tinternaut: It doesn't look too bad at all, though it's a pity they didn't include a built in flash. There are likely a lot of owners of the 12mp models, who would find this a good upgrade. At the moment, the asking price is awfully close to that of the superior EM-10.
Regarding usability, I always find it a fight to activate a number of features when I use an Olympus camera for the first time:
- There's the fight to activate SCP - The fight to activate highlight/shadow warnings- And the fight to get Large Super Fine working.
As I said before: blame Olympus' people, not me. However, the formula is for the ideal distance to the subject, beyond which the light will be too dim to illuminate anything.
Ben O Connor: First Question: Where is the built-in flash ? Second Question: WHY !
"WHY!" is not a question. "WHY?" is.
Yeah right. It's not my foprmula, so go tell that to the guys who wrote te FL14's manual.10 metres from a GN6 flash? You're joking, aren't you? If that's so, a GN300 flashgun will reach 500 metres! No question of shooting portraits: the portrayed person will get blind!You really have no idea of what you're talking about, have you?
Applying the formula m = GN x ISO + f, which I found in Olympus' FL14 flashgun's user guide, that'd be 17,2 inches, or 43,68 cm. Useful, but still weak and a compromise I'd find unacceptable. Using this camera at ISO 800, with all the noise you'll get? No way! And f/1.4 is hardly of any use, unless you really *must* get the picture. Your pictures will look bleached - and the flash won't do them any favours. So what's the point? You'll never convince me a GN6 flash is a powerful one.
Mike, is f/1.4 fast enough for you? Oh, yes, 6 GN is very useful: it will light the tip of the lens perfectly. I can see it triggering external flashes, but it won't have any further use. It's just too weak. I have the FL-14 external flash and it's weak, so why should I find 6 GN useful?
Mike FL: Most, if not all, M43 cameras are unable to compete with cheapest mirror-less APS-C such as $450 Fuji XA1 and $500 Fujifilm X-M1 in IQ.
BUT, Most, if not all, M43 cameras has IBIS which keeps M43 still alive.
If Fuji and/or Sony put IBIS in mirror-less APS-C, M43 will be DOOMED. The day will come...
Contrarily to M43, Sony is dooming itself by not offering a decent lens collection for their mirrorless cameras. The latter will be OK if you're one of those people who are happy with the kit zoom lens, but others will want lenses that fulfill their needs. The strength of M43 is not "IBIS", but a very wide lens line-up.
A built-in flash? What's the use for a flash that would be 6 GN or thereabouts?
This camera makes me wonder whether there will be a need for an E-P7.
Brian Alpert: i wonder how many terabytes of RAM you'll need to process these 200 mp images in lightroom.
Richard: and a bargain to boot...
mpgxsvcd: Is this camera just going to point out all of the imperfections of the lenses?
It is the body that limits what the lens can capture, not the opposite. You don't use the ubiquitous 18-55 zoom lens at this level.
Danny: monkey business
I see what you did here.
This monkey really likes bokeh. Hmmm... I wonder whether he's a DPR reader and takes part in those forums about "equivalent aperture".(Oh, forget it. He's too clever for that.)
Just another Canon shooter: Light polution causes serious problems! Really?
Graybalanced: that's what I call a crappy story! (Sorry, it was too good to resist...)Seriously now, we are aware of all problems light pollution can bring. It's just that some of us just want to relax and have a laugh. As for myself, I had a long, busy working day. I want to have some fun and leave all the problems of this stinking world behind for a while. They'll catch up with me next morning.
Yes. Light pollution can make you feel like singing Barbra Streisand's songs in the shower, among other serious health issues.
Diopter: Another laughable event in the long parade of imitations. Whoever shows a serious, creative shape for the new technologies will win, as the Leica did seventy years ago.(-)
Diopter, you're hilarious.
fabio riccardi: Isn't the adjective "iconic" a bit trite and overused this days?
Yes, a well-worn cliché and an irritating word.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material. I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.
Please, man, I'm working, OK? Stop wasting my time.
Of course. Rankings tend to favour private universities and benefit the country where they're made. An american rating will favour american schools. What did you expect? Here in Portugal it's the same - rankings are usually established by companies held by financial groups that also hold participations in universitiies and private schools. Plus rankings don't meter the intelligence and erudition of their students, nor their professional skills, do they? It only takes a renowned prize winner to unbalance the rankings in favour of the university the winner graduated from. Rankings are mostly marketing. Nothing prevents one person graduated from a top university from being an a$$hole...
Three or four, which is not that bad for a country with 10 million inhabitants. One of them, incidentally, is Coimbra, the one I graduated in.
Thank you, but I'll have to decline. I don't want to visit a country where human rights are violated (death penalty? Com'on...!), crime rates are the highest in the world, there is no universal health service, no social security to talk about, public education is the poorest in the northern hemisphere and it's the country where the most hateful people in the world - i. e. republicans like John Boehner and Sarah Palin - live. Besides there is still too much racism and xenophobia. I pass. Why should I want to visit the USA? I am blessed to live in Europe!