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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

Total comments: 1412
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Ian Leach
By Ian Leach (Jan 1, 2013)

This seems to be the only forum area working, I can't post to anywhere else and all post are 3 hours old. Is anyone from dpr looking in?

0 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

It is a ploy by canikon. Some of their executives have been called to the boardroom.

2 upvotes
Lea5
By Lea5 (Jan 1, 2013)

Interesting to see this camera has won. I use a D4 and D800E but I like the result. It looks like the Oly is a nice camera. I'm not surprised about this arguing stuff here. But congrats, Olympus!

7 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Jan 1, 2013)

You would be appalled if you tried the OMD when being used to a D4/D800E (I was really chocked that the IQ wasn't any better). Any newer DSLR be it FF or APS-C beats it in IQ. It also has rather bad ergonomics because it is quite small, mediocre EVF, not very good high ISO performance and only contrast detection AF. If you want a great portable camera that is really pocketable, but of course without interchangable lenses, the RX100 is a much more sensible choice which is not very far from the OMD in IQ.

1 upvote
Innominate
By Innominate (Jan 1, 2013)

I'm glad your pictures are so good that they need and deserve all that extra FF IQ.

1 upvote
Joseph Chew
By Joseph Chew (Jan 1, 2013)

This poll is only relevant to DPreview readers, didn't actually prove anything.

1 upvote
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

It has won at other sites.

10 upvotes
Joseph Chew
By Joseph Chew (Jan 1, 2013)

No doubt at all Oly OMD is a top-notch camera, but I feel that Sony RX1 should deserve the title, though I don't own the camera nor intend to buy one. By the way, I love the looks of OMD above other cameras.

0 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

I would buy an RX1 with a viewfinder.

0 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Yeah, it has won at two whole other unsignificant sites, among the hundreds of other more significant sites that picked other cameras like the Sony RX1

1 upvote
G L
By G L (Jan 2, 2013)

The main question that Sony had to ask themselves before doing the RX1 may have been if there is a market for it.

A big sensor with just a fixed prime lens and no viewfinder to make as small as possible is not so much of a miracle.
As good as it may be there is not much in it what one would call a significant achievement.

0 upvotes
BG_CX3_DPREVIEW
By BG_CX3_DPREVIEW (Jan 1, 2013)

great, not a coninkon or a sony, but an oly

8 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

Olympus are the Apple of cameras. Soon the dslr will die with rhe PC generation

1 upvote
illy
By illy (Jan 1, 2013)

and you get to camp outside the camera store for 24hours before you get to buy one off some smarmy sales git who looks down on you for actually buying the product

1 upvote
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 1, 2013)

I flew to japan just to get one. I hear they are better built for the asian market.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Jan Kritzinger
By Jan Kritzinger (Jan 1, 2013)

Okay, so the EM-5 won... but the Nex 6 wasn't even an /option/ in the poll?

Nuts.

3 upvotes
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Jan 1, 2013)

When NEX-6's bugs will be fixed it can participate to the contest.

2 upvotes
Usertopia
By Usertopia (Jan 1, 2013)

I tried both, and indeed on paper the NEX6 seems to win, but in real life the EM-5 definitely is the winner.

3 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 2, 2013)

Why didn't YOU request for the Nex6 to be added to the poll following the instructions with the poll?

1 upvote
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 2, 2013)

Guess what, Mike, I did, as did others - DPR didn't bat an eyelid.

1 upvote
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jan 1, 2013)

Just used Oly OM-D for a new year eve party in very low light and everyone loved the pictures!!!!! All we need is more very fast lenses for it (like F/1.2)

4 upvotes
Jorginho
By Jorginho (Jan 1, 2013)

42.5 mm f1.2 panny is coming...

0 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jan 1, 2013)

wait, you forgot Andrew and Simon!!!

0 upvotes
Linnin
By Linnin (Jan 1, 2013)

Groovy ZoomBa, Baby!

0 upvotes
historianx
By historianx (Jan 1, 2013)

Silly polls

1 upvote
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Its 2013 now so who cares?

6 upvotes
Ursus1
By Ursus1 (Jan 1, 2013)

I am very happy with the OMD and I would have voted for it but I didn't know about the poll being busy shooting and with the holidays. It amazes how people want their brand to always be the best, the OMD is a tool that I use to capture images with and if some one likes the same camera thats great, we can share knowledge or a lens and go shooting if not we can still go out and do what we enjoy which is taking photo's!

