Nice! Going Shooting, capital G capital S. Yup, the E-M5 is round my neck and the backpack is full of lenses and I've got my Goretex on and yup, I'm Goin' Shootin'. Now when I'm not Going Shooting, I'll be in my suit and tie mainly, and I really really want to have something unobtrusive but good in my jacket pocket. Darn it, I don't think I have what it takes to pop a Cath Kidson handbag on my arm...
In shooting experience, "I don't want to be unconsciously adjusting anything with a live dial", should read "... unintentionally adjusting ..." (smile).
Column headings to the table have been shuffled about...
The Paul Smith watch told me everything I wanted to know (for my particular taste in snaps). How the letters were sharpened (or not), how the dial ticks were resolved (or not), how the particular glittery blue of the face was smeared (or not), how the second hand suffered aliasing (or not), how the glass reflections affected the render. Every time I saw a better rendering, I bought the camera and dumped the previous (smile) or lived with the difference 'cos it was smaller than the bank balance... Can you not tuck it into a blank space somewhere, please?
Would be good if your review could tell us about the too-slow 1/30 default shutter speed, and whether this can now be managed in the setup menu.
Typo: "Focal length 55-500mm" in the specifications table...
Comparing the studio scene shots, looking at the watch's 'Thursday', the Oly image simply stunning. But the Samsung image looks very soft, not sharply focused I guess, it surely can't be *that* bad a camera...?
DxO oversell (or possibly undersell, I don't know) Mpix as a "single" number. It isn't, but hooks many of those commenting here into a knee-jerk rubbishing of a "single" figure of merit. Mpix is in fact a range of numbers for a given lens, one for each body it mounts on. Now that is seriously useful, and tells me something I would never have got from its MTF scores.
Is the lens weather-sealed? (The link to the Oly Web site doesn't work...)
Contradictory? Two different ways to do similar things are complementary! When appropriate, my eye goes to the EVF -- most shots while walking, talking, or sitting. When appropriate, the OLED screen is pulled out -- shots on a tripod, low down, high up, or very close. C'mon Mark, get real!
Coguar: Great, but one CLOCK is missing, old blue one is must have here :)
Yup, need that blue-faced wristwatch. Saw that in the OM-D test, sold my (perfectly good) Pentax K-5 and Panny G3 and went out and bought two OM-Ds...
Yup, AFAICS the statement says nothing about a "new FT body", only about improving AF performance with FT lenses. Pause and reflect; it's mFT that needs this improvement, not existing FT bodies... So this might be a new FT, but it could also be an E-M7, and it just might be a firmware / MMF3 upgrade for the E-M5.
DoctorJerry: I just wish you spent more resources on writing reviews. That is what made your site great. I fail to understand the lack of reviews done when it really matters, like as soon after a camera's release.
I appreciate the balancing act on timely reviews, and (on balance) am happy to wait for a considered view rather than a rush to get it out. Except... when a manufacturer offers a time-limited incentive at launch, like Olympus with their free grip on the OM-D E-M5. I was *desperate* to read your review before time ran out (smile)!
michalc: hmmm.. was there a review posted before? would expect such an article before or at least in it. such info used to appear years ago at dcresource but with time every review became alike. i understand that comparing pixels, buttons, iso, dynamic range etc. is useful to assess a camera. but for a potential buyer info how to set settings to get most out of a camera is essential if not more important than bare facts.... well done but would ask guys at dpreview to take a little more time when reviewing cameras and introduce a section called recommended/cute/cool settings or whatever, that would be definitely of a value add to potential customers, thanks
Guessed you'd be trying to get your info out ahead of the UK offer deadline, but didn't *know*, so went ahead with purchase anyway on strength of gallery shots alone... Great idea to break out a "Getting the most out of..." article, most helpful.
Hi DPR, Not displaying properly on my HTC TouchPro2 running IE, sadly. Photo of screen in my gallery.
lester11: Sold my Panny GH2 to go to the Pentax K5 (weather-proofing, don't do much video), perfectly happy. Wife has the Panny G3, she's happy. The Oly E-M5 samples at 3200 and 6400 just astonishing in comparison, check out the "Thursday" and "15" date on the watch. Bugger. Two E-M5's now on pre-order...
Interesting to see others similarly astonished at the sharpness of the E-M5 samples, and a few wondering aloud if there is not some mistake somewhere... Will be waiting for the full DPR report. While I've found the K5 a better camera than I am a photographer and have nothing but praise for it, I started with G1, GH1, GH2, etc as they first came out and as Dolan says I sure do miss the more modest bulk of the m4/3.
Sold my Panny GH2 to go to the Pentax K5 (weather-proofing, don't do much video), perfectly happy. Wife has the Panny G3, she's happy. The Oly E-M5 samples at 3200 and 6400 just astonishing in comparison, check out the "Thursday" and "15" date on the watch. Bugger. Two E-M5's now on pre-order...
Made me rub my eyes, and then I remembered that almost anything ressed down to 1600 x 1200 or whatever for my screen, in focus, and properly exposed, will look great, just like these snaps. But that in-camera JPEG processing does seem to be a cut above, perfect balance between sharpness and noise. Very nice indeed! But its back to my K-5 for razor-thin DoF at f1.4, class-leading available-light shots at ISO 6400, and all-weather shooting...
That 'full disclosure' needed to come at the start of the article, not the end.
Adrian Harris: Nicely written, but I think you should have clarified 'Auto focus doesn't work well with most dslr's', because most other types of cameras auto focus uses the CDAF principal and work stuningly well for macro work. Thats why I bought a Panasonic G1 M4/3 camera, which never mis-focus on macro work. And of course another bonus is that smaller sensors do not suffer from the same DOF limitations as a full size dslr.
I'm no expert photographer, macro or otherwise, but found the AF on my Panasonic G2/GH2 usually gave me better results than MF even with the terrific 10x magnification.
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