harold1968: The e-m1 is the same size, weight and price.The sony handling is better (I have used both, at most it's a taste thing), the e-m1 has slightly faster focuses (but still hunts in low light)The sensor is far inferior compared to the A7, it even has noise in base ISO.Yet dpreview describe its IQ as excellent and yet the A7s as very good.For sure something is going on with this review.
Er handling is better? Nope; you may be right it may well be a taste problem, but no from the many others outside of this forum (kirk tuck, EOSHD etc.) is bound to mean something; so that's my consensus on poor handling there.
I am not going to compare FF with m43 or even aps-c on image quality; clearly it'll be a win - the interesting bit is the OOC JPEG lets it down; this is by far the best feature of OLY cameras, and no you haven't the experience with that that comes with more time with the camera.
The worst thing about the SONY is the sounds it makes and the generally lackluster responsiveness in comparison to the GH3 and the OMD E-M1. But wait a generation or two, it should get there and be up to task by then.
The funny thing at EOSHD is that they say the E-M1 (OLY is not known for its video) produces better video vs the A7(R?).
DPreview editors, could you please enlighten me (us) how to activate the tone curve settings? I haven't been able to get to the secret chamber...
lancespring: The UN clearly needs to punish China for its blatant destruction of the earth's environment. The Chinese are the world's worst criminals when it comes to promoting Global Warming, which threatens the lives of everyone on our planet.
Yet another clear indication of the corruption and lack of morality that exists within the Communist Party leadership in China.
Wow. Where millions ride a bicycle everyday - out of necessity; versus where millions drive a car everyday - out of necessity. Right China produced lots of CO2 out of spite of the world.
Mike Sandman: The billboards are both amusing and sad. I've visited "emerging" cities for the last 40 years, from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. and the story has been the same. Duringl industrialization air and water pollution is similar to what you see in China. CO2 is not the problem -- it's particulates in the air from manufacturing & from coal-fired power plants and cars/motorbikes.
Much of what you see in Hong Kong's air drifts in from plants in Shenzen (just over the border from HK). Over time, public pressure mounts and air quality improves, sometimes rather dramatically -- witness Los Angeles in 1970 vs today, or London. Boycotting China may be emotionally gratifying to some, but it won't help Hong Kong as much as public pressure in the locality itself. Wait a few years and you'll see better skies in China. Meanwhile, visit HK in the winter and you'll have a good chance to see Victoria Peak. http://www.flickr.com/photos/99183821@N00/6246665966/in/photolist-avZNam
Visit Hong Kong during July and August and your chances of seeing a Hong Kong backed by OLYMPUS blue skies are that much better. Winter in Hong Kong is droll with 8 - 11 km visibilities
acidic: It's obvious to anyone who understands HK politics that this is their way of making a point to mainland China about their pollution. What better way than to show the snap-happy mainland Chinese tourists what their country is doing to neighboring lands.
if only THEY were that smart...I mean the government.
OMG; the editors at dpreview MUST be loonies to have this posted - the pictures are boarding for construction work.
To attribute this to anything else is poor reporting. If you read the article it shows that.
This is not to say we don't have poor air quality - I live here and you have no idea how bad it can get on days like this. And YES I would love for the environmental protection department to get their act together, but THIS is not one of them, and rightfully shouldn't be - they have better ways of improving air quality than this.
Alexis D: Why I would not go to many places in that region unless there is no choice, whatever their attractions are or however much money can be made. It is not just about scenic photos, but health. Dubious food ingredients, bad air, radiated food chain, unscrupulous and unregulated food industries.
Oh, you mean that pink slush you take for meat in the US is actually good?
As a person from Hong Kong - I detest the manner you 'diss' the region; Hong Kong is rightfully known as a food mecca - western and eastern style nonetheless, because of the freedom it has in importing food from sources everywhere.
As a matter of fact, the smog in Hong Kong recently was a result of a tropical cyclone causing continental winds to blow in (i.e. offshore). In summer, the clarity of the air can be striking - one have 40km visibility, a fortunate result of onshore southeasterlies or easterlies.. This is not so in winter or any time that offshore winds are blowing - i.e. northerly / northwesterlies / westerlies, where it can be horribly smoggy.
