Al de Wet: Why should I consider this? Panasonic offer the FZ 200 and the FZ 1000 which seem to be better?
"By Hachu21 (1 week ago)FZ200 is no better. It offer a longer range, true, but nothing more.Stylus 1s has a bit bigger sensor, much better evf, magnesium body, ..."No, the Stylus 1(s) does not have a magnesium body! It is plastic & that helps to keep the weight down.
John McCormack: Be aware that there is little support for the firmware in the 1s. Olympus updated the the Stylus 1 firmware last year for the US market and changed the headers in the file output such that some software (ACDSee are you listening?) cannot read the newer RAW ORF files. Bummer. Otherwise the camera is great.
I'm not sure what you mean as the 1 & 1s are basically the same camera (except for a leather look grip & radial grooves in the dials) with the same firmware 2.0 now.??? The other improvement was to up the battery specs to the BLS50 which is still physically the same (& same voltage) as the BLS5 battery.
Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."
Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!
Thanks badi. That is right but I find that any discussion using such phrasing that includes "light gathering" is often applied in a pointless manner to put down any smaller formats. I know that larger formats that have larger photo sites will give various advantages in IQ & the arguments can go on, but each format has its advantages too though.
"By Barney Britton (4 weeks ago)No it isn't. Read this.
I have read it & although some of it is correct I think it is flawed (biased) when he talks about "light gathering". Essentially, the main compromise is about pixel photo site sizes & the smaller the sensor, the smaller the photo sites, hence less sensitivity to light (or less able to "gather light", if you want) & it seems the flawed bias is continued here too & why I responded with it being nonsense for that comment by Rishi.
"By Rishi Sanyal (4 weeks ago)600mm F4 for full-frame would offer better light-gathering ability and better control over depth-of-field, so I don't see why it's "nonsense" to say it'd be faster."
In the above statement, to say "offer better light-gathering ability" is just what you'd expect from a FF fanboy. It seems you have that bias in your thinking & that isn't helpful for a balanced view point. The DoF part is fine, although it all has to do with how big the photo is presented as to how much it is perceived. Take a photo with the upcoming 300mm f4 lens on a M4/3's camera, print it on 6"X 4" paper & take a 300mm f4 FF lens & body & print it on 12" X 8" paper & the DoF will look the same for the same scene except the 4/3's photo is a crop of the FF photo. Print the 4/3's photo on 12" X 8" paper & it will look like it was taken with a FF 600mm lens at a DoF of f8 & the image won't get darker as I enlarge it (digitally).
Anyhow, enough of these silly arguments.
mosc: I still think there's a market for this sensor if it were attached to the right lens, like 20-300 f2.8 and made more pocket friendly. The EVF and flash hump don't slide well into the pocket. Give it a rangefinder style side EVF, ditch the hump, and design with pocket in mind. Nothing like that is going to fit in your pocket with any larger a sensor. f2.8 1/1.7" is good enough for outdoor use in shadow if it's a BSI chip. I think you can sell 1/1.7" for $700 but you have to be just about perfect every other way.
mosswings. I have one & agree with you totally!
It would be a very useful flash & I like the addition of the LED arm for focussing too.
pictureAngst: At first I wondered why anyone would want a macro flash with a high guide number, given the short working distances.
But I guess it would work for fill-in flash in daylight, especially when using a tele-macro?
It would certainly be useful with the Sigma 150mm macro lens (or with bellows).
"Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."
RichRMA: The resolution difference between the E-M5II and something like a Nikon D7100 is 30% in the horizontal axis and 17% in the vertical axis for the Nikon. If you were to actually print both images from the two cameras at 100% scale (like we see here on the studio shots) then you'd have images almost four feet across. In such a case, you'd see a resolution difference. But at 16x20, or even 24x30, you won't see much gain going to 24MP. Now, if you go to 36-40MP, which no competitive APS camera (D810 is not in the same league) has, then you would see tangible differences.
@ Graham. That is something I noticed with Nikon's marketing how they promote the crop mode for that "extra reach" when in fact that crop mode happens to be very close to 4/3's size. Funny about that! ;)
"In addition to these new features, the E-M5 II gains a couple of features that have been introduced in Olympus cameras since the original model's introduction. These include a version of the 2x2 control system that first appeared on the E-M1."
How about giving credit to the much overlooked E-P5! That was the first model to feature the 2X2 lever before the E-M1 got it!
Photoman: I loved my old E-M5, but I feel the Sony A7 MKI offers better value, if your talking price.
To Voldenuit Body cap Pin Hole? ;)
G L: Not bad, but not very covenient too.And also not cheap.Not decided yet if it is worth it
The converter lenses are really aimed at compact users that want a bit of flexibility as a DSLR or CSC user has with interchangeable lenses, but without going to those systems. For myself, it is a great little camera to take places when I don't want my OM-D's kits & it performs very nicely indoors with its brightish lens, but if I wanted greater range I would be using an OM-D with appropriate lens instead.
