Canadian Eagle: Eight months with the OM-D and I still revel in the ease of use, the terrific 5-way stabilization – and the great low-light rendition. Eleven days of shooting all over Cuba gave me, and the OM-D, a workout. It's not a big luggable beast –- not that size really matters – only to sore shoulders. It was just fun to shoot with such a sturdy, but light weight machine. The viewfinder is so very sharp. I've even put some old half-frame Pen-F lenses on it and used it in aperture mode. God, I hope this doesn't sound like a commercial. It's not. It IS a fan letter to the folks at Olympus who have put together a GEM of a camera! Bravo for a deserving win!!!http://www.flickr.com/photos/89996031@N04/8179999315/in/photostream/
Real world samples look about the same as the 350D.
Also throw a TC on a 200 lens and you can get the entire package with the 350D down to about the same weight or at least within a pound. The $1000 you save on the body can go a long way towards getting the lens.
If you have to have D7000 IQ get the K-01 (same sensor) for $300.
There's a lot of accusations of ballot stuffing that could be cleared up really easily:
Publish the results deleting the input from accounts created after the poll was announced.
How about it dpreview? What are the results from actual community members versus accounts created for the purpose of the poll?
It's still a mystery that dpreview would create an article such as this without at least linking to the results.
Also, if the K-01 is not in the poll, why is it mentioned in the front page article summary? The IQ is great and the current cost is 1/2 the price of the cameras on the list and 4 times cheaper than any of the winners. It's like slamming a Kodak P&S on the front page of a 5D review. What's the point?
Olympus OM-D EM-5 23.3% (3457 votes) Nikon D800/E 22.1% (3273 votes) Canon EOS 5D Mark III 14.4% (2133 votes) Nikon D600 7.8% (1156 votes) Sony Cyber-shot RX100 7.1% (1056 votes) Fujifilm X-Pro 1 6.2% (914 votes) Sony Cyber-shot RX1 5.6% (831 votes) Sony Alpha SLT-A99 4.2% (617 votes) Pentax K-30 3.3% (485 votes) Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 2.2% (328 votes) Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i 1.8% (266 votes) Sony Alpha SLT-A57 1.2% (172 votes) Olympus PEN-Lite E-PL5 .5% (79 votes) Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS .3% (40 votes)
keeponkeepingon: So if this is a poll with 15,000 votes.... what are the numbers?
Exactly what percent of the vote did the OM-D/5DMKIII/D800 get, and where's the rest of the data?
Or is this simply dpreviews pick based on suggestions by the readers?
But you have to wonder why it's not included in the article. Looking at the numbers the Nikon and Olympus are practically tied while the Canon is a distant also ran
Heie2: The Pentax K-01, while many hate on the basis of looks alone, is BY FAR the greatest value for money to hit the world of photography in a very long time.
The Pentax K-30 mirrors that sentiment for DSLR's.
" sure wouldn't buy it. it's ugly as hell. plus, for old lenses compatibility, I'd much rather use an adapter that I can remove,"
yes because more of a hassle is better and we all know your camera has to look good to take good pictures.
So if this is a poll with 15,000 votes.... what are the numbers?
Wow. No RX100?
And what's with the title "Best Camera".
This is a popularity contest plain and simple, there is not one photographer that would argue the OMD-5 is better than any of the other contenders in this short list.
And what's wrong with the K-01? Bigger sensor and better IQ and better MF (with focus peaking) at 1/4th the cost of the OMD-5 ($316 @ amazon with the 40mm prime right now). Sounds like a winner in my book.
The ZS20 is sticking out in this collection like a sore thumb.
It's really really hard to believe that one of the "five best" compact zoom cameras in existance has "Average image quality" and only earns 75% on your own published review (a "C" in grade school).
I guess no one cares about IQ these days, not even dpreview.....
Why is this on connect instead of dpreview? Does the hardware work in cell phones?
US price on the 35mm is $849
(adorama has a preorder up).
The main question is: Is the 35mm a new lens or the official replacement for the 35mm F/2 non-IS?
If it is, does that mean Canon will never make an affordable "normal view" prime lens for their APS-C system?
Something like this lens:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001S2PPT0
So the headline here should be Nat Geo photographers cause penguin deaths for fun and proffit?