I rarely see gear heads out shooting but I see a lot people with point and shoots because they are light and satisfy the needs of their users, I have a DSLR that never gets used, it is too heavy and the OMD works for me!

14 upvotes
tesch
By tesch (Jan 1, 2013)

Who would have thought a topic like this would get so many comments! :)

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 1, 2013)

Quick rundown (rounded):

Traditional SLR : 49% of the votes
SLT: 5%
Mirrorless: 32%
"Compact" 13%

So while people may be claiming this signals the end of the mirror, I don't think we are anywhere close.

2 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

E-M5 voter here.

DLSRs are still better for fast action photography. Also, a camera with a mirror is more enjoyable to shoot with, although the results are not always better (manual focus, for example).

I hope both DSLRs and mirrorless are around for the long haul.

2 upvotes
Ray Sachs
By Ray Sachs (Jan 1, 2013)

Not the end of the mirror, just increasingly viable alternatives.

2 upvotes
TrapperJohn
By TrapperJohn (Jan 1, 2013)

When you consider that serious mirrorless didn't really come on the scene until about three years ago, while the dslr has been around for at least 12 years, and the design has been around for about sixty years, the rate at which mirrorless is gaining on the dslr is impressive.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 2, 2013)

Ironically, this is the most successful mirrorless and it mimics DSLR design, so what does that tell us about the SLR form factor?

0 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

Great cameras! Still enjoying my N5 with all the great new lens coming out and prefer to wait for the new FF Nex

2 upvotes
Photec
By Photec (Jan 1, 2013)

Well-
It all comes down to how the camera feels to YOU, and if it has the features and specs that YOU want. I have long contended that all of the modern DSLRs are more capable than the photographers using them. So, if someone tells me that brand A is better than brand B, or model C is better than model D I simply ask if they have tried them out for themselves. If they say yes, I say great. If they say no, I say Well------.

1 upvote
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

To me, the m43 sensor size is a FEATURE, not a compromise.

With the kit lens and the Olympus 70-300, I have no problems reaching from 24mm to 600mm equivalent. It is relatively inexpensive, and easy to carry.

Any Nikon fans want to comment how much it would cost, and how heavy it would be, to carry the equivalent lenses for the D800? Also, would those lenses be good enough to resolve the sensor, so that I'd be getting some extra resolution for my $2,000 (+ lenses!) cost over the E-M5?

I have a 600mm straight up film lens for Minolta MD, and it is a LOAD. It weights more than my GH2 and all of my lenses combined. I imagine we're talking about something like that for the D800.

See, these are the kinds of features that matter to many people. (Not all people--I'm not making that claim. We have different needs.) Not extra resolution that doesn't show up in prints, but cost, portability, and very, very high IQ that is good enough even for most professional uses.

7 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

How much did all that cost you Bob?

I think for pretty much the same investment I am enjoying 24-1200mm on my Nex5n.

OK, I think my sigma 120-400 plus 2xTC on the L2(-1200 Eqv) is a bit larger than your setup I still get to have PDAF and can afford the 35mmF1.8 OSS along with the kit 18-55 and a pancake 16mm that fits into my pants pocket. Err ok, hey Mr. is that a camera in you pocket? Yeah but you can't do that with the OM-D

1 upvote
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

It didn't cost much at all.

GH2 + kit lens = $700 (I bought it new, but late in the cycle)
Olympus 70-300 = $300 or so? (can't remember, bought it with my E-510)
Panny adapter = $110 or so? (can't remember, something like that)

So I've got 24mm-600mm equivalent for about $1200

If I wanted to get a cheap m43 body, I could have done it for less than $1,000, maybe even less than $800, given current prices for 1rst generation m43 bodies.

I also have lots of old manual glass, but I'm not counting that.

My point is, how could I possibly afford or carry all of that, if I went the D800 route?

Loss in IQ from m43 to D800 = minimal
Loss of flexibility in focal length = MAJOR MAJOR PROBLEM, means that I am spending $X,000 more or even $XX,000 more to get the same focal lengths and IQ on FX, and that doesn't even count all the extra weight I am hauling around.

