Photato: The first full color (24bit) Photo editing application for Windows PCs was Aldus Photostyler. It was made by a Taiwanese company called Ulead.Adobe bought Aldus to get rid of competition forbidding Ulead to make another Photo editing app, but Ulead later released PhotoImpact. I've been using that program ever since version 1 and love it. Now it can be found almost for free since Corel, in turn bought Ulead and discontinued PhotoImpact in favor PaintShop Pro.Down with monopolies.
I'm also a big fan of Ulead PhotoImpact and have been using it for years. I'm been using v12 on my Windows 8 machine today. I have to admit though that since it hasn't been updated for a few years and is never likely to be again it's not a programme I would recommend to others.These days I do my development in Lightroom and only use PhotoImpact if I want to "photoshop" the image.
Zerg2905: History repeating: the Tiger I (or II) had a huge 88 mm gun (like the sensor on the D800) but was a sluggish and non-reliable (mechanichally) piece of machinery. It was devastating however, but only in open field and in perfect conditions. The Pershing tank was a very good all-rounder (like the Canon 5D Mk III), but even if it was reliable, relatively quick and had a powerful gun it was perceived as "inferior" to the Tiger, and arived very late. And, in the end, the T-34 (OM-D) was the one that made the difference. Ha-haaaa... Cheers! :)
@ illy "one on one neither were a match ..."
Which is why they weren't used one on one. Ignoring how a tank (or camera) is used when determining which is best is poor methodology.
With respect to WWII tanks the outcome is known. The German Tiger and Panther tank force was bested by the Allied Sherman & T-34 tanks.
The tank analogy is of course a false analogy as the OM-D and D800 are not in conflict, except perhaps in this poll. They represent alternative approaches to photography but neither of them precludes the existence nor devalues the worth of the other.
For me and the way I use a camera, the OM-D is better than the D800 or a PhaseOne P65+ despite having the worst image quality of the three.
I see the OM-D as Sherman rather than the T-34. Have you seen the build quality of a T-34, rough to say the least (very effective tank though). The Sherman was much better engineered and built. It was inferior to the German Tiger and Panther tanks in almost every way but when used with the right tactics won the day.
What I would like to see is the OM-D equivalent of a Sherman Firefly. This was a British modification of a Sherman which had a huge 17" antitank gun crammed into it. It was a superb Tiger killer but not much good at other tank duties.
Take an OM-D, fit an oversized high resolution sensor with a matching fixed fast lens. It could "out gun" the D800 but would be much less versatile than a normal OM-D. Call it the OM-D Firefly
By brand it's:-
Nikon > Olympus > Sony > Canon
Not the order I would have predicted at the start of the year but probably a fair reflection of this years releases. Canon haven't been inspiring this year.
My vote went to the OM-D as it is a transformational camera.
In 2009 I made a list of my requirements for a mirrorless camera and the OM-D is the first camera to surpass them all. There is now a mirrorless system for me. I said bye-bye to my DSLR. My camera bag is much lighter and photograph somehow more fun.
It should be noted that the new m4/3 lenses have amplified the enjoyment that the OM-D brings.
The Nikon D800 is the current best FF camera but still isn't as good as Medium Format and hasn't really crossed any thresholds since last years best FF camera.
Alexander Vienna: Enabling the Super Control Panel for fast settings changesHello, I do not understand this.... it does not work... anybody here how can help?
The Super Control Panel is one of our favorite user interfaces - it puts all your key settings on a single screen, making it easy to check or change your setup. On the E-M5 it's been made even better by being made touch sensitive, meaning you can simply hit OK to bring the screen up, tap the setting you wish to change, then spin the dial to change it. Alternatively, you can press 'OK' to see a list of available settings.
Strangely, though, Super Control Panel isn't enabled, by default, in the E-M5's live view settings. We think this is one of the most important single changes you can make for making the shooting experience faster and more enjoyable.
Enable the SCP in the menu as described in the article and exit the menus.
When in live view press the "OK" button. This brings up one of the control panels (Live Control, Live SCP, Live Guide) depending on which you have enabled in CustomD>Control Settings for the mode you are in (PASM etc.).
Once one of the control panels is displayed, then you can use the "info" button to scroll between them.
The camera remembers the last control panel used and opens that control panel the next time you press the "OK" button in live view.
Hope this helps