Olympus OM-D is the one that is truly innovative.
Peiasdf: The color are nice under an overcast but the ISO 8000 image are not very impressive. Even down-sampled the noise are blotchy.
I also don't understand why the camera is still at version 0.95 when D800 with finalized firmware has been in the hand of pro shooters for the past few months. It seems like D800 will hit the ground shooting while E-M5 will spend a few months getting through its teething period before version 1.01.
It is asinine to compare two entirely different systems. Went with Nikon for safety? You mean you bought that joke of a Nikon 1 mirrorless system they just came out with. Cause that was their feeble attempt to competing in the compact segment.
WTF is this fertilizer?
Anastigmat: Surprise! Olympus finally figured that it needs to break the straightjacket it has imposed on itself when it chose the 4/3 format. That small sensor puts an upper limit on pixel size and number, so it must be abandoned if Olympus were to stay competitive with Sony and Pentax, instead of scraping the bottom of the marketing barrel for sales. More competition is always welcome. Let's hope that the new entry will finally result in so much more competition in the crowded APS-C sensor market that it will force manufacturers to bring out more low end, affordable full frame models. The days of full frames selling for less than $2,000 may be near.
Baloney. 4/3 is the perfect sensor size for compact digital cameras.
Sixpm: I have always loved the OM series of cameras, it would be great if they could either use full frame or APS-C as the micro 4/3 has it's limits in terms of grain, noise and image quality when compares to the former. A new range of OM mount lenses that works just like their 12mm f2 lens with pull back manual focus for us old timers. I still shoots mainly with manual focusing for all my people and street photography.
4/3 sensor has pretty much the same height as APS, with a more useful form factor.
Sensor size is NOT a limitation. Not even close.
4/3 is the ideal sensor size for digital photography - outside of strictly professional needs.
SheikYerbouti: > ... Micro Four Thirds lens to incorporate an electronic motorized zoom.
I wonder why manufacturers still bother with such useless gimmicks. There's nothing more intuitive, more instant than a properly designed, smoothly operating mechanical zoom ring. I can't imagine anyone preferring fiddly pushbuttons on the top or the back of the camera over such direct control on the lens when composing a picture. I also wonder how much extra cost went into the development and the manufacture of this "feature" and to what degree this useless extra will contribute to the overall repair returns in the long run? I think the money would have been better spent on further improvements in optical quality, choice of materials, durability and such. On the other hand ... a high quality 24-100 mm lens is almost the ideal lens for me. If it was 20 mm longer it would be even better as for me 24-120 mm cover 95% of all photographic situations. Such a lens could become a fixed feature on my camera.
Francis, shut up. You do not know what you are talking about.
Can you guys read? That money had been lost more then 10 years ago. Bad financial hedging bets.
Wrong thing was to try to keep that loss off the balance sheet, after some new disclosure laws.
This loss does not affect current operations. It is long under the bridge.
dsli111: a weather-sealed lens which can be used only in sunny day
Video shooting at 1080p has lower requirements.
This is for shooting VIDEO. Hopefully they can also drive it from the body.
People - this is a VIDEO lens. Video has different requirements. Including brightness.
Olympus just made a couple of awesome, bright primes for m4/3. Use those for your artistic photography needs.
But for shooting videos - this is a very good deal.
What a bunch of idiots commenting on the lens size.
Look at Nex. Look at zooms on Nikon, with its tiny sensor. There is no way around physics. You want a bright, weather sealed lens - here it is. As good as ANYTHING in the industry, and most likely with better optical quality then most.
xlynx9: I hate to say it, but I call for a boycott of Olympus until a full investigation is done into where this money went along with justification of the sums. I for one do not wish to fund potential "organised crime and racketeering".
Why? It has nothing to do with the products and honest people working there.
rondhamalam: That's why I choose Nikon and Canon. I cannot trust people like Michael Woodford
WTF are you talking about and does it have to do with cameras?
Lakers: Like one poster said on another Olympus thread, Woodford clearly tried to blackmail the board and lost badly.
Read Olympus' response and you can see clearly that the payments were for options related to preferred shares for the Gyrus M&A case (mostly likely for tax purposes). The sum maybe hight but nothing suggest it's not legitimate.
I think a lot of people on this board had already made up their mind about guilt even before considering any evidence. This story will probably fizzle in a few months - Olympus has the football and they only needs to run the clock out on Woodford and his ilk.
I though that undewhelming sensation of Nikon's 1 launch would be hard to beat...
gap2111: according to an interview with a Nikon official the development dates back before micro43 ... given such long development time the result is rather unwhelming and way overpriced.It reminds very much on the old Pentax 110 System - which was a nice toy but didn't have much to offer
Why do you believe them that they know when micro4/3 development started?
They are late to the market by more then two years and their first offering is obviously lacking. That we do know.
fransams: I am very happy with this new Nikon-system because there is no reason to get rid of my Pana G1 and Oly E-PL1.
E-P3 is a reason.
Angelfire: Superb products from Nikon. If the actual real life reviews are as good as I expect them to be, I will be getting the V1 plus the 10mm pancake for every day shots, the 10-100mm designed for video lens and the new mini strobe. When it becomes available I will also be getting the converter attachment so that I can use my 70-200 VRII plus teleconverter for a fast and inexpensive solution to wildlife and sports photography (equivalent to 1080mm).
The V1 will be outstanding for photographing my great nieces and nephews who never stand still and for macros of insects. I can just see now the photograph of a bee or a butterfly taking off from a flower captured with ease using the V1's AF capabilities and motion snapshot stills. Brilliant design from Nikon if it is as good as Nikon's publicity suggests and I love the plain design even though I will have to use a sub menu to access Aperture priority etc.
Hook, line, and sinker. Sucker is born every minute.