There are very solid arguments why m43 sensor size is a FEATURE, a very good choice by Panny and Oly.

5 upvotes
howielenny
By howielenny (Jan 1, 2013)

All the cameras are great. Personally being a Nikon man I think the D800E is a better camera than the 5D MkIII though I wouldn't say no to any of the top three :)

1 upvote
clicstudio
By clicstudio (Jan 1, 2013)

I wonder how many people actually own this camera...
Olympus probably sold just a few of them...
On the other hand, hundreds of thousands of Canons and Nikons were sold in 2012

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

CIPA numbers say that approximately 13.7 milion DSLRs were shipped for 2012 (through October).

Mirrorless shipments for the same time were about 3 million with Olympus being a major player.

Just a few clicstudio? Really? There are actually hundreds of thousands of OMDs in users hands!

Comment edited 59 seconds after posting
8 upvotes
Kaspar Keil
By Kaspar Keil (Jan 1, 2013)

I was waiting at the camera store for the delivery truck to drop off my OMD since I preordered...

0 upvotes
Jorginho
By Jorginho (Jan 1, 2013)

Suppose if they had sold more than the ot ten or twenty worldwide. The win would be by a landslide over here!

1 upvote
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Jan 1, 2013)

C'mon guys, get over it. OMD is obviously not just a very good camera, it is also likable and lovable.

D800e is the surprise here, because to somebody like me who is not so much into DSLRs there does not seem to be that much of a difference between the D800 and the 5DMarkIII. I mean - both are great.

So - cut yourself a little slack here and enjoy what ever camera you consider best for you as I hope you got yourself the best. I would.

4 upvotes
javaone360
By javaone360 (Jan 1, 2013)

I have double checked it is Jan 1 today.

1 upvote
Jono2012
By Jono2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

It's got to be April 1st surely!!!!!

1 upvote
AnHund
By AnHund (Jan 1, 2013)

Yup, april 1 has been moved :-)

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Jan 1, 2013)

I like taking pictures.

4 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 2, 2013)

So do I. I do it with a camera.

1 upvote
solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 1, 2013)

Nokia 808 PureView (41 MP 1/1.2" CMOS, 7728x5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss Tessar 26mm (35mm equiv.) f/2.4 RULEZ!

3 upvotes
lucinio
By lucinio (Jan 1, 2013)

Bah.. IMHO Micro 4/3 is a nonsense format

5 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Jan 1, 2013)

Bah... IMHO, you are wrong.

19 upvotes
Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Jan 1, 2013)

As a D800 and RX100 user, I wonder if micro 4/3 appeals to shooters who would be equally well served by today's very competent compact cameras.

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 1, 2013)

Denis, can you swap lenses on those competent compact cameras? Do you get a sensor that is only fractionally smaller than APS-C?
I think you're missing the point of micro 4/3.

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

Not even close. With my GH3 and 25 1.4 lens I can shoot in low light at ISO 6400 and still get very acceptable web size images.

1 upvote
Cameron R Hood
By Cameron R Hood (Jan 1, 2013)

Bleah....

0 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

New Poll:

How many here think this poll was flawed by the overzealouse fanboys who keep trying to say it wasn't?

11 upvotes
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

I agree that the overactive but perhaps well intentioned activity in the olympus forums have put a cloud of suspicion on would/should/could have been a fun poll. Nothing against the the OM-D its a fine camera, but for the money with its size and some of its issue with focus I have to wonder if it won fair and square.

2 upvotes
s_grins
By s_grins (Jan 1, 2013)

I think I'm paranoid person, but I would not go so far...
After all, either team has overzealous fanboys with identical level of intellect and capabilities to obstruct the fairness of the poll. So be suspicious about one side only does not fill profile.

4 upvotes
mchnz
By mchnz (Jan 2, 2013)

OM-D focus issues? It has known limits with action, but seems to be the most reliable auto focus I've used, fast too. Good bye to all those old time front/back focus issues. This really is a popularity contest, just a bit of fun after all.

