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Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is...

By dpreview staff on Jan 1, 2013 at 01:10 GMT

Just before Christmas we invited you, our readers to tell us what you thought was the best camera of 2012. This year was one of the busiest that any of us can remember, and saw serious new products from all the major manufacturers. This was the year of the groundbreaking 36MP Nikon D800, the incredibly ambitious Olympus OM-D as well as an all-new system cameras from Fujifilm, with the innovative X-Pro 1 and X-E1. Sony had an amazingly busy year as well, bringing us the great value SLT A-57 and the feature-packed SLT-A99, along with a host of NEX upgrades. Canon wasn't idle either, and consolidated its enthusiast-oriented DSLRs with the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark III and, at the end of the year, the EOS 6D. Meanwhile, Pentax revamped its popular K-5 with the new K-5 II and K-5 IIs and introduced its first large-sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the K-01 which was... interesting.

Our shortlist didn't contain the K-01, but we've gone over the figures, made a list and counted it twice, read most of the comments (and thanks to the majority of you who kept them constructive) and now we're ready to give you the results! So without further ado, with almost 15,000 votes and almost 1500 comments, here are the top three cameras of 2012, as voted by you, dpreview readers. 

In third place... Canon EOS 5D Mark III 

Canon's EOS 5D and 5D Mark II were hugely successful cameras, making the 5D Mark III one of the most anticipated new releases of the year. The 5D Mark III has a 22MP full frame sensor in a body that's based on the EOS 7D design, and with a 61-point AF system borrowed from the flagship EOS-1D X. Compared to its predecessor the Mark III is essentially a completely new model, with every major system upgraded and updated. 

When we reviewed the 5D Mark III back in March we praised its excellent Raw image quality, reliable metering and fluid ergonomics. Thanks to its greatly improved AF system and a few well thought-out tweaks to the rest of the feature set the 5D Mark III is in many ways the camera we wanted the 5D Mark II to be, and it was easily one of the top cameras of 2012. 

In second place... Nikon D800 / D800E

Purely from the point of view of specification, Nikon's D800 and its sister model the D800E drew a lot of attention in 2012. Successor to the venerable D700, the D800 tripled that camera's pixel count and included several features borrowed from the professional D4, at around half the price. The D800E variant offers improved resolution for $300 more, thanks to an innovative sensor design that has the effects of its anti-aliasing filter cancelled out. Both cameras offer a very compelling video specification, too. 

We were highly impressed by the D800 and D800E when we tested them in June, both by the performance of their 36MP sensors, and also their handling, which on the whole, improves upon previous models in some meaningful ways. Of all the cameras we tested during 2012 we kept going back to the D800 because of its addictive blend of excellent performance, solid image quality and pleasant ergonomics. This is one camera whose specification is unlikely to look out of date anytime soon. 

And in first place... The Olympus OM-D EM-5

Pipping the Nikon D800/E by one percentage point in the overall count, the Olympus OM-D EM-5 won out in this year's poll by a whisker. Although a very different camera to the D800, the OM-5 EM-5 is a seriously impressive product. With the launch of the E-M5, Olympus harks back to one of its most fondly-remembered camera systems - the Olympus OM range of 35mm SLRs. Initially the E-M5 looked like it might simply be an upgraded E-P3 with a built-in viewfinder, but in use it proved much more than that - probably the most competent enthusiast mirrorless camera so far.

When we reviewed the OM-D in April we commented on its excellent image quality which at that point set a benchmark for Micro Four Thirds cameras. As we'd expect from Olympus it's also an incredible customizable camera, and with the huge range of compatible Micro Four Thirds lenses available it's also one of the most versatile. About the only thing the OM-D can't do well is continuous autofocus, but if you can live with this limitation, it stands as one of the best cameras currently on the market, and a worthy winner of our poll.


Thanks so much for voting, for reading, and for commenting.

Barnaby Britton - reviews editor. 

Comments

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arvinoculus
By arvinoculus (Jan 2, 2013)

@ Pal2012,

Edited 3 times for maximum sarcasm, eh?

Sure, the m4/3 community mobilized, but it was for a camera they were passionate enough to cast a vote for.

It was a populate vote, nothing more and nothing less. Certainly not meant to be taken personally. I'm seeing two opposing views based on the comments here:

1) People are upset because they feel the OM-D doesn't deserve the title. To clarify, it doesn't deserve the title for the best camera, just the best compromise of usability, portability, and quality. How many of your are able to commute 5-days a week in public transportation with a D800, 150mm, 50mm, 24-70mm, and flash? Again, it's about compromise.

2) People devaluing the vote because a lowly crop-sensor won prom king. I agree the poll shouldn't be taken very seriously, but it is an achievement nonetheless and belittling that is just bad form. You couldn't care less, yet care enough to complain - terrible attitude.

9 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

No, I dont think you can see at all, "mobilized" give it break kid.

3 upvotes
arvinoculus
By arvinoculus (Jan 2, 2013)

Explain why you don't think I can see at all?

By mobilized, I meant that there were efforts on forums to vote for the camera - whether that is fair or not is up to you. It was a public vote after all. Did you expect word not to spread from a highly publicized website?

Kid? Your purpose is obviously to talk down to others and make sweeping statements. You've lost credibility here.

EDIT: Just from the looks of your past 20 posts you are really putting a lot of effort in trolling. I'm embarrassed to have wasted so much time reading your worthless posts.

Comment edited 9 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

Naw, I dont think its up to me to say if its fair to try to "mobilze" and persuade others instaed of just letting others vote without all that, you know, like what was respectfully done by all the other members herre. So I'll just say ti like it is, shallow, meaningless.

Oh, and BTW I am embarassed that you are embarrassed so you can quit waisting time now.

4 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

@Pal2012, the desperation shows in your posts. Why are you so hurt by this meaningless internet poll, and the opinions of others.

If you feel your camera is the best, no poll should change that.

Take a break from the PC / tablet whatever..

4 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

Congratulations to the Olympus forum members who zealously went after this glorious crown!
A win is a win even if its shallow!
Enjoy your camera!

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
11 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 2, 2013)

Grow up, people. It's not as if these results effect the fate of the world. It's ridiculous that so many people are getting so emotionally invested in these results. As far as I'm concerned, it's just a fun, harmless, year-end poll. People are still going to buy whatever camera suits their needs, their budget, their preferences, regardless of these poll results.

4 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

Take a deep breath and calm down there cowboy, didnt mean to make you feel so guilty, sorry.

2 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Sounds like someone lost a money bet.

2 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

I don't feel guilty because I did nothing wrong in the "canvassing" I did...if it wasn't for someone posting that first message in the forum about the poll, I would have never known about the poll as I don't visit the DPR homepage.

2 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

You dont think you should feel guilty for contributing so much to this Scam, this cheatting deceptive canard of trickery?
Why are you giving it so much thought then?
You don't have to convince me nor anyone else, but ok.

4 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 2, 2013)

Pal2012 needs to get a life. LOL.

2 upvotes
the reason
By the reason (Jan 2, 2013)

pal2012, shouldnt you be the one to take a breath? it seems like you are the one giving this too much thought, claiming conspiracies even...Even if there was a "movement", the votes were made by actual people, people who think that particular camera is the best this year. Why does what other people think bother you so much? If you think your camera is so amazing that IT should have won start taking photos with it that convince people of it

2 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 2, 2013)

@ the reas

Uh, have you been living under a rock or something?

0 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

What scam, what cheating, what trickery?

1 upvote
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Jan 2, 2013)

At least they mentioned K-01 as... interesting. Hehehehe.. Congrats Oly.

3 upvotes
aneeshanand
By aneeshanand (Jan 2, 2013)

wow, i didnt expect this. but lemme read the review for olympus first :)

1 upvote
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

Glad you just didn't dismiss it as vote tampering as some people have been saying..

3 upvotes
xSF
By xSF (Jan 2, 2013)

It's not the voters who matter, it's who counts the votes.
- Stalin

0 upvotes
Dotson
By Dotson (Jan 2, 2013)

Really? In general I respect DPReview's reviews, but a user poll? Most users don't actually own all the cameras that should be considered, so how educated a vote can they cast? I don't find this very useful.

5 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

what is your favourite movie in 2012?

Have you seen all the movies released in 2012?

Your vote is irrelevant then....

11 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 2, 2013)

Since when did the winner get a blue ribbon. Surely it should be gold.

5 upvotes
LeoSss
By LeoSss (Jan 2, 2013)

D800/e users can be content that they get the yellow/gold colored ribbon in this competition.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 2, 2013)

Oh, great, now we're going to argue about the *color* of the ribbons? LOL. Grow up, people.

