Since when has EPl5 built in WFi? I have one. It is not there. You need a special SDcard to get it working, but it is not builtin.I'd say that a sociable camera is also helped by silent shooting. Not something the Samsung mirrorless or my EPl5 can do...I guess the Gm1 and Nikon with their electronic shutters can...
Jogger: Thank goodness for Sony supplying the sensor. If Oly had to rely on Pana sensors the EM1 would still be in the dark ages. At least now they can almost compete with Canon APSc SLRs on image quality.
Nikon APSc sensors (D5300) are still many times better though. Now Oly has to bite the bullet and license AVCHD from Sony/Panasonic.
I guess Nikon is on its kness for many years now as all of their sensors are made by Sony. Oh...and so are those used in Pentax cams..The Fuji uses a modified Sony sensor. So...without those all of those would still be in the dark ages as you out it. meanwhile, panasonic GX7 and GHHM1 use a Panasonic sensor that performs exactly like the Sony m43 sensor....
KariIceland: My opinion on the last years "winner of the year" the OM-D as an OM-D owner myself and having purchased it AFTER seeing that article:I have owned this camera for almost a year now and in NO way did it deserve camera of the YEAR, neither does this camera, the X100s or X-pro 1Deserved last years win in my opinion & this year?Who knows who deserves the win but NOT this that is for certain.
Not for you, you mean. Which is fine. It won't be for quite a few others. But for Andy, it is. Thaat is why choice is nice and being absolutistic based on personal preferences is not.
Aucupium: The tilting EVF seemed such a benefit (I fondly remember my old one from a Minolta Dynax) - so a shame to see it is such a weak feature. Being someone who likes an EVF, as I dont like to use glasses and so don't use the LCD for taking photos which M4/3 EVF actually works properly?
Yes....and it could have solved their problem. Incoming sunlight? How about looking downward??Another thing: I lookedit up. The eyecup costs you an earthshattering 14.95 dollar. Would have been nice they mentioned it, as it is really peanuts when you spend 1000 dollars on a cam...
snack: My take is that the camera is so good they really had to dig deep to find something negative to say. This thing feels and operates superbly.
I have zero problems looking through the EVF in bright light. It looks nice and clear to me. I've also made myself dizzy turning my head back & forth rapidly to duplicate this "rainbow" effect...nothing.
Every control falls naturally and logically under your fingertips.
Most of the negative remarks have to do with operating the camera at its extremes.
I think the EM1 deserves a higher grade just for it's build. But other than that, I can't see what the EM1 does better.
Although personally for my shooting the E-M1 is clearly the way to go, here is why the difference in the end should not be as big:- GX7 has the better IQ combo at a much lower price. Still IQ is on par, video IQ is better- GX7 has a tilting EVF in smaller body. Tilting EVF is nice for for left eyed shooters. Its non tilted position is nice for right eye shooters.- Extremely silent operation with e0-shutter- better intervalometer, one that does not wear off the shutter.- Sweep panorama is nice to have- Works equally as good Oly and panny m43 lens. Oly do not correct everything in cam for Panny lenses.- I have found my EPl5 menu's rather diddly as compared to my Gh2 ones and I do not think EM1 is better as compared to GX7- -4 eV...GX7 seems the better low light shooter.- 1495 euro body only vs 850 body only (amazon.de)....a huge difference!
duartix: I'd say that by the count of dpreview staff that came out justifying the review and the score, they're both mortally wounded.
@ Richard: I am not sdure but I have very rarely seen such a unanimous take on a review as this one. Almost all seem to agree that you have been to harsh on the cam. And you can say we explaine din 14 pages....That is nice, but the main point is not the review itself so much, but the double standars. How can you explain an EVF adds bulk to this cam and is mentioned as a negative, why you do not do the same thing on any other cam with an EVF? We all know the video IQ of this cam is very good. We all know that videographers time and time again wonder when o when Oly comes with good video IQ. You score them on par? That just does not make sense to many of us.
But again: I know quite a few over here and they are not m43 users and hardly fans and still they share the thought that you underrated this cam. To me I guess it is the first time I think this about a dpreview review.
Vinc T: Comparing to the 1.5 year old E-M5, this GX7 has nothing really extraordinary. The only special thing about it is its tilting EVF, which is meaningful to only the minority. Why should DPR award a GOLD to something just caught up with its competitor?
