Here's what happens in the American market. First time DSLR purchase goes to buy a DSLR because they want better image quality. They see professionals use DSLRs, so they trust it will provide them with similar image quality. User might purchase 1 extra lens to go with the kit lens. DSLR gets used for a few times initially, now sits in the closet while user opts to use cell phone to shoot 98% of photos.
Educated consumer purchases a mirrorless camera from Sony or Olympus offering. Uses it a few times, loves the portability. Camera gets used to take about 30% of photos while 70% of photos still taken with cell phone.
Overall, the average consumer is better off buying mirrorless camera. It just gets used more.
MarkByland: It's because a majority of people don't trust the EVF in mirrorless cameras. It really is that simple. I hate the things. I appreciate the 1:1 visual analog connection to my subjects. It is some thing I depend upon for my photo making. It's not about the "quality" of the image so much as it is about the connection of the photographer with the subject. The EVF is horrible technology and I don't care what "advancements" or "innovations" Company $ (S) or Company F can come up with, it's still a major disconnect and, quite literally, a converted electronic view of the past.
ugh..no. I took one look through an EVF 1 year ago and I was astounded by the wealth of info that was displayed in front of my eyes. EVFs are good and I would never want to go back to an optical VF.
Good camera for $650 body. However, the design of the camera is many years old now and uninspiring. Functional, yes. Beautiful, no.
4K is coming fast and furious. 4K TV for $1,000 is coming out this year. But i've got to wonder if 8K is gonna hit just as hard in 2 years and obsolete 4k quickly.
I wonder if the Sony organic sensors are coming in 2015. A new line of Olympus cameras with a sensor like that would make them truly amazing. Fuji and Panasonic are said to be releasing a jointly developed organic sensor in 2015. 2015 should be the next revolution in sensors.
Felice62: The EM5 os insanely priced for the feaures it sports. The appearance of the EM10 is likely to keep EM5 overly priced to justify the segment...
EM5 came out 2 years ago. NEX 7 and EM5 are a new breed of cameras with high initial development costs. Now, the EM5 body can be easily had for $799. Which is now a more reasonable cost. Now, they are going down in price fast. Consider what you get with an EM5 at $799, it's a fairly decent deal. It's a technologically advanced camera with high end tech in there.
fmian: More regurgitated Bayer filter trash from a company that's clutching on to it's camera division with its last dying gasps.Nothing to see here unless you want yet another new camera that will hopefully take a good photo for you.
Cameras don't take good photos. People do. Obviously, looking at your galleries, your cameras never helped you take a good photo. Sorry about the attack, but you deserve it.
Akpinxit: RAW IQ still remains to see , but if one looking to shoot in JPGs , there would be no need to switch from smartphone to this model - same smugged details even on ISO200 , same edge artifacts , same handheld combination of 1\60, ISO2000 and high noise reduction erasing everything in its' path.
For most people, they should just stick to smart phones. Dedicated cameras are for photo enthusiasts. You are not one of us, please be quiet.
PhotoHawk: Truly disappointing - nothing new here. It is the same Olympus strategy we've seen before. The same box, slightly different dials, same IQ, same sensor, the same performance. Do you want fries with this or do you want home fries.
Think back to the EP1, EP2, EP3, EPL1, EPL1s, EPL2, EPL3, EPM1, E600, E620,E5. All use the same sensor and pretty much have the same IQ. Different form factors but we don't even have that really in three models of OMD.
If someone can slam Canon for reusing the 18 MP sensor in many bodies then we should be critical of Olympus as well.
Now Fuji - thats exciting! They are moving the bar forward fast. And say what you want about Sony but clearly they are moving quicker as well.
Olympus doesn't make sensors. It now depends on what Sony gives them. Don't blame Olympus here. Unless they strike a deal again with Panasonic to use their sensors. Besides, Sony sensors haven't really much evolved since 2 years ago either. I read they are working on an organic sensor that might appear in 2015, better color depth and noise characteristics.
Gesture: Neat cameras down-specifying. But $700 is not budget-friendly; it is a lot of money.
