gh4: Check out the just announced super compact 35-100mm f2.8 from Panasonic!
Skip to 8:32 in the youtube video below:
The lens you want is a m43 equivalent of the classic 14-54 on 4/3 DSLRs. No such option exist yet (unless you use that very lens on m43). I'm not sure how much of a demand there is for a native m43 zoom like that. I'm personally not interested (I stick to small primes).
The 9mm fisheye body cap, the 14-42 pancake zoom, this 35-100 micro zoom from Panasonic and the classic 20mm f1.7 pancake prime and you're set for an all-purpose, but small kit.
Trade in some functionality (EVF, IBIS) and get the GM1 as a m43 body and you're doubling down on small size.
We can no longer compare the scoring with other cameras?
There's something wrong with the EXIF data in this photo. I can not find the woman's phone number.
Bernard49: When will Fuji like Oly push the envelope?
At least it seems that Fuji 'listens' or 'hear' what customers want. It still will remain as an afterthought.
Imagine a pro active company, without stupid teasers when an new camera comes out, ask us the photographers upfront what we want and why, good for the marketing and we will be better off with a product for what it is meant for, taking photographs!
Equipment made by photographers for photographers, an other philosophy an other approach. Just imagine the potential.
OK, I agree I do not have the balls, the means and the knwoledge to start that kind of a comapny myself. I just have crazy ideas and a dream :-)
Pushing the envelope should be about useful functionality for the photohgrapher and not about marketing 'terminology and numbers' to impress the competetion.
So what do you, as a customer, want? Your post was very vague.
The X-T1 and the E-M1 look to me like they tick a lot of boxes.
Craig from Nevada: This is pretty good deal. When the price settles down a bit, it will even be a better deal.
I would say the E-P5 and any offspring have run their course and are rendered obsolete by this camera. The EPL and EPM still serve some purpose in the Oly line up.
OMD occupies a nice niche in the camera market. It will be interesting to see if Olympus can make a buck selling these cameras.
I'd rather have an E-P5 than an EM-10.
tjbates: Whichever way I look at it - the E-M10 looks like a marketing mistake in favour of the consumer. That doesn't happen very often.The E-M10 is marketed as an entry level OM series camera - however on paper and I'm sure in reality - this camera looks to perform (purely in terms of image quality) as well as the E-M1. That's pretty special for a camera about half the price of it's bigger brother.
The EM-10 has all the basics to take great photos and follows a familar philosophy from Olympus of offering great value, even in the low end.
Weather-sealing, bigger grip, bigger EVF, faster shutter, PDAF, extra customization are features missing from the EM-10 (compared to the E-M1) and may not be worth it for budget-conscious customers.
veroman: Save for the very best of the full frames, the M10 images look no better and no worse than the countless thousands of other images that have been posted on dpreview in the course of their most recent (past 2 to 3 years) camera reviews.
Seems to me that camera choices these days have much, much more to do with price point, ergonomics, features and intended uses than image quality or anything having to do with image quality. They're all very good. The OM-D E-M10 is good. A Leica is good. The Fuji X Trans cameras are good. My old Canon 40D is good. Take your pick.
I have an older E620 DSLR (Four Thirds) and I still shoot with it from time to time. I think it's interesting how far we've come in the last 5 years with (m)43.
With the old camera, the pics are still nice, but there's more of a grainy look, almost like film. You see it on a monitor, though not so much in prints. Your range is ISO 100-800 for acceptable IQ.
Same year, Oly released the E-P1 with the same sensor but new image processor. IQ is refined and acceptable ISO range jumps to 1600. Things stay roughly the same for the next two generations.
E-M5 is released in 2012 with a new sensor and this is when 43 finally catches up to APS-C or exceeds it (Canon). DR is noticeably improved, MP increased and nearly two stop gained in high ISO. Times are good.