Silent mode, 1/8000s shutterspeed, way better ergonomics, built in tiltable flash, tilatable EVF (nice for left eyed people), far superior video, will work flawlesly with Oly and Panny lenses (Oly does only a partial correction for Panny lenses leaving JPGs to be somewhat desired), RF style which can be important, no zooming of the IBIS all the time, good intervalometer, sweep panorama mode, focuspeaking, electronic shutter does not wear...
It has all m43 users were asking for for about three years or so.
PeterF: I was actually interested in this camera until I found out it had no optical image stabilization in video mode and also not ability to take stills during video mode.
There is optical image stabilisation in video. Only IBIS does notwork. So Oly lenses and other non-ois lenses have no stabilisation.
Waynger: Had the GH2 wasn't impressed, sold it and have been waiting, and waiting, would have bought the E-M5 but I didn't want to deal with a clip on flash.
I was afraid the reviewers would rate it below the E-M5, guess I was right, they probably were also.
GX7 is pretty much what I have been waiting for. However, yesterday at the SEMA show in Vegas the EVF was as worthless as not having one. Did get some nice shots using my left hand to block the sun lite, One handed shooting is no problem, fortunately.
Am ordering the eye cup for the EVF, I bet that solves THAT issue, just hope it doesn't dwarf the camera.
I have not noticed any issue with the field sequential LCD other than the fact the sliding diopter is a PITA to adjust. I would gladly trade the flip up EVF for an easily accessed rotary adjustment.
That said, no way I would ever go back to a DSLR.
I wonder: if you tilt the EVF up and you now look down into it, does the sun still bother you? I thought that would be an easy way to get rid of incoming sunlight, but not sure.
Demon Cleaner: So compared to the E-P5 the following is worth 1 point I take it? Congratulations DPR, you've outdone yourself once again.
* E-P5 is more expensive;* E-P5 has no EVF, requiring a $300 add-on;* E-P5 has a major fault: shuttershock;* E-P5 applies focus peaking as an art filter, which reduces the display frame rate, stops the use of other art filters, and is unusable in video (where it's essential);* E-P5's video quality is a mess with no 24/25/50/60p (no PAL frame rates);* E-P5 has no electronic shutter;* E-P5 wifi is only usable in iAuto mode (and unlike the GX7, no control of: WB, ISO, aperture/ss, exposure comp, focus mode, burst mode, bracketing, photo style, image quality, metering, flash mode, video quality and record options, stop animation, etc etc);* E-P5's time lapse is limited to 999 exposures and doesn't put the camera to sleep between shots;* E-P5 has no sweep panorama
Yes, like I said here a couple of times but a nice summary. Also: all lenses will work perfectly fine on a GX7 while Oly does not correct panasonic lenses to the same extend as Panny does. So this cam is more universal as both stablise lenzes.5-axis is all the EP5 seems to have left, unless I am forgetting something truely usefull.
Zayne: Dear DPReview, please just tell me why the video score is the same with E-P5 & E-M1? Don't tell me it is because it doesn't have the mic input. Spec to spec this camera even blow out of the water the video spec of E-M1. Make comparison the video quality out of the box and tell us are they really equal, hence you giving the same score?
I did not see it, thx. This is absurd if true. Liek I said below: 1 point more than EP5 inspite of silent shutter, built in EVF, indeed much better video, same IQ, I think a better menu, I think much better ergonomics and last but not least: a much lower price. It is beyond me. If I want an EP5 with EVF of similar IQ, I need to add another 250 euro or so....And I am no panny fan: I have the EPl5 and like it a whole lot.
I did notread the whole review, but I did read the part of the negative points. However: I cannot understand that this cam just gerts one point more than the Oly EP5. EP5 does not have an EVF (so no rainboweffects there..), EP5 has far worse video. EP5 has a shuttershock problem. And if EP5 menu is anything close to my EPL5 menu, it is clearly worse than even my GH2 menu. By far (can work with it though).
A remark like ËVF adds bulk to the camera...come on! That applies to any camera with any VF!
neo_nights: While I LOVE DPReview's reviews and do not share the same amount of complaint many people here do, I still fail to understand the Dynamic Range test.
According to your tests, this 70D has more DR than Pentax K5, which, by DxO's ratings, is measured to have 14.1 EV, while the 70D has only 11.6 EV!Well, if we see more recent reviews here, even m4/3s cameras get higher DR...(which would be highly unlikely due sensor size difference)
@ neo..."Well, if we see more recent reviews here, even m4/3s cameras get higher DR...(which would be highly unlikely due sensor size difference)"".