Get your facts right before making comments - just like the first sentence I typed.
Mark Chan: Obviously going to come off as an OLY fanboy, but I do not understand how your review did not mention the XZ-1 OR the newer XZ-2 as comparable competition, and have to actually resort to mentioning the Nikon 1 series or m43.
I have held the XZ-2, and its is equally built like a tank; has the fast AF akin to that of the PEN series if not the RX100, and has a nice f1.8 - 2.5 lens, albeit shorter (112 vs 140 at long end). I would expect that your reviews do mention competition in its entirety.
Oh btw, the XZ-2 is a lighter package WITH a similarly sized sensor.
Oh yeah, the XZ-2 is more expensive; oh wait...theRX100 is even more expensive than the more expensive XZ2; wrong price point not being the correct term.
To DPR; I cannot fault the fact that there are too many points to discuss, but I really don't agree with your statement that its difficult to mention them at the end; You guys have the most uptodate info of all new AND old cameras, its only fair to have them ALL mentioned - which most are, in the span of one or two sentences as notable 'competitors'.
If you were to mention nearest competitors, you should mention those in the appropriate range - i.e. the fixed zoom lens group. This was done, but it sort of shows that those mentioned were the only similar cameras; then your review added the Nikon 1 Series and the PENs and suggested they were very close.
This is seriously misleading. As much as the new sensors deliver competitive images to other cam types, your 'professional' reviews should make it clear who the competition is.
Obviously going to come off as an OLY fanboy, but I do not understand how your review did not mention the XZ-1 OR the newer XZ-2 as comparable competition, and have to actually resort to mentioning the Nikon 1 series or m43.
buongustaio: any news about the sooo much craved body that would better handle top-pro 4/3 lenses?17mm aside, this is all i'm asking from this stand :)
I'll assume that's a 'hint' you are passing to us : )
WE Really Really REALLY need to know how it works on the EM-5.
Any in camera software distortion required?
Mark Chan: Dear Mr. Butler,
we would really really really like to have your review / images samples to (drool) view.
I would like to know in particular if C-AF tracking has improved significantly enough to video children running around.
Dear Mr. Butler,
thank you for the information there.Please see if you can make any observation on tone control and effectiveness e.g. compared to EP3 use of the same.
it would have been great if the batteries were the same, but I guess they needed another source of income...I await your response regarding the vertical grip!You should take that up with OLY - they should be providing the WHOLE set of new items for review!?!! LoLI'll dig something up regarding the EVF but it seemed to relate to the magnification and size of view...Star Trek original for me!
Take a GOOD rest before you start your reviews of the new exciting products
kenw: Awesome customization. One question: Can I implement a one push AF to something other than a half-press (like one of the custom buttons)? By which I mean, half-pressing will not cause AF, but pressing one of the Fn buttons will cause AF to occur (and never requires a two press "unlock-relock" like the G1 did). This is a common Canon custom function, and available on the GH2 with the right settings as well.
sigh would that I were working in the product review business...
Anyway, thank you for this very informative preview - I have a few other questions:
1. Is the battery the same as EP-3?2. Do you have a chance to play with the vertical grip? If so your opinion would be much appreciated.3. IS the file size of the *.mov format that is replacing the avchd of similar size or larger?4. Will you have a chance to try the FL600R?5. I read some fuss about the EVF having 3 modes for viewing - is that true?5. Star Wars or Star Trek?
its called AEL/AFL and available for EP3 for fn1 button, u press fn1 and u get focus then press the shutter.
There is also the AF on setting that makes your camera refocus continually to improve af timing (on/off).
so EM-5 should have this too.
Its available in the E-5 also, I will check in a mo on EP3 if that can be done too; wait
SteB: So I could use 2 EVFs if I wanted, but if I want to use a flash I can't use anything else that fits in the accessory port?
uhm, exactly WHAT would you want to add if you had the flash there already?