Bobocat: I've owned the Canon 5D, Nikon D700 and now own the Olympus OM-D. I wouldn't say it's a better camera than either of the first two but I do find the Oly a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. I primarily shoot landscapes and portraits and do not feel limited at all with this little jewel.
Similar to my experience. I come from a Canon 7D background, and the E-M5 is definitely a fun camera. The portability factor is awesome. I would not even think of carrying the 7D to family meetings. The E-M5? No problem. You don't look like the dork with a camera, hehe.
Rocky ID Olympian: Olympus E-M5 has:- great IBIS- just the right size- touch tilting screen. If only it has swivel like E-3/E-5- Live Time/BULB (cant believe not mentioned yet). Groundbreaking technology for long exposures- one key success is the new Sony sensor. It nullified the gap between 4/3 size and APSC. OM-D would never be as popular with Old 12 MP Pana sensor that Olympus was "forced to use liked it or not" for years.- the availability of m4/3 lens is just right in 2012. just only this year we have a wide selection of HQ prime lenses, and the 2 f2.8 zooms from Panasonic.- the classic look is the icing on top.
Timing is just right for Olympus.
I've been an Oly user for quiet some time, and I have accepted the compromises of (m)4/3. Some image quality for portability. Its just this time the sacrificed IQ is the smallest ever, since I used Oly cameras! I guess this is why FF and APSC users tempted to use OM-D as their daily camera or even ditched their bigger cameras all the way.
@Burgerwhich: Heavy? Have you had one in your hands? It is comfortably rugged, feels solid, but not at all heavy. Seriously.
Alejandro del Pielago: I check the provisional results of the poll and it´s sad:
the Fuji E1 or the X-Pro1 deserves the second place... What a pity DP does not publish the full review of E1...
Some people believe that just big numbers (for example 36...) mean QUALITY...
I love Fuji cameras, excellent ergonomics, beautiful colors. But, way too quirky to be really popular. Poor raw support, slowish AF, slow responsiveness. They still need at least one more generation to mature.
marike6: IF you going by IQ, AF speed, low-light AF and AF tracking it's no contest between the D800 and EM-5. Anyone who tells you different hasn't used the D800.
I suppose that IQ is not everything. Me, I like travelling and photographing. I want small kits that don't take up a lot of real estate and that are comfortable to carry all day long. I can live with "good enough" IQ, which the E-M5 certainly delivers. All around, i'd say it is on par with my Canon 7D. Not bad at all.
Edmond Leung: I think Canon is on the right track and in the right direction to push their sales. It puts the quality APS-C sensor into a very pocketable camera. Now, we can use a small camera to capture high quality pictures.The form factor of M43 is small but unfortunately the lenses available for M43 are very limited; and the sensor of M43 is too small! Before I saw this new Canon, I considered to buy a M43; but now I would not consider M43 anymore.NEX5N is not bad but the range of Sony lenses cannot be compared with Canon.Now, what I'm waiting is a similiar product from Nikon. It will be so good if there is a pocketable mirrorless APS-C camera from Nikon.
Sorry Edmond, but your rationale is flawed. Even if we forget about the over abundance of slow kit lenses in the m43 camp, we still have a bunch of high quality lenses squarely aimed at the enthusiast market:
Pana 7-14 f/4Pana 12-35 f/2.8 weather sealed (and upcoming 35-100 2.8 weather sealed)Pana 14 f/2.5Pana 20 f/1.7PanaLeica 25 f/1.4Oly 9-18Oly 12 f/2Oly 45 f/1.8Oly 75 f/1.8
With this canon offering you have...what, 2 lenses? And we have no idea what the lens roadmap is like, but because of Canon's statement of this system being aimed at people that "do not consider themselves photographers", it could well be a slew of boring slow zooms. Maybe you say canon and nikon have more lenses because you can mount existing DSLR lenses using an adapter...but then, what's the benefit of the compact system camera? Why would I invest in a mirrorless system just to mount a full frame dslr lens in it? I'd rather use a proper DSLR body...With the benefit of adequate balance and handling
soleda: Fujifilm its awesome
+1 couldn't agree more. If only the firmware wasn't that bad and the af was up to 2012 standards they would have a killer product. And this comes from an x100 owner, so i know what im talking about. I would sell all my canon and m43 gear in a nanosecond if fuji got their act straight with regards to body performance. I cant stand waiting for 2 seconds for the camera to turn on, i cant stand hacing to switch to macro for the camera to af anything closer to say, 1 meter, i cant stand stupid camera lock ups. But oh boy, the files coming out of it are plain beautiful. They are so close to a home run!
charles6680: I have the chance to try the OM-D today and it is great in EVF refreshing rate. I panned the camera and found images transient very smoothly and seems even better than the NEX7. HOPE FUJIFILM can upgrade this in new firmware if it is possible. At the moment, I hate while I love the x-pro1.
I can't see how m43 is stupid. In fact, thats what allows them to have small high quality fast lenses. If you want APS-C, check nex...and note the size and weight of high quality fast lenses while you're at it...
m43 hits the sweet spot between portability and IQ imho.
