EPL1 50F2 12-60 OM50f1.4 OM100F2.8 FL36R
If I had a dollar for every apologist making excuses for stupid Nikon or Canon products, I could buy Olympus.
Some example comparison shots here between the Oly 17 and the Panny 20. They are not a perfect comparison with slight framing differences but should help people make up their own mind if it is close enough to the 20.
OldArrow: The sheer amount of various formats makes one think about why. What really dictates the image formats today? Cinema? Can't be. TV? Which among all the various sizes? Books? Newspapers? Surely not. Almost every paper-reproduced image has to be adapted to any of these formats.So why don't they all agree that the best photo imaging format would be square? It exploits the lens FOV in the best possible way. It gets rid of side-up camera holding. It produces images easily cropped to all ratios or purposes. It allows internal masking to facilitate framing for every photographer's need...No go. We get to buy whatever the analog era left behind, as if it's some stone-hewn universal law.Ditto, mechanical mirrors in digital cameras - obsolete from the first digital camera onward. Ditto, camera shapes; although there is no more film to stretch between the casette and the take-up roll. Ditto, God forbid, an universal lens mount.Funny, but the whole thing is supposed to cater to camera users...
@ T3, some of us live in the real world and can benefit from the musings OldArrow has to offer. personally I would like the option of any crop from an image, or a large 1:1 image from my tiny m43 camera.
Reilly Diefenbach: Wow, this one ticks all the boxes.
□ Touch screen□ IBIS□ Wireless Flash□ Long Battery Life□ Large Lens Range□ Fastest AF□ Fast PDAF
munro harrap: When you vote, it does say "The BEST camera of 2012". Not the one you own, or like, or find handy cos it doesn't weigh a ton, the best one. With a D800 you can make a pro quality movie. Your prints can be as big as a Picasso or Delacroix epic painting and your macro shots , well, are potentially the best possible from any camera on the planet-if you are any good, that is. I shall spend the rest of my life trying to fulfil its potential. Even in low light it is better than 35mm ever was, and makes the D4 they charge more than double for quite redundant. You are expected to vote for the BEST camera, not some joke toy!
I vote the Hubble telescope. Most significant camera this year. You lemmings voting for the D800/E and OMD don't know what a good camera is. If I had one in my back yard I wouldn't need to travel.
IrishhAndy: In a survey 8 out of 10 cats preferred the OM-D..
That survey was proven a scam when some entrants were found to be the same cat dressed in different fur.
JackM: OMD beats D800 and 5D3... riiiiiiiiiight.
zinedi, you were right, no ferraris won car of the year. I can't believe it...
Year World Car of the Year2005 Audi A62006 BMW 3-Series2007 Lexus LS 4602008 Mazda2 / Demio2009 Volkswagen Golf2010 Volkswagen Polo2011 Nissan Leaf2012 Volkswagen up!
lone_samurai: Ok, camera of the year award is important but how can an OMD be compared realistically to a D800? Big and heavy with ultimate IQ but of limited appeal to the mainstream vs small, light and fast excellent all rounder with more mainstrean appeal.DPreview should also consider along with the compulsory camera of the year award(where it may be a little difficult to conclude according any set criteria the best camera) category based awards for example - best Pro Dslr, best CSC, best P&S, best entry Dslr etc....
For this reason (uses and needs vary so much) it would have been good to be able to select your top 3 or four cameras.
Wolffy: I am sure all of these cameras can and will take great quality images but 1 thing I must have is a viewfinder. That leaves only the Canon and the Fuji x10If no viewfinder then an articulated LCD would be nice Nikon and Samsungever tried using one of these LCD screen only cameras out in the sun? your better off with your cell phone
This is a very useful review, but I would like to see a section on viewfinders. In Australia or anywhere there is harsh light, a viewfinder is an important consideration. They can also be useful at performances where a bright screen might be distracting.
My VF2 viewfinder was originally purchased for $200 to fit an m43 camera, but I can also use it on my XZ-1, and presumably on the XZ-2 as well, so the cost is amortised over a longer period. Something to consider.
Looleylaylow: This article is showing its age, particularly in references to mirrorless systems. The low-light gap is shrinking quickly.
Focus speed should also be clarified. There is nothing slow about my mirrorless Olympus EM-5. Its one of, if not the fastest for single auto-focus and shot-to-shot times.
