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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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Ubilam
By Ubilam (Jan 1, 2013)

Nobody ever took a great photo with a 5D. Especially the latest model. Its a fact. ;-)

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 1, 2013)

Well....I believe i have seen MANY great photo's with the 5D series. ESPECIALLY the first 5D. That camera has some magic to it.

2 upvotes
Ubilam
By Ubilam (Jan 1, 2013)

I was being sarcastic, Combat870. When will DPR fix the wink icon thing????

;-)

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

I see the icon, but you still have to be careful about whose camera you rough up. nudge-nudge-wink-wink

rd

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 1, 2013)

Sorry ;)

0 upvotes
jonrobertp
By jonrobertp (Jan 1, 2013)

Sorry, can't agree. But thanks for the entertainment...:) Happy New Year !!

0 upvotes
webrunner5
By webrunner5 (Jan 1, 2013)

Oh my God! I was in a good mood before I read this result.

0 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jan 1, 2013)

I just hanged myself in the bathroom.

2 upvotes
illy
By illy (Jan 1, 2013)

i can confirm he did........i took his picture as he did the deed with an EM-5 just to compound his misery

6 upvotes
Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Jan 1, 2013)

LMAO!

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 1, 2013)

Look on the bright side, folks. If or when Canon and Nikon ever produce their own versions of the OM-D...maybe even with a FF sensor...that camera will probably win camera of the year!

1 upvote
RedDog Steve
By RedDog Steve (Jan 1, 2013)

I think the idea was to reduce the physical size of the sensor without reducing the image quality. Sony (Olympus) succeeded.

rd

2 upvotes
Arree
By Arree (Jan 1, 2013)

I love a digital nikkormat 20mpx

0 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Jan 1, 2013)

500 more messages coming right up.

4 upvotes
Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Jan 1, 2013)

I was one of those that voted for the Olympus and I don't own one. It was the one camera this year that actually looked like a new product (even with its retro styling). It just looked innovative with its fast touch focus. The "contest" between the OM d Em5 and the Canon M was quite revealing.
Yes, the Canon and Nikon entries are more powerful cameras in every way. OTOH, the Nikon was actually the less practical camera because very few of their lenses can actually resolve the pixels of the 36mp sensor.
I owned the 5d Mark iii for awhile and its a lovely machine but I finally got fed up with the inferior flash system that Canon utilizes.
Anyway, Kudos to Olympus!

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3 upvotes
Ubilam
By Ubilam (Jan 1, 2013)

You mean that lack of flash on-board 5D? Or the lousy Canon external flash options that make people a very good living everyday? Hmm?

0 upvotes
Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Jan 1, 2013)

The latter. The lack of on-board flash is not in itself a problem, except it requires finding an alternative way to trigger external flashes.
My main gripe is taht it just doesn't meter as well. IMO.

0 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jan 1, 2013)

Builtin flash on a pro/prosumer body is a crutch. Learn to shoot with available light or get a proper flash/lighting setup.

0 upvotes
vodanh1982
By vodanh1982 (Jan 1, 2013)

It makes sense. The OM-D is more affordable so it has more popularity. Full frame owners cannot beat them for vote counts.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 1, 2013)

Plus, people can only get so excited about the umpteenth generation of a FF DSLR. Evolution tends not to be as exciting as revolution. Now if Canon or Nikon had put 5-axis sensor stabilization into these bodies, and gave them hybrid EVF/OVF overlay viewfinders with focus peaking, that would make them more exciting! But alas, at the end of the day, these cameras are mainly just evolutionary. Not that evolution is a bad thing. It's just safe.

13 upvotes
MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Jan 1, 2013)

Based on your logic, the least expensive camera in the contest should have won, which it didn't.

3 upvotes
vodanh1982
By vodanh1982 (Jan 1, 2013)

@MichaelKJ: Least expensive and satisfy the owners will win. OM-D is one of them.

1 upvote
highwave
By highwave (Jan 1, 2013)

yeah and that's why the RX100 won camera of the year in the end.

Oh, wait.. did I say something wrong up there?

1 upvote
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

What I would like to know is what steps were taken so that just a few twinkies couldn't just keep clicking away, clean cookies - click, clean cookies - click etc?

