dkadc: Olympus and Panasonic engineers have to be laughing their butts off at Canikony.
Where's the beef?
Snore... Another example that, again, shows Canon is out of touch with what is really trending in mirrorless cameras like the Olympus OMD and other serious cameras that a pro or semi-pro might want to carry in his bag or take instead of a big bag of equipment...out of touch (almost sounds political)
audijam: where is Canon F1D or AE1D? seriously!
Canon has become the 'sleeping giant'...
Great add-on article and glad you add this on as an extra 'how to' guide so we don't need to search through all the pages of a review over and over again as we get acquainted with a new camera. This is kind of like a quick reference guide and wish that camera manufactures would add this type of information in their manuals.Glad the guys at DP are doing it for them...Maybe you guys could contract with these camera companies to show their buyers how to use their products to get the most out of them:)Thank you for all your hard work!
derfla1949: Test setup flaw or camera flaw?
in the studio setup comparison, please to look at the Irish Cream bottle, at the letters IR.There is a dark spot around them, which does not occur in the studio scenes of most other cameras (didnt check them all). With the OM-D, the obscure effect occurs at any iso, in jpg and raw.
So, is the bottle a different one or did the camera create an artefact or did all other cameras suppress some detail (which I cannot believe) ???
Good eye! WOW! Interestingly, The New Canon 5D Mark iii does nor show this. Looks like the noise reduction in the Canon smoothed it over. Though the Canon makes the image look better it does not show the true view of the bottle... This little camera is very impressive as are the details in this review!
Very nice review. I have been following this little camera since the announcement of its release. So far I have mostly seen only incredible reviews with very little, if any, negatives. But as we all know: No camera is perfect. Your exhaustive review uncovers some areas of concern. I really appreciate the honesty of such details. It seems this camera will make a nice add-on to my extensive Canon DSLR's and I will most likely carry it when I normally don't want to carry my heavy gear around. I waited and waited and waited for Canon to wake up and develop a mirror-less camera system but there is no need to wait on the 'big guys' any longer... Olympus has got it right so the time is right for micro 4/3's.... Now I just need $1300:)
photo nuts: The truth is up until the release of the E-P3 as recent as 2011, Olympus has always trailed behind their APS-C counterparts in both low ISO dynamic range and high ISO performance. There is no reasonable explanation for this since the m43/43 sensor is not that much smaller than the APS-C equivalent. It's comforting to find they have finally caught up with their competition and even surpassed Canon for low ISO dynamic range. If Canon continues to sit back and do nothing to their sensor design, they are majorly screwed. Shame on them.
I am not entirely convinced the whole sensor is from Panasonic. The likely scenario is Panasonic provides the sensor backbone while Olympus does some electronic tingling on their own, much akin to the Sony/Nikon partnership. In any case, this is a bravura performance!
Canon has a lot to be sad about these days... They have simply fallen asleep in many areas they once ruled... too bad I own so many of their products
Donnie G: While this camera doesn't appeal to me (no E.V.I.L., SLT or ILC does), it does appear to be a very well designed picture taking device that should prove to be a strong competitor within its target niche. I don't see it winning many converts among DSLR owners, but I think that its rivals in the mirrorless marketplace should definitely be worried. Way to go Oly!
I do agree that this looks to be a nice camera but I do think many DSLR owners will gladly carry it on days when they don't wish to lug around 20 lbs or more of gear. I don't mean replacing all my DSLRS but 'assisting' them or filling in for them at times when my big cameras just don't fit in or I simply don't wish to carry them... It will be less intimidating to the camera shy folks when doing photo-journal type work...