DStudio: The Olympus OM-D is merely m4/3 finally reaching its potential.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Nikon D800E, and Sony RX1 are changing the direction of the industry, as will be clear next year.
Fuji probably wouldn't have gone that route if not for m 4/3's. I don't see how the D800E has changed the direction of anything except more MP and high prices. It's not like it does a whole lot of things better than other cameras that are already on the market, as well as larger formats. The RX1? I may be in the minority here but I do not see the point of spending nearly $3000 on a fixed lens camera. Ever. Merely reaching potential? 23.5% pf voters don't agree with you.
Najinsky: I don't get the negative reactions to the poll. Are people assuming they're on the Panel of CIPA and being asked to judge on behalf of the industry? What would be the point of that? Did they all send you a review copy?
This is a consumer site for camera buyers, they want to know which new Cameras hit the target. Who got it right. What worked for US.
If you want to pretend your on the CIPA panel then I guess you could try to vote for the best industry achievement, a hard vote in 2012, with nearly all manufacturers hitting a home run or two.
OM-D is not a superior imaging machine to the D800, 5D3, A99, etc. But for many peoples shooting objectives, the OM-D was a big (small) hit.
I left a superior machine 6,000 miles back at home this year, taking the OM-D instead. It was a scary decision, but in hindsight absolutely the right one. The OM-D hit a sweet spot of results and portability.
Why not vote what was a hit for YOU, and let others say what a hit for THEM. You know, like a poll.
You hit it right on the head. Nicely done.
CameraLabTester: A very interesting poll.
In fact, very tempting for forensic analysis.
One example of the many analysis that could be done:
Take the top 3 contenders.
Remove the votes with accounts less than 1 week old before the polls.
Remove the votes from those coming from only one computer. (multiple user names)
Lets see how the graph would look like...
You really think people care enough to create multiple accounts to try and rig the poll? Sound like a stretch to me. Who really cares THAT much they would bother? That just sounds..... I won;t say
For those saying the fanboys are swaying the results I invite you all to google camera of the year. 3 camera's are mentioned in just about every one I seen. The Canon 5DMKIII, the Nikon D800E and the Olympus OMD E-M5. One will say the Canon, another says the Nikon and I seen one that say the Olympus. The fact that these three are the leaders in this poll tells me this poll may be a little bit more than fanboy loyalty. Heck how many fanboys would Olympus even have left after they once again abandoned another system? I'm an Olympus user and was ticked off more than once and looked to other systems to use. As were a LOT of Olympus users I know. Read the buyer reviews on B&H, or Adorama. Many say "I was a Canon/Nikon shooter before I bought the OMD." Almost seems like people are mad they lost some of their club members.
Boris F: OMD EM-5 is the King! Look for ISO performance, it is maybe one stop only below full frames.
Essai, there is a very interesting video on youtube that compares the video output from the OMD to the D800. May not be side by side photo's but to see a camera that cost that much less hold it's own against such an expensive camera is pretty damn impressive to most. I don't put much into DxOmark, I look at real life side by side comparisons and the OMD is pretty damn good for it's size and weight and cost.
marike6: Keep reading how the OM-D is "revolutionary" but nobody says HOW it is.
* IQ? m43 IQ was improved incrementally with the OM-D which has slightly better IQ than the G3/GX1. It still doesn't equal any of the better APS-C cameras like the NEX-7, D7000, K-5, or X-Pro1.
* Resolution? Panasonic G3 / GX1 increased the resolution of m43 to 16 mp long before the OM-D was released.
* Weather sealing? Pentax and nearly ALL FF DSLRs have been weather sealed for years.
* EVF and tilt LCD? NEX-7 had both way before the OM-D and NEX-7's are higher spec'd to boot.
* Size? OM-D is not the first small camera.
* AF tracking? The OM-D doesn't have PDAF like the Nikon 1 or NEX-5R.
* Video? GH2 and GH3 completely outclass the OM-D in video specs and performance.
"revolutionary" implies something new like the D800's 36 mp or D800 E (no AA filter) or both having uncompressed HDMI outs - All DSLR firsts.
So what is so revolutionary? Or is it you just like your cameras?
I don't agree with a lot of what you say. First off the IQ is hardly incrementally improved, but most of the time IQ is. Panny G3/GX1 16mp first? Yeah maybe but the OMD still does it better. Tilted screen? Olympus brought it back and was the first to have it on a DSLR if I recall. Size? Maybe not the fist small but the first to do so much well. AF tracking? I can't speak about the others but my E-M5 works good enough for me. Video? Could care less. As far as your ALL DSLR firsts. Uhhh no. The Olympus E-5 was the first to remove the AA filters if I'm not mistaken. So whats revolutionary? Well probably the fact it's the first small camera to do so much well. If you put any stock in Dpreviews samples and reviews. Put your selected bodies with better IQ in the comparison windows against the E-M5 and boost up the ISO. Then tell everyone the E-M5 does not do well against the ones you mention.
Klipsen: I wonder how Olympus fail to sell any significant number of SLRs, when the EM-5 is apparently the best camera of 2012.
