GaryJP: I have spent the last couple of days shooting an open air rock music festival. The first day, and night, I took out the Olympus. It is without a doubt my favourite M4/3 camera. But let's not keep pretending it does the job as well as a DSLR. It does not. I had far too many missed-focus shots, and the focus was slow, particularly in low light. I have used my 5D Mark III after that first session and the difference is night and day. There are situations where it is okay, but even an entry level APS-C DSLR would have outperformed it in these specific circumstances.
Yet there is one big rock photographer who has used the camera at various concerts without problem. There are others that say the AF is more reliable than the 5D's as well. There are also many wedding photographers that complain you cannot see the focus points of the 5D MK III in low light either. The E-M1 does not do everything as well as a DSLR but lets not keep pretending a DSLR does everything better or as well.
lolopasstrail: Congrats to Olympus. I have an EM-5, but passed on this new Olympus EM1. I find it too big and bulky for the format.
It's the same size as the Sony A7, but with a much smaller sensor. This gets away from the entire raison d'etre of micro 4/3, and it's a trend that makes me uneasy.
No doubt it's great for the 100 people in the world that have the old full 4/3 lenses, but it's way too full figured for me. I'm holding out for the EM-6.
QuarterToDoom you should get to handle an E-M1 for yourself. I to have a E-PL1 and E-1 and the handling is much more E-1 than it is E-PL1. Infact their best handling camera since the E-1. Better ergonomics than a E-5 for sure.
Patrick Kristiansen: If one needs 40+mp's to crop a pic into something worth watching, one is not taking one's pics right. And 16mp is enough for just about anyone without a very special need. Not many lenses justify a higher resolution either. And not to mention the need for exceedingly high shutterspeed and/or tripods. Nah, super-high resoultion is bonk imo. Can't wait to receive my em1 and 12-40 lens. And can wait even less to try out my OM-lenses on it.
Complete rubbish marike6. If you need to heavily crop a shot to make it work you have not taken the photograph correctly in the first place.
Plus if you do need to crop a 36mp photo heavily or print it large you do need to use a tripod to a higher shutter speed because any shake will notice more.
DPR you need to be using the same lens on the cameras when you test them. i.e. the same lens used on all Nikon full frame cameras. It even needs to be the same lens with the same serial number. Using a 50mm on the Df test and a 85mm on the D610 makes the test pointless and from a reviewers point of view is just either lazy or careless reviewing.
Charles Bowers: Of the 4 reviews I've read you are the first person to say that the a7r focuses faster than the a7. Now I'm confused and wondering what to do since I was convinced that, for street and walking around usage, that the a7 was the better choice. When you did your testing were you hand-holding or on a tripod or both? Your comments have brought a pause in my choice and left me a bit confused.
It is OK that the other sites say it is faster but what DPR are saying is that a lot of the time it is not accurate.
PenGun: Another idiotic review. If you morons could not get sharp pictures because auto focus was off, find someone who can work a camera.
No one who needs 36 MP cares about the grip, or even what it looks like.
Another puff piece.
Yes PenGun and I own a 10x8 Gandolfi and a 5x4 camera plus a large Gitzo tripod. The 290 range is simply not up to the task of being used with a 36mp camera. It is too lightweight to kill all the vibration leave alone a cougar. With a 36mp camera you need as large and heavy a tripod as you are prepared to carry. Any wind and you will have small amounts of movement in the tripod which will show on your photos. You need to use as little centre column as possible but that is not as easy when using a short tripod. Every leg extension adds more possibilities of movement and the 290 pro has plenty of those. But if you are not prepared to carry more weight then your photos suffer...
Just because the camera is small does not mean you can get away with a cheap, small, lightweight tripod.
PenGun the 290 Pro is a lightweight tripod which is far from up to the job of holding something like a A7r with 36mp. The photographers who know what they are doing do not use a lightweight tripod like this with a 36mp camera. It is just to lightweight.
Marcin 3M: Adobe approach vs Google/Nik approach.Adobe is shrinking their product for different groups of users and products. They watch carefully to NOT deliver any new feature.Nik released free update with totally new plugin in the set.
Lightroom 5.2 actually added new features to Lightroom 5, so your observation is incorrect.
Karl Summers: I'm new to Lightroom 5. I just ordered the boxed version which probably isn't the 5.3 version. Will my copy of LR be eligible for a free update?
Marcin 3M Adobe have already stated many times that Lightroom will continue to be available as a standalone fully purchased product in the future. You just seem to be scare mongering.
SteveEBell: Ive had my D600 in twice for repair, first time new shutter, second time they just cleaned it and they said the dust was from external sources.I asked them about how they fixed the shutter in the first place, as I had seen reports of double sided sticky tape being used for the repair. The girl replied this isn't ordinary tape it comes from Nikon in Japan . Gobsmacked at that I've just sent letter's off to Dixons travel( part of curry's) and to Nikon formally asking for either a refund or a replacement D610 Quoting the Sale of goods act 1979 and quality of service act 1979 to Nikon awaiting there response although I can guess what that will be.A letter came back from Nikon the first time I asked and in that letter they said you can use NX2 software to get rid of the spots in my photographs , and that's the best advice Ive received from them. ah well.
So tell them you will contact trading standards/consumer direct.
