What a mean spirited review, or at least the conclusions. I couldn't care less about the score or the gold stars, but in comparison with other reviews of cameras in the same class, the negatives are nit-picking at best, and the positives downplayed.
Of course those who run this site have to maintain the line that there is nothing wrong with this review, but I think any reasonably objective reader could pick the holes that others have mentioned a mile away.
Similar thing happened to the GH3, and the G5 wasn't even reviewed, but I guess readers can come to their own conclusions as to why this is happening.
I'm not a fan of conspiracy theories myself, but it's very difficult to explain.
Lea5: To STU 5. You CAN run Corel DRAW on a Mac. Read:
And the most important statements:
"We also make sure to test new releases on our design software on Apple computers."
"Adobe’s recent announcement will put the discussion back on the table."
I'll let others judge for themselves about Pixelmator and visit the app store for themselves. Any objective person can see how the reviews stack up. I have never had any of the problems mentioned by you.
Yes I missed it where you declared were not an employee etc, so my apologies for that.
When you say "It seems you think it is fine for people to moan about Adobe but not for others to moan about the competition?" the point surely is that there is no equivalence. If Corel was to start the same practices as Adobe, I'm sure that they would suffer similar criticism.
What you are doing is 'cherry picking' negative data regarding Adobe's competitors for some reason, in a very unfair manner.
Stu 5, since your obsession in defending all things Adobe is clear for all to see, perhaps you should come clean about your involvement with Adobe as an employee or as someone with a financial interest in the company.
You can defend Adobe till the cows come home (which you probably will), I couldn't care less. What I object to is your disingenuous slagging of any competitors' products.
For example, you ignore a positive review of Pixelmator that i posted and claimed that the product was virtually unusable, encouraging me to check out the apps store comments.Well I did just that, and the app has a 5 star rating and mostly glowing comments, with which, from my experience I agree with.
Pixelmator may not be a direct competitor to PS, but it sure beats the hell out of LR.
You do similar thing to other alt software, including offerings from Corel
I mostly give people the benefit of the doubt, but in your case you are appearing to be little more than a tiresome troll with issues.
adrianf2: Very glad I bought Pixelmator a few weeks ago, for a ridiculously low price. It was upgraded a couple of days ago - for nothing of course.
I don't know if it's adequate a replacement for Photoshop, but it seems to have many of the features of Lightroom, and is comparatively easy to use with a great interface and support.
From a detailed review of PS, Pixelmator and Gimp:
"Photoshop is the overall winner, but Pixelmator is very close behind. GIMP didn’t put on a great show.
General users, amateur designers, and amateur photographers should get Pixelmator. It has lots of great standard-level features; a decent selection of pro-level features; and is a beautiful, fast app."
Have you ever used these products that you keep slagging?
Very glad I bought Pixelmator a few weeks ago, for a ridiculously low price. It was upgraded a couple of days ago - for nothing of course.
Matt1645f4: where eer you go in this world, the rich get richer the poor get poorer......
JackM I have read some stupid comments before, but yours is up there with the best of them.
Nuno Souto: Memo to all companies who pretend to "redefine" the mirrorless market:the market is micro-4:3rd. Full stop. Don't waste any more time with "parallel streams" and other such marketing devices to make you waste money and resources. And FIRE the nincompoops who keep telling you to "redefine" the market!No? OK, keep running to the edge of the abyss...
If you wouldn't get a mirrorless camera if it was free you obviously have more money than sense. Some of the best cameras on the market today without a doubt, but you stick with whatever it is you use.
ryansholl: Now let's be fair, folks. If this is competing with camera phones, we need to compare it to its competition and evaluate its message-carrying abilities.
If it's got android, there are a number of free apps for voice recording. You can record your message, then either leave the camera somewhere where the recipient can find it and listen or, if they're not too far away, do a crow-hop and throw the camera to the call recipient. I've noticed lag before with my Droid X/M, it's just a little worse here. There's always the carrier pigeon route as well. Though it may be a bit heavy. OBVIOUS solution using a strand of creeper.
So, as a camera, it totally wins out, and as a phone it shouldn't do too bad except in the voice lag department.
With that considered, I think this camera is deserving of at least 68%.
Got nothing to do with 'camera snobs' marike6, just a question of priorities. But you seem rather obsessed by this topic so I'll leave you to it.
No, it's actually about why bother judging at all.
So what if it's the first camera of its type if it's basically an uninteresting design with serious output and responsiveness problems? When there are so many decent cameras out there crying out to be reviewed, all people are saying is that DPR seems to have its priorities wrong.
But I guess we're not allowed to criticise since this is a 'free' service. Can't quite see the logic in that one.
BingoCharlie: So glad we got this review. Forget the NEX-6, GH3, XE-1, and 6D. A review of the Coolpix S800c is what DPR users have been clamoring for.
Don't forget the G5? It was named consumer compact camera of the year by a UK camera mag, but seems forgotten by DPR.
Take it as constructive feedback, not whining. I come to this site for reviews of cameras I'm interested in (such as the G5), and they seem so far and few between it's hardly worth bothering.
I think DP is losing the plot. Still no G5 review for eg, yet we get a review of what is a rather uninteresting camera so soon after its release.. The priorities of this site are hard to fathom these days. It certainly doesn't seem that detailed reviews of interesting and innovative cameras are high on the list unfortunately.
Anastigmat: Did someone misread the calendar and thought that it was April 1 instead of Jan. 1? The OM-D as the best camera of 2012 is not even funny or believable if it were an April fool joke.
And as mentioned previously, people asked and they weren't added.
Just Posted: I dont think its such a great camera for the money, but that just me.
Seems funny that so many here have some strange attachment to seeing their hardware achieve some award that has no real merit.
I agree that the OM-D is not such a great camera for the money. Too many flaws, partly caused by its retro design. People are comparing it to DSLRs, but a more valid comparison would be with other mirrorless cameras that have fewer flaws.
Not much of a future for these overweight dinosaurs anyway.
Also JG mentions 'Olympus colours' as being an advantage of the mighty (form over function) OM-D, but what's so special about silver and black?
Seems funny that ' Panasonic make great pancakes.' That's diversification for you I guess.
Seriously good point by illy about the gear owning you though. Are camera 'enthusiasts' worse than other obsessives? Or just more boring?
What's the problem with the Mongolian Freight Truckers association?
adrianf2: OK. Olympus won 'fair and square'. But what exactly did they win? A popularity contest among the visitors to this site from a pre-determined list that excluded many excellent cameras.
Hey I'm not bitter at all, just thinking that many here are attaching undue significance to a limited and misguided popularity poll.
Don't know how that worked but I recall reading that suggestions would be welcome, and possibly added to the list. I and a few others made some suggestions, but I don't think the list changed.
My point remains, why have a list in the first place which limits the choices available based on DP's editorial opinion? If they wanted a true representation they should have included every camera released in 2012. We may have got the same result, who knows?
OK. Olympus won 'fair and square'. But what exactly did they win? A popularity contest among the visitors to this site from a pre-determined list that excluded many excellent cameras.