What is the best m43 for focus tracking?

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Questions thread
OP JamieTux Veteran Member • Posts: 3,952
Re: Another true believer

PerL wrote:

I mention the G5 vs D4 as just one example of many very odd results. I can say a few more: Panasonic GX1 - best of all cameras in AF-C? Panasonic G3H - worst of all m43? Anders took out the OM-D values, because he thought they were flawed. That is 3 out 5 cameras in the m43 group with strange results.

Lets go to the DSLRs. Best of all - Canon 650D? The super cheap Canon 1100D - very close to 5DIII and Nikon D800, better than all medium DSLRs, including Canons own? Lets look at the SLT Sonys. The top of the APS-C line, Sony A77, slower than a NEX 7? The results are all over the place, contradicting AF system sophistication and processing power.

Maybe - but they are simpler too - so it wouldn't surprise me that in some elements the less complex cameras can be more impressive - try it on your D300s - turn on 51 point tracking and see how much slower it is than 1, 9 or even 21 point tracking (it made a big difference on my D300)

And finally - m43 CDAF vs PDAF DSLRs. Judging from this, the low end m43 Panasonics are now in the class of pro or semipro DSLR cameras in AF-C performance (Nikon D4, Nikon D800, Canon 5DIII, Nikon D600) and also better than all Sony SLTs and capable DSLRs like Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D.

Again - I'd need to test it for myself but having used both I don't think it's that unbelievable - but it doesn't compete with overall tracking for me.

You mention that the test may be a special case where CDAF works better - AF-C head on. Well, here good DSLRs perform excellent - at least on real targets. This is a series from a Nikon D300S (green indicates sharp)

I am getting out of this discussion now since it leads nowhere, too much waste of time and energy.

No worries, thanks for the input - the D300s is a great camera and probably my favourite ever for sports similar to the ones you shoot (I've had some published in specialist press in the UK - it's a great day out )

Happy shooting,

Thanks, you too!


P.S. Apologies for any typos, this is on my mobile phone and the cursor keeps jumping

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