6 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Jan 2, 2013)

Can you make it a black ribbon to make up for all the lenses that Olympus only makes in silver? :-)

2 upvotes
LeoSss
By LeoSss (Jan 2, 2013)

In that case, the trophy icon should be shaped like lens hoods. (Since stingy Olympus always tries to nickle and dime their customers by never including hoods with their lenses.)

4 upvotes
sadwitch
By sadwitch (Jan 2, 2013)

Haha i reckon it represents their premium lens band colours, canon L Reds, nikon Gold, Olympus Blue, pentax Green, etc...

1 upvote
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jan 2, 2013)

Brilliant strategy to generate web traffic in DPreview.

Nothing beats a multi-way fanboy fight. ;)

20 upvotes
Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes, well put - all this proves is that we are a highly tribal and ideological species - and we already knew that! Trolling and fanboy hooliganism is easy to create and hard to stop. Too bad none of that has anything to do with photography.

1 upvote
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

Not it only means some of us are still in the caveman form, and have yet to realise a higher understanding.. =)

0 upvotes
Rocky ID Olympian
By Rocky ID Olympian (Jan 2, 2013)

On the contrary, if you check Alexa.com, the reach nor traffic rank of dpreview.com didn't get a boost during the poll.

0 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jan 2, 2013)

@Rocky: Sure. What about AFTER the poll, like now? :)

0 upvotes
Alumna Gorp
By Alumna Gorp (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes you are :)

Seriously I would not be interested in what the photographer was using, I would be more interested in his skills.

2 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jan 2, 2013)

Yeah, iphone rools!

1 upvote
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

I can imagine the pain for some people who sold their APS-C to get a full frame camera, only to see an m43 taking the crown. It's just a poll and not a really bad one, otherwise 5DMkIII and D800 won't be in the top 3, unless you think they also don't deserve to be there.

4 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 2, 2013)

The real issue is that a camera like a D800/5DMkIII and an OMD a really not even comparable. They have completely different design goals and completely different end users in mind.

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2 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 2, 2013)

@josh

They are all consumer cameras.

1 upvote
Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (Jan 2, 2013)

This contest is a popularity contest of the readers of this website (which is okay), and although it does represent very competent cameras in each camera class, wedding professionals and any serious event photographer would likely pick the new top Canon FF or Nikon FF in this top three. However, many serious enthusiasts would pick the OMD for its excellent quality which is lightweight for travel or an everyday camera, which is also capable of reaching pro results with great lenses, just its not the first choice of event photographers on assignment. Full frame would be the first choice of any full time event photographer. These 2 FF cameras have the low light and advanced AF system advantage. All 3 are great cameras anyway for different users! Pros who have a FF camera may also have a m43 camera for personal use (or other types of pro work, not events with fast action photos).

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3 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Why not comparable when they all can be used for the same thing? Can't see why it ticks so many people... The methodology of this award is pretty clear- reader's opinion. If you think the poll is meaningless than bitching about it here is equally pointless.

3 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

I am so bought out by the m43 concept that I just treated myself with a Pentax 645D :-)

Good deals on the used now, I think I should thank the second runner Nikon for that....

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2 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

They'll eventually join all those former full frame users who sold all their full frame equipment after trying the OM-D.

1 upvote
Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 3, 2013)

Yeah there is no differnce in target market between a $3000 FF professional camera designed to have pro level durability, the ultimate in IQ and photographic technology and a retro styled $1300 m 4/3 mirror less camera that is primary designed to be light weight, affordable, and have more of a mass market appeal.

The OMD is a good camera and probably the best in it's market. You dont' have to say such silly nonsense to try and make it seem like it is the equal of a professional DLSR in every way as if they are interchangeable when they clearly are not meant to fulfill the same needs.

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0 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 2, 2013)

To the M4/3 guys; Most 1st awards are announced last. Who cares if Canon shows up the top first?

To the FF guys: It was by 1%. Ya happy?

6 upvotes
PatrickP
By PatrickP (Jan 2, 2013)

I'm not trying to be a snob, but if my daughter (or yours) fork out three grand of depreciating-like-no-body dollar for a once-in-a-life-time wedding, and you see the pro photog using a OM-D EM5, what would you think?

The photog might well be super duper skillful, but one would have a hard time wondering how much better the pictures would look if the same shots were made with a Nikon or Canon full frame. 2-3 stops better dynamic range and high iso noise characteristics. Whether it is a D700/D3, D800, D4, 5D2/5D3, 1DX, it doesn't matter. Given the aesthetic qualities are the same, you still cannot beat the law of physics. large sensor takes in more light and pictures do look better.

The m4/3s and NEXs has made themselves into very fine cameras. But would they be up to heavy duty pro use one day?

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6 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 2, 2013)

It only takes in more light because it has a bigger surface area to cover.

So, do you think that if you get an A4 piece of paper, draw a smaller square on it that the A4 piece of paper has more light in that square than the square itself?

Try again.

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4 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes, if you intend to print a billboard image of the wedding. For A3 size, even my waterproof compact is good enough.

There is no sense to go into such high precision if it is not significant. So I go for ergonomics against MP or sensor size.

3 upvotes
MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Jan 2, 2013)

"and you see the pro photog using a OM-D EM5, what would you think?"
I'd think that photographer was ahead of the curve.

12 upvotes
Macx
By Macx (Jan 2, 2013)

Pro photgraphy is many things and a pro photographer doesn't limit themselves to a single type of camera. While I don't see many pros ditching their 135-format cameras for the OM-D, I'm sure that many will consider adding it to their tool kit. In a wedding scenario, I wouldn't use a OM-D for the big set-pieces, but for casual portraits and covering the reception, for example, it's unobtrusiveness is a strength.

Also, be careful with the techno-centric apporach to reviewing photographs or you'll end up wondering how much better the photos would have looked if the photographer had used a Phase One, Hasselblad or Leica S instead of small-format camera like the D800 or 5D3. While we hope that buying a better camera will make us be better photographers, it doesn't really work that way. What makes great shots is experience, doing your homework and getting the light right.

16 upvotes
C D M
By C D M (Jan 2, 2013)

Damn, and to think our wedding photographer showed up with a 40D. What does that say about him?? What does that say about us???

Yes, you are a snob. Clearly some spoiled rich kid is your best choice.

2 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

"It only takes in more light because it has a bigger surface"?

Babhahahahahahaaa

0 upvotes
Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (Jan 2, 2013)

I'd probably be a bit dubious simply because chances are no really good photographer is going to have become familiar enough with a brand new body so quickly. The new Nikons and Canons are going to be much easier for a veteran shooter to get up to speed with. But hey, if she knows her sh*t, is good with people, and had an awesome portfolio, who cares?

But maybe the OM-D isn't pitched at wedding photographers. It's a pretty sweet alternative to, say, a Leica for photojournalism.

I voted for the OM-D even though I hold its faux pentaprism design in contempt because it makes the M43 system more than credible — and that's revolutionary.

0 upvotes
jl_smith
By jl_smith (Jan 2, 2013)

I'd say, unless you're a complete moron, you've hired the photographer by viewing his/her portfolio beforehand....so if you liked their results, who the heck cares what they're using?

/served

8 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 2, 2013)

There have been countless weddings shot throughout the world using APS-C bodies over the last decade or so, using far inferior sensors than what we have today, and these wedding photographers were still able to deliver great results. I switched over my wedding photography from film over to the Canon 10D back in 2003. At the time, the top pro wedding photog body was the Canon 1D, which had a mere 4mp. Then it was the 1D MKII, with 8mp. Then the 1D MKIII came along with 10mp. All this time, wedding photographers were able to deliver stellar results. And none of those sensors were as good as what the EM-5 has today.

Any photographer who is still blaming inferior results on their camera equipment or their sensor is a hack. Today, as it was 10 years ago, it's still the talent, instincts, and personality of the photographer that matter more than his equipment.

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9 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 2, 2013)

""It only takes in more light because it has a bigger surface"?

Babhahahahahahaaa"

Well, if I said that it takes in the same amount of light, I'd confuse someone like yourself...

0 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

@PatrickP.... have you heard the saying:

Never judge a book by its cover...

1 upvote
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

You'll be too busy worrying about the luncheon menu than to occupy yourself with how the photographer can possibly take good pictures with whatever non full frame camera he so incompetently choose to own.

1 upvote
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

There is more to the large sensor than just light gathering amount. Why pros still buy Hasselblad? I would take a 8 MP medium format over an 18 MP FF, never mind a m43, I would bring it along in a wedding for snapping the quickies...

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1 upvote
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Wonder why Hasselblad didn't make it.

