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Paul B Jones: This is an interview with corporate executives, not a deathbed confession. It is extraordinary that folks here would think the suits are going to spill their guts about their product's shortcomings in response to questions from journalists.

The piece, and similar interviews with the leaders of other camera companies, are still very interesting. You just have to read them with realistic expectations about how businesses operate and then parse out what information you can.

Kinda like Jimmy Hoffa in a Senate Inquiry...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 14:12 UTC

"We don’t consider that we manufacture more FX than DX lenses; we’ll focus on both"

Bwahahah... seriously?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:24 UTC as 71st comment
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obsolescence: The 40MP high res mode is the main feature that would make me want to buy an OMD camera -- I could fix the artifacts of moving objects by patching in upsized segments from outtakes in post. What I really need for architecture and landscape is a 17mm equiv. shift or tilt-shift lens, preferably one that's not too expensive (like Canon's is). I'll bet Samyang could build one.

Prime example of everyone's different needs; I chose Oly due to the compact size/weight while not giving up anything in image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
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Hugo808: I had a go on one in a shop and it stopped working and none of the sales staff could figure out what was wrong. So we took the pro lens off and tried it on an EM-1 just to give me an idea and that packed up after five minutes and refused to focus.

Hardly an inspiring demo. But for the money I could get a FF Nikon which, if you can carry the extra weight, gives you more of everything except for a few gimmicky features. I look at these 4/3's offerings as jewellery more than serious cameras. YMMV.

"Yes, I'm going to get the one that doesn't exist."

Well that should be quite the upgrade for you then!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
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Hugo808: I had a go on one in a shop and it stopped working and none of the sales staff could figure out what was wrong. So we took the pro lens off and tried it on an EM-1 just to give me an idea and that packed up after five minutes and refused to focus.

Hardly an inspiring demo. But for the money I could get a FF Nikon which, if you can carry the extra weight, gives you more of everything except for a few gimmicky features. I look at these 4/3's offerings as jewellery more than serious cameras. YMMV.

@Hugo808 "I can get a FF Nikon for the same price." Again, which Nikon FX are you going to get for $1099? The one that doesn't exist?

And yep, I can download crap pictures from the internet from any camera out there and I can download good ones. Both kinds tell me absolutely nothing about the camera and everything about the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
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Hugo808: I had a go on one in a shop and it stopped working and none of the sales staff could figure out what was wrong. So we took the pro lens off and tried it on an EM-1 just to give me an idea and that packed up after five minutes and refused to focus.

Hardly an inspiring demo. But for the money I could get a FF Nikon which, if you can carry the extra weight, gives you more of everything except for a few gimmicky features. I look at these 4/3's offerings as jewellery more than serious cameras. YMMV.

"Hardly an inspiring demo. But for the money I could get a FF Nikon which, if you can carry the extra weight, gives you more of everything except for a few gimmicky features. I look at these 4/3's offerings as jewellery more than serious cameras. YMMV"

Lol, troll much? Maybe just stick with your D90.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 12:24 UTC
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s_grins: WOW!
the review came out really fast.

"Interesting that they still haven't reviewed the Nikon/Canon flagships." - really? I would imagine no one buying a D4/1D is awaiting a DPR review before making a purchase.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
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rebel99: i wanted this camera for travel and landscape but the files (16mp) are to small and won't cut it! i really like the quality of olympus but maybe the next generation with larger sensor! on the other hand, the new amsung with new NX-1 has a killer 28mp sensor that is perfect but i am not quite sure of the lens offerings! like i have commented before, the M4/3 cameras have a couple more generation to be ready for show time! until then, i'll stick with my clunky canon 1Dx and 1dmk4 cameras :-( the new canon announced 5Ds/r cameras supposed to have 53mp sensor, perfect for landscape photography ;-) and i have a big load of "L" lenses to go with it. but the announced price is ~ $4000.00, yuk... ;-( we'll see!

syd

@b0k3h - lol, no kidding! I have 36" prints on my wall from a Nikon D100 (6MP) that look great.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
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aramgrg: So why should they be competitive?
Because of bulky and heavy construction? In particular, why will someone consider say 25 1.8 instead of well regarded PL 25 1.4?
I know, they are all metal, but how many times you damaged your lens because of plastic construction?

10% of the price? Lol, you have obviously never outfitted a DSLR for video.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 18:15 UTC
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aramgrg: So why should they be competitive?
Because of bulky and heavy construction? In particular, why will someone consider say 25 1.8 instead of well regarded PL 25 1.4?
I know, they are all metal, but how many times you damaged your lens because of plastic construction?

No, because of clickless aperture adjustment for video and high optical quality.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 00:59 UTC
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QuarryCat: And yes, the Canon Eos 7D2 is the most advanced and fast camera for a fair price - for telephotos there will no need for 1Dx oder D4s anymore.

Dream on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
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nekrosoft13: When you speak to Fuji you have a courage to ask big questions. How come when you speak to Canon rep you seem to only ask what they want? And never ask the important stuff what about Canon scares you?

"Perhaps they know Canon reps will never give straight answers?"

I would completely agree here. Fuji is more like a boutique maker while Canon is just a huge conglomerate; like comparing Lotus to General Motors.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: All right, some will call me biased, but before you do that, please re-assure me with good answers. I am looking at the gentleman's picture above, and in his hands a camera with thinner profile, yes, but with a gigantic lens on it, no smaller that equivalent DSLR lens.