Compared to what? A Nikon d3200? An NEX 6? You realize an entry level DSLR for $499 is a crappy shooting experience with it's small optical viewfinder, single dial wheel, limited button customization, no touch screen shooting, limited settings, etc. The NEX 6 is almost the same price with an inferior body design.
ybizzle: Buy a new EM-5 body for $799 (B&H) or a used one for $500 and call it a day. Pricing for this doesn't make sense when the body is only $100 cheaper than the EM-5.
Actually. I would buy the em10 over the em5 for a few reasons. Wifi, integrated flash, focus peaking, slightly smaller footprint. I don't need the 5-axis or weather sealing (live in sunny los angeles).
JimBob0: I really like this and I would so like something a bit different for occasional non work use. So torn between SL1 (so I can use my lenses) or this and doing something a bit different.....
SL1 is small, but it's got a small viewfinder and single dial. It's a neutered DSLR. It's not going to be a good shooting experience.
Henry M. Hertz: and i thought the 80s and it´s ugly design are long gone.....
No.. just dormant. Beautiful designs stand the test of time. People will rediscover them sooner or later.
photobeans: This camera looks like it could be a great seller. Price is not cheap but it's doable for enthusiast shooters on a tighter budget. Yes, budget DSLRs are cheaper but few of us want to carry those behemoths around. Budget DSLRs are also crimpy on features with smaller view finders, less dials, less functionality, and less direct controls. They are just plain not enjoyable to shoot with.
Yes, mirrorless doesn't sell well in USA but those who buy them actually use them. Nothing like buying a $600 DSLR and having it collect dust because they are just a pain to carry around anywhere.
Arahne27: I think that there is a lot of in camera processing of published samples. There is no comparison between these pictures and EM-5. Simply EM-5 is way ahead better. Both situations were on bright days, obviously with different lenses. So, is it possible to run through camera settings again and switch off any in camera sharpening and noise reductions, when publishing review samples? It would be pity that such a nice camera produces low quality pictures.
Hello, it's the same sensor. There's won't be any real difference in quality when viewed in RAW. It's possible the JPEGs could look slightly different due to new processing engine. RAW should be almost indistinguishable if not identical.
sean lee: Hi, Guys. I have a question. I am not professional photographer. Just like to take pictures.
Now I am using Canon t2i with EF 50mm F1.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 and Sigma 10-20mm. I am satisfying with their IQ but I want to have little smaller body in retro style. I was waiting if canon announce retro style SLR so I can keep the lenses I have now, but I don't think canon will announce and I am tire to keep waiting.
If I switch to Olympus E-M10 or Panasonic GM1, am I down grade or up grade? or just same grade in IQ? Thank you,
It's an upgrade. Image quality is gonna be at least the same. However, the T2i is more like an entry level body with small optical viewfinder and limited controls. The EM10 gives you two nice dials and customizable button functions. Touch shooting and very fast auto focus makes the camera a joy to use. And the body and lens will fit in a small bag. You'll love it.
RolliPoli: Will it focus properly with my regular 4/3 lenses?
No. It doesn't have the EM1 sensor. Besides, this one has focus peaking for manual shooting.
This camera looks like it could be a great seller. Price is not cheap but it's doable for enthusiast shooters on a tighter budget. Yes, budget DSLRs are cheaper but few of us want to carry those behemoths around. Budget DSLRs are also crimpy on features with smaller view finders, less dials, less functionality, and less direct controls. They are just plain not enjoyable to shoot with.
Viewfinder tech is interesting, but there are a few disappointments. 1/180 max flash sync and 1/4000 max shutter speed. It also looks like a fairly heavy camera.
Maverick_: I came close to get an A7 as I am in the market for upgrade, but the camera has too many important flaws to be used as a serious semi-pro model. It seems that it would make better use as an enthusiast camera.
But we can't ignore the potential of this groundbreaking camera, full frame interchangeable lens in a very compact body. Perhaps in 3 years they'll resolve the focus issue.
If you actually shot with it, you'd probably not notice the flaws at all. Nitpicking is at an all time high.