EDWARD ARTISTE: I have to say. First impressions "review" makes no sense at all.
I'm sure it will help with metrics and search- but its still pretty nonsensical. Its not a review in any sense of the word, its a PREVIEW.
DPR have published 8 "first impressions reviews" and one "preview" this month. It would be nice if they would let us know how their two types of early evaluations differ. Personally, I would prefer they simply use "first impressions" since "preview" generally doesn't include an evaluative component and also is usually provided by the company releasing the product.
YouDidntDidYou: The Reuters article says that PEN sales are 12% below expectations (we do not know what they're expectations were in the first place they might of expected sales to rise 20% and only got an 8% increase), also it doesn't mean Olympus mirrorless sales are down (they probably aren't).How much are Nikon 1, Canon EOS M, Pentax Q and Samsung NX sales down?
@peevee1Olympus didn't say that PEN sales are down 12% from last year. They said they were 12% below expectations. Without know their expected sales for this year it is impossible to tell how PEN sales compare with other mirrorless.
marike6: Now that this camera got a Gold Award, maybe Canon will use this same sensor for another five years.
But seriously, I handled this camera at Costco the other day, and the body is really quite nice. IQ is behind it's competitors but at the entry level this may not matter since images at lower ISOs do look very good.
The problem is lenses. The lenses I'd be interested in mounting like the new Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 or the excellent EF 70-200 f/4 would balance extremely poorly. The shallow grip helps keep the SL1 small, but ultimately hurts ergonomics. In this case a standard Rebel T5i / 700D or 70D would be a significantly better choice.
Many assume (including DPR) that small size is desirable, but it only helps portability. That's it. And since the SL1 is not pocketable anyway, the sacrifice in handling is really all for naught.
I think most of us appreciate lighter weight cameras even if we can't fit them into our pockets. I don't think I'm the only one who frequently tosses a small camera into my day pack.
MichaelKJ: "This highlight capability is paid for in the shadows, where the RX1R clips to black rather sooner than some of its rivals."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the graph would appear to indicate that the only camera that doesn't clip to black as soon as the RX1R is the D600.
I stand corrected ;)The 645 appears to be equal to the D800 & D600. Olympus E-M5 appears to be better at not clipping to black than all of those cameras. Am I missing something again (is gradation normal equivalent to DRO off & ADL off)?Are there any cameras that beat the RX1R in terms of not clipping to white?
"This highlight capability is paid for in the shadows, where the RX1R clips to black rather sooner than some of its rivals."
Albino_BlacMan: Has DPR reviewed a camera that hasn't gotten at least a silver award in the last 2 years?
Awards lose their meaning a bit when everyone gets them...
Cameras reviewed so far in 2013 (excluding group reviews)Gold = 7Silver = 9No award = 3Lake Wobegon effect?
deleted_081301: "Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad is finally shipping the 'Lunar'."
Hasselblad LONG AGO ceased to Manufacture Cameras... and long ago ceased to be SWEDISH .....Most of thier Cameras are made in Japan by Fuji as are the lenses for them
Now they are rebadging SONY's with a wood Veneer
In this day and age, where a product is manufactured has little meaning (think Apple & Samsung manufactured by Foxconn in China). I think Hassys are still, in some way, based in Sweden. A Hong Kong company acquired ownership rights in 2003, but Venitz Capital--a German and Swiss-based private equity firm acquired the company two years ago. While a prive equity firm calls the shots, they obviously don't design the cameras. The company's R&D people may still be in Sweden (although, given this camera, that may offend some Swedes).
tkpenalty: Why dont they just make a mirroless D3x00 with on sensor phase like the V2 and the same aesthetic?
Much less R&D, much easier engineering, and each camera would be cheaper. The V2 isn't even small anymore....
@JorginhoThe smaller sensor size of the V2 translates into about a one stop difference, so low light ability of f1.2 on V2 is similar to f1.8 on mFT.
Zvonimir Tosic: I don't understand Olympus. Why they issue an E-Px camera, then also an E-PLx camera which is basically bastardised and cheap E-Px? Why they follow the logic, or the lack of it, of the DSLR manufacturers? For example, why they don't keep the value and the appeal of the E-Px cameras by issuing a separate line of fixed, quality retractable lens cameras with the same sensor and in the similar design (but a camera category that is more like the Coolpix A and Ricoh GR, or even Fuji X100s)? The small form factor of the mirrorless offer would really show its truer potential, and would not devaluate the appeal of the Pen camera. (And then on top those two lines, have an OM-D like offer too). In retrospect, by now they could practically own the market which Fujifilm, Sigma, Nikon ad Ricoh try to create and establish themselves with their fixed-lens, large sensor enthusiast cameras.I appreciate your answers.
Are you referring to the past and present executives at Olympus?
marike6: It looks very similar to the EP-3, but with a tilt LCD. They just wrote "Olympus PEN" in all caps on as a nod to the original PEN.
The country club, polo shoes, cologne theme makes me NOT want to buy it at all. I cannot think of a more square marketing theme than "country club chic".
It's also not nearly as beautiful as the X100s, nor as small and utilitarian as the Ricoh GRD V. So I'm out, but I'm sure it will do well with m43 users.
