E-M10 does give away viewfinder sharpness

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LaMesa Senior Member • Posts: 2,360
E-M10 does give away viewfinder sharpness

Since the days of film SLRs I am used to manual focusing with matte screens, followed by several digital cameras with electronic viewfinders. Some of those EVFs had less pixels than the E-M10, but were perfectly able to get across the moment of maximum focusing sharpness. This goes also for the VF-2 viewfinder on my E-PL1.

Unfortunately, this is different with the E-M10. When I first got my E-M10 three months ago, I thought something was wrong with the viewfinder, because it was definitely less sharp than my old VF-2 of the same pixel count. Since then, I often find myself fumbling with the little optocal adjustment knob to improve the viewfinder sharpness, to no avail.

I think that Olympus sacrificed resolution for higher refresh rate or any other task requiring computing power.

If you don't believe me, there is an easy proof:

Aim your camera at printed letters and move slowly backwards, until the writing just becomes unreadable. Take a picture, and - surprise: A much crisper and sharper review image appears, and the letters are perfectly readable. This is the sharpness I need and expect for taking pictures. Finally, please let me say that I am blessed with a sharp eyesight. Not all of you may be able to confirm my findings.


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