Some nice things:* no more useless non customizable help "?" button!* enhanced AF * better frame coverage * more AF points * low light * distance range * some customizations possible* wifi* tethering* enhanced LCD display* auto ISO in M mode (?)
Some new bad things:* GPS is gone* really good AF assist lamp is gone* must press the button to turn the dial, really?
Still some bad things from the A77:* no exposure compensation display on the top lcd
And still many good things:* triple hinge LCD - this thing is incredibly useful!* AF in live view as good as in the viewfinder* high quality viewfinder* excellent ergonomy* high quality case* 1/8000 max shutter speed* 1/250 sync speed* very low latency shutter release* up to 12 fps* level display
And some unknown: * less noise in low light in th VF?* faster switch between the viewfinder and the rear display?* fixed the very poor flash performance of the A77?
This is really nice to see this kind of features coming through a firmware update!All the manufacturers should try to keep their cameras evolving as long as possible, instead of trying to sell us the next model as soon as possible.Fujifilm is good on that side. Canon did well with the 7D. And I'm still waiting for Sony to bring a properly working flash system for the A77...
Kudos to Olympus!
Tilt screen! Pro don't want tilt screen!That and the touch screen from phase One...all these medium format makers have gone crazy ;-)
A builtin flash! I really hope olympus will put one in all its next OM-D cameras!
Touchscreen?Pro don't care about touchscreen! (according to the dpr forums)This must be a toy camera ;-)
In “for larger less such as the XF 55-200mm”, “less” should probably “lens”.
I would be interesting to have a comparison of the focusing speed of various cameras. I remember to have been impressed by the focusing speed of the olympus two years ago, and not so impressed by many others. I wonder how fuji AF compares to olympus AF.
Very nice to see some more serious autofocus testing in a review! I hope we'll also see that in the all the new reviews on dpreview :-)
Just another Canon shooter: Basically, a video oriented feature, with almost no use for stills?
A fast autofocus in live view combined with an orientable screen offers a lot of opportunities to shoot at non conventional angles. This is incredibly useful to shoot young children for instance, and I'm not talking about video!
Sure you may be able to do the same by crawling on the floor if the subject stay quiet. But most likely the subject is running all around and you just can't crawl that fast.
Zvonimir Tosic: Regarding lack of tilting screen: I see that this may be seen as a drawback. But lets think again, like guys at Pentax: at least it seems they think twice about every gizmo others introduce without a second thought. If a camera can be controlled comfortably from any distance via smartphone, which almost everyone has, and have a live preview too — then what's the point making a rugged, weather-proof camera that has a weakest part in its tilting screen while the screen substitute/extension is in your pocket? I don't say it's best solution, but is tilting screen any better?
I think many of us are undervaluating the usefulness of tilting screen.
Tilting screen is incredibly useful, coupled with a good liveview AF, when shooting (fast moving) young children.
No remote control through a smartphone will ever help in that case.
SHood: "shutter shock" is a problem with all mirrorless cameras. Smaller body is part of the problem but also due to the shutter requiring a close/open to start the exposure and then another close/open to end it. This quick double shutter action is different than DSLRs which just need to open to start the exposure and then close to end it.
I have found with my GH3 that shooting at hi-speed continuous shooting does help as liveview is disabled so you don't have the double shutter action except to start the first image and end the last image in the sequence. The electronic shutter on Panasonic bodies also helps but is limited.
The new 1/8000s shutter speed on the E-P5 and E-M1 has probably made it even worse as the shutter is now designed to move even faster. Only the global shutter will totally eradicate this.
Not every mirrorless camera has this double mechanical shutter action per shot. The NEX (and the SLT, though not exactly mirrorless) cameras have a first electronic curtain that avoids that.See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tpYDet-aUsThis may also be the case for other makers.The GX7 also has a full electronic shutter mode but it limits the maximum shutter speed, is not usable with the flash, and shows rolling shutter deformations...
Is it really smaller than the Olympus E-420?http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse420/2
Wow! This is a great shot!