Right. And you use DxO. DxO.....70D with the larger sensor scores 11,6 eV and E-M1 (smaller sensor) scores 12,7 eV....So there you go...sensor difference size only mean somuch when the difference is not big enough to always make a difference.
D1N0: It's the only camera in it's category. Of course it gets a gold award. It is not smaller than some compact dslr's though. (except in depth). So what is the advantage over those camera's?
The advantgae is that you can put lenses on it. A lot of them. And once you use a couple of them, even IF the body would be bigger, the system would still be a lot smaller.As a body, there is no DSLR APS-c that comes close with the same or similar specs. Weathersealing. coldresistant, fliapble screen, EVF the size of the best FF DSLR OVFs, 7 fps with focustrakcing and 10 without.
You need a heavy DSLR APS-c cam to come close to that. That is the point. And it can be small too, as dpreview pointed out.
It wins a gold award because of its excellence.
Digitall: "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Olympus E-M1?My friends all drive DSLR's, I must make amendsWorked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friendsSo Lord, won't you buy me a Olympus E-M1?"
@marike6....There are not any 4/3 lenses that fall in yoru category of high grade telephotozooms???
KariIceland: Thank you Olympus very much for just stabbing the E-M5 users in the back when you said back in 2012 "this is our highest range and will be the top in our range of mirrorless cameras, and low and behold then you bring the E-M1.
I am leaving Olympus after years of dedication since the E-PL2 and going back to my roots the company I started with.You don't even know if you want the lenses and cameras to be silver or black. you release a silver lens and say "we will never make this model in black" then you bring a black model ask for twice the price & then you lower it effing the customers who already bought it.
If there are two things olympus are good at, it's making good primes & effing it's customers over and over.
Good luck on your quest to find an honest decent cameramaker that always keeps his promises and never changes its strategy..
PerL: This is a beautifully made camera that sits much better in the hand than an EM-5, but it is not as capable for action shooting as its semi pro APS-C rivals. It is also not as good in IQ (compare the DxO Marks scores that is just out to a Nikon D7100).And the bottom line for me, the images. I don't like using APS-C kit lenses - not for the sharpness, but for the flat look with to much DOF. Why would I want a sensor size with even more DOF, no matter that the camera body is very nice. One has to decide - are you more interested in a camera body - or the images? That is why FF is the right answer for me personally. But I can see why many are attracted to this camera - just not me.
What matters to buyers of m43 camwera's is their ideal of small size- good IQ and flexibility (types of shooting you can do). This OMD simply adds good PDAF for fast action, one box extra is checked now. That is all.To others it is the best IQ they can get for the money. So may be they can buy an 800E or a A7 or 600D. Etcetc.
This review is clear: the camera does very well in so many apsects that it deserves 84 points and a Gold Award. For those who like the m43 cams and have the money, this one might be the right choice.
Tim in upstate NY: Did someone post down below (or was it somewhere else) that the 75/1.8 is made by Sigma? Is it true? (seems unlikely to me.
....BTW For those here who may wonder where I've been since last year, my absence has been caused by an illness that involved major surgery (to the brain x2 and countless bouts of radiation and chemotherapy. If I ever get out of this wheelchair, I still hope to get some more usage from my OMD, 75/1.8 and several other m4/3 lenses . With partial paralysis in my left arm and hand, I may have to teach my wife how switch lenses or just use the one that's already mounted when I leave the house. I don't want go back to a P&S but who knows?
Have I missed much?
Tim, I wish you and your family a lot of strength! I hope you will do well and hope you make a good revovery. Okey, now something very trivial: yes, it seems Sigma made the Oly 75 (but unsure).
olypan: Read this from a pro. - Ming Thein. He thinks it's direct competitor is the D4. Pro enough for you.
Yeah...Ming Thein. The guy that did not think much of the GH3's vidoe qualities a year ago in his review of that cam....I think he is a great photographer, no doubt about that. But I don;t take his reviews all too serious. To me it is very obvious he is a fan of Olympus.
Henry M. Hertz: try to put two cigaret boxes in your pocket. the GM1 body is small.. but with a lens it´s not a pocketable camera.
@yabookie....yeah and don't forget the PhaseOne 180. I have it in my trunk all the time. Really a nice and small MF cam.