0 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

I'm a pro who is forced to use a Canon at work, but personally I own two OM-Ds. When I can though I'll sneak in and use my Olympus because it just gives better results.,

2 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

Eh eh, I do not think you see any Hasselblad users taking the time to even skim through this site at all, they might just pick a Fuji or a Leica as they stop by a camera store for their quickies...

0 upvotes
YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (Jan 2, 2013)

I would hope that the wedding couple and close family had already looked at the photographer's portfolio and wasn't bothered about which camera the photographer was using.
I would hope the wedding guests were too busy actually ENJOYING the wedding instead of stalking the photographer to see what camera they were using and what settings....
http://youdidntdidyou.com/blog/ exif data displayed

2 upvotes
the reason
By the reason (Jan 2, 2013)

I respectfully disagree with you very very much, this business (the wedding business)is filled with idiots with full frames who haven't got the slightest idea of what they are doing. But they manage to get gigs cause they "look the part".
Imagine the photog shows up to your daughter's wedding with a chunky brand new ID X, and you end the day thinking he got some great stuff, and then a couple of weeks later he delivers badly composed, poorly exposed, "snapshot" looking unedited photos, how would you feel?
It happens here like theres no tomorrow, at least once every two months a bride will come wanting me to "fix" their wedding photos and telling me their horror stories. Its how expensive cameras end up on ebay...

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the reason
By the reason (Jan 2, 2013)

continued...
Skill and knowledge goes above all else, and even then, as far as what you mentioned, the OMD has AT LEAST one more stop of dynamic range than my 5dmk2. The gap in performance difference has been reduced dramatically in the past years, and once you get a RAW file into lightroom, you can extract from a sensor more than what you need. It doesnt matter anyway, we all use flash (every single wedding photographer ive met), and with it we can stretch dynamic range and never really go above ISO 1600. If there is a shot that actually requires ISO 6400, then its one of those special "only once" moments, and if thats the case the fact that you captured it is all that matters to the bride and not that its "one stop cleaner" than camera X.

1 upvote
the reason
By the reason (Jan 2, 2013)

continued...
The fact that a sensor can take in more light doesnt mean the pictures will be better as you say either, its not as if the photos from APS Cs and 4/3s are darker than FF. In fact, some of the most amazing photos Ive seen have come from point and shoots. A poorly exposed photo is a poorly exposed photo regardless of what it was shot with. We also all have noise reduction software that does miracles anyway. Ive delivered 24x36 ISO 3200s from the panasonic GH2, nobody has complained about noise. I take not one, but three m4/3s cameras into weddings, I am very successful at my business and nobody has looked at me funny. I feel no need to take the 5dmk2 anymore. The saddest thing in the world is when a person thinks he needs a bigger sensor camera to be able to shoot better photos...

2 upvotes
sgoldswo
By sgoldswo (Jan 2, 2013)

Tell this to Damian McGillicuddy (who uses only E-M5s). And yes, you would be glad to have him photograph your daughters wedding...

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 2, 2013)

They all take the same light, no matter if 4/3, 1", APS-C or FF. The cells in a smaller sensor saturate more rapidly because they are smaller - hence the poorer dynamic range. You need a better understanding of how cameras work if you are to get all technical, PatrickP.

0 upvotes
deltaskyking
By deltaskyking (Jan 2, 2013)

Well, it was just a vote and as is often the case the results don't really represent what is really useful or true to me at least.

I can understand the sentiment for all those who voted for the Olympus, but for the rest of us who are truly invested in Nikon and Canon systems, there's just no way we can afford to switch over just because the camera is smaller.

To those that have the Olympus OM-D EM-5, congratulations on having a wonderful camera and use it in good health! Competition is a good thing and we are all beneficiaries of it right now in the camera world. What a wonderful time to be involved in photography.

For me, I'm just happy that Canon and Nikon are continuing in their quest to bring us equipment that while maybe not be as technically advanced as Olympus and Sony, are still quite innovative and most of all durable and reliable.

Happy New Year everyone, looking forward to seeing more of your photographs! Cheers!

0 upvotes
mikenoble
By mikenoble (Jan 2, 2013)

Congratulations Oly. You've put out a nice little camera.

Of course everyone on here knows the best camera out last year was the D800. Put these three cameras out on a street corner and say you can take one, no questions asked. Everyone on here would walk away with the D800. Because it's the best camera out there.

3 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 2, 2013)

Since the OMD is only 1299.00 even if you want that and don't want the D800 you would still pick the D800 if you were smart since you could buy an OMD plus lenses/accessories for what you can get for used D800.

7 upvotes
Jerryrigged
By Jerryrigged (Jan 2, 2013)

If you offered to give me any of these three, the only reason I would pick the 5d or d800 over the OMD would be to sell the big $$$ cannikon to buy a OMD+several lenses. A lot of people like me value a smaller camera. "most people" are not pros and don't want/need a 10lb camera kit. Good enough really is good enough, and the "high end" M4/3 cameras are very good...

Congrats Oly!

11 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Might as well toss in M9 at the street corner.

2 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

Could buy the Entire M4/3 range with an M9 on the corner

0 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

mikenoble, I do not think I could get away with sports with the D800, but I can with the 5D... and I would not need the 36 MP for that ( I use my 645D for high quality work)
So for my type of need your argument is not so valid. D800 has an excellent sensor that is not even Nikon though, for the rest nothing groundbreaking.
I like the Oly brave move, let's keep the little ones motivated!
But it is now time to take the price of this valuable little toy to the price bracket it belongs to, together with all the other mirrorless hyped cameras....

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photobeans
By photobeans (Jan 2, 2013)

The d800 is the better camera, no doubt. But I ain't packing with me EVER. I got 2 kids and water bottles, diapers, extra shirts, snacks, etc to carry. My m43 camera+2 lens weighs as much as one Nikkor zoom lens.

1 upvote
sgoldswo
By sgoldswo (Jan 2, 2013)

Why is it the better camera? There is nothing innovative about it.

0 upvotes
AndyGM
By AndyGM (Jan 2, 2013)

I'm with Jerry on this one. In this scenario, I'd take the D800 and it would be straight on eBay, and the funds would go on an E-M5 and lenses. The D800 would be my choice purely because its got the highest second hand value. If the deal was I had to keep the camera I chose, no way would I choose a DSLR, they don't appeal to me at all.

1 upvote
owenprescott
By owenprescott (Jan 2, 2013)

I am new to this forum, just wanted to say can everyone please just shut up with all the fanboy talk? I thought these type of cameras were bought by grown ups? I am tempted to get the D800 but I would feel guilty when I look in my bank account lol.

7 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

fanboy...

0 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jan 3, 2013)

Communist.

0 upvotes
andix
By andix (Jan 2, 2013)

this.
this makes me happy.

0 upvotes
wkay
By wkay (Jan 2, 2013)

amazing, I thought DPReview thought smartphones were the best cameras ever

4 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

They probably thought so but this is reader's poll.

And you're a reader reading this.

0 upvotes
Doctor Lecter
By Doctor Lecter (Jan 2, 2013)

itsastickup... that's ridiculous. You can get great bokeh with a 4/3 size sensor. I do it all the time.

Also, let's not forget the beyond-excellent standard 4/3 lenses that can be used with an adapter on the OM-D.

4 upvotes
dgrogers
By dgrogers (Jan 2, 2013)

Bokeh is the quality of the out of focus area, not the quantity. You can get great bokeh with m4/3 (especially when matched with the 75mm Zuiko).

3 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

Still, you have to work a lot harder to get the same bokeh, not to mention that you are working with a much less aesthetically pleasing perspective because of the focal length

1 upvote
dgrogers
By dgrogers (Jan 2, 2013)

Bokeh is not the quantity of the blur, it's the quality. You can get the same bokeh with m4/3 just as easily as you can with full frame. It's the quantity of the blur you have to work harder for. You are thinking of DOF, not Bokeh.

0 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

True enough, but they are not independent of each other, i.e. bokeh is pointless if you have too much DOF to appreciate it.

0 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Bokeh also pointless if the main subject is not significantly sharper than the background, which is the case when you open wide some overrated fast lenses. The relative definition is what makes bokeh "looks" nice, unless, of course, you pixel peel. Which is even more pointless.

1 upvote
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jan 2, 2013)

No bokeh, No buy.

1 upvote
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 2, 2013)

I bet you own an APS sized (or smaller) body, thinking it's "FF".

5 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jan 2, 2013)

APS-C is currently the minimum for serious OOF backgrounds and portraiture. The problem with m4/3 is that you have to get 3rd party lenses with various compromises to get equivalent bokeh. It's a no go.

