onezerosix: i'm debating on DMC-FZ1000 or Sony A6000. I'll be taking pictures at family events & scenery shots. which be better choice? i'm not really looking for 4k video.
skysi asked "why pay for 4K?"
What makes 4K so interesting to me is that you can take 8 MP photos with a 24 fps burst rate. Video is, after all, just a series of photographs. How good is that if you're shooting action?
Also, the FZ1000 has a long lens (400mm in full-frame terms) with, at worst, an f4 aperture. Now think how much that would cost and how bulky that would be with even a mirrorless camera let alone a DSLR.
The lack of phase detect AF on this camera is baffling. Olympus thinks that the only advantage to PDAF is for old 4/3 lenses (and so they only included it on the E-M1) but it's also useful for tracking moving subjects with Micro 4/3 lenses. And, if I'm not mistaken, legacy 4/3 lenses can be adapted to ANY Micro 4/3 camera, not just the E-M1.
If the Sony a6000 can include PDAF for WAY less money than either the E-M1 or the E-M5, then why can't Olympus do this with all of its camera bodies? It's such a huge barrier for adoption. They should have put it on the E-PL7 and E-M10 as well. That would get me to upgrade from my E-PL5.
This camera really needed the dual fast AF from the E-M1 in order to be appealing.
I hope Olympus considers making that feature available in more cameras in its line.
Your move, Olympus.
Perhaps a Pen E-P7 (or E-PL8) with a built-in EVF? I'd also like phase detect autofocus, please. Does the GM5 include in-body stabilization?
The hybrid EVF/OVF that you see in some of the Fuji cameras is also an intriguing idea.
If Panasonic can put this lens on a fixed-lens camera, they should also make a kit lens like this for their ILC Lumix line. I would totally buy that lens and put it on my Olympus E-PL5, maybe even selling my two primes and my current kit zoom in exchange. Compact with a fast aperture.
They're not seriously going to call it the OMG, are they? Really, Olympus?
The pull out EVF is a GREAT IDEA for video shooters, especially those using some sort of stabilization arm, brace, shoulder mount, etc. This makes much more sense than the tilting EVF on the Panasonic GX7.
I don't mind that the FZ1000 has an f2.8-f4 lens to add to the focal length. I just wish it could stay at f2.8 longer. Bend that curve in the other direction...line for line with the RX10 and then bend upward to f4 during the longer focal lengths. THAT would be killer.
I shudder to think about what the price would be, but how about a 14-150mm f2.8 lens? Or at least f2 - f4 in that focal range with a retracting mechanism. Micro 4/3 is all about portability and compactness, right? So one do-it-all lens that can take better-than-kit-lens photos would be perfect for a hobbyist like me. I'd probably want a macro converter to slap on it occasionally, but I could carry all of that and a flash in my small bag.
I think that would be extremely useful. For all practical purposes a lens like that could replace all four of the lenses in my bag. I'd be willing to trade my 25mm f1.4 and my 45mm f1.8 if I could get good contrast and f2.8 from an all-in-one zoom. This lens, though, is redundant to the existing offering from Olympus and inferior to the OIS Panasonic lens without being cheaper. C'mon, Tamron. I'm rooting for you!
(Sounds like I would be the perfect target customer for the Sony RX10, eh? Hindsight is 20/20 at f2.8.)
thornhale: I have over the past few weeks followed this site closely and read many of the reviews for mirrorless cameras which I plan to buy for me and my wife.
I have narrowed the choice down to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Lumix GX7. Both camera's got raving reviews/ratings.
I don't like the price for the GX7 quite as much as that of the E-M10. Also no IS for videos is also not great. On the other hand, my wife really wants to have in-camera panoramic stitching which the E-M10 does not have, and although videos are image-stabilized, the fps is only 30. What is one to do??!
Anyway, I note that many owners of this camera are quite happy with this camera. On the other hand, I notice that on this site at least, Olympus cameras are much more popular (any of the OM-D cameras: http://www.dpreview.com/products/slrs/statistics?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=mainmenu&utm_medium=text&ref=mainmenu). The question that comes to mind is: Why is that?
I. Want. This. Camera.
Here's the biggest reason in my book -- the tilting EVF. Not so much because it tilts (although that's a nice bonus) but because it doesn't add much in the way of bulk to the camera. It's both compact AND full-featured.
There's a saying that "the best camera is the one you have with you," and if you can take a great camera with you more often, then you'll take more and better pictures. The difference between the OM and GX7 body styles might not seem like a big deal, but now with the pancake zoom lens (or, better, the pancake prime lenses), the tilting EVF and a built-in pop-up flash, this could be a truly pocketable camera without any real compromises.
If only someone could make a killer f2.8 telephoto lens that retracts into a pancake, then that would be just about perfect.