A quick day out with the Olympus E-M1 and the SONY a7

Started Jan 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
Daniel Wee
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Re: Turning off the LCD in the back

The thing with the a7, though, is that when you're using the EVF, the LCD backlight is totally turned off. With the E-M1, the screen is black but the backlight is still active, drawing power unnecessarily. All things being equal, the E-M1's auto-switching mode consumes more power unnecessarily when compared to the a7's auto-switching mode. They both work well. It may be true that the E-M1's backlight is kept on because of the longer start-up time which could affect switching responsiveness. Keeping it on would then allow for faster switching. Again, the a7 manages this without the need of keeping the backlight on so presumably their hardware is better in that particular respect.

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