1 upvote
NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (Jan 2, 2013)

What is your basis for selecting APS-C as the bare minimum for "serious" OOF? It is completely arbitrary. The M. Zuiko 75 1.8, and 45 1.8, and the P-Leica 25 1.4 are m43 lenses that can all produce some pretty nice bokeh in skilled hands.

3 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Again, the myth of bokeh=FF has consumed another soul.

3 upvotes
dgrogers
By dgrogers (Jan 2, 2013)

Thank goodness you can get great bokeh with the OM-D.

2 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jan 2, 2013)

"What is your basis for selecting APS-C as the bare minimum for "serious" OOF? It is completely arbitrary. The M. Zuiko 75 1.8, and 45 1.8, and the P-Leica 25 1.4 are m43 lenses that can all produce some pretty nice bokeh in skilled hands."

Not at normal or 35mm equiv wideangle. Photography does relate to the perspective, after all. At those perspectives there are no usable options in m4/3 other than for dabblers.

0 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

so 90mm FF equivalent is the least decent focal length,
have you seen what comes out of 85mm f/1.2 on a FF? Not mentioning the mediocre perspective angle you get at 45 mm?
The Oly is a really cute toy that I would be the first to buy for getting around if it was 1/3 of the price, which is where it will land on once the mirrorless mindless hype will be over.

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 2, 2013)

You have no idea of what you're talking about, itsastickup. Just look at this "no bokeh" picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/manuelvilardemacedo/6613108457/in/set-72157629383979281

0 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jan 2, 2013)

Manuel, I'm talking about practical OOF/Bokeh at normal/50mm equiv. Of course I can even get bokeh/OOF with my p&s when I take a macro shot of a small flower. But I;m not going to be able to use that for classic portraiture.

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 2, 2013)

In case you've landed on this planet yesterday, you will care to notice micro 4/3 cameras are not point-and-shoots. The picture I've shown was made in manual mode at f/2.0 with a 50mm (100 mm efl) OM prime lens, not in macro mode.
It's obvious you've never shot with a micro 4/3 camera with a decent lens on it, hence your preconception. (Which can easily be mistaken for bigotry.) I maintain that you don't have enough knowledge of the micro 4/3 format to support your previous statement.

0 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jan 2, 2013)

As I said, for the serious portraitist there is no decent bokeh options at the normal or wide-angle perspective. Your photo is at the 100mm equiv which has its uses but is not enough.

"Which can easily be mistaken for bigotry."

What on earth?!?!?

0 upvotes
OzarkAggie
By OzarkAggie (Jan 2, 2013)

The real question to be asked is What's the Best Camera for Landscape, Wildlife, Street, Portrait, Night, Travel, and of course Budget.

Without that last consideration there's no relevance. As a landscape photographer I can look all I want at a Phase One IQ180, but if my budget is $1000 then The DP1 Merrill would be my best choice.

And so it goes with all categories. I'm surprised the Fuji X series didn't rank higher, but their user base doesn't approach Nikon, and Canon.

2 upvotes
greg57
By greg57 (Jan 2, 2013)

Some old school photographers seem to have problems accepting m43 in the Canikon ballpark.
http://www.semiocity.com/blog/2012/12/23/reponse-photo-keeps-on-snobbing-micro-43-no-top-buy-award-for-the-e-m5/
(in French)

3 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Jan 2, 2013)

The Oly lens lineup for the OMD is sorely lacking. The classic reportage fast primes are missing. Where are the FF equivalents for 35mm and 50mm at f2 or faster? I don't see them? And f2.8 is not really fast, not on FF, and especially not on m4/3. Therefore, I'm not interested, and I can't see how this system can win any such contest.

The Fuji X series arrives with a bigger sensor and a 53mm f2 equivalent lens, and a 35mm f2 equivalent on the way. I will take this system over the OMD every time.

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
Fiatopichan
By Fiatopichan (Jan 2, 2013)

M.Zuiko 17 mm f1.8, Panasonic 25 mm f1.4, Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f0.95 aren't they fast enought?

13 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 2, 2013)

Why would they have those lenses on a squarer sensor? Makes no sense. Reportage ! WTF!! is reportaqge when it is at home?

Enjoy your smearfest X Trans whike it lasts. It did not take long for experienced fotografers to rumble that oine.

0 upvotes
zkz5
By zkz5 (Jan 2, 2013)

"Where are the FF equivalents for 35mm and 50mm at f2 or faster?"

Here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/olympus/news/new-olympus-mzuiko-digital-17mm-f18-lens

And here: http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1439

2 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Jan 2, 2013)

I didn't know about that 17/1.8, cool. That definitely helps. DPR needs to update its lens database then!

I forgot about the Pany 25/1.4, but still it's kind of too bad to have to use a 3rd party lens. And does it AF?

Also, the aperture rings on the Fuji lenses just call to me.

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1 upvote
Infared
By Infared (Jan 2, 2013)

Then please, run to them!

0 upvotes
elflord
By elflord (Jan 2, 2013)

The Pany 25mm f/1.4 does autofocus on Panasonic or Olympus m43 bodies. BTW, there is also the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. If you want wider, you have the Oly 12mm, and if you want longer you have the Oly 45 and 75.

It's not fair or reasonable to stigmatize Panasonic lenses with the "third party" label -- Panasonic like Olympus manufacture micro 4/3 bodies. The lenses are built with the m43 system in mind, and you can use lenses from either brand on bodies from either brand without any performance degradation.

2 upvotes
zkz5
By zkz5 (Jan 2, 2013)

"I forgot about the Pany 25/1.4, but still it's kind of too bad to have to use a 3rd party lens. And does it AF?"

Yes, it will AF on the OM-D. It is more like a first party lens since Panasonic is the other main micro four thirds company.

2 upvotes
andrewlamwc
By andrewlamwc (Jan 2, 2013)

Pana/leica 25mm / f1.4 is also a m4/3 lens with full AF on OMD/PEN/GX/GF/G/GH series cam. I would think m4/3 user will not treat it as a 3rd party lens. (Unlike Sigma, which share same lens design for both m4/3 and NEX systems.)

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2 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 2, 2013)

"I forgot about the Pany 25/1.4, but still it's kind of too bad to have to use a 3rd party lens. And does it AF?"

You know less and less about the m4/3 system. http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/lense.html

2 upvotes
mpix345
By mpix345 (Jan 2, 2013)

JackM, if you don't even know that Panasonic m4/3 lenses AF on Olympus m4/3 bodies then you clearly are clueless about this format and should probably preface your posts by saying "I don't know WTF I am talking about, so take this with a grain of salt."

Other than that, thanks for the great posts!

1 upvote
dgrogers
By dgrogers (Jan 2, 2013)

The Pany 25/1.4 is a 1st party m4/3 lens. Panasonic produces m4/3 cameras (they created the standard with Olympus). Panasonic m4/3 lenses are fully compatible with Olympus m4/3 cameras. The system was designed so the bodies and lenses would be completely interchangeable between Olympus and Panasonic products.

0 upvotes
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Call Panny a 3rd party whatever but the "Leica" stamp says something about the quality. Sorry you can't put it on the X.

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Jan 2, 2013)

The Pany lenses are 3rd party just in the sense of aesthetics. The OMD was clearly designed to have a distinct retro look, and so do the accompanying lenses. It would kind of be a shame to spoil it with an unmatched lens. I would get the Pany, but its looks would slightly bug me. mpix345, you should preface your posts with "I am a dick, so feel free to ignore me."

0 upvotes
adrianf2
By adrianf2 (Jan 2, 2013)

OK. Olympus won 'fair and square'. But what exactly did they win? A popularity contest among the visitors to this site from a pre-determined list that excluded many excellent cameras.

3 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Jan 2, 2013)

You could ad any camera that you wanted to the list.

0 upvotes
adrianf2
By adrianf2 (Jan 2, 2013)

Don't know how that worked but I recall reading that suggestions would be welcome, and possibly added to the list. I and a few others made some suggestions, but I don't think the list changed.

My point remains, why have a list in the first place which limits the choices available based on DP's editorial opinion? If they wanted a true representation they should have included every camera released in 2012. We may have got the same result, who knows?

1 upvote
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

"OK. Olympus won 'fair and square'. But what exactly did they win? A popularity contest among the visitors to this site from a pre-determined list that excluded many excellent cameras"

yes pretty much... you understand the poll! Why are you so bitter? its not a nobel prize!

2 upvotes
adrianf2
By adrianf2 (Jan 2, 2013)

Hey I'm not bitter at all, just thinking that many here are attaching undue significance to a limited and misguided popularity poll.

