Swapping EM1 for A7

Started Oct 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jonas Palm Contributing Member • Posts: 809
Re: Considering, certainly.

Brian Caslis wrote:

I don't know why people complain about the E-M1 being "too big" because it's the same size as the A7 body. That was one of the reasons for the E-M1, to add the grip and better buttons than the E-M5. You can't make tiny and usable. The E-M1 / A7 size is about the smallest to make a fully usable body.

I disagree, obviously. And so does every m43 shooter in existence (except for GH3 owners, possibly) because the E-M1 is the biggest m43 camera there is. Every previous m43 camera was smaller. And believe it or not, people made images with them. Good ones, too.

The prime practical advantages of m43 vs. FF for people have been size and price. With the E-M1 evolving into larger and more expensive, and the A7 to the smaller and somewhat less expensive for FF, suddenly the formats meet in the middle with the same sizes and cost. And lets not kid ourselves, the A7s are going to offer better image quality, and more DOF flexibility. Are the advantages of the E-M1 enough to overcome the imaging advantages of modern Sony FF sensors? For me, that's not an easy question to answer.

Personally, even though I find the features of the E-M1 appealing, I think larger bodies is a suicidal direction to take for m43 in general. They should play to the unique strengths of their format, rather than try to emulate other formats. Arguably, that's what killed regular 43s.

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