and there is NO comparison, and with this sensor size for the same price the kit lens should be f2.8-f3.5 like the old one for 4/3rds (this is NOT a 4/3rds machine) certainly was.
So even the E-1 with that lens will give far better results for under half the money.
"As the OM series was full-frame" ? What was that? If 35mm is "Full Frame" then what is 6X6? or 6X9? or 4X5? I think maybe you don't know what you're on about. "not much point being weatherproof and having an exposed screen." Did you ever think that the screen was weather proof too? Oh, you weren't thinking.
marike6: What's up with the paint peeling off the hot-shoe on the picture of OM-D with the battery grip (bottom photo Page 3 - Body & Design). Wouldn't be too happy if I bought this camera, and had that happen.
The other negative is the fiddly clip-on flash a la NEX-5N. While not a replacement for a real strobe, it's really convenient to simply pop-up an on-board flash for a bit a fill-flash for back-lit scenes. Having to stop, reach in your bag, and dig out the clip-on is not ideal, for sure.
The only other thing that's less than stellar about this camera is the kit lens. As a m43's user, slower kit lenses are not ideal mainly because DOF is compromised on m43 to begin with. Start using f3.5-f6.3 zooms will give WAY too much DOF for many subjects. But Olympus and Panasonic have many great primes, so this is not really an issue. Just saying. I won't be buying it anyway, as I have 2 m43 cameras and my eye on the D800.
"... DOF is compromised on m43... " "Olympus and Panasonic have many great primes, so this is not really an issue." But I'll still complain because that's what I do when I'm not taking photos... just saying.