2 upvotes
ptox
By ptox (Jan 1, 2013)

Well, it's pretty ingenious: "one vote per registered user!"

(I take it you didn't test your little cookie theory.)

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mytake
By mytake (Jan 1, 2013)

@ptox

Perfect...

1 upvote
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

@ptox

typical OM-D fanboy response...so you are the kid who screwed up the pol eh?

Were do you see "registered user"? Iit says "readers" which would be very different and dont be so sure that would make any differrence. Clear the cache, sign back in and vote.

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3 upvotes
olypan
By olypan (Jan 1, 2013)

I bet you clear your cache on a daily basis?

0 upvotes
Pal2012
By Pal2012 (Jan 1, 2013)

Whats that fanboy? No need, not a fanboy of small sensor, no need to click on poll over and over again to make me feel better about my camera choice, ok fanboy.

1 upvote
olypan
By olypan (Jan 1, 2013)

Oh dear. That went right over your undersized head. Never mind. Do not pick a fight with an idiot.....etc.

1 upvote
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 1, 2013)

DPR had an issue like this 10 years ago with a member poll where two people voted more than 20 times each by clearing the cache. After that DPR fixed it so it couldn't happen again. If it was based on cache/cookies today, I would have been able to vote again on each of my computers, tablets, and phone.

1 upvote
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

I voted E-M5. I don't own one, but I shoot m43, so I'm familiar with the system.

The arguments against the IQ of the E-M5 are silly. My GH2 has good enough IQ for most professional uses, and the E-M5 is better. Reviewers like Thom Hogan (who stopped carrying his D7000 in the field in favor of the E-M5) and dpreview are highly praising the IQ of the E-M5.

Features are another story. The argument about poor autofocus on moving subjects is legit. Most people who shoot a lot of action, professionally especially, are probably better off with DSLRs than mirrorless.

Olympus jpegs are amazing. They are definitely better than what I see out of my GH2. It is pretty easy to best the Panasonic jpeg engine by processing raw, but very tough to get results as good as Olympus jpegs--I base that on having owned an E-510 and a C7070 for many years and having processed thousands of raw Olympus photos.

I'd take a free D800 if offered, but m43 would still be my system of choice.

6 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 1, 2013)

Makes perfect sense. The OM-D is the one that truly breaks new ground and breaks from the status quo DSLR world, whereas the other cameras are merely evolutions (albeit excellent evolutions) of existing bodies. The OM-D is "daring", whereas the DSLRs are "safe." Now, hopefully, this will encourage Canon and Nikon to finally get serious with their mirrorless offerings. Hopefully, Canon and Nikon, too, will be more "daring", as opposed to sticking to their comfort zones. I think the voters are rewarding "daring", rather than rewarding "safe." Kudos to the voters for being a bit "daring" themselves.

Frankly, it would have been a bit of a yawner if the umpteenth iteration of a DSLR camera were chosen as the Camera of the Year. Yawn. It's like the Academy of Motion Pictures awarding the Oscar to some safe, run-of-mill, grandiose, historical drama.

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17 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 1, 2013)

I am pretty sure GH-2 and NEX-7 pre-date OM-D in "breaks from the status-quo DSLR world".

GH-2 - Dedicated buttons a la DSLR
NEX-7 - rangefinder style EVF and multi-control
X-Pro 1 - OVF on EVIL/mirrorless and full "mechanical" controls
OM-D - weather resistance

OM-D is not the first retro as E-P1 was the 1st

4 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jan 1, 2013)

@Peiasdf - I think you have to look at the total package of the OM-D, rather than just cherry-picking certain characteristics. Aesthetic design, controls, 5-axis sensor stabilization, weather resistance, modular body options, public reception, overall performance, etc, etc.

7 upvotes
Anysia
By Anysia (Jan 1, 2013)

Not everyone will agree with this, but hey, all the 'entries' are great cameras. It comes down to personal preference, budget, and in some cases, physical issues.

We have two out of the three 'top' placers. Again, they're all good.

2 upvotes
Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (Jan 1, 2013)

And the winner is... Olympus OM-D EM-5 !!!!!