IQ with the EM-10 is very similar to the E-M5. It doesn't seem to matter whether the sensor is Sony-made (E-M5, EM-10) or from Panasonic (E-M1). Image processing is not squeezing much more detail either. There's that plateau again.
qwertio: I have a feeling this will have a gold award with 81~82% rating.Something like this....Pros: - Excellent image quality, even at high ISO- 3-axis IBIS almost as good as 5-axis IBIS except for macro photography- Chromatic aberration corrected in-camera making JPEGs more usable- Impressive number of customizable controls- Bright, sharp electronic viewfinder- Reliable Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control and easy transfer of images to mobile device- Neat in-camera time lapse creation- Tilting OLED screen very good
Cons:- No weather sealing- Disappointing video quality (unless updated by firmware..)- Interface and controls can be overwhelming initially- In-camera Raw conversion interface is somewhat unintuitive
Except the Nkon DF...
Jim in Hudson: I wish he was asked when the 12-60/2.8-4 lens would be released in m4/3 mount. Isn't that Oly's most compelling zoom lens?
But the thing is, the 12-60 lens was never cheap and the price of the 12-40 lens is in the same ballpark.
What you guys want in Four Thirds equivalence is a 14-54 lens. A better than kit lens lens with a bit more reach, with slightly faster but variable aperture. Price half of the 12-60 lens.
So aside from the default grip, some button placement and customization quirks, it's a homerun.
justmeMN: Last year, Olympus predicted "the camera division will break even in the 12 months through March , ending three years of losses..." (Source: May 21, 2013 Bloomberg article.)
I doubt that that will happen.
Does the lack of PENs in the photo mean that sales for that line are worse than predicted?
Already discussed before.
Now the 12-40mm aims to replace it.
SF Photo Gal: Anyone notice there was no PEN model on display? Is the RF style now passe?
The GX7 is a valiant attempt, but it is still kinda chunky and pricey.
I think mirrorless need those stripped-down, EVF-free, rangefinder bodies to attract budget conscious users who might be turned by the entry price of GX7s and OMDs. Or maybe they just don't like the DSLR-like bulk no matter how cheap you make it.
Many will be satisfied with their GM1s, GF6s, and Pens (and the kit lens) while others will want more and move up in the product line. Think of them as gateway mirrorless cameras.
Eleson: I kinda missed question regarding the relationship with Sony, and if Olympus expertise and skills would find a broader user base by the use of that relationship.
Not discussed in this interview, but in another on another site. They essentially say they have a customer-provider relationship, they buy stuff from Sony, Sony buys stuff from them.
venancio: it's like the mirrorless world is scared of going full frame, except sony... perhaps one overlooked strategy is to give people a product that gives as much oomph as a DSLR, if not better, and put in a full frame sensor, then just label it as a limited edition high end product... Advanced Technology Syndrome is a reality, it's battle cry is "oh, that's too last year", it's happening in the smartphone world, and when a full frame mirrorless smarphone would show up in the market, all these companies would be left saying "oh, I didn't know they can do that"... oh, boy... a product strategist is a visionary, a dreamer, and I know i'm not the only one...
The technical expertise is not what's lacking for FF mirrorless, it's the entry price. You go FF, you go niche, especially with mirrorless.
Then you have the issue of lenses, they get big, especially above 100mm, defeating the purpose of mirrorless.
And unlike Sony, the other makers are committed to the systems they've already built, rather than switch around every 3 years.
Jogger: Olympus is a medical optics/imaging company with a side business on camera lenses and an even smaller business making cameras. They can only keep a non-profitable business unit going for so long.
So what? This is not about Canon and Nikon (though it's more critical for Nikon since cameras is all they make).
Anastigmat: After Olympus straight-jacketed itself with the 4/3 sensor, it has 2 choices
1. compete with mainstream camera makers using APS-C AND full frame sensors or
2. "push the envelope"
Unfortunately for Olympus's shareholders and fans, Olympus has chosen not to compete.
jeffharris: Try pushing the envelope with a decent user interface!
The VCR era mess they have now makes Olympus cameras far less appealing than they should be!
The ok button with all the major settings on the right side of the screen is a no-brainer to use
No new models to display. The line is long overdue for a refresh.
And though not said explicitly in this interview, the O-MD line is the money maker for Olympus, Pen sales have been sagging lately.