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

I agree. I think these little differences are really minor and show up mostly when the two (excellent) cameras are compared side by side. The a7 could have used a bigger battery. Even just playing around with the menu settings can result in the loss of one segment in the battery bar, and that can be rather disconcerting.

But like you, I rarely shoot more than a hundred or so shots per session, and I have two batteries and an external charger. The only time I would be more concerned is if I'm travelling and have no easy access to mains power.

When I first got my E-M5 (before I got my E-M1), I was using the Panasonic GF1 which came with a huge battery that seemed to last forever. The relative experience with the E-M1 made me feel like it had poor battery life, when in reality it was only poorer than that of the GF1's, which was phenomenal to begin with. Now that I've used the E-M5 and E-M1 for a while, and pretty much done with all the fiddling of the settings, I find the battery life to be quite good. Additionally, with the E-M1, I no longer need to use the Eye-Fi card as I did with the E-M5. I'm convinced that the card caused the battery to drain faster than with a normal SD card. So all in all, I'm very pleased with the E-M1's battery performance. I think the a7's battery life would barely pass muster, but it will pass for most normal uses, although I would agree that it would be wise to invest in extra batteries. I got myself an extra battery and a charger as soon as I could.

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