Happy New Year !!!!

2 upvotes
LarryK
By LarryK (Jan 1, 2013)

I own all three, and frankly my favorite is the D600.

But it's good to see Democracy works as well here as it apparently does everywhere else.

0 upvotes
SirSeth
By SirSeth (Jan 1, 2013)

The majority of 15,000 opinions must be wrong. I mean who cares what you think the "real" number 1 camera of the year is--I'm going to conduct my own poll of 1!

Really?

2 upvotes
j2l3m7
By j2l3m7 (Jan 1, 2013)

1.Canon 28.6%
2.Nikon 25%
3.Olympus 14.3%
4.Sony 13.3%
5.Panasonic 11.3%

2 upvotes
mytake
By mytake (Jan 1, 2013)

@ j2l3m7

"It don't mean a thing...
if it ain't got that swing,
do-wa, do-wa, do-wa, do-wa, do-wa"

Happy New Year everybody!

Comment edited 36 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Jan 1, 2013)

I DEMAND A RECOUNT!! Nah never mind lol... it's New Years Eve and it's time to party! Happy New Year Everyone!

3 upvotes
AlbertSiegel
By AlbertSiegel (Jan 1, 2013)

There might be some chads in Florida in favor of the Nikon...

3 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jan 1, 2013)

Were the votes counted in Spain?

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Jan 1, 2013)

I did see at least one call to mobilize people to vote for the OMD-5, so wouldn't be surprised it eked past Nikon due to that in this poll. Not that any of these three cameras are bad, but kinda sad to watch how polls can be shifted.

3 upvotes
highwave
By highwave (Jan 1, 2013)

oooh boy

here we go

3 upvotes
Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (Jan 1, 2013)

Shifted from where? You do understand that polls such as these are popularity contests in the first place, and thus have no meaning whatsoever in any useful context :-)

6 upvotes
MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Jan 1, 2013)

The final tally was a essentially a tie between the OM-D and the D800 (what the pollsters call within the margin of error).
Considering the low stakes involved, I find it funny that some people went to the trouble of soliciting votes and that others were troubled that this happened.

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Jan 1, 2013)

@kim- yes, it's a popularity contest but its sad to see calls to rig the results.
@michael- doesn't particularly "trouble me" as much as I find it sad. A statement of human behavior. Nothing more. Not that you said it troubled me particularly but just to make it clear and speak for myself.

2 upvotes
MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Jan 1, 2013)

@Rasit3d. Given the amount of wrongdoing in the world, I'm not surprised that a few people engaged in behavior that you consider inappropriate. One might also find it inappropriate that some people claimed that the OM-D wouldn't have won had it not been for the actions of the few people who solicited votes, which was clearly nothing but speculation.

1 upvote
The Photo Ninja
By The Photo Ninja (Jan 1, 2013)

Lol! Whatever

1 upvote
bossa
By bossa (Jan 1, 2013)

What an absurd poll. They list a revamped EOS 5D and yet a superior K-5 II and K-5II/s don't get listed. I've got a K-5 and two D800E's and I know where my money went.
This poll is like asking people if their Hyundai is better than a a Ferrari or RR. I'm sure it is in some instances.

4 upvotes
CarlPH
By CarlPH (Jan 1, 2013)

you just called thousands of people absurd because they did not think like you?

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6 upvotes
bossa
By bossa (Jan 1, 2013)

No I didn't. I said that the poll was absurd, not the people. What I meant was that most people are not in a position to judge.

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1 upvote
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 1, 2013)

Re:"and yet a superior K-5 II and K-5II/s don't get listed."
If you had read the text with the poll you could have cameras released in 2012 added to the poll if you made a request! Guess you didn't care enough about the poll to read the instructions.

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 1, 2013)

Who would you believe?

A poll of invisible sample votes from a faceless audience all over the world via the internet, or...

A few well known internet reviewers who may have been "influenced" in their opinions, or...

Actual real life worldwide camera sales of brand or specific camera, or...

Your wife's preference (or husband's addiction), or...

Your OWN independent unbiased real life experience and opinion?

I have personally handled, used and tried all 3 cameras.

They are all real winners.

But the real overall winner... is us.