Ken Croft: The focus peaking is not good. In poor light, as in my office at home, the whole viewing area is covered with flecks of sparkling white [or black, if that is what you have selected] just as if you are looking through a snow storm or a cloud of dust motes. Even in good light the effect is still apparent to some extent though it is not too distracting. Point the camera at a lawn, and the grass sparkles everywhere! The outlining of in-focus areas seems to be a poor implimentation of focus peaking. The new small focus area does make locking focus in dim light a bit more difficult especially when it is needed at long focal lengths.The firmware upgrade does little for me but equally it spoils nothing. It is still an excellent holiday camera with good zoom range, good IQ for this type of camera and an excellent EVF. Of course if you want stellar IQ and a greater range of focal lengths this camera is not for you.
These updates might be doing little for you because you aren't using these features where they're best intended. You are forgetting that the small sensor in this camera will give you a greater DoF than a 4/3's or larger sensor & therefore the Focus Peaking will be highlighting a greater amount within certain scenes depending focal length used & distance from subject.
The Small AF Target area is for fine focussing use when it is needed & of course it will be less capable to lock on in darker situations! It has a smaller area of detail to work with, so what do you expect? That is why you also still have the standard size for those occasions & uses. The Small AF Target is very useful for such subjects as birds in trees & other fine detail subjects. It is no use criticising your gear just because you aren't using it the way it was designed & intended.
brycesteiner: It's about time!
Thanks DP. You guys do a good job
I agree, it's about time! This camera has been out how long? I only use Olympus but am also grateful there is also Panasonic in the system too & am wondering why it had to take so long for this camera's review to come. ???
Vlad S: Please bring it for E-M5 too!
@shotokan101 "I think is very silly and petty if they don't release this feature for both the A-M5 and E-M10"
I think you might be a little nieve to think that, not to mention being a little silly & petty to make that comment. I have & love my E-M5 & I also appreciate having my E-M1 as well & with it being a Pro model, I am happy they have brought this feature to it, but I don't expect them to do the same for all the other models as well though. The E-M5 replacement is said to be coming soon as well, so it may well include it on that model. Besides, they have just announced a new silver E-M1 version with the updated FW2.0 & so they need to have something that is uniquely attractive for the continuing E-M1 model (black & silver) & if you're serious about studio work then you would use the E-M1 with all it can offer, while other latest models have the WiFi ability (E-M5 with PenPal or WiFi SD card).
WayneHuangPhoto: Everyone here knows everything about cameras and the camera industry, and has a valid opinion based on facts and observation, rather than blind brand loyalty or fanboy bias.
No. We're just cynics of the 'marketing speak' from the manufacturers managers.
ProfHankD: Yes, Canon has been serious about mirrorless in that the EOS-M is grossly inferior to their DSLRs only in AF speed and ergonomics. The problem is that it isn't compelling against models from Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung, etc. Canon was once an innovator, but not lately, and they have a long way to go to make a compelling mirrorless. For example, I don't think a 7D Mark II with an EF-M mount would be a very compelling mirrorless, and it has been years since Canon's sensors gave them an real edge over those made by Sony.
I buy lots of Canon cameras, mostly PowerShots to use with CHDK, but also an occasional higher model to use with Magic Lantern. Ironically, both those environments are conspicuously not aided or supported by Canon. I think it is long overdue that Canon should encourage, and actively leverage, this type of external innovation.
And if Canon was truely serious about mirrorless, they would have made provision to add an EVF with examples from other manufacturers having gone down that path with majority user prefernce for it to be inbuilt or at least possible to add an external EVF. There are exceptions to that, but Canon isn't there with a higher spec'd one first.
For Masaya Maeda to say they were serious only shows that their level seriousness is somewhat lacking in substance.
M Lammerse: Camera manufacturers make dedicated connector points on camera's to connect straps to which you can hang around your neck or shoulder.I think the manufacturer of this product seems not to understand that.
Maybe you don't understand how uncomfortable that can be. The sling strap method is a very comfortable way of carrying heavy gear & it is at the ready for easy shooting too. This product is nicely made & looks like it would function quite nicely. I made my own version a few years ago wear it was an aluminium plate but bent up at the end with a brass eyelet hole for the sling strap & the rest of it was padded (built up with cork) & leather covered & the shape complimented the battery grip on the camera, making it more comfortable than before. It didn't allow for tripod mounting though, whereas this has taken care of that as well.
Sardonic G: My stubbornness in staying loyal to Nikon products is starting to look like an abusive relationship. First the D600, now the D810. Perhaps I should just stick with my Bronica.
Loyalty is OK, but one hopes the loyalty is appreciated & if Nikon are addressing the issues then that's a good start.