Marathonianbull: "The Olympus E-M5 II is a more significant reworking of its predecessor than its looks or choice of sensor seem to suggest. The camera boasts a wealth of additional features and refinements to many of the existing ones have been upgraded. However, the landscape has changed considerably since the first E-M5 was released and there are now a number of very competitive cameras in the same space. This means the E-M5 II has to be a significant step up, over its predecessor, to still stand out in the market..."
This is a good example of today's most incongruous problem with the current state of the photo-gear industry : of course, we must spend a lot and often in order for it to survive if not thrive, yet influencing reviews like this one should be taken with a grain of salt as they focus far too much on competitive "cell-phone" features and not enough on ergonomy or color accuracy. [To be continued!]
And where's my already beloved E-7??? You know, that long-awaited ultimate FT model with an electronically-assisted optical viewfinder à la Fujifilm, an improved 5-Axis in-cam stabilizer à la Oly mFT, a high-density Sony sensor à la everything, an advanced high-ISO denoisying processor à la CaNikon, and an inboard GPS-based Astrotracer à la Ricoh Pentax...
I would gladly buy an E-M5 Mk II, if it were a true improvement over the E-P1... But it's not. New lenses are sometimes better - not always, whereas new cameras seldom show significant evolution. Having said that, as a fledgeling Olympian, I would definitely choose the E-M5 Mk II or even the "aging" E-M1 over the E-P1 (simply a matter of available stock!!!)
Such a meaningless feature-packed gear race is not the pop-reviewers' fault per se, as those kind people merely act as messengers. I think that this whole industry is getting real sick, far too hectic for my taste. Most camera makers should step aside, reconsider their roles and goals as image-makers, start zeroing in on improving lenses as well as SIMPLIFYING cameras instead, and be radically more transparent with regard to their own product development agenda (indeed, I have left a few great systems due to an utter lack of proper communication regarding their foreseeable future, and have also stayed faithful far too long to other brands due to gazillions of irrelevant so-called relative "improvements".)
"The Olympus E-M5 II is a more significant reworking of its predecessor than its looks or choice of sensor seem to suggest. The camera boasts a wealth of additional features and refinements to many of the existing ones have been upgraded. However, the landscape has changed considerably since the first E-M5 was released and there are now a number of very competitive cameras in the same space. This means the E-M5 II has to be a significant step up, over its predecessor, to still stand out in the market..."
Beautiful Olympus colours!
Even without looking at the EXIF first, this one was my favourite by a large margin. I guess that I'm a die-hard Olympus fanboy ; )
That's.. different! I like it.
Can't wait to go see this in person!!!
If I rely solely on my latest experiments with the K-3, a formidable "APS-C" DSLR in my opinion (if not the ultimate!), this can only bode well for all Pentaxians or other open-minded photographers and enthusiasts.
I love the idea of some 'M' diversity! My GXR doesn't...
Interesting, dare I say "daring": having followed the Leica digital rangefinder development saga closely, I have no doubt about the many challenges facing this Konost team. Now, would this be enough to entice Cosina to resurrect any kind of Zeiss Ikon 'D' project!?
My daughter wants that bird.. Please.
The E-1 still impresses! Nice catch.
Ricoh's quite smart: the whole Pentax legacy needed to build itself a substantial (D) FA(*) zoom lineup in order to move on towards that imminent FF launch, as well as to dust its somewhat aging SMC DA(*) wide-to-normal zoom offering. With no sweat nor threat, things are starting to take shape in a very promising manner for both APS-C and FF camps of the same tenacious K-mount!
Victor12, This area looks familiar... Well captured!
That man, speaking on behalf of.., has a task to fulfill. That, I know. My wishes? Choice, as in variety. Samsung cams operate like a song, I agree! That man is very capable, also. Obviously. Speaking on behalf. At DPReview. To every single one.
That man is very much wishing for DSLRs to vanish entirely from the face of Earth, obviously not having anything to sell in that camp...
As if sensor sizes were the only IQ catalysts..!
Wow, amazing beasts! But what are they???