0 upvotes
joyclick
By joyclick (Jan 1, 2013)

very well deserved

8 upvotes
Chris Cortazzi
By Chris Cortazzi (Jan 1, 2013)

I enjoyed this poll and the comments. I liked the comment that the best camera is the one you have with you, and am among the fearless 40 who chose the Oly XZ-2 for this reason. Yes, the Sony RX's may have better IQ but I chose the camera which seemed best fit to my requirements. For me the Canon G15 would run a close second. But of course, I'm not a professional, some commentators would might call me "not serious", but seriously, why worry?
Happy new year everybody, and have fun making pictures!

6 upvotes
andyus08
By andyus08 (Jan 1, 2013)

Hmmm....I'm not sure about the how the poll goes, but i would agree with someone here that not all of us can put our hand on all of these gears and gives honest opinion.

I still use 5D II and saving $$$ for 5D III (and yes, i have tried 5D III from some of my friends who own it).

Anyway, it's interesting that Olympus gets in 1st place and i'd love to try it out...

0 upvotes
s_grins
By s_grins (Jan 1, 2013)

This is just a poll. There is no poll that can satisfy everybody. This poll too. Moreover, polls come and go, and we will be the same

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
2 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Jan 1, 2013)

The oft stated notion that you "should have to use all the cameras before you can vote" is both silly and laughable.

Even the wealthiest gearhead doesn't own all 14 cameras. And the only people who have even touched all 14 are probably sales people for B&H.

I think it is a fair assumption that everyone who voted in this poll owns a camera of some sort, and knows something about what they they like and don't like about all these new cameras.

Remember... this was just a poll. Not an in depth review!

8 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jan 1, 2013)

Olympus has done a fantastic job with EM-5. Especially when they are in financial crisis . Bringing this camera and whole lot of new lenses into system has made micro 4/3 format the most comprehensive mirrorless camera system on market.

12 upvotes
riegel
By riegel (Jan 1, 2013)

It did not happen too often that this poll to be won out by a non CaNikon product. Now, as Olympus has just done that, I think they must continue to develop those features which brought them the title .
It will not be easy, but they certainly do have the will and capacity to make the OM heritage to shine again for many years to come.

3 upvotes
gulffish
By gulffish (Jan 1, 2013)

Another view, based on thread count today:

1. Nokon D800 223,606
2. Olympus E-M5 52,216
3. Sony RX100 42,264
4. Canon EOS 5D Mark III 4,582

Too bad there isn't a way to limit votes to those who have actually owned the camera they vote for.

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

Do those numbers represent complainers? Owners? Wanna-bes? 12 year olds?????

Anyway, limiting votes to owners in a poll like this is silly.
This wasn't an owner's poll.

5 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 1, 2013)

Re:"Too bad there isn't a way to limit votes to those who have actually owned the camera they vote for."

I guess that would mean I'd get TWO votes since I own two OM-Ds! ;-)

6 upvotes
Tim in upstate NY
By Tim in upstate NY (Jan 1, 2013)

gulffish:

Do really think that most of the participants in 223,606 D800 threads actually own the D800? And BTW - Where did you get that number? Got a link?

4 upvotes
xMichaelx
By xMichaelx (Jan 1, 2013)

That's like saying Rhianna is the best musician of 2012 because more people talk about her, when in reality she's fluffy-pop trash.

Popularity is not a measurement of quality. Ever.

3 upvotes
loadofcobblers
By loadofcobblers (Jan 1, 2013)

@Husaberg Grok
So a twelve year old isn't allowed to have an opinion? Grow up, Husaberg Grok! signed, Son of Cobblers (9).

2 upvotes
MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Jan 1, 2013)

How did you come up with those numbers?

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

I like the name loadofcobblers!

What I was saying, cobblers son, is that the post count of the various contenders mentioned by gulffish has little or zero relationship to a camera's qualities. Particularly when we don't know the content.

Why would I want to grow up? I wish I were 12 again! I hold 12 years olds in high esteem, it is clear you do too! I saw some excellent photos by youngsters at the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012" exhibit in the Royal Victoria Museum. Not one camera used was in this poll either.....

Happy New Year! Keep snapping!

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 1, 2013)

If you only vote for the camera you own, how do yo know it is better than the ones you don't own?

1 upvote
DigitalVista
By DigitalVista (Jan 1, 2013)

@tkbslc

Hopefully because we checked the others out first and purchased the best one. Does that help you?

0 upvotes
gulffish
By gulffish (Jan 1, 2013)

Simple, search by camera and that shows thread count.