The consumer.

.

23 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 1, 2013)

Please take take the tactic of arguing for the product that you like on its merits, and not criticizing the poll.

If you want to argue sales, then all of these cameras lose, and cell phone cameras win by a lot.

So please, put the sales argument to one side. This is an enthusiast site, and the question was not which camera sells the most worldwide. I think we can all agree that most camera purchasers are uninformed, compared to the users of this site, as to the merits of the cameras they buy.

4 upvotes
Stephen McDonald
By Stephen McDonald (Jan 1, 2013)

The EM-5 won because votes were shamelessly solicited. All posts that begged for votes should have been deleted by the moderators.

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1 upvote
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 1, 2013)

How do you know which votes were "solicited"?
In my own case, I wouldn't have known about the poll if it wasn't written about in the forum because I never visit DPR's homepage. Should my vote be deleted? Actually I should get TWO VOTES because I own two E-M5s.

5 upvotes
Mike_61
By Mike_61 (Jan 1, 2013)

I don't think that you can chalk up the OM-D win to fanboy-ism. With roughly 15,000 votes cast, it would seem to be a large enough sampling to give a valid statistical conclusion. Mind you, I haven't the coin for one just yet, but would love to shoot one of my own (OM-D) eventually. ;)

12 upvotes
David247
By David247 (Jan 1, 2013)

Ditto Mike! Don't have money for one now, but if I did it is at the top of my list for now (Though the GH3 look interesting as well). Prior to the OMD-EM5, I had just about written Olympus off in recent years. But after reading the reviews, comparing hundreds if not thousands of sample shots, looking at the entire system including lenses, and briefly handling (how it feels in ones hand is important to me) of the listed camera I really felt it was the camera of the year and I had not seen any of the so called campaigning in the Olympus or MFT forums which I had not visited in some months. But in so many ways, the EM5 really broke the mold for digital and especially MFT cameras and put together an end to end system with tremendous flexibility while not breaking the bank or weighing down the user. It was for me, the camera of the year and there was no fanboyism involved. Since I have no commitment to any particular system at the moment, all options are open.

0 upvotes
Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (Jan 1, 2013)

"I don't think that you can chalk up the OM-D win to fanboy-ism. With roughly 15,000 votes cast, it would seem to be a large enough sampling to give a valid statistical conclusion."

Mike, valid in what context? I.e. what does this poll actually mean? Other than "the majority of people who were asked this question gave that answer, for whatever reason." In other words, in any useful context, it has no other meaning whatsoever. To me, that says that it was a popularity contest. And the OM-D is undeniably popular.

3 upvotes
mpix345
By mpix345 (Jan 1, 2013)

If fanboys carried the day then A Nikon or Canon offering would have "won" rather easily. That is what is so impressive about the E-M5's win. It garnered the most votes despite the fact that Olympus is not a wildly popular brand at this point.

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7 upvotes
JohnyP
By JohnyP (Jan 1, 2013)

Best camera is clearly Sony RX1.... these are just more prevalent.

3 upvotes
ptox
By ptox (Jan 1, 2013)

Clearly! ANYTHING with a 35mm sensor is "best"!

(No matter how ergonomically frustrating or overpriced.)

4 upvotes
Mike_PEAT
By Mike_PEAT (Jan 1, 2013)

Then medium or large format should win, if size mattered!

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

If you think only Oly fanboys voted for the OM-D, you are wrong. I am not exactly a m43 user although I have extensive hands-on with the OM-D. I voted for the OM-D even though I plan to get a Canon 6D + lenses for my own use.

8 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 1, 2013)

Do you also have extensive hands-on with the other entrants? If not, than I imagine you picked OM-D because it is the only one you are familiar with.

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

I don't have to hold the Canon 6D or Nikon D800 to know how relatively predictable they'll be. They are after all evolutionary products.

2 upvotes
Funduro
By Funduro (Jan 1, 2013)

Lets keep it real. No face scratching or kicks to the crotch. Those that own one of the top 3 camera's, congrats. Hey silver medal winner what's with that smirk while on the winners podium?

1 upvote
alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (Jan 1, 2013)

Face scratching and kicks to crotch is considered foreplay in some obscure island cultures.

