I know that Oly and the EM5 and EM1 has a lot of fans. There is a lot to like about the camera.
But for me, and this is just my personal view, the IQ just isn't doing it for me.
I can't see any general improvement over my RX100. Images have that similar quality - very pleasing and perfectly satisfactory, but somehow lacking depth to me. I guess the sensor size is still , for me at least, an issue.
I much, much prefer the output I am seeing from Fuji. Having spent several days in research comparing them, I find myself wishing Oly made an APSC camera...
But that is just me, YMMV. :)
justinwonnacott: The lack of chromatic aberration and minimal distortion looks impressive, too bad about the sensor and its chronic softness. Nice legs - shame about the face - The monks.
Every picture I have seen on the sites of the numerous photo bloggers using Fuji X cameras, contradicts your post. Every. Single.One. I am quite sure that people like Zack Arias are not complaining about softness.
Softness is one thing , to my eyes, Fuji doesn't have a problem with.
stupidisanart: Anyone else have an issue with fuji with reliability?
Given the nature of the internet - any major, consistent problems, would definitely create noise and ballyhoo on the forums.
There is not really any I can see. So I think we can assume that the vast majority of users are happy. Plenty of professionals shooting Fuji these days as well, and they seem happy.
evandijken: But that price...!!
A Canon 35mm 1.4 L costs 20% more and is no better. And frankly the IQ in general from the Fuji is pretty close to a FF Canon anyway.
So taken in that context, the Fuji is a bit of a bargain.
I have to say, purely objectively and not currently as a Fuji user, that the general look and quality of the images from the Fuji camera and lens is very, very pleasing in my opinion.
The IQ is lovely.
They have my attention for sure.
The nagativity toward new things here on DPR is hilarious.
DPR has a reputation for being populated by middle aged male gearheads with a fear of change or anything even a little challenging.
Its very entertaining.
FWIW, I think Nikon should be applauded for at least making a camera that will no doubt be as effective as a regular DSLR, but may just be a nicer "thing" to own compared to the generic, amorphous black plastic bricks that adorn the necks of fat people at Disneyworld.
And given that DSLR sales are falling fast, Nikon have to come up with something that sells. If they sell a few of these and improve their bottom line, then good for them. I'm sure that under the retro dials it is a D610 anyway, so it could be a nice little earner for Nikon.
Besides, a proper shutter dial together with some old D series lenses with an aperture ring, is a good thing in my book. If this cameras offers that, then I'm in.
The comments below are, in the main,very very depressing...
Is Photography not a creative thing?
Is it not fair to assume that aesthetic issues, or design issues, are a subject that should resonate with creative people?
If so, how is it that so many people so HATE CHANGE ?? Why do so many people accept the fact that camera design has not essentially changed for 60 years?
Why are people so accepting that the black plastic lump that is every single DSLR on the market, is so universally clunky and ugly?
And why is it whenever anything comes along that simply questions this ethos, it gets shot down by DPR?
The degree of conservatism and neophobia on DPR always surprises me. Maybe it shouldn't. Maybe this is truly a place for gear heads and their black plastic boxes, scared of change and the shock of the new.
As for Jony Ive's interpretation of Leica, It is pleasant and nice enough. Infinitely more attractive as an object than any Canikon out there, that is for sure.
I see no reason for the camera to exist while the Sony RX100 is on the market.
I can think of no possible reason to choose it. This is a good thing - it will make Canon work harder and raise their product standards.
Its gotta be said, the reasons for getting a compact camera are getting fewer and fewer, so they have to be exceptional.
I have noticed people starting to show up at public events using ipads as cameras.
When you have a wall of them in front of you, they obscure your view of the event unfolding.
I recently attended a wedding where this was commonplace.
Maybe I am getting grumpy, but I found it incredibly annoying !
I fear it will be as soft as a kitten wide open though. I hope I'm wrong.
chadley_chad: Cant see peoples reasons for complaint; I never liked the EOS range due to their large hollow like feel - favouring Nikon for a smaller more sturdy build or even the Samsung NX11 touted as the 'smallest' DSLR. A smaller full sized DSLR (as opposed to a mirrorless offering) IMO will do well for its target market .... and if you want something more 'substantial', look at the more pro range!