0 upvotes
light_bulb
By light_bulb (Jan 2, 2013)

I have bought a D800 and voted for it. However if the OMD were able to properly AF my FT lenses I do not know what I would have done.

In a side by side comparison with low dof shots (D800 85 1.8 G versus OMD 45 1.8) the OMD was the clear winner. With its image stabilisation and face recognition it was good for so many keepers, while the D800 setup was a lot of miss and seldom hit. The focus sensors are simply to big for this kind resolution/low dof and focusing accuracy seems to lack too.

This OMD technology is what every low dof portrait shooter would like to have instead of fiddling with focus sensors. You can even choose which eye the camera should focus on.

Thus the D800 certainly has its strong points but the OMD is a much smaller package combined with very good image quality and some compelling innovations.

0 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jan 2, 2013)

People, people, let's first of all just admit that here Olympus won fair and square. A company that more or less kick-started the consumer digital camera; I remember a time when just about all digicams I saw were by Olympus; has won and not just here.

Secondly, let's see why? They offer a sensor that is good enough compared even to full-frame for many user's usual uses. 35mm film, lets remember, outclassed medium format not with quality, but with convenience. Plus, together with Panasonic and others they offer a very broad range of good lenses. Their 'affordable' lenses are often a lot better than DSLR ones, or at least more efficient users of light, unencumbered by design constraints based around film.

DSLRs are fighting back, this year with the new full-frame models with unprecedented IQ, but can they ever compete with the convenience of a mirrorless system? Can they even stay relevant when better small sensors and AF units emerge? That's a question for the future to answer.

15 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

No I dont think we can admit that the oly won "fair and square", not with the crap that was going on in the oly forums, so no it wasn't "fair and square".

3 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 2, 2013)

@Pal2012 - chill out. This isn't a political election. It's just a pointless, fun year-end poll that is, ultimately, of little or no consequence. People are still going to buy whatever camera suits them, regardless of this poll. You act as if these results actually have some physical and/or emotional impact on your life. If it does, it's only because you are needlessly and pointlessly putting way too much importance into this poll.

1 upvote
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

So Pal2012, you want a recount?

0 upvotes
munro harrap
By munro harrap (Jan 2, 2013)

OK, it won, but so did VHS! And you could all be using your LPs scanned and tracked by Lasar, didn't ya know?

Ilove Olympus OM series machines, but this machine is nothing like. The very idea that they are in any way comparable is just plain daft.

I voted D800 because it is so much smaller and lighter in practice. How? With just one 24-85mm lens you have everything covered at higher resolution and size compared to this overbig mini 4:3 beastie.

Remember the Nikon has the APS-C option giving you 15MP? with the option to view the frame within the Full-frame viewfinder? Well? That is a Leica with a zoom lens. You can use a 24 as a 36mm and zoom in to 127mm, Brownies, or stay Full-Frame, and remember how much you can crop a 36MP image? Stinks, doesn't it

If the OM-D was also Full-frame would it have won??

1 upvote
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

OMD won get over it.

1 upvote
inspiredan
By inspiredan (Jan 2, 2013)

The best camera is the one you have with you.

5 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes! But it does not help you in understanding why you cannot replicate that image you saw on line that you like so much...

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes - if it is a proper camera, not a mobile phone or a point-and-shoot. That cliché is completely inane.

0 upvotes
Doctor Lecter
By Doctor Lecter (Jan 2, 2013)

If you're actually upset about the OM-D winning this informal poll, guess what? You're a hater.

Olympus did something new and innovative (like they've done in the past). Canikon cranked out more of the same. The D800 and Mark III are awesome cameras, no doubt, but don't be "hating" on Olympus because they brought out a killer new camera system.

I shoot Olympus DSLRs and I love them. Kiss my glass!

9 upvotes
aris14
By aris14 (Jan 2, 2013)

Congratulations Olympus! By all means!

4 upvotes
Vlastik
By Vlastik (Jan 2, 2013)

I like my OM-D because excellent quality/price and SMALL... I have really small bag with the body+ 14-150mm, 45mm/1.8, 60mm/2.8 and 9-18mm
... and of course design!

6 upvotes
noonecantellimadog
By noonecantellimadog (Jan 2, 2013)

Have to say I really love my em-5. Menus from other brands ARE hard at first. Funny thing is that is not a fault of the platform per se. Guess i'm glad I got on board with epl2 and EPL3. Easy now. Two ff and an mu43. Guess we know where aps-c stands.

1 upvote
leebloggs
By leebloggs (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes - APS-C seems to be becomming irrelevant.

3 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 2, 2013)

Yes ! It is a dead format. Thom Hogan agrees.

6 upvotes
illy
By illy (Jan 2, 2013)

APS-C is great for telephoto

1 upvote
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

Micro Four Thirds is "greater" for telephoto! ;-)

5 upvotes
illy
By illy (Jan 2, 2013)

the native lens selection is neither long enough, fast enough nor good enough, and if it was the CA-F still isn't there yet. I looked long and hard at it for telephoto, close but no cigar.

0 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jan 2, 2013)

But I can't see full frame getting the wide adoption APS-C has, at least unless their price and size drops dramatically. Also, don't forget the lack of any major APS-C DSLR releases this year by the main players. It will be interesting to see how a D8000 or 7D MkII fare if they come next year.

Presumably, they'll have pro autofocus and build and 20mp+ sensors that will rival full-frame in mid-range ISO.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 2, 2013)

Anyone who says APS-C is dead or becoming irrelevant is a hack. It will easily live on in the next generation of APS-C mirrorless ILC bodies, spearheaded by both Sony and Canon (and probably, eventually, Nikon, too). Neither FF nor m4/3 have anywhere near the adoption level as APS-C. Not even close. Neither Canon, Nikon, nor Sony are going to adopt m4/3, and there's no way they are going to go exclusively FF (way too costly). That means that they will be sticking with APS-C for their main consumer lines. So what did you say about APS-C becoming irrelevant? LOL.

Saying that APS-C is a dead format, or becoming irrelevant, is as ridiculous as those fools who were saying that FF was a dead format or becoming irrelevant a few years ago! Remember, there was a very loud chorus of people making that prediction! Now I guess we just have a new batch of people making the same prediction about APS-C! Same foolishness, different year, different target!

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sandy b
By sandy b (Jan 2, 2013)

The Oly is a great camera, No doubt about it,but the the reports of crop sensor death is greatly exagerated. Nikon alone will sell more D3200 and D7000 than the entire m4/3rd consortium line up. Easily.

0 upvotes
leebloggs
By leebloggs (Jan 2, 2013)

A brave move by Olympus, and a lot of investment, has won them the top spot. Congratulations to Olympus!

6 upvotes
whiteheat
By whiteheat (Jan 1, 2013)

How can any one vote for a best of X in category (cameras in this case), when there is never any definition of what "Best" actually is. There is no camera that is better than any other camera in each and every respect. If one takes a single characteristic to judge by, then one camera may shine above the rest, for example, the D800/E for its MPx count being unrivalled in that format (it seems medium or large format cameras never made it anywhere for consideration). Another example would be the Sony RX-100, which would win the biggest sensor in the smallest body award, and so on.

As no camera enjoys a superiority in most if not all aspects and characteristics, how can one judge what "best" means and apply it to any given camera. If the competition had been more tightly defined, for example, "The most useable camera of 2012", then everyone would have a useful criteria to use, although even the term 'most useable' is not a tight definition in itself and is open to wide interpretation.

1 upvote
adrianf2
By adrianf2 (Jan 1, 2013)

A ridiculous poll, seriously stupid.

Anyway, the EM-5 is a great camera no doubt. I tried one out when deciding between it and a G5. Fool that I am, I chose the G5 because:

1. It has far superior ergonomics, a better menu, better screen and a built in flash.
2. It is considerably less expensive.
3. You don't need to pay a ridiculous amount for a decent grip because it comes with the camera.
4. Image quality equivalent for most purposes.
5. OK it doesn't have IBS, but if I use the excellent range of Panasonic lenses I don't need it.

That leaves weather sealing which I don't need either.
So for what I consider perfectly rational reasons, my best camera is one that DP doesn't even consider worthy of including on the list or for that matter reviewing, despite their promises in the Preview.

I don't really care, there were other fine cameras not included. However, part of the E-M5's appeal is that it looks different, but I think the look compromises its functionality.

4 upvotes
gosun
By gosun (Jan 2, 2013)

agreed on your G5 comments

1 upvote
Infared
By Infared (Jan 2, 2013)

The IBIS and the Sony Sensor make ALL the difference.
I own a GX-1 And OM-D. The OM-D gives me superior results in so many situations.
The G5 is Great camera (the menus are more intuitive..they do have a better layout) and is apparently better camera for you.
During voting you could have added the G5 to the camera list.