1 upvote
GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (Jan 1, 2013)

Totally meaningless.
This was simply a popularity contest. The Oly fanboys were out in force whipping up votes.
Not that there is anything wrong with the camera. It's just no camera of the year.

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5 upvotes
new type
By new type (Jan 1, 2013)

I thought OM-D was from 2011

0 upvotes
David247
By David247 (Jan 1, 2013)

It or something like it was rumored in 2011, but the actual camera which was not quite like the rumors, was announced Feb 2012.

3 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 1, 2013)

This is a web poll. Web polls are not really interesting.

As far as I understand - there is one (1) outstanding camera 2012, and that is D800. Its the one camera all other compares to. So - I would say its number 1, 2 and 3.

That OM-D was number one is only amusing. It only shows that the the old OM cameras have their fans.

3 upvotes
RPJG
By RPJG (Jan 1, 2013)

Yep,they're only interesting when your favoured product wins.

11 upvotes
LWW
By LWW (Jan 1, 2013)

This is going to be entertaining!
A New Years days of sour grapes and dented egos from the Nik & Can diehards.

15 upvotes
LKJ
By LKJ (Jan 1, 2013)

So you figured you'd get in and turn it into a dickwaving contest before the "Nik & Can diehards"?

7 upvotes
Arree
By Arree (Jan 1, 2013)

I am a Nikon diehard(d300), and feel nikon let us down not giving us a D300 succesor, FX is to expensive for me and I love the OMD, small, good enough and I expect a better Oly OMD succesor which might take away a lot of nikon/canon buyers because it can...
It not only the camera, but choice of Zuiko lenses is amazing certainly compared to my Nikon which has almost no choice in midrange lenses compared to FX.

1 upvote
LWW
By LWW (Jan 2, 2013)

You can wave yours - how lucky are you LJK! I myself haven't attempted such a feat. Maybe the OMD has an exposure mode to record the same - it is after all camera of the year and would do very well to record such an event. Best get one, Oly that is!

1 upvote
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Jan 1, 2013)

Not at all surprised: Even though my D600 is a big marvel, the wife's OM-D is a technological wonder, well worth to become the camera of the year! A trend changer, I bet, while the D600 is the (poor) enthusiast entry to full format photography!

Where the K-5 IIs and the D800E went, or the NEX-6, for that matter, is hard to figure out, but among those nominated the winner selection wasn't hard to figure out. Why the upgraded Canon was on the list in the first place, as it was not new in that respect, just a polishing of a classic diamond!

A Happy New Year, everyone!

2 upvotes
LarryK
By LarryK (Jan 1, 2013)

If I could only take one of my cameras with me, it wouldn't be the Olympus, it'd be the D600.

1 upvote
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 1, 2013)

why is the D600 a marvel? Sony released a full frame 24MP camera below the $2000 price range like 2-3 years ago.

0 upvotes
Ionian
By Ionian (Jan 1, 2013)

Yeah, but what has Sony done for us lately!?

They're selling a D600 type FF at a D800 price. It looks like they're trying to recoup all the money they lost selling the a850 so cheap!

3 upvotes
Jim Ford
By Jim Ford (Jan 1, 2013)

"If I could only take one of my cameras with me, it wouldn't be the Olympus, it'd be the D600."

... and a sackfull of sensor cleaners!

1 upvote
LarryK
By LarryK (Jan 2, 2013)

Haven't had a problem. I Think it may be over-hyped, like every thing on this site.

0 upvotes
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Jan 1, 2013)

I would have thought this to be unbelievable, but... I downloaded a bunch of the studio shots from all the highest ranked cameras (studio comparison tool) and then enlarged them all to the same size as the largest image and compared them all at 200% side by side. At a mere $850 CDN (Henrys.com) the OMD’s image quality is very close, and in some cases better, than the best the big boys can produce even with full frame. Pretty amazing! Well earned.
Now only a matter of time till it is hacked or upgraded to enable focus peaking and higher video bit rate.

4 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 1, 2013)

I see the m4/3 forum's mobilization worked. NEX-6/7 and both Fujifilms are easily on par with OM-D as far as features and refinement goes and this is in addition to the revolutionary RX1 and RX100.