I have my doubts about m43 users. I'm on my third mFT camera and don't think it makes much sense to own both the E-M5 and the E-P5. I prefer to shoot with an EVF and, after using the excellent VF-2 with the E-PL1, have no desire to own another camera with a removable EVF. This is clearly an excellent camera. However, I see it as appealing to a niche market and doubt it will sell that well. I think most E-M5 users are willing to wait for the next OM-D to enjoy the improvements that have been incorporated into the E-P5.
gandulfc: basically, when I read the video specs, this is a panasonic gh2 with slight photo improvements
It has 1080/60p and focus peaking. Andrew Reid is quite impressed with it. http://www.eoshd.com/content/10172/gh2-sensor-goes-into-impressive-panasonic-g6-adds-108060p-and-focus-peaking
It would be helpful if DPR could make it clear how the dimensions coincide with the weightings. For example, you have a movie/video dimension but this is not a separate category in your weightings pie chart. Thus, we have no idea if it is considered part of "features" or "other" or something else.
agentul: so the GH2 gets 79% and a silver award, while the GH3 gets 79% and a gold award. why?
Both are obviously subjective. The scores on each dimension and the overall score are based on subjective judgments as are the awards.
GodSpeaks: I would like to have seen side by side size comparisons to say an Olympus OMD, Panasonic GH3, Gx cameras, and even against the smallest Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR cameras.
Otherwise saying it's the world's smallest DSLR really does not give any real feel of how small it is (or not).
Canon Rebel SL1 is 7% (8.2 mm) narrower and 6% (5.3 mm) shorter than Nikon D3200.Canon Rebel SL1 is 9% (7.1 mm) thinner than Nikon D3200.Canon Rebel SL1 [407 g] weights 19% (98 grams) less than Nikon D3200 [505 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
Canon Rebel SL1 is 3% (4.2 mm) narrower and 1% (1.1 mm) taller than Olympus OM-D E-M5.Canon Rebel SL1 is 66% (27.5 mm) thicker than Olympus OM-D E-M5.Canon Rebel SL1 [407 g] weights 2% (7 grams) more than Olympus OM-D E-M5 [400 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
Canon Rebel SL1 is 12% (16.1 mm) narrower and 3% (2.7 mm) shorter than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.Canon Rebel SL1 is 15% (12.6 mm) thinner than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.Canon Rebel SL1 [407 g] weights 26% (143 grams) less than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 [550 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).camerasize.com
Tim F 101: Great news for micro 4/3. Sounds like a killer app for people who want to do great video with minimal (sized) gear. The GH3 will do just fine, since this little thing does not look like a great tool if you also want to take great still pics (or at least the best that the m4/3 lens mount can deliver).
This will probably hurt GH3 sales since some people will prefer its video capabilities and opt to go with separate cameras for stills and video.
Winston Loo: just look at this and tell me that Canon's strategy makes any sense?
A comparison of equivalent lenses (18-36mm equiv):Olympus E-M5 + Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 -- 555g Filter size 52mmCanon 100D + Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 - - 1077g Filter size 82mmAnd the Olympus lens is slightly faster! but has no hood.
Looks to me like this is just one part of their strategy to gain small ILC market share. They will compete with their brand name recognition & marketing muscle and superior AF for moving subjects. This camera isn't aimed at those who want a 9-18. It is aimed at the average P&S upgrader who will never own more than one or two zoom lenses. I expect them to emphasize the fact that the 18-55 only weighs 7 oz.
retro76: I love my OM-D, but I have longed for a smaller Canon SLR. The slow focusing of the OM-D, poor controls and menus, and smaller sensor (DOF) have been things I have had trouble moving past. Looks like the OM-D is going up for sale !
Sounds like you don't really love your OM-D. If you weren't aware that CDAF is still inferior to PDAF for moving subjects when you bought the OM-D, you have only yourself to blame. I hope you are happy with the 100D.
robmanueb: Nikon Coolpix A killer. Faster lens, quarter of the price and it has an optical viewfinder.
Nevertheless, Nikon bucked the trend last year with increased Coolpix sales that took market share away from Canon and Sony.
Sergey Borachev: If there is only one new serious model once every 3 years, and still not competitively priced or featured, then what is the difference whether Olympus is stopped DSLR making or not, or whether it is really alive or dead. How many would dare consider such a DSLR system, when DSLRs' own future in the long time is a question mark, espeically given the size of its DSLR business and the financial trouble the company is in and can't seem to recover from?
I know there are many people here trying to talk this up, people who are fanaticss and owners of 43 lenses. The reality is that Olympus needs to survive at this time. Olympus is stupid to try to revive a system that most have given for dead, and it will face death itself trying. If it can't make a decent profit and get stronger financially even now, while its M43 products are looking so promising at this time, what chance has it got diverting resources to something that few would bother with now? Too late!
Whats Olympus thinking?
What Hollywood movie? The last mention that Woodford was negotiating movie rights was Nov 2012 when it was reported that he was in talks with a British film company, The Ink Factory. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/26/entertainment-us-woodford-olympus-movie-idUSBRE8AP09020121126
Jefftan: I am surprised Samsung has not giving up on the NX systemespecially with the price. no chance at all in the marketmaybe OK in Korea but not for the world
Samsung hates to admit defeat in any product market, especially to Japanese companies. Their strategy is to keep copying and improving their products until they get them right. I don't see them giving up on the NX system any time soon.