Comment edited 15 minutes after posting
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Ejvaccaro
By Ejvaccaro (Jan 1, 2013)

OK, so the poll is not scientific. It's not based on market position. It's subjective and full of opinion, It represents the opinion of those who bothered to vote. So it is valid in the sense that the based on what the editors chose as candidates and the readers chose to vote on. At the end of the day this is all supposed to be fun. Does it matter one way or the other which camera wins?

In the spirit of full disclosure, I own an OM-D and I did vote. I am aware of its strengths and weaknesses. The results have no effect on my choice of camera. I have always liked Olympus gear. I have owned a Canon SLR as well as a Konica. The OM-D really appealed to me. It's performance and size is what I prefer over the others which are too big for my liking. But it's just my opinion. Doesn't matter to anyone else.

8 upvotes
smafdy
By smafdy (Jan 1, 2013)

Lord have mercy. What is obviously a great camera gets 1st place, and the fanboys come out like werewolves.

Reading some of the comments, it seems as if some feel their mothers have been insulted.

The OM-D is a GREAT camera and part of a GREAT format and system.

Oly consistently strives for high image quality and innovative products (sensor cleaner, anti-shake, and world-class optics, etc.).

Now that they have built a real winner, all of the princesses seem to be bruised and battered by this small "pea" of a camera.

Congratulations to Oly on a fantastic product. The photographing community waits to see what innovations you will come up with in the future.

9 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jan 2, 2013)

I can feel an OM-D under 16 mattresses.

4 upvotes
gordon1000
By gordon1000 (Jan 2, 2013)

It is normal for the owners of those expansive and heavy lenses to feel threatened because resale values are dropping fast. More and more people are dumping their mid to low end DSLR systems.

3 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 2, 2013)

LOL the only people who appear to feel threatened are the M 4/3 proponents who have to meet every criticism said about their format with post putting down other cameras and full of personal attacks on owners of said cameras. The used market for DLSR lenses has actually been quite stable. Your are living in a fantasy world brought on by your own insecurity.

0 upvotes
Paco 316
By Paco 316 (Jan 1, 2013)

It's pathetic how people would talk trash about one brand or the other. Don't be such idiots and be grateful that it is withing your reach to enjoy ANY camera you desire. You don't have to be loyal to one brand, don't be stupid!

Congrats to Olympus for making such a fine little machine.

10 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jan 1, 2013)

Are the forums dead?

2 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

They are undead !!!

1 upvote
Tim in upstate NY
By Tim in upstate NY (Jan 1, 2013)

No, they really are dead for going on 4 or 5 hours now.

1 upvote
LeoSss
By LeoSss (Jan 2, 2013)

They've left the forum and are concentrating their hatred toward the OM-D on this comment section it seems.

3 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

LOL

1 upvote
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

One thing I have noticed on various forums is that O-MD users tends to post photos that really wow me.

This has nothing to do with how good the camera is taking photos in the sense of measurable IQ. Rather I think it's the demographics of the typical O-MD user, and how portable the camera is. That and the quality glass you can get (I love the pana 25 f1.4).

When I was thinking about getting it I really had to debate (1k is not pocket change). I already have a full canon kit with 2 bodies and full set of lenses. The weight sucks but I sucked it up when I wanted to shoot and just carry it with me.

I asked a friend about it and he said he sold his full frames and now only have his O-MD and M9. He also said he was 100% confident I would love the camera. And he was right. There isn't anything out there that allows the same level of freedom for on the hoof photography. If you like to travel or go out doors I don't know of anything else that gives you as much photography joy as the O-MD.

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10 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

"There isn't anything out there that allows the same level of freedom for on the hoof photography."

I think any Nex owner would beg to differ on that.

Try carrying the OM-D around in your pocket.

Also could you tell me how easy it is to get great DOF with those great lens on that little sensor?

3 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

I agree. The days of cliched blurry water shots and over processed pro portratr/weddings are long gone. People are turning to a more natural organic type of photography.

Comment edited 48 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
chj
By chj (Jan 1, 2013)

What made me take note of the OM-D was the photos from DPR. So many great photos from OM-D users and I can't remember seeing a poor photo from it.

3 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 1, 2013)

@Pal2012 - "Also could you tell me how easy it is to get great DOF with those great lens on that little sensor?"

That's a criticism I used to complain about, too. But then I went out and bought an m4/3 camera for myself. I eventually realized that it's not really as big of an issue as I used to think it was. Sure, I don't always get the same extremely shallow DOF as my FF Canon DSLR, but it's not really that bad. I can still get the shots I want, more or less.

With the right lenses (m4/3 now as a very good selection of great, fast lenses), it's still pretty easy to get shallow DOF with m4/3. But at a significant size/weight/bulk difference compared to mirrored DSLRs. Obviously, there is a slight trade-off (DOF for a more compact system), but it's a trade-off that I've been more than happy with because carrying around a compact m4/3 system is a fraction of the bulk of carrying around a conventional DSLR system.

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gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

@Pal2012.

I'd challenge that NEX users to come out and shoot in the rain with me.

You need to look at the full package.

As for DOF. That just makes me laugh. Bokeh obsession is such a newbie thing and really points to the alternate meaning to that Japanese phase. That of the fuzzy mind instead of the fuzzy back ground.

To be honest yes I can get bokeh, because a leica formula f1.4 lens is only 500 dollars. And to be serious I like being able to shoot at f1.4 and still get enough things in focus for my photos to work. That way I can actually use that f1.4 in low light. On a FF sure f1.4 would blur out a lot of stuff but if I want stuff in focus I have to close the aperture and jack the ISO.

Seriously, think first before you write...

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13 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

Really? to DOF or not to DOF but ok lets talk real DOF and not Apples to Oranges DOF becuase Its tough enough to get good creamy bokeh onthe much larger sensored 5N with good F1.4/.8 lens compared to the FF and I have seen enough failed effort going into this little sensor with very expensive lenses and its pretty much out of reach. Every attept I have seen iether is barely there or it some strange version like onions or something, do the math and get your eyes checked. hhehe

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Jan 1, 2013)

EM-5 is an OK camera, the D800 (and 5D III) are great cameras. It's clear that fanboys were out in full force in the voting as nobody who has used both the D800 and EM-5 would EVER vote for the EM-5 as best anything. Smallest, yes. Best IQ, not even close. Best AF, not by a long shot. Best build quality, again no.

ISO 1600 on the D800 looks close to base ISO on the EM-5. And the AF system of the D800 is head and shoulders above the EM5 which couldn't track a moving subject to save it's life. As a video camera, no 24p makes the EM-5 extremely limited, whereas the 5D III and D800 are the standard setters for HDSLR video. So exactly what is the EM-5 best at? I can't think of anything when compared to the 5D3 or D800.

m43 fans are crowing because the EM5 can finally approach the IQ of 5 year old sensors in the Canon APS-C Rebel/600D. If that's the best, I'm Ansel Adams.

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bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

Your comment is right for some people, but wrong for others.

Size, weight, and cost are considerations for many of us. You are ignoring those considerations.

Among other things, I do bird photography. A D800 doesn't work for me, because I can't afford a 600mm full-frame lens good enough to take advantage of the 36 megapixels (and if I get no resolution advantage, why would I spend $$$ on the D800 and an average telephoto lens for no advantage in IQ?), and I can't afford to hire a Sherpa to carry my equipment for me.

The D800 offers a minimal advantage in IQ (requires pixel-peeping) over m43, a large advantage in continuous focus for action photography, and a large disadvantage in size, cost, and weight.

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14 upvotes
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

Reading your post it seems like you are missing the point. And I think likely you haven't tried using one for a week before you make up your mind on it.

I know a few friends who sold their full frame kits and now only use the O-MD. And these are guys who have used 5Ds, D3S etc etc. They all unanimously told me to buy the O-MD.

Why the O-MD makes sense isn't because you get amazing pixel peeping quality out of it. It is exactly the camera to fit the old saying of the best camera is the one you have with you.

It isn't fanboyism to say something is good in use. It is being a fanboy if you point to a spec sheet or things like ISO noise measurements and play top trumps. Because you are closing your mind to the possibility that you too might like what's on offer.

I think you need to look at photos people are making (not at the pixel level) before you poo poo this camera.

http://www.mu-43.com/f108/featured-forum-post-7-days-myanmar-37753/

15 upvotes
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

The O-MD is exactly what some of us need for travel/out doors and general walk around photography.