HubertChen: How does this work. One guy cries ugly and all chime in? What if the first guy had said beautiful ? I kinda like the cosmetics. Simple and elegant. I wonder why the viewfinder is still above the lens and not in the edge. This would be a more convenient placement. The rest looks like a knock off of the Sony NEX camera, which I found to be lovely when shooting ( once I got over it that it is so different then my DSLR ). What seems interesting is that some bottoms are left of the Display. Does this mean I know can use both thumbs when adjusting the camera while shooting. This would be interesting :-)
One guy didn't cry ugly. We all did. If the first guy said beautiful I would suggest a good therapist.
niXer: This is the camera I was waiting for. I wish the grip wasn't so far out but I'll take it.
Commander mode, PSAM dial, that's all I wanted. Even can do wireless connectivity like the D600/D800.
You'll never find a spit-cup to fit that hot-shoe.
Kartika Sari: they need SB hotshoe
It would be nice to retort "No Mr Sari, they don't need a standard hot-shoe because they have wireless flash support".
Or even "No Mr Sari a standard flash would be too big on such svelt little camera such as this".
Sadly, neither statement is true...
psn: Whoa! So many negative comments from so many people who clearly won't or can't buy this camera...
" people who clearly won't or can't buy this camera..."
That's everyone, right?
LaFonte: Gets my vote for xz-1 replacement.
Not for me. The XZ-1 has optional EVF and remote flash control, and the XZ-1 competes quite well at longer focal lengths.
The remote flash control is a killer feature because these tiny cameras really need a good flash more often and are too small to accommodate them comfortably.
Paul JM: Sadly, time has passed this series by, and I am surprised that Canon had bothered. I own the original G1, and ultimately bought back into the series with a G10 after Michael Reichmann declared it the best thing since sliced bread, but ultimately found it disappointing, and still do. The manual controls on this camera are rendered useless by the size of the sensor. Frankly, it does not matter how much you open the aperture on a sensor this size, you simply cant achieve an adequate shallow DOF. I cant see why anyone would be prepared to buy this over, say, the RX100, which has a much larger and better sensor, in a smaller format. If you are keen on more manual control, then try the OM-D, which also has a far better sensor, as well as manual control
@fotokeena, not much. put a pancake lens on it and you are talking about the same size. Change the EM5 for an EPM2 and it is considerably smaller than the G12.
It is interesting though that the G15 looks significantly smaller than the G12 in this comparison...
12fps: Well. Canon waits for their competitors to put out EVIL, instead of rushing out a new standard. The competitors all have their all mounting system. 4/3, APS C, Nikon V1.. At the end, the one that wins out is the best mount, with compatibility of today's legacy system... The larger sensor, of course the better, but the least sexiest. The smaller sensor allows zoom shooters to enjoy higher crop factor, while punishing the wide angle shooter with fewer alternatives. Since only Canon & Nikon are really great at sensitives at high ISO, I presume they will lead the mirror-less system as time goes, but Canon uses larger sensor, that will even give it more of a edge. For guys like me, I won't buy one, whatever mirror-less on the market are no comparison with today's APS-H, Full Frame, or offer the flexibility of pro-APS-C (e.g EOS 7D). So, it is exciting, but I think Canon G1X will satisfy this crowd for casual and wide-angle shooters. 1D/5D/D3 users no worries. EVIL not yet there yet.
12fps.... It is funny.. Whenever you go to any shop, these 2 brands stand out by a significant margin, because they are dinosaurs and old looking... Of course 4/3 is nice, and far more awesome..
dgreene196: Reminds me of Samsung's 20-50 mm for their NX cameras. More compact, less range, no IS. If the lens performs pretty well, it might appeal to those who want the absolutely smallest possible kit.
Nope. "absolutely smallest" would describe the RX100.
The problem with the 1 series is that it is not small enough. Now imagine something RX100 size with fully retracting lens, and can then swap out the retracting lens for another retracting lens. Now that would justify having a 1 series.
anthony mazzeri: As an aside, if that's an uncirculated penny minted in San Fransisco, it's worth over $4,000. Assume there's two calibration targets for the two cameras, means two coins.
Considering they are the first ever and only two coins in existence on another planet, the pair together would more likely be priceless.
Anthony, its yours to claim. You just need to collect it...
facedodge: Consumers will soon learn that it's not all about Megapixels with camera phones catching up. Until then... 24MP will be a key selling feature. It's the first item they list on the stat sheet.
"hey Joe, what about this red one over here? it's $150 more expensive than that Canon, but it's got twice the pixels"
@Dvlee - that means everyone, right?