Sirandar: It is mostly that cameras are not all that much fun for people who use more than a smartphone for photography
The reasons for this are simple:
1) It has become completely socially unacceptable to photograph someone you don't know and even people you do. There has been too much fear mongering regarding inappropriate use of photos. I just don't photograph anyone any more.
2) With the advent of excessive free photo distribution it becomes painfully evident that somebody else has 1000X more talent, 1000x more time, 1000x better equipment, and 1000x more opportunity than you do. The path of least resistance is to look at photos from the best on-line
4) Like music, for artistic photography the public has been trained to expect it for free. It has been devalued for a free model. As a percentage of the total # of photographers, the number that can make money in miniscule. With all free models of Enterprise, somebody else is determining what you can view and what is promoted. It seems democratic but actually it isn't.
None of this applies to the smart phone photography even though functionally there is really little difference between shooting with a phone and a dSLR.
Why is this:
1) It appeals greatly to human vanity and allows people to show off their appearance and lifestyles in an inexpensive manner. Selfie sticks seem to be an explosive market right now
2) There is the illusion of complete control and privacy. You take the pic with your phone with your selfie stick.
3) Hardly anyone cares about looking at framed pictures anymore, even in their own homes. Compelling photos are buried amounts billions of others. 500px makes a good attempt to address this problem but really they should be called 500,000px. The photograph has bee devalued for most people. This is the reason for the push to 4k video .... something new and shiny for the public to focus on. The primary purpose of medical schools (in Canada at least) is to regulate the number of doctors entering the market with medical training somewhere second. Artisitc photography is a victim of its own success.
It is mostly that cameras are not all that much fun for people who use more than a smartphone for photography
In some ways Oly is a victim of their own overall excellent design mantra.
I have a EM5 and really for most purposes what more could I ask for?
Only Sony has anything tempting for me because they are attempting to give me most of what I have with the EM5 is a smaller package with a single lens. Changing lenses is such a pain (but worth it usually)
They are not there yet and I think my EM5 has at least 5 more good years.
It is very nice having every photo tool I have (except tripod) fit right into a small camera bag (EM5) or a small Peilcan Case .... it would be nicer if it fit into my pocket. We aren't there yet ... but Sony made a good attempt.
Paul Petersen: Surprising the chassis is not more rugged in a high end camera.
In the final analysis only failure testing can determine durability ....
Things that look durable often aren't and things that look weak often are not.
What a ridiculous story.
First it is a thin granite tile with air and quickset underneath it and the camera hit right on the tile edge where was probably only air underneath the tile. So really it was a 5mm of tile being hit with a huge advantage.
Second looking at the position of the camera you can see it was moved because there is no way it would land that way hitting like that .... so the picture is staged.
More likely they dropped it from head level. From wherever it fell it was only the breaking tile that saved it as the break absorbed much of the momentum and converted much of the rest into rotation .... much which was then absorbed by the soft leather case.
All and all a very lucky camera.
Context is a very difficult thing to capture.
This is actually a very good idea, but it is very unlikely that this cam will do it convincingly and reliably as that would require almost a AI.
Sirandar: I would suggest removing the word test from these types of articles.
The wasn't any testing I could see.
A better word would be "field experience"
From the OP
My post wasn't really an accusation of wrongdoing, but a suggestion to improve clarity.
Clarity is in short supply these days, if you want a hilarious example do a study of the work "hookup" ;)
I would argue that on a professional photography site with a surprisingly good reputation considering it walks a fine line, "field experience" is more accurate than "field test" when describing these type of posts.
PS. I am not picking on Olympus as the OMD-E5 is my camera of choice at my income level and if I had more disposable cash I would buy both PRO lenses.
That said the stock oly and pana lenses are quite good for most purposes. If the oly 40-150 had a wider apertures .......
I would suggest removing the word test from these types of articles.
Cihangir Gzey: I wait for battery durability figures for the RX100 IV. If tiny NP-BX1 will die out in 10 minutes while recording 4K or will not be able to record a full 29:59 minutes of Full HD (60fps) with a single charge, than it has no meaning to me. Dpreview, Richard Butler PLEASE test battery life for video.
In my experience those 20$ batteries will claim to last twice as long as OEM, but only will last about 1/2 as long, and will wear out fairly quickly.
It is interesting comparing this to an OMD M5.
In terms of the smallest legible text size they are about the same, but in detail especially at the edges, the OMD seems to have much greater sharpness and detail capture. I wonder why that is?
But for what it is worth, overall the differences aren't that great and if you only require 24-70mm, this is a compelling camera.
Interesting .... this looks like the first Leica I would choose to buy if I had the $$$
Opps: fixed 28mm, very limiting
I don't get it .... shoot raw and PP to black and white exactly as you desire ...
Will it really capture better images than a OMD or a FF? The lens still needs to handle colour properly. The sensor is simpler but will that simplicity really translate to better images?
When it can do what Fstop already does I will have interest ...
Current Google photo management can't even read Lightroom tags. Auto awesome makes Google the photographer not you
So you like carrying around a extra device yo overcome the crippling Apple deliberately does to their devices.....".?But I am intrigued ... Can mobile lite do everything a simple USB flash drive can in Windows and Android .... If so I might buy on and actually start using my ipad
Terry Breedlove: I can't think of any reason for a micro SD card slot anymore. That is so old school and nowadays just not needed.
With 64Gb built in this isn't as much of an issue but it is very rare to see these phones offered from carriers except for Apple which charges a fortune for it.
The last time I checked Apple did not allow you to transfer any files except pictures to a mobile device via even their own proprietary cable.
Universal free Wifi was a nice dream but it can only go downhill from here as there is not enough drive or payback for this. Being locked to Wifi, the internet or a proprietary cable to move or store your files isn't nearly as good as having a 128Gb microSD card for your picture, video and music collection. There is really no comparison. With microSD you sync once and have everything with you always. With Apple and Google you constantly need to sync or rely on slow internet to get your files. On-line files cant be cataloged easily either so searches don't work well.
In Canada to use free Wifi requires logging into a HTML web site and signing an agreement and then it might work. It takes 5 minute to do this and you need to view advertizements. Then you often get very slow spotty Wifi.
If you think this is a good experience .... enjoy. I like having everything with me so I can choose anything anytime anywhere. All except documents which I do keep on Dropbox.
Looking at the studio comparison the X30 isn't even close to a good micro4/3 in terms of detail and clarity and falls apart very quickly as ISO goes up. Also a micro4/3 with a pancake is about the same size, but the good ones are fixed focal length.
So it comes down to the lens. The 28-112mm equiv. F2.0-2.8 is a good choice for landscapes and portraits and the good F numbers mean that ISO issues are not as much of a problem. The low-ish MP count and relatively poor detail capture means cropping may be limited so the X30 has limited reach.
fastlass: Take off the filter, bang your camera around and live a little!
Do you ride bareback too?