It would be extremely narrow minded to think high ISO, AF tracking and resolution are the only measures of how useful a camera is.

13 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

"Best IQ, not even close."

These are the statements of a crank. Reviews all over the web use this very word, "close", to describe the I.Q. of the E-M5 compared to FF and APS-C. Other words they use are "virtually indistinguishable", etc.

This is really the crux of the argument. These guys want you to believe there is some kind of huge, monstrous, WOW! leap in IQ that you get by moving up to something like the D800 from m43, when the improvement is minimal, and therefore outweighed by considerations of size, weight, cost, etc.

15 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

@bobbarber

+1

2 upvotes
Everdog
By Everdog (Jan 1, 2013)

marike6 seems to be in denial.
As has been proven by Lensrentals tests (search DPR news for the article), CDAF bests PDAF on even high-end DSLRs. So the reality is the EM-5 does focus better except in AF-C which most do not use.
We also find that most DSLR owners admit that the large, heavy cameras stay at home while they take their mirrorless cams everywhere.
Oh, as for video, since the other cameras mentioned don't have IS (let alone IS that bests in-lens IS that can't detect rotation), you need either more expensive IS lenses or a tripod which again means - more likely to get left at home.
So, "You hear that Mr. DSLR owner?... That is the sound of inevitability..." :)

3 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

Thanks, PAL2012

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Jan 2, 2013)

Try a OM-D first, compare and talk after. What you state here about 5 year old Canon IQ is crap. The OM-d sensor is a 4/3 crop of the NEX-7 24 mpix Sony sensor, thus gives a per pixel quality that no FF reaches yet, this for sure on the expense of some high ISO noise, but this is normal with that pitch. I can compare my NEX or OMD pictures to any D600 or D800 shot and can not see anything better, often not even anything close to it, except the more pronounced DOF on the FF sensor. Nothing, until now made me think that I need a FF anyway, the APSC is for me a better format. Cheaper glass, lighter bodies, mirrorless lightweight cameras, all things that FF can not offer me, ...at a reasonable price, if I consider the X-mas gift pricing of RX1. So, instead of stating such crap, you better come back to this date and get out of your 5 year old 600D world in which you seem to be stuck.

0 upvotes
drum69
By drum69 (Jan 1, 2013)

Great!!!

1 upvote
Novecento
By Novecento (Jan 1, 2013)

Olympus made a real new cool camera... the EM-5 is great.
Canon and Nikon just make updates of their products

8 upvotes
illy
By illy (Jan 1, 2013)

Olympus don't make updates.....they just drop systems as they please.

1 upvote
Five Piece
By Five Piece (Jan 1, 2013)

The Oly is undoubtedly a very capable camera, very nice in a more portable friendly size, at a more attainable price. However, as an owner of a 5DM3 (and a 7D), the advantage of the "updates" of Canon (and Nikon), is that these cameras are refined like crazy. Love the way the 5D is a full-frame 7D, with many significant improvements (like the better placement of the Quick Menu and DOF preview buttons, in-camera HDR outrageous autofocus custom-ability, etc.). ISO 102400 anyone? Crazy. Also, the D800 resolution is treading on medium format territory! Different optimizations for each user to choose from depending on their priorities, and budget. Great time to be a photographer...

1 upvote
Essai
By Essai (Jan 1, 2013)

thats what happen when people with a brain are split between Nikon and Canon :D

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0 upvotes
Innominate
By Innominate (Jan 1, 2013)

It amazes me that so many people should have sour grapes that a non Canikon camera should win a poll. Why should it matter to them? If they don't like the E-M5 nobody is forcing them to buy one - just carry on using your DSLRs, guys, and don't be so churlish. The E-M5 won because it is a fantastic camera which inspired more people to vote for it than any other camera. End of.

11 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jan 1, 2013)

Indeed- it's an informal popularity contest that has everyone all hot and bothered.

I like cameras and I like tech (shocker- even for things I do not own, or would never own), the notion that my favorite brand lost out on a click poll is kind of sad and crazy, blaming conspiracies etc. Not to mention many a users who have created profiles here simply to troll this post, "Hey you fan boy- your camera sucks!" crazy.

Meanwhile: time to go take new years photos :)

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4 upvotes
Husaberg Grok
By Husaberg Grok (Jan 1, 2013)

You are correct! Digitalvista and player2 registered today to strut their trolling skills.

6 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

Yeah, and not to mention all those "fanboys" who created accounts just so they could vote up a camera that in reality is not as popular as this "poll" makes it out to be. Flame on...

3 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jan 1, 2013)

So: Conspiracy theory?

2 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

I think the canvassing by some in the olympus forums has already been well established even while the poll was young, and that kind of activity from anyother forum here has not been reported on so I think thats why some here see the "win" as something other.

Wheres the chell specker? sigh

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3 upvotes
leebloggs
By leebloggs (Jan 2, 2013)

The OM-D menu system is simple to understand and navigate, and the camera very easy to control. If a user were todisagree, then they'd better just give up on photography full stop. The build quality is superb, and the better quality lenses are superb. The camera is brilliant for what it is, and there is no denying it.
However, it is a m4/3 camera, and should only be comparred to other items in that category. I sold the 5dm2 because the move was sensible for me. Those requiring a full frame system and the qualities they offer willhave to buy such an item.
In short - there is no point slagging off other systems, as is occurring! Just worth remembering that if you go FF, then you'd better get the glass to make the unit perform well enough to justify your purchase! Also, if you're going m4/3, then you'd better just accept that you've got 16mp. Well done Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony, and Fuji, as you've all got great gear on offer!

0 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

Re:"canvassing by some in the olympus forums has already been well established"

And DPR and its moderators haven't had issue with that, as the messages are still there and no one has been banned (I sure haven't) or has been even given a warning. Also in my own case I wouldn't have known about the poll if someone hadn't posted about the poll in the forum, because I never visit the homepage.

As for canvassing outside of DPR, again there's been no complaint from DPR...if it brought old members back or if it introduced new members to DPR, DPR seems happy about that.

0 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

There you have it folks...

"And DPR and its moderators haven't had issue with that, as the messages are still there and no one has been banned (I sure haven't) or has been even given a warning. Also in my own case I wouldn't have known about the poll if someone hadn't posted about the poll in the forum, because I never visit the homepage.

As for canvassing outside of DPR, again there's been no complaint from DPR...if it brought old members back or if it introduced new members to DPR, DPR seems happy about that."

0 upvotes
Acrill
By Acrill (Jan 1, 2013)

Two things here:

- Why mention a negative about the E-M5 and not about he other two cameras?

- Why not put the winner at the top of the page?

Disappointed in how DPReview handled this.

3 upvotes
Amadou Diallo
By Amadou Diallo (Jan 1, 2013)

"Why not put the winner at the top of the page?"
You've never seen an awards show?

11 upvotes
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

The menu is a bit annoying but not that much worse than the full menu in any canon DSLR. Would be nice to be able to add items to a quick menu like on canon cams. But oh well it's not like I need to make changes every day.

It focus fine for vast majority of what people use cameras for. To be completely honest my 7D's on single shot AF 98% of the time anyhow. On an everyday basis the O-MD and my 7Ds do not feel any different in use. Except I can see what exposure I am going to get before I hit the shutter.

If you haven't used an O-MD you don't know it's strength and weakness. The talks about AF is just dogma.

3 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

OP has a point about not mentioning a negative about the other two cameras.

I'd like to know how you get a 600mm lens at a reasonable price to take advantage of a 36 megapixel full frame sensor. How much does a FF 600mm lens cost? How much does it weigh? Telephoto lens cost is not a negative for the FF cameras?

How about manual focus through a mirror? That's not a negative? I went with m43 in the first place because I wanted to focus legacy glass manually, and mirrors just didn't cut it.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but dpreview gets cameras and lenses sent to them to review at no cost (or little cost), AND they are in the business of selling equipment, as a subsidiary of Amazon. Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing (actually, I'm jealous!), but the point is, dpreview can pump up a $3,000+++ camera, with even higher priced lenses, as if cost doesn't matter.

Out here in the trenches, cost matters, trust me.

4 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

Get a 2X Teleconverter and put it on a 300mm.

1 upvote
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

@Pal2012

You need to read the D800 review. Just the conclusion, if you don't have time.

To get the most out of the D800 resolution, you need THE BEST lenses, THE BEST tripod, and THE BEST technique. Otherwise, you get no resolution advantage over the great unwashed masses of 14 and 16 megapixel cameras out there.

In other words, teleconverters don't cut it, because teleconverters negatively affect IQ. I can't believe that a 300mm lens + 2x teleconverter on the D800 bests m43 and a 300mm lens without teleconverter, and if that's the case, why would you pay triple and carry triple the weight?

