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.
pacogwapo: It is just a Micro Four Thirds PEN with a built-in electronic viewfinder. Yet another Micro Four-Thirds camera with EVF!
Same can be said about every single DSLR in existence. Yet another camera.
This one is weather sealed for example. That alone make it quite distinct from others in the class.
marike6: The most interesting feature is weather sealing, since many great images can be had in bad weather. IQ-wise, I doubt it will exceed the GX-1 since the sensor is the same. Videographers will pass and take the GH2 or GH3 which offers 24p and a better codec. It's actually a shame that Olympus doesn't take video seriously as the IBIS with 45 1.8 or PL 25 1.4 would rock for hand-held video work.
It odd that Olympus used to make innovative 4/3 bodies like the E-3, and now they only make retro styled cameras. But it's a good looking camera with an poor choice of kit lens. It's relatively long, with a slow aperture. You just can't get away with slow apertures zooms on m43 because DOF will be too great.
@marike6 Super 35 is more like 4/3 sensor size then a FF
pacogwapo: bad ergonomics...tsk tsk tsk
OM cameras had EXCELLENT ergonomics. Hand shape did not change since then.
fmian: This camera will sell very well. There are plenty of hungry M43 users out there.It still does not hold a candle to the ease of use that the Canon 1100d or Fuji X10 offers (just a couple examples of good design)There is simply no way that Olympus will pounce on Canon or Nikon DSLR sales with this. Some may sway themselves into thinking it's a serious camera, with the way it looks and the options it presents, but it is ultimately still a toy for gadget freaks and M43 loyalists.Those people already have a hard time understanding what good camera design is, so while the OM-D is good in relation to existing M43 models, it's ultimately not a very satisfying experience compared to an OVF and larger, brighter sensor.Who cares about the size of the camera, as long as it feels good in the hand and is intuitive to use.The OM-D accomplishes neither.It looks nice though.Maybe that's all it takes for people to spend money though.
@ fmian : You are SO full of it.
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.
Why would anybody pick it over Panasonic?
Panasonic is smaller, and you can put a huge variety of awesome lenses on it if you feel like it is needed.
Better lenses more then outweigh the tiny sensor size advantage.
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?