Mandeno Moments: Memo to Olympus: black versions of your lenses will please people who own black camera bodies and desire to have their equipment as inconspicuous as possible.
Absolutely agree with what Calvin just said.
Calvin Chann: Sorry, but for me the colour of the thing is a serious point. I haven't bought any of the Oly lenses that are mentioned in this preview, because of the colour of the things. All my camera bodies are black (except a white G3 that I bought by mistake) and to me, a silver lens on a black body is not discrete enough.
Looks like Oly have lost me as a potential customer!
Well, for one I make photographs today, and i know from personal experience that black equipment works better when you don't want people staring at your camera. YMMV as usual.
Texwiller55: I'm old 57 years italian photographer. I have used any analogic cameras. I remeber Hasselblad with lens "silver" like the Olympus, in this case, 75 mm. I dont' think problem when attached on "black" body Oly. No sure. Because is tres chic.And at time the lens is more more "accattivante". I reading that one user not buy "silver" lens because his body camera, is black...too crazy excuse moi mon ami. I repeat, silver is beautiful and very nice...
Beautiful, maybe (depending on your taste, of course, personally, i find that combination FUGLY). Unconspicuous? Definitely not.
I'm sorry, but I have to agree with Calvin. I'm very into people/candid/travel photography, and silver lenses and bodies tend to jump at people much more than black ones. You don't have to be a fashionista to care about gear color, there are practical reasons why some photographers prefer black.
Remember Cartier Bresson, who used to black tape his cameras??? Would you say he's the "look at me" kind of guy?
rssarma: While I like the direction m4/3s is heading, its definitely not turning out the budget system I thought it would be. I was an Olympus user for 5 years before I switched to the D700; I still use an E-1 & E-330, but the cost to get into m43s seems pretty high to me.
I believe there's a misconception that m43==budget. I don't think that's the case, and i'm not sure it would be beneficial for the system either. Yes, if you want budget, you can have it, get one of those dirt chip rebate bodies and the 14mm, 20mm and 45mm, and you have a great little system at an affordable price.
For me, the key of this system is portability, not cheapness. Where this system is becoming stronger every day is at offering a portable alternative while not sacrificing quality, and thats HUGE. No other system does that in the same way as m43 (well, maybe the Leica system, but most mortals can't afford it, so i'm not considering it).
doctorbza: my goodness. it looks like camera makers figured if DSLR's sales are going to decline, they might as well keep the prices the same. so much for the whole "smaller lenses cost less to produce" benefit of m43...
Unfortunately that seems to be an urban legend. If anything, smaller *high quality* optics should be more expensive to manufacture because of stricter tolerances.
justmeMN: So they made a silver non-weather-sealed lens to go on their black weather-sealed camera?
@toscha_seidel I'm always amazed at those comments that seem to assume lenses will be used this or that way. I take pictures of equestrian sports, and a lens like this would be awesome. On the other hand, its not that uncommon to find myself under bad weather doing that, so, this lens being weathersealed would make lots of sense. And remember this is a supposedly top of the line lens (it better be, it costs quite a few quid), most users that are willing to pay this amount of money expect it being a "no compromise" solution for their needs - whatever those might be. Just my 2cents.
And yes, it should come in black...
photo perzon: The X1 has many advantages over the Fuji X100:-better colors-Leica "pop" 3D effect-no distortion -much more accurate focus-30% lighter and 30% smaller-Steve Huff wrote 5 articles comparing the X100 and the X1.
It is a different camera. My only problem is the LCD resolution, it begs the question...how can they justify that?
I wonder if you have actually used an x100 to begin with. Its focus is as accurate as it gets, and the lens is sharp right from f/2.
I didn't think i was going to say this, but after the firmware update, the AF seems really snappier, and being able to lock in rather low contrast zones. Way to go Fuji!
Esa Tuunanen: Current mirrorless system cameras can't really be categorized well in any way.Instead of established groups like inside compacts and DLSRs they're more like compacts and DSLRs smashed together with feature sets and everything all over the place.Even prices don't follow feature sets and controls/ergonomy so well.
Also advertised features shouldn't be taken as equal: Settings in menus are far less usefull than direct controls.In the end none of the mirrorless cameras has controls equal to higher end DSLRs and either lack enough dials or bullet-point engineer settings in a way which isn't consistent and clear unlike direct button+turn of dial combination.
And despite of human hand setting limit for ergonomic size of body, grip and controls there's this manic obsessive size shrinking.While mirrorless concept enables small bodies it shouldn't mean small only-policy but diverse choises from compacts to real DSLR challenging high end bodies inside the system.
I wonder what you mean regarding accurate auto focus. My GF1 and my GH2 both have much more consistent focusing than my Canon 7D. They can't focus on moving targets, but thats a problem of all contrast detection cameras. In fact, if there's ONE reason I love using my mirrorles cameras so much is becasue pics are always tack sharp, perfectly in focus for static subjects. If you need action or sports AF performance, well, then we're not there yet for mirrorless (except the Nikon 1 maybe).
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