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Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

Good point

0 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jan 1, 2013)

Hmmm- it might be best to simply copy all of the comments from the poll post here, as they're bound to be pretty much the same, but with slightly less annoyance.

For anyone too annoyed: Check out the happy holidays posts comments, they're very cordial and great, it will make you believe in the decency of this community ;)

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TrapperJohn
By TrapperJohn (Jan 1, 2013)

Calling it the 'best' is a stretch, D800, 5DIII will unquestionably produce better shots, but the EM5 is definitely the most significant product of 2012. It marks the time when mirrorless in general and M43 in particular moved from P&S upgrade into seriously challenging the midrange APS DSLR's, with its combination of tiny size, great sensor and the wicked sharp fast primes.

What the EM5 has done for me is reduce much of the drudgery of using high end gear (size, weight, profile), while not losing much in the way of capability. It doesn't drag you down the way a full dslr setup will, and does not draw attention - you almost have to hit someone over the head with an EM5 to get them to notice it. It's like casting off a ball and chain - literally.

4 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Sorry fanboy but its not even half as "significant" as the Sony RX1

3 upvotes
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

Ugh. a Full frame fix lens camera that cost as much as a real full frame? Yes it's significant because it shows what early adopters would put up with and pay hard cash for. Otherwise it's going to be another "did you remember this camera" on some webpage in a few years times.

7 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Jan 1, 2013)

I love the little camera that could (oh..and DID!) upsetting the apple cart...this is so much fun watching all the CaNikoSonyans cryin their eyes out. It quite entertaining. TRULY!

8 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

In Japan the OMD has 3% market share in the mirrorless class, Sony Nex5 has 10% Nex 7 has 3.5 and Nex3 has 4.4.

Amazon top sellers as of today: OMD 18th, while 4 four different Sony Nex cameras enjoy being in the top ten, with the 5r at number two.

6 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

What's your point caller? If everyone was jumpiing off a bridge would that mahe the bridge the best one.

4 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Hear this fanboy, this was a reply to all you kids trying to say that the OM-d was picked because everyone likes it so much. But I guess the story changes when its time to use real money.

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4 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jan 1, 2013)

"Listen fanboy" - You lost any credibility right there.

3 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Gee, you had me at "listen fanboy".

You win!

2 upvotes
Husaberg Grok
By Husaberg Grok (Jan 1, 2013)

Oooooo the Sony fanboy is a little testy!

0 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jan 1, 2013)

Not to mention DigitalVista is seemingly just trolling this particular post as his profile says "Created on Jan 1 2013"

2 upvotes
Husaberg Grok
By Husaberg Grok (Jan 1, 2013)

Player 2 is created today as well....Sad really.

2 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jan 1, 2013)

Cameras. That's all- it's just electronics that take pictures. This isn't life and death, no one called your sister names, it's cameras here.

1 upvote
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

LOL. The O-MD isn't a mirrorless for your average folk.

5D3 and D800 sales number pales in comparison to rebels and DXXXX DSLRs as well. I don't see you pooping on their parade either.

Seems your manhood might be tied to which camera wins...

2 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

It's fannyboy to you, mister !

0 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

Your numbers are WAY off! The current numbers for the mirrorless category are:
"Olympus (28.6%), Sony (23.5%), Panasonic (17.3%), Nikon (12.8%), and Canon (9.2%)."

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/30/the-current-state-of-the-mirrorless-war/

0 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 2, 2013)

Your source info is rather old, my sources are much more recent than yours mate:

http://bcnranking.jp/news/1212/121228_24511.html

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Compact-System-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/3109924011

http://photorumors.com/2012/11/01/top-10-best-selling-mirrorless-interchangeable-lens-cameras-in-japan/

1 upvote
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 2, 2013)

Don't buy OMD if you hate it so much, nobody forcing you to. You can stop crying now.

0 upvotes
AlexMart
By AlexMart (Jan 1, 2013)

All very expensive cameras. I believe doing great very expensive cameras is much easier than making good cameras at a great price.
I'm sure the Olympus is a great camera, but very pricey and of a doubtful value.

1 upvote
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

They make cheap ones with the same image quality.

2 upvotes
M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Jan 1, 2013)

What is difficult is as producer of camera's is to make (and market) cameras' which are great but which not will harm your greatest cameras'. It''s a game which producers play, and which are more and more difficult to win from (critical) clients, especially in economic hard times. We can live in the era of the sheep (Facebook, Twitter) but consumers getting more and more knowledgeable and not easy to turn on.

This is all besides the most important things of ALL camera's ALL the time and that is NEED of the end user.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 1, 2013)

Sure you know a lot of other light mag-alloy weather-sealed cameras with articulating screens, wide choice of light lenses, 100% viewfinders, great in-body stabilization for all lenses, 9 fps, more than 800 ISO and more than 12EV of DR at dxomark - all for much cheaper, right?
Sure Olympus makes a healthy margin on it, and especially on the lenses other than 14-42 and 40-150, BUT... big boys are sitting on their hands thoroughly crippling their smaller cameras, protecting their $6000+ tanks of 1DXes and D4s.
I mean, really? If CPU in D800 can process 4 fps at 36 mpix, it surely could do 9-10 fps at APS-C crop of 15 mpix - do the math.
If Sony can make flat collapsible zoom over 1" sensor start at f/1.8, why the much bigger zooms for Nikon 1 start from f/3.5 instead of f/1.0? Maybe they would not need to switch to their slow CD-AF at any sign of shadow? Have you seen the 10-100 PD-Zoom? It is bigger than Oly 14-150 for the sensor twice as big! And EOS M is simply A JOKE.

4 upvotes
gotak
By gotak (Jan 1, 2013)

Which other manufacturer sells you a new fully weather sealed body and kit lens for about 1000 dollars? That you can carry with you everywhere without body pains?

The value of the O-MD is basically that it's a great camera to go places that you wouldn't take the heavy kit to at a cost that doesn't break the bank.

I know a few people who sold their FF kits because after getting the O-MD they stopped using their FF.

Frankly for me I am seriously considering selling my canon kit and replacing with a full compliment of m43 lenses and such.

3 upvotes
backayonder
By backayonder (Jan 1, 2013)

Well the camera I voted for won, no I don't own one, I'm a Nikon user but the new D600 and D800 leave me cold,. Don't know why but I'm just not interested. For me the Olympus has everything that a good camera design should have. Well everything that most of the other models are missing. It has a viewfinder for starters.

By the way Dp review if you are going to have a poll then we the voters have to be able to vote for any camera, not just from a list put together by you guys.

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DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Yeah, has everything except the ability to focus properly when you need it to and also has one of the most poorly implimented menus of almost any camera making it tragic for users, but I digress; its one hell of a camera. Wink wink

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Innominate
By Innominate (Jan 1, 2013)

Well then, don't buy one. You'll never know what you're missing and it's no skin off my nose. If you're happy to continue using your outdated Crappon why should I care?

0 upvotes
leebloggs
By leebloggs (Jan 2, 2013)

The Oly menu is simple to uderstand and navigate. If you can't manage it -stick to finger painting! It is a great camera, simple as that. Focus is superb - the most reliable system I have ever used. No, not good for sports, etc, but then it isn't really designed for that! OK for tracking people moving at normal speeds though!
There are better units out there,of course. You just have to accept that it is a low-profile camera designed for the traveller - pull out the silver model and most people think you're using an old film slr. Go larger or raise your profile, and you just need one brand - Nikon.

2 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

I named my om-d bessie. Do other users have names for their cameras?

0 upvotes
backayonder
By backayonder (Jan 1, 2013)

One compact I owned was so slow to focus I called it "Missy"

1 upvote
illy
By illy (Jan 1, 2013)

yes i called mine "the best camera in the world", apparently it was too good to be used in the DPR poll because it would of gotten all the votes........ it's that good

1 upvote
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

My cat is called missy. She is the best cat in the entire universe. She is great in low light.

2 upvotes
Otto Fabricius2
By Otto Fabricius2 (Jan 1, 2013)

I would like to see the numbers of the voting. Both to see the number of voters and the differences between the top cameras.

1 upvote
James70094
By James70094 (Jan 1, 2013)

That's easily found by looking at the numbers for the poll on the DPreview website. Just take a look.

2 upvotes
Rick Knepper
By Rick Knepper (Jan 1, 2013)

I own both Canon and Nikon FFs and I voted for the D800. Honestly, I didn't even know the Olympus existed.

2 upvotes
Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Jan 1, 2013)

You should check one out. M4/3's is eye opening.

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