All I can say for 2013 is that unless Olympus pulls a magic bunny out of its hat, the descendant of NEX, X and RX will where the action is.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
4 upvotes
Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Jan 1, 2013)

I own M4/3's and did not vote for the EM5. If there was mobilization is was the Oly fans, not the M4/3 fans. If people pandered for votes for any camera that is just shameful and I hope their mother never finds out how sad they are.

That said, if you look at the features and quality of the EM5 it is quit impressive. Add to that the best lens line-up of all the new CSC formats and it is a winner.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Jan 1, 2013)

I voted for the E-M5 because it brought a consistent excellence to its category that had never been seen before. As for the voting, the NEX-6 may be just as fine, but far fewer people own it or have had a chance to try it out. Coming out earlier in the year likely helped the Oly. As for fanboyism, that's ridiculous. Canon and Nikon have dramatically more users and, yes, fanboys (as shown by the third place finisher.) Many who have never shot Oly had to vote for the E-M5 to make it a winner. Congrats to the good people who designed and built this camera.

5 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 1, 2013)

mark i agree....plus the fact that it actually added something NEW. The 5 axis stabilization.

1 upvote
Mike_61
By Mike_61 (Jan 1, 2013)

The OMD met and exceeded most all expectations and was a true step forward in the micro 4/3rds market. I'd say our peers nailed this poll on the head.

10 upvotes
j2l3m7
By j2l3m7 (Jan 1, 2013)

Votes. Despite people do, despite things.

1 upvote
Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (Jan 1, 2013)

Your sentence makes no sense at all.

7 upvotes
thomas2279f
By thomas2279f (Jan 1, 2013)

Especially when you factor the lens selection that is available on top in the Canon and Nikon camp - none of the others come close..

1 upvote
thomas2279f
By thomas2279f (Jan 1, 2013)

Don't Agree with no 1 at all , No 2 and no 3 yes would shift them up one place followed by the Sony Nex 6N, Nikon D600 and Canon 6D and Sony A99.

3 upvotes
dholl
By dholl (Jan 1, 2013)

The OM-D offers arguably the best out-of-cam output out of all the cameras...Olympus's in-camera JPG-processing is legendary, so much so that processing their RAW's is almost pointless.

The OM also offers a certain romance, harking back to an era when photography was just that. Don't underestimate how powerful such a feeling can be.

Personally I voted for D800E, but the OM-D is a worthy winner too.

9 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 1, 2013)

disagree i have an e pl 5 and a D800 the nikon is vastly superior in jpeg processing. vastly better

2 upvotes
Ubiquity99
By Ubiquity99 (Jan 1, 2013)

> so much so that processing their RAW's is almost pointless.

Yeh, I don't think you really understand the point of postprocessing or the advantages of using RAW.

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dholl
By dholl (Jan 1, 2013)

most users of both Olys and the D800 would report more-ready JPG's out of the Oly.

And I don't understand the point of RAW? Why do you think that? Do you understand the point of taking pictures?

0 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 1, 2013)

@dholl well then most users are crazy because the nikon jpeg processing is awesome and the olypmus is good. there is a world of difference between awesome and good. though i process raws no matter what

0 upvotes
dholl
By dholl (Jan 1, 2013)

"When we reviewed the 5D Mark III back in March we praised its excellent image quality".

ääähm...no you didn't. You damned it with faint praise in the pros, then were highly critical of it in the cons. Let me remind you:

Pros:

- Good resolution and detail in raw files
- Good color and tonality across the ISO range

Cons:

- Destructive noise reduction results in mushy JPEGs, even at base ISO
- Visible sharpening artifacts at default settings
- Heavy-handed noise reduction leads to lack of low-contrast detail at higher ISOs
- Soft video output with less dynamic range than stills

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5 upvotes
Mike_61
By Mike_61 (Jan 1, 2013)

Well we definitely got that right!

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3 upvotes
Don Richardson
By Don Richardson (Jan 1, 2013)

I'd love to have the OM-D if only Olympus would build some long f2.8 zoom lenses. The 4/3 zoom lenses riveled anything on the market.

0 upvotes
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