So what's the point he wants to make with this engineering "feat"? That laws of optics always apply and scaling down camera size is a myth? Or that DSLRs are still better ergonomically designed and made for big lenses .. but he won't admit that?

Or that overall imbalance of his design to comfortable handling .. is the new way to enjoy photography in the 21st century? Perhaps following the same route of thinking that the most simple and dumbest of cameras world has ever seen are also called "smart" (smartphone) in this 21st century?

Is there a problem with this 21st century or something?

@Zoran - "For carryng around mirorless is slightly less heavy and it takes slightly less space. And it's more more nice too.
Now there is a question: Why do people prefer a slightly easier carry-around camera over a camera wich sits in hand like a glove?"

Your cherry picking here; pick the biggest mirrorless out there (XT-1 E-M1?) and compare it to the biggest dslr (D4 1D?) and then tell me its only "slightly" heavier. The thing is with mirrorless, you can get a lot smaller and lighter than anything in the dslr world. Not to mention a lot less "look at me!".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 18:14 UTC
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QuarryCat: so true!

a man with the courage to speak out why is fact!
Thank you Mr. Iida

Fujifilm has really good prime lenses, but they are all slow and the are all missing stabilization!

And a even better camera with a better AF won't change this on the lenses we have right now. That should be clear.
It is not a camera fault alone - so for faster AF they will need new lenses.
It was the same with Nikon before AF-S, Sony, Olympus E-Mount and others more.

And Fujifilm needs to think about the stabilization - if the built an even higher resolution sensor - people have to use tripods or very fast times - so it will be better to have stabilization in every lens or even in the body.

And Fujifilm should rethink the aperture -
I don't like 1/3 steps,
I don't like the loose aperture rings and
I dislike the sunshades on Fujifilm lenses.
They should be harder and get precise in place.

@57even; considering the most susceptible camera to "shutter shock" in recent memory is the A7R (that has no IBIS), I would say that IBIS has very little to do with it and its all about shutter design.

The Oly IBIS (especially in the new E-M5 mkII) is a really really nice solution.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 18:01 UTC
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Stephen Scharf: Really, this constant push by the media for more megapixels isn't serviing customers with better products. I really don't understand why there is this constant push for more resolution. Fuji has exhibited 3' x 5' prints at Photokina made with their 16 megapixel sensor. Why does anyone need more than that? There is a trade-off between sensor size, resolution & noise at high ISO. As Fuji has shown,16 megapixels is the "sweet spot" for those balancing those atttributes. Pros aren't asking Fuji for more resolution, but better dynamic range & AF performance. All more megapixels gets us in an APS-C sized sensor is MORE NOISE at high ISO, NOT better image quality. If you look at the current APS-C Sony 24 mpixel vs Fuji 16 mpixel sensor performance at ISO 800 and higher, the 16 mpixel sensor beats it handily.

Seriously, are my photographs going to be better with a 24 megapixel sensor than a 16 megapixel one? No, the quality is determined by the quality of the content, not the sensor size.

While I agree with your statement, compare it to auto's; A 4cyl will drive just fine at any legal speed so why do we need 6cyl, 8cyl, 10cyl and 12cyl cars? Bragging rights? Mine is bigger than yours?

Who really cares is my answer! :D

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 19:48 UTC
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cosmonaut: I have said it a million times. Olympus really needs to work on image quality and get the sensor in a better place. They keep wrapping the same old sensor in a new body over and over again. Their biggest drawback to me is dynamic range and high ISO noise. It never improves.
This would make for a seriously good street camera but for landscapes there is much better on the market.

Umm... the sensor came out with the original E-M5 and with the improved pipeline it does give better DR/ISO. What size prints are you making? I'm doing regular 13x19 and its not a problem in the least.

If you want to talk about the same old sensor, maybe you could target Canon?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 22:48 UTC
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RichardBalonglong: I see three kinds of people here in the comments section:
1) One who bashes the camera
2) One who bashes the photographer who used the camera
3) One who bashes other comments

LOL!

"3) One who bashes other comments"

Sometimes, when they stick their jaw out that far, you just have to take a swing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 17:37 UTC
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prossi: I want one of these boutique cameras for my sunday church time. I'd wear it aside my Heuer Carrera watch. It would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I carry it around, make me look like a guy with great taste for cool, expensive gadgets. I could post all the compressed and grainy looking pics on instagram...What? Can't a guy dream??

Edit one small paragraph 5 times... I'd suggest an English class not a camera ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 17:36 UTC
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awojtas: If anything, the EM5-2 makes me appreciate my EM5 even more - the camera that replaced my Canon gear (APS-C, 17-55 f2.8 etc) - and mostly causes the 5D to be left at home.

Given that the EM5-2 IQ is near identical to the EM5, I appreciate how well the EM5 sensor quality is still holding up to today's cameras.

I would like me some silent shutter and faster max shutter speed though..

I hear ya! The bigger VF and 1/8000 would be nice however I'll probably wait for the E-M1 II and keep the E-M5 as a backup.

With that being said there is no doubt that if I didn't have an E-M5, this would convince me to get a mkII.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 22:50 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Publishing photos of that small girl with food plastered all around her mouth is tantamount to child abuse. Girls have very fragile self esteem as it is, there is no need to feed it into the internet for further punishment. Internet content never goes away and those pictures will condemn the poor child to a lifetime of shame, obloquy, and ridicule.
One imagines that the person who took them thinks of them as innocent documents of a life stage, or humorous examples of a childish lack of self awareness. But they are neither, what they are is cruel.

Dunno what more entertaining... Fox news or the comments on here.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
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