Had Olympus put these features in the E-5 instead of the OMD I think it would have done a lot better than it did. As it was the E-5 was a pretty damn good camera and I got many many amazing shots with it combined with the 50-200 SWD and 12-60SWD. With this sensor I would still be using it today.
hmzppz: I fail to see why would D800E be even the best in absolute terms. If the size, cost, etc, don't matter D800E is still inferior to medium format. Now, some of you would say why is comparison with medium format even relevant? That's because I would never consider Nikon D800, for the same reason many of D800 owners would not consider medium format.
I don't think it's idiotic. If the D800 is not as good as a medium format that is not on the poll, and D800 users say it should not even be compared. Then the OMD should not be compared with the D800, but it is and it's still beating the D800 in this poll. Look for as many excuses as to why, the fact is more people are voting for it. Maybe just maybe, the OMD is a better camera than the loyal fanboys of other brands can or will ever give it credit for being.
zinedi: OM-D is not bad. I know that it is a poll about popularity, not innovation, but this word was mentioned here, so I tell my opinion, too.OM-D is innovative especially in it's retro-style, in it's re-entry to Oly OM roots. That is commendable. But in other features OM-D is not as rare as the current position in the poll shows. Don't remember that it has only 4/3 sensor.Fujifilm X-Pro1 has the same "re-entry to roots" idea, but has APS-C sensor too - very innovative no-AA filter, no-Bayer sensor - which is very significant and unique innovation for the last several years. The second significant and unique innovation is the hybrid-OVF/EVF viewfinder. So - camera with two exceptional features and exceptional IQ and exceptional set of quality lenses should have a better position (but it is only my point of view).
One cost $1700 one cost $900. People comparing prices to features is going to go with the OMD. Faster focus, weather sealed, more available lenses. For years people posted the 4/3 sensors would never do what they do now. Now it's only a 4/3 sensor in comparison? Sensor size and pixels are not the big deal they once were. ( edit) I stand corrected the Fuji dropped in price. $1400 for body only, while you can get the OMD for $1199 with a weather sealed lens., and the 12-50 is way underrated in my honest opinion. Love that lens.
I sold my DSLR when I read the review of the OMD. I voted for the OMD not because I bought one but because I had no desire to buy any of the other top camera's in this poll. They were never even in the running. Because the OMD did exactly what I wanted it to do. It never failed to amaze me and made shooting so much fun again. I took it on a trip to Indiana and shot a dolphin show at the Indianapolis zoo. The only telephoto I had was the kit 40-150. First thing I thought was I'll never get any good shots because of how dark it was. It nailed every shot focusing and even bumped up to ISO 6400 I walked away with a lot of keepers. The fact I can shoot nature with one lens mounted along with 2 other lenses, one in each pocket makes this the best camera in my opinion.
I have never had any dust on any of my Olympus sensors, and I was never careful changing lenses inside or outside. Never a speck. This is not good.
Atlasman: Yet another lens that is incompatible with my E-M5!
I can't get over how many men whine like women about how " ugh, the silver just does not go with my black camera" sob sob pout pout. Jeez get over it it's just a lens does the color effect how you shoot or how it performs?
If you look at this and cannot say that is hands down the ugliest recent camera made, then you have rose color Nikon glasses on.
Do I need to read it again or do others? I did not see anything related to Olympus's camera division.
"Sony wants to nurture new businesses, including medical equipment, to increase revenue as it draws back from loss-making televisions."
Peiasdf: Still no flash.
I see a lot of SONY in these designs.
I don't see it/ They look just like the old PEN's
Edmond Leung: I think this is the right time for Olympus and Panasonic to think about FF cameras.In the long run, there is no way for 4/3 to compete with FF cameras.
@ Mirike6 They have said this for years that the 4/3 sensor will never do this it will never do that. Never get a clean image above 800ISO, then is was 1600. You can't rule out anything when it comes to technology. Will it ever be on the same level as a FF? No but it is already on the level as the FF from the past and for 90% + of shooters that is more than is needed or ever will be needed. I've seen side by side E-M5 shots with a D700 shot and they are so close most would never be able to tell. Makes me wonder about the next generation of m 4/3 sensors.
mpgxsvcd: Wow Olympus out sourced the entire camera to Sony this time. Even the body looks like an NEX.
You can't be serious. These look nothing like the NEX line. Did I miss the part that says it was built by Sony?
I think your wrong here. I think Nikon and Canon are starting to see the advances in the smaller sensors as a threat and that is why we are seeing lower cost introductory line FF camera's. With the D600 hitting the market lower than the D700 was, I'm thinking we are going to see this more and more and prices get lower and lower. But if Olympus was to buy into the FF market with a new line of Zuiko lenses....... I think they could make a huge splash. The Zuiko kit lenses are pretty damn good, the 4/3 and prime micros even better. The idea of a FF line..... ohhhhh buddy :)
Hmm compact FF with fixed lens for $2800? Paaaasssssssssss.
brandtb: The Scoop: I was just at Olympus US headquarters in Hauppage...and spoke to someone in a senior position about this. He first just chuckled...and said the interviewer interpreted a LOT into what was actually said in the interview...and it became somehow a possible "new DSLR" in the subsequent chatter. He said that it was highly doubtful that Oly will "upgrade" or add "new model" to the E3-E5 line. Sad to me because the ergonimics of these cameras are second to none...and that's important to me...high ISO IQ etc. etc. are other issues but not a concern for what I do
I would hope that Dpreview would have made some calls to confirm this story before they posted it. They seem to be pretty accurate with their news.