the major advantage to me for Mirrorless cameras is the WYSIWYG through the viewfinder ....this is a huge step up from a optical VF..my Oly EM1 allows me to exposure compensate on the fly and see in real time the effects..that alone is a very useful feature ...
razadaz: In recent years photography seems to have become more like Hi-Fi, where many people seem to have become more interested in the fidelity of the system they have than the music they listen to.
@razadazyou hit the nail on the head mate ..so true
I echo all the positive replies...really enjoyed the video and was a welcome change for reading a review
sneakyracer: With larger sensor mirrorless cameras getting smaller and better, Olympus better up their game or their small sensor cameras will become a tough sell. The magic is in the lenses (also the AF and EVF).
true..but add a 80-400 nikkor to a D800 and crop at APSC size for 16 mp..its weighs in at 2.6 kilo..the olympus goes is 1.26 kilo...quite a difference in the field
a 600mm F5.6 lens would be a lot bigger than the 300mmF2.8 oly lens depicted here ..camera size is not relevant in this case ...overall system size needs to be considered
some oil rich sheik will be all over that
DouglasGottlieb: I like DPReview and have watched a few interviews from this series so far. None ask any tough questions -- lots of fluff.
Whatever happened to the rumored "Trip D" fixed lens, 4/3 sensor, enthusiast compact?
What's happening with the Pen "rethink" you promised? How can it challenge the Panasonic GM1, GM5 and LX100? Users repeatedly ask for a Pen with integrated EVF. Why not do it? If a Pen body had EM1 ruggedization and performance, wouldn't enthusiasts and pros buy it? Why do you assume that centered EVF with a hump appeals to pros and smaller, boxy rangefinder style is for selfie shooters?
Where is 4K?
Where are fast, ultra wide primes?
Why not do f/1.2 or f/0.95?
Why not weather seal your primes to match the EM1 and EM5 bodies?
Is 16 megapixels the limit of M43?
BarneyI liked it mate ...it might not be as hard hitting as some would like..but i get your point about the reps not being able to answer those more revealing questions so whats the point in being a agro interviewer and putting the bloke in a tough spot..well done mate and Id like to see more of this on the site
jagge: lol, who cares ?? this review is so desperately late that it is utterly meaningless. Every single cam site out there has made reviews I guess a year ago, its a cam widely used in productions.
Using energy on this is close to a joke. It just highlights the speed issue on this site. It seems to be very bad use of the time that so obviously is in short demand. Using the time on a current and newer release would make much more sense.
And dont get me wrong its a super relevant cam to review, but at this point in time its a waste of energy
not for me , as Ive only just started to look at this type of camera and the is the first GH4 review Ive read !
im interested in this camera but after reading the buttons and dials feel cheap and plasticy I'm not that confident ...cameras at this level and spec need to feel well made with premium materials used
the snake images is pretty awesome ..such a shallow DOF and the eyes have it..
really enjoying this ..DPR congrats
gee that sandwich sounds good...impressive for ISO 1600
great series..very funny and creative
Im not very impressed by the images that are hosted on DPR..most look soft the higher ISO images look softer still
CFBMD: Ok... I'm going to be the odd ball out. I was so excited to order the Fujifilm X-T1.... It has been a while since I had been so excited about a camera. Last time I felt this way I ordered the Nikon D2x the day it was available and never looked back. As a matter of fact that and my iPhone are my only cameras. Now many years later my old Faithful D2x keeps on working but outdated so I bought the X-T1. I rushed out to the UPS dispatch since I missed the truck. Got my Fujifilm X-T1 and held it. The fist thing my 8yo daughter said was "ooh, it's so little" Not a good way to start. Feels solid, well built....but petite. Don't know how I feel about that. Also, I'm having a hard time adjusting/accepting the EVF. My biggest dilemma now... to return it or not? I just cant believe I lost seep over this...for crying out loud... I am an OBGYN and used to stressful situations every day....why is this stressing me OUT!
you're stressing out because its little and has a EVF..i thought thats why people bought these cameras !..you must be american if size matters in the "Bigger is best" mindset ?....also how about doing some homework before you impulse buy rather then subject a retailer to the return it because I didn't like it scenario
AD in KC: OK, I'm softening on my anger at Adobe. $10/month isn't so bad - especially now it includes some cloud storage - which is fairly useless still because you can't up-load folders, but I suspect they'll fix that eventually. Dropbox and others charge nearly as much for storage alone.
And I understand that they need to make a return on their investment. PS is the very best and I gotta have it for what I do for my livelihood. They deserve compensation.
yep Im with you AD in KC...$10 a month is a reasonable cost
Fred Dominic: Adobe is finished in my book unless they go back to being able to purchase the software that you use. The idea of "renting" software makes no sense. What if they change their policy in the future, all of the files in their proprietary format that is stored on your own computers, and all of the many hours spent producing those files will be locked away. Adobe is like a virus, in fact, it is similar to the virus CryptoLocker, where if you don't pay, there is no way to use your files.
brycesteiner ...I like that idea
mosc: It's not unique to cameras or even tech gear. Flip through your TV infomercial section to see exercise equipment and programs, jewelry, collectibles, cleaning products/equipment, cooking aids, time shares, the list is never ending. It is deep seated cultural materialistic desires routed in our love of self indulgence.
People try to feel better about themselves by purchasing rewards. Our spending patterns show a pretty direct correlation between unhappiness and "impulsive" purchases. At the extreme, people compensate for problems in their personal lives by acquiring things they enjoy in small bursts of time. This is exasperated by marketing that plagues on addictive personality traits and looks only at the moment of sale as the only value add to the company. The purchase itself is the enjoyment, not the product use.
The only real way to break this cycle is to find things you find rewarding by interaction with others or by accomplishments rather than purchases. The problem is mental.
MOSC..great post and you hit the nail on the head...Ive suffered the same in recent years and can see now what was pushing these moments of retail therapy ...
Chopingman: You're kidding right? Nikon's rich history in the optical business includes bomb sights and submarine periscopes used in the attack of Pearl Harbor. Tens of thousands of Americans were killed by optics made by Nikon. Now you all want to get indignant about a few rifle scopes used legitamently by hunters? Where exactly are your priorities?As the son of a Marine that spent a lot of time in the South Pacific killing Japaneese, and growing up in the age when "Made in Japan" was widely considered a joke, take it from me-- some people just live to be offended. I have managed to forgive and forget. I now proudly buy Nikon products, and ANY Japeneese product that is best of class. Sadly Nikon's rifle scopes are not best of class or I would proudly have a few of those too. Truly, what is the real agenda here?
well said mate
Damon Lynch: I'll keep this in mind next time I'm in the field when the wind is blowing and I'm struggling to keep my 5D Mk III & telephoto lens steady despite being mounted on a top-of-the-line tripod and ball head ;-)
But having said that, it's good to see solid testing backing up the anecdotal evidence that what really matters is the camera and lens combinations. And although it is outside the gambit if DxO, tripods and mirror lockup make a difference too of course.
lol..good call Damon ...