ZorSy: If course it's wrong when done by Nikon, that 'right' is reserved for smaller players like Olympus or Pentax. We knew it would be chunkier than original FM or whatever it is meant to represent. What attracts me is the obvious quality of workmanship put into digital SLR, something seen not so often today, It has a price tag to reflect that and may I just say (the black version) is perhaps the first collectors SLR camera since film era. I'm pleased Nikon did it and immediately made retro "un-cool". Would I buy it if money is not an issue? You bet I would, I'm sucker for 'old looking things' (and cable release). It represents in its own right what (digital) Leica represents in rangefinder world - so why questioning the price tag?
This does not have quality workmanship though. Look at the internal photos of the camera. It is not any better made than a D610. It is not up to the standard of a D800 and nowhere near as well made as a D4. It is nowhere near as well made as a Leica. It just has a 'quality workmanship' price without the benefits of the quality.
techPro: Big bulky and too expensive better to get the EM1 or G7.
Tom_A no not in all other ways. It is not as well made as the E-M1. Manual focus is not as easy. Single point AF is slower. Handling speed for those that need it is slower.
Donnie G: Now that I have seen it, I'm happy to be able to say, NICE JOB NIKON! Folks, if you're going to do retro SLR design, then you need to copy Nikon's approach, which simply put, is to pay strict attention to the details. Both Nikon and Fujifilm have shown that they know how to create cameras that are works of art in themselves, as well as being functional tools. And no, I haven't backed off of my prediction that the Nikon Df will be priced above the Sony A7 but below the Nikon D610. I stand by my guess of a body only price of USD $1800. This is a camera created for artists, new, old, amateur, or pro. It is not a niche camera. I'm betting it will have wide appeal even among the mirrorless ILC crowd.
And no, Canon isn't likely to copy this trend. Canon, Nikon, Ricoh Pentax, etc., are all very different companies with very different approaches to their product and business strategies. :)
Donnie G you are slightly out. $950 out. $2750 for a body.
Plastek: Beautiful little camera :) And unlike Olympus (OM-D) or Sony (A7) mirrorless - it doesn't pretend to be something it's not. Every shape in it is designed around functions. Brilliant. Love the amount of switches, knobs, tiny details that you can use to directly access all of the functions. Great piece of gear!
Well it is. It is pretending to be a FM2/FE2 but it's not.
Mirrorless Crusader: DPR there is a flaw in your scoring system in that you don't seem to account for size, weight, or portability at all. For example, this camera and the E-M1 are listed in the same category (mid-range ILC/DSLR), but looking at the individual categories, you haven't factored in anywhere how much smaller, lighter, and more travel friendly the E-M5 and its corresponding lens options are compared to the 70D. This is a huge thing for many people to consider when choosing a camera, and again, you put these two in the same category, so it is totally unfair not to factor this into your score, especially the value score. You say the E-M1 is equal to or better than the 70D at everything except video, but that it is a far worse value. The fact is that a lot of the E-M1's value comes from its portability compared to a DSLR and I think you are failing to consider that in your scores.
Tord you might have missed this on the review of the 70D;
Disappointing battery life in live view mode.
Also a couple of ext a batteries is still going to be a lot less weight than a much larger camera and lens range.
Andy Spawn: According to the noise comparison sample by dpreview. E-M1 high ISO noise performance is poorer than E-M5 and GX7. Why doesn't dpreview point it out in the article?
EM-1 has better ergonomics, better control, and better continuous AF. However, it looks like an entry level D-SLR camera, very ugly, and its noise level is higher than other competitors. Why do I pay more for a camera with more ugly appearance and poorer noise level?
Andy Spawn you cannot have decent build quality without an increase in size. If you love the OM1 why not the E-M1? I have put my OM-3 with small hand grip next to the E-M1 and there is hardly any difference in size. The 12-40 f2.8 is not huge when you consider the build quality and performance plus the fact it is sealed.
If you built a Sony A7 to the same standard as the E-M1 is would be larger. As it is the build is still down from a E-M5 and the E-M5 is smaller.
So why do the high iso E-M1 Raw files when compared to the E-M5 and GX7 have less blue noise in the tungsten lit tests?
Also go into a shop and pickup the camera. You will then understand what makes it so good. Much better made and far better ergonomics than any entry level camera. In fact build quality wise it compares to the D4 and top end Canon.
ulfie: Wow, I can see the veins and arteries in the horse's eyes. Incredible resolution. Other than that ... Maybe this is an electron microscope and not a camera.
Seriously folks, these were meant as initial shots, obviously not studio tests. Let's hope DPR puts out some more in a variety of lighting and subjects including landscapes which it should--not should--excel at as Sony touts the RX-1r. Give DPR a break, posters.
You should be able to see veins and arteries with any camera from M43 upwards as long as you nail the focus.
Tord S Eriksson: Well, I was impressed by the ease the camera handled colours in low light, and the very subdued noise, no matter what setting! The rest (choice of subjects, and so on) wasn't so impressive.
Oh, I wish you had had Steve Huff to take the photos, someone with a little imagination, outside the box. 50 pictures taken in neon light doesn't say more than a handful, but some portraits, close-ups, in short something interesting, had been appreciated!
The photos of the Jack Daniels guy going through the motions made my day, while those of our four-legged hoofed friends were the worst I've seen in a long time!
Well said Shawn.
Abaregi: Semms to be a great camera for the sensor size. The pricing is a bit steep though, just a bit more and you get FF.
You are comparing the wrong camera. A7 needs to be compared with the E-M5 as that offers a similar build quality although the E-M5 still has the edge there.