Richard Murdey: I'm still confused about what this new viewfinder does that the previous one did not. The manual focus aids which were EVF-only on the "S" can now be overlaid in the optical view in the "T", is that it?
That's right. The pop-up darkened tab means that you can see the overlay regardless of how bright the ambient light is.
Boss of Sony: Half-hearted upgrade. The 35mm equivalent lens is what kills this camera. 28mm would be more useful. Ricoh GR wins. Thinner and cheaper too.
Unless you *prefer* a 35-43mm equiv lens, in which case the 35mm equiv is what *makes* this camera.
kingslayer: I got really confused reading this article. Guess I'm stupid.
Send me a personal message if there's anything I can explain more clearly (that was I can try to amend the text to make it more accessible).
bigdaddave: In which universe is the Nikon 1 better than an Eos M?
Not this one, but then Canon have been the odd men out here for years
Photoman - I wouldn't be so extreme. If Canon can get the autofocus up to a reasonable speed, it'll be a very good camera. The interface is rather good - the main problem is that the AF is too slow.
marcphil: The E-PL7 is being launched at a cost of $599 body only and $699 with the retractable 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 zoom. Sadly Olympus has not announced a kit with the retractable power zoom 14-42mm lens, which pairs well with the PL7's compact form factor.....this is unclear to me, whether there is such a kit ($699) or there is not??
Sorry about that. I've re-phrased that sentence to make it clearer.
In the US, at least, the camera is available body-only or with the manually retracting 14-42mm. There's no kit with the more compact power zoom lens.
langev: What about the autofocus for GH4 in video? Is it good ?
See for yourself:
We test both the main AF methods [on this page](http://www.dpreview.com/previews/panasonic-dmc-gh4-sony-alpha-7s/12).
Ed555: I didn't see any dial for A,S, or P priority mode. I'm sure that this can be control by the shutter and Aperture auto positions. Still, I think that there should have been some discussion on there use. Sop, how do you set Programmed Priority AE mode?
If you set the shutter speed dial and the aperture rings to 'A' then the camera will set both, automatically (i.e. P mode).
Johannes Zander: The video doesn't show anything you can't do with native 4/3 lenses.Adapters are always a crutch.
You mount an F1.4 lens and you end up with an F1.0 lens that is F2.0 equivalent.
Without the speed booster, you mount an F1.4 lens and end up with an F1.4 that is F2.8 equivalent.
There's a benefit whichever way you look at it (so long as you don't change horses, mid race).
Mount a 50mm F1.4 lens on a Micro Four Thirds camera and you will end up with:
A 35.5mm F1.0 lens that projects a smaller imaging circle. Note that I don't use the term 'equivalent' anywhere in that description. The focal length is reduced but the diameter of the entrance pupil isn't changed, so that 35.7mm (50/1.4) aperture is larger, when described using f-numbers.
If you then use this 35.5mm F1.0 lens on a Micro Four Thirds camera, you will get a 71mm equivalent focal length with an F2.0 equivalent aperture.
It's up to you whether you accept the evidence to support the idea of [equivalent apertures](http://bit.ly/equivap/), but you can't have it both ways - rejecting the non-equivalent f-number **and** the idea of equivalence.
Wilight: Metabones, would you be so gentle to tell me what's the reason behind your prejudice against FUJI/Canon users?
In fairness, they do make adapters and speed boosters for the Fujifilm X mount.
mikey fried: Please stop shooting images in PORTRAIT!! It makes NO sense.
I'm not sure I understand your point.
Adrian Van: Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.
Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.
That's a 3.5mm headphone-style socket?
Olympus sells an clip-on unit called the SEMA-1, which has a 3.5mm stereo mic jack.
Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below
The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.rant off
You don't think it'd be better if people didn't have to put in so much homework?
It wasn't my intention to appear snarky - I just wanted it to be, out of the box, closer to the camera that it's capable of being.
Henry Falkner: The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?
I'm afraid it doesn't - I was echoing your suspicion that the REC button is far too easy to hit.
I've got lots of snippets of video of my feet and of things I was intending to photograph. The soundtrack usually ends with me swearing.
I've shot a lot more video with the E-PL7 than I intended.
G1Houston: Does it have an electronic level?
Yes. Two axes.
peevee1: " To access it, you have have to go to the Custom menu in order to make the Custom menu visible"
In an earlier draft, either me or Jeff has accidentally referred to the Custom menu as the Setup menu. I went though and corrected them all.
It looks like I corrected one that actually *should* say Setup.
EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.
Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!
It would be much more attractive if they included the EZ lens.
It should be noted that there's a reason Sony is able to include its Power Zoom in affordable bundles: the size/price/quality balance that's been chosen is very apparent when you use it.
Unfortunately, if it turns out that Olympus has worried too much about the quality and not enough about the price, then it ends up reducing the utility of the lens...
peevee1: DPR, what a shame about presenting Canon SL1 as the best entry-level DSLR. Really, better than D5300 and k-50? Really??
How much had Canon to pay to misrepresent the WORST DSLR of 2013 as the best DSLR of 2014? How many thousands of ignorant customers you will fool with it?
The roundup covers all consumer-level DSLRs (entry-level up to mid-level).
Nowhere does it say it's #1. It's just that we put the Entry-level choice further up the page than the Mid-level choice.
I'm happy to swap them round if the titles explaining which category each has been chosen in aren't clear enough.