Sirandar: My first digital camera was the Oly CZ-730.
In some ways it was an abomination with abysmal low light focusing and performance. But is good light it took surprisingly beautiful pictures as long as wide dynamic rage wasn't required. I still have some CZ-730 prints on my walls.
My next camera was a Pana FZ20. It was a great cam with a great lens, but when the FZ30 came out it was pretty much a no brainer. That was a great camera and I would probably be using it still if it wasn't for its limited dynamic range and poor low light performance. Gave it to a friend and she still uses it and surprisingly the OEM battery still works. Skipped the FZ50 as it just didn't seem worth the upgrade.
Next camera was the Oly EPL2 and it opened up a new range of shooting options as it actually had decent dynamic and reasonable low light performance. Used it for a while, but never fully satisfied with it as I came to realize a viewfinder was pretty much mandatory for my shooting style.
My experience with the EPL2 lead me to decide to pay more for a camera so I got a Oly OMD EM5 when the price dropped enough and eventually bought a few lenses that could benefit from such a camera. It is a camera that I can say I was fully satisfied with, except that Oly seem to not be supporting it with any new features with firmware and it suffers from shutter shock which is usually avoidable.
My first digital camera was the Oly CZ-730.
Sirandar: Still no microSD, but if the 128GB model is actually available and really only 150$ more, this isn't as much of an issue as it usually is.
I still like microSD better as when you drop your phone in the toilet or on the ground and it doesn't boot, you don't have to pay $$$$ for data recovery, you just pop it out and put it in a new phone. Android does have backup, so if you have enough data or WiFi access (which all do) they may be safe there. Never actually tried it though.
If sync is on all the time, you can get some pretty nasty data charges. I moved a Dropbox folder on my PC, and Dropbox decided to resync a lot of files without me knowing on my data plan = data charges.
I don't allow any automatic sync of many types of data on my phone.
@tedoman: yes I know but I turn Wifi on rarely so things aren't synced when I want them. I have no home Internet, only mobile ....I pulled that plug a long time ago.
@tkbasic: Agreed 100%, but Apple and Google are in the data business and hate microSD .... yes of course it is a huge cash grab and usually the 128Gb versions aren't even available. HTC did a lovely about face on microSD and they are now an option for me. Samsung removed microSD on the S6 but actually do offer the 128GB version ... which unless you are into video, is good enough.
Still no microSD, but if the 128GB model is actually available and really only 150$ more, this isn't as much of an issue as it usually is.
The test image isn't bad from the DXO One, but suffers from general fuzziness, which is fairly extreme in the corners. The images also seem to have a lot of blown highlights, which shouldn't be happening in a test image.
It is certainly better than my Note 4 camera, but that has a panorama feature and the ultimate in portability.
If DXO made it for Android and could connect and control by NFC or WiFi, and sold for <150$ it may be worthwhile.
It is usually Lightroom quite a simple manner to reduce haze in Lightroom without a special tool. Somebody was bitching about no tool in Lightroom
Shutter shock sometimes rears its ugly head with my camera. Usually I can prevent it with the right settings, but sometimes .... there it is.
Even with CS6, I have found that very little that can be done to fix blurry pictures from shake or shutter shock. An electronic shutter is pretty much the only thing missing on my camera.
Sure you can try oversharpening, cranking the clarity and upping black clipping ..... but that really isn't fooling anyone, and usually looks hideous.
I am curious how Adobe claims to fix shake when shake inherently results in huge informational loss throughout the image. Anyone have ideas?
Haze is much easier to deal with and can be fixed by changing black clipping and doing channel by channel histogram tweaks. Seems hard to automate considering picture variability. Anyone know how well it works? I think Photoshop already has it, but I don't leave Lightroom much these days.
Sirandar: It's embarrassing that none of this made it to the OMD 5 mk1.... and no explanation why not.
My first picture with the OMD EM5 was taken March 2014 and I bought the camera new, so it is not a 3 1/2 year old camera. Oly was selling them 1 1/2 years ago.
You may be happy with lack of support after 1/1/2 for a 1000$ product ... I am not.
All Oly would have to say is they tried and found every single new feature was not portable to the Mk1.
The truth is that the OMD Mk1 is still a major contender and the stiffest competition for Oly .... for me to drop another grand on any camera it would need to be 1000$ better than my mkI. Sony almost pulled that off but the convenience of a single lens wasn't enough to justify the loss in image quality when I already have a EM5.
Olympus would be better served to invest some effort keeping their brand name in my mind until they do come out with a camera 1000$ better than the OMD EM5 mk1
This self competition effect is taken to extreme in the gaming industry where PC games are released so broken they barely play and never fixed.
It's embarrassing that none of this made it to the OMD 5 mk1.... and no explanation why not.
Looking at the test scene, I would say Sony has released a very useful camera. It does ISO3200 as well enough that I can read the bottom line of text easily and the images are pleasing. No doubt when shot raw you could make the images look however you like.
Is the extra 2600$ worth it over a 1000$ M43 or APS camera? Would I like one? Hell yes. I hope lots of people buy them.
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.