I feel sorry for Canon ... they bring out a product (as opposed to nothing at all) and all people can do is moan!!!!
Canon are to cameras what GM was to the car business IMO. Very popular, selling a lot of units. But not very exciting. Personally, I find the company deeply frustrating. They have the capability to really move photography forward and take it unimaginable places, yet they seem so conservative when it comes to the stuff they put into main street..
RichRMA: Flat black and boring. Canon, the Model T of the 21st century.
No. In this case, its flat black because it's cheaper to make it that way and Canon believe they can get away with it. Now thats fine in a 5D3 or a 1DX, but at the local best buy a NEX or Oly PEN / OMD is a lot sexier.
It's all a bit "meh" is'nt it?
Is it just me or is it really hard to get enthusiastic about these shapeless black plastic lumps?
Good IQ is a given. But then you get great IQ with a NEX, or M4/3 or whatever.
Other manufacturers are starting to make cameras which are covetable. They are nice objects to own.
Canon don't seem to get this. All their products are so darn plasticky and dull and generally hard to love. At the leisure end of the market, this matters IMO.
There are a lot of strange angry tribal gear heads here today.
The Nikonistas rant, the Canonites whine and hoorah, the Sonyettes bitch and the Olympusonians whimper.
Any photographers visiting just leave the site and go somewhere else.
Canny move by Sony. They are sucking up as much sensor IP and tech as they can. This only makes them stronger.
Wouldn't be surprised to see Aptiva sell up to them in time.
simon65: 6 years ago Pentax managed to make a small compact DSLR with a large optical pentaprism viewfinder sporting a 0.95 x magnification.
Neither they nor anyone else has ever managed to repeat that feat.
Why I ask?
For I will never understand the mindset of a company like Sony that makes a 'DSLR' camera and then sticks an electronic viewfinder in it.
The whole USP of a DSLR is meant to be its viewfinder, an optical viewfinder, and the larger the better. If you can stick all that in an compact body like Pentax managed back in 2005/6, so much the better.
Alas we appear to be regressing. I dare say this Sony has a great sensor, but I won't haul a DSLR around all day unless I also get the reward of an decent sized optical viewfinder (which rules out the Nikon D3200 and D5200), and even then I won't go above a body 550g.
It the same old story. So many cameras, so little genuine choice.
I've moved on. You should try to as well. I learned film on a Nikon FM2. I shot digital with Canon 5D and then 5D2.I now shoot with Sony because I prefer the EVF. And I would take the latest EVF over any optical VF every time. It took a while to adjust, but once you tune into the idea of seeing how the image will look before you take the shot ( which a good EVF allows ) then I found I didnt want to go back to OVF again.
No more chimping at the screen after the event. No more peering through a tunnel. Look with your eyes, lift the camera for a second, see instantly if it looks right, then shoot.
I am never going back. :)
Edwaste: In other photos I've seen of the A58, the lens mount is black. I hope that's not made of plastic.
Why? I can't say that the black composite lens mount should really bother anyone. I cannot imagine people are going to be changing lenses dozens of times with their A58 in the sands and dust of Afghanistan under enemy fire. I'm sure it will hold up fine.
Its a cheap camera. And it has a warranty.
Sonyshine: There are plenty of pics on the internet now showing the screen. It is not articulated, just a tilting screen. You can't fold it away for protection. A backward step from the A57.
I prefer the new one. I don't like the A57 screen very much and how it articulates from the bottom.
The A58 is better IMO. :)
topstuff: Wait to see what the Sony A58 will offer.
I amazes me that people say things when they clearly have no experience to draw from. Such is the internet.
Michel Pont: I have absolutely no faith in Sony's compacts durability...I got too much disappointment with them regarding this.
I have an excellent experience of Sony durability. My RX100 has been in rain, desert sand, English winters. It is well used and abused. Works perfectly.