I used a $12 knockoff I got on amazon when I went to the beach.
Before that I was using a ziplock bag but I figured $12 for some extra protection was worth it, even if just to keep the sand out.
Well the product is hit or miss. I could use the touch screen through the case which was surprising and great. I did get some beach shots I probably would not have braved with the ziplock bag but.....
One thing you fail to mention is that to use the iphone as a phone you need to take it out of these bags. On the beach that can lead to sand etc in the case and a strugle to get the phone back in once everything is not absolutely dry.
For taking it in and out of the enclosure and using it as a phone the 10 cent ziplock bag was much better.
How well does the original digipack that you used for the article fare when using the iphone as a phone? Was it useable or did you have to take out the iphone.
However this article is missing any sort of metric to objectively compare the devices. What we are left with is basically a survey of the companies marketing material and technical specs but we are missing what makes dpreview great: Objective measurements of performance!
For example how long does it take each device to transfer 100 pictures to an iphone? To face book? To my computer?
Also under connectivity you are omitting connectivity to a computer: Do all of these devices allow transfer of full size raw and video files to a computer?
Actually I don't think you mention if all of the devices support transfer of videos? Do they?
"allowing us to test to even higher resolutions than before."
yet you are only publishing 8mp images on connect.
Are you doing the same for phoneless cameras?
If not why are the smartphones treated differently?
At the end of the day we want to take great pictures regardless of the tool and you do us no service by showing gimped test images.
Thanks for all the posters suggesting free alternatives.
dpreview anonymous writng staff: If you mention the free alternatives this post would look a LOT less like an advertisement.
Nice review but.....
where are the full res test scenes?
Early in the review you state that the large mp pixel count is "no gimmick". If that's true, then where are the test scene samples shot at the full no gimmick resolution?
You are comparing a 40mp camera against 8mp cameras and you gimp the 40mp camera by making it shoot in 8mp?
What the heck? How's this help us decide between an iphone 5 and a pureview if you only provide the pureview samples at iphone resolution?
Detail Man: DxOReview ... featuring controlled-exposure, pixel-resolution-normalized, and non-Adobe-massaged Studio Comparison Tool RAW image-samples for the purpose of readers actually being able to make reliable comparisons between RAW-recording cameras !
This word RAW it does not mean what you think it means....
(how can a RAW file be a pixel resolution normalized jpeg. does not compute...)
Benarm: Without actual samples these DxO scores are pretty useless. Hopefully they will provide something like DPR's studio comparison photos.
> like this? http://connect.dpreview.com/post/1343713337/apple-iphone-5-review?page=7
Simon: are those the full resolution samples from each phone or are the phones with bigger sensors hacked down to 8mp by dpreview? If the later I would suggest your studio scene is mostly useless, especially when comparing resolution.
Why not give us the actual SOC files from the phones? If they are not SOC pictures it's amazing that all of the files are within .1mb of each other.....
In the iphone 5 tests you state that all images are normalized for testing to 8mp.
If resolution is one of your 14 measured parameters this would seem very unfair to large megapixel phones with a decent lens.
Is this a DXO lab mobile testing standard or a dpreview choice? If the later then what the heck?
reeds: Excellent review. It's great to see serious attention on the cameras that most of us use most of the time.
The Nokia Pureview comparison is fair but for the future I'm more interested in comparisons to phones that are closer in size and weight.
The Nokia 808 is more than twice the volume of the iPhone 5 and about 2 oz/57g heavier than the iPhone 5. (Illustrated here: http://www.sizeall.com/compare/Apple-iPhone-5-Nokia-808-PureView-US-quarter-25-cents-coin/314 )
That's like carrying a second phone and 10 US quarters to get the better camera.
What's the best camera phone in same size and weight class?
"The Nokia 808 is more than twice the volume". No it's not. Your link does not work but I plugged the two phones in. Height and width are the exact same shape, it's a bit thicker with a bump for the camera sticking out that is a lot thicker. To get twice the volume you must be calculating the volume of a box it would fit in. But it's not a box, It's like a slightly thicker iphone with a bump sticking out and given the variation in phone shapes I would consider it in the same class.