0 upvotes
thewhitehawk
By thewhitehawk (Jan 1, 2013)

It would be a shame if a significant number of voters were people who had no experience with the camera or similar ones. I can't speak for them, but as for myself, biased as I may be as an E-M5 owner, I can safely say it's one heck of a camera.

0 upvotes
rogerstpierre
By rogerstpierre (Jan 1, 2013)

Bravo Oly, a little surprising but well deserved no doubt. Curious about the K-01 getting its own side remark, especially given that DPR didn't even review the camera themselves but rather cut-and-pasted someone else's review ! The DPR team has obviously not remained indifferent to it though if they thought it deserved a "special mention" ! Tx DPR, any publicity is good for Pentax ;-)

4 upvotes
JavierDiaz
By JavierDiaz (Jan 1, 2013)

Like ManuelVilarde says, we would need to try all of them.

I don't know about placement on his poll, I am not familiar with the OM-D EM-5 nor the Nikon D800, but as owner of a 5D Mk3 I think it deserves a place among 2012 best of.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Turbo 46032
By Turbo 46032 (Jan 1, 2013)

Methinks there are way too many oldsters here reminiscing of the Olympus glory days especially the OM-2... The OM-D captures the 'spirit' of the OM-2 quite well (is there an all-black OM-D?)

0 upvotes
thewhitehawk
By thewhitehawk (Jan 1, 2013)

Yes, there are two models, a silver/black model, and an all-black one.

2 upvotes
photo perzon
By photo perzon (Jan 1, 2013)

Isn't the pl5 important? It has 99% of the OMD and half the volume and the weight. It is pocketable with a prime!! Same IQ, tilt, touch.

0 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Jan 1, 2013)

Survey says "no."

2 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 1, 2013)

In my own case I had no desire to get an M4/3 or PEN camera (which I have tried) before the OM-D came along, and it was the design of the OM-D that encouraged dSLR users from other bands to look at this format. The PL5 is just another PEN.

2 upvotes
Greynerd
By Greynerd (Jan 1, 2013)

The EPL5 has the same sensor but it does not look like it was designed in the 19th century. Obviously the antique design is the factor that will attract the DSLR owners to CSC's rather than what is inside.

0 upvotes
MindsEyePano
By MindsEyePano (Jan 1, 2013)

I have to agree with some of the comments by ManuelVilardeMacedo and Gully Foyle. This poll is interesting but really a popularity contest- how many people actually had the opportunity to try or use more than one of these cameras? Also it is difficult to compare such dramatically different cameras. How can you really compare the OM-D to a D800? They really have different purposes. As a full time professional I use both DSLRs and M43. So one has to look at this as just a fun or silly endeavor like People's choice awards.

1 upvote
tramontina
By tramontina (Jan 1, 2013)

Why can't the E-M5 win the best camera? Because it's sad to see $3000 DSLRs lose to a mirrorless :D . Your 5D and D800E won't go on strike just because they lost in popularity contest. If it really matter that much, give an award to whatever camera you have in your facebook. Happy new year.

3 upvotes
G Sciorio
By G Sciorio (Jan 1, 2013)

The OMD is quite an amazing camera. I shot a very large editorial assignment exclusively with the OMD - http://giuliosciorio.com/portfolio/miami-people/

15 upvotes
Jolly Oly
By Jolly Oly (Jan 1, 2013)

Fantastic images ! Are these all taken with OMD ?

2 upvotes
Tim in upstate NY
By Tim in upstate NY (Jan 1, 2013)

Just looked at your linked gallery Giulio and think that it is very good. Too bad that some of the OMD detractors here can't bother themselves to see how it actually performs in the hands of an experienced photographer like yourself. Thanks for sharing.

8 upvotes
G Sciorio
By G Sciorio (Jan 2, 2013)

@Jolly - Yes every shot for that project was shot with the OMD exclusively. I'll be talking about each one in depth on Small Camera Big Picture. BTS video coming this week.

@Jolly & Tim - Thanks for checking out the work!

0 upvotes
Colin Franks
By Colin Franks (Jan 1, 2013)

"Truth is not determined by majority vote".

10 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Jan 1, 2013)

True. *Winner* is determined by majority vote

18 upvotes
Tape5
By Tape5 (Jan 1, 2013)

True. But is that a 'True' 'winner' ?

