"Triggering the sensor will switch the camera straight to shooting mode, which is great if you want to quickly grab a shot ..."
I learned the hard way that it can take long enough to switch that you can lose a spontaneous shot, I think it was due to the auto power-save setting.Enough that I lost a few race sequences because the camera didn't restart the EVF fast enough for me to acquire the racecar and start panning.
Jim Coplan: Autofocus in continuous shooting mode (still photos)I am debating purchasing this camera. I believe that at 9 frames/sec, AF is locked on the first frame. I would be willing to accept a slower burst rate, in exchange for AF refocusing on the subject with every shot. I seem to recall reading that shooting at 4 fps does this. Can anyone confirm this?Thanks.
Practically I have found that using "low" mode at 4fps the camera will refocus in CAF and CAF[TR] modes.Once I switched to "high" mode at 9fps then the camera did not refocus between shots.That learning experience cost me about 80% of the shots in the corkscrew at Laguna Seca.
Gain is more of a sensor feature rather than EVF.As night fell the EVF became less and less use for panning shots of race cars, a problem I'd not have with an optical finder. As the integration time to gather usable light brought the frame rate down to about 5fps I could see the cars, but not pan on target with the slow update rate.Maybe with the second processor path on the new processor and the new sensor this will not be a problem whichever EVF we use.
I hope the -3 series bodies are in the shops in the UK in time for my next IZOD Indy Car Series race, so I can try out the new faster AF at 230mph
kahren: this is almost the same thing as the vf-2, why bother? the price is a lot better, so i think its a better deal for those who were contemplating buying the vf-2. but why not tailor to an even wider market if you are going to bother with making another VF. IMO they should have made this an even lower spec one, like the panasonic lvf1 and sold it for $99 instead. :(
well droopy, the E-PL3 screen tilts down and the viewfinder tilts up - covers using it in a hail mary above the crowd, or on your knees getting the macro flower shot.
I'm old enough to have used waist level finder on SLR over the head for shots over the crowd. Back in the days when you didn't get a photo of a field of cellphone screens in the way!
sadim1223: I'm scratching my head as to why neither the Panasonic or Oly viewfinders have an IR proximity sensor.
The nuisance of using the button was my biggest reason for selling the VF for my panny GF1.
An IR proximity sensor is prone to switching on when the camera is on a neckstrap and your shirt provides the IR reflectance.If that also wakes the camera out of sleep mode, or prevents it going to sleep as it thinks it's up to your eye and being used - then it wastes battery power by turning on a VF you're not looking at.One of the big drawbacks of the Minolta A1 (remember them? sensor shake stabilisation, EVF, bought out by Sony) and a feature I turned off pretty quick.
halil selman nsel: is it compatible with panasonic lx5?
I use the Panasonic lenses for their optical IS, on both the Panasonic and Olympus bodies. All my lenses are Panasonic apart from the 14-42 kit lens that came with the Oly body.I just hope the fast AF isn't crippled (deliberately?) when using non-Olympus lenses.