Another Olympus E-M1 and SONY a7 walkabout test, high ISO

Started Jan 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
Daniel Wee
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Re: can't choose on IQ anymore

I remember a time many years ago when it was all rage to fight over which CPU was the fastest - Intel, or AMD (and some others as well). These days, they're all so fast no one except the geekiest types really care much anymore what the CPU make is as long as it gets the job done. I think cameras will go in that direction - the marginal differences between cameras are narrowing down fast and eventually people are going to end up choosing based on macroscopic features (ergnomics, special features, lens quality and choices, and possibly minimal depth of field and hence sensor size.) I think it's a great day for us all, to be able to get such high performance machines at prices that we can afford.
When I got my Nikon D1x (5.4MP) years ago, it cost me enough to buy 4.5 E-M1s today. Then I got the D2H (4.1MP), which still cost 3.5 times as much as an E-M1. Truth be told, the E-M1 today handily beats those cameras with today's far improved technologies.
The recent spate of mirrorless offerings, Olympus E-M5, E-M1, E-M10, SONY a7, a7r, Fuji X-T1, Nikon Df - all look strangely similar (yes, I know they're not the same.) I imagine that this kind of converging trends will continue, driven my consumer demands for certain feature sets which will eventually find their way into most cameras.

So, yes - I agree that at some point in the near future, IQ no longer be the primary distinguishing factor.

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