0 upvotes
Tape5
By Tape5 (Jan 1, 2013)

Men's comments about their OM-Ds sound like teenage boys describing their first girlfriends to their liberal mothers:

Yeh mum...I know I will not marry her and all that and I know there are better girls out there for me .....but ...she is so unique, so different, so good....I love her so much it gives me a belly ache just to think about it....Please mum ....can you try and understand ?

5 upvotes
jburrows500
By jburrows500 (Jan 1, 2013)

Funny.. my Mom taught me to think independently and the hell with what others think.. Oh.. and one other thing... always use a screen cover when using it in wet environments...

4 upvotes
szlevi
By szlevi (Jan 1, 2013)

And you sound like some creepy hick from the sticks.

2 upvotes
Tape5
By Tape5 (Jan 1, 2013)

Oh szlevi, please call me anything but that....It feels so....creepy when you call me creepy.....

1 upvote
zeev kirshenboim
By zeev kirshenboim (Jan 1, 2013)

I followed the accumulating voting results on a daily basis.
Based on the way it developed, i strongly suggest DPR checking how a specific camera got the first place.

3 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

LOL.

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 1, 2013)

Sorry, this pool thing is kind of nonsense. I admit I voted on one camera, but now, after some thinking, I say I'd rather have not done it. How many voters actually tried the cameras they submitted their vote on? What do these results mean? Is the E-M5 even comparable to the Nikon or the 5D? This is just a fanboy-ish thing.
And no - I'm not a Nikon fanboy whining bitterly because the D800 didn't make it to 1st place. (That'd be so lame.) Just someone who's starting to get tired of this kind of nonsense. If anything, this pool shows the percentage of DPR viewers who bought, would like to buy, or lust for, these cameras.

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3 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Jan 2, 2013)

Why participate? The poll does exactly what it was meant to do. Tally votes for various options.

Just sounds like you dont agree with the results...

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 2, 2013)

Wrong. I actually voted for the Olympus. I did it because I find it more significant than the Nikon D800, which nevertheless is a camera I'd buy in a heartbeat if I had the money (I'd need at least three top-drawer lenses to realize its full potential).

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 1, 2013)

The Panasonic GH3 will be the camera of 2013. It is the same internals as the OMD but it has much better video capabilities.

2 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Jan 1, 2013)

Too much form factor difference to be comparing.
Too much vocational difference to be comparing.
A few important innards difference to be comparing (sampling, codecs, IBIS, etc).
I'm sure the GH3 has your name on it. Others who couldn't care less about video and use legacy will surely prefer the OM-D. I tend to lie in the middle. I love my GH2, it's size and weight, it's video output, but when I'm photographing under challenging light or when I need to MF some of my Hexanons, I'd rather have an OM-D with me, even though I hate it's handling.

0 upvotes
emircruz
By emircruz (Jan 2, 2013)

It is the same internals as the OMD
- No. It doesn't

but it has much better video capabilities
- true, heck even the GH2 has better video but then again some if not most people dont really care. I don't.

0 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Jan 1, 2013)

Why Canon deserves 3rd place? RX1, X-E1, A99 even Leica M have something to offer to Photography. What did Canon offer this year, that drives this industry a step forward, to even deserve a look at?

Kudos to Olympus. For Nikon it was expected.

4 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jan 1, 2013)

Why not? I mean, have you even tried the mk III? "Something to offer" is as a great tool to take pictures. Which it is. Technical gimmicks and "firsts" apparently did not sway the voters, so perhaps what you really want is to repeat the poll until the Canon is pushed from the top? Childish.

0 upvotes
JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 1, 2013)

Once again DPReview forum members take a fun little readers poll and turn into a soapbox for arguing. Congrats!

12 upvotes
Funduro
By Funduro (Jan 1, 2013)

Why no votes for the Vtech Toy Story 3 2MP camera? Look at the great images the Strobist captured!

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3 upvotes
FinDERP
By FinDERP (Jan 1, 2013)

Nice to see Pentax destroy Canon amongst the APS-C cameras in this poll. Rightly so too!

I hope that doesn't sound like fanboyism, the K30 really is an amazing camera and no doubt overlooked by many people.

4 upvotes
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