DXO: m4/3 vs. FF -- we have it good!

Started Sep 4, 2019 | Discussions thread
OP Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,154
The Pleasures of m4/3

If you look at DXO some more (I gave you the link) you will see that even the 16mp sensors in the E-M5II, E-M10III, E-M10II, E-M10, E-M5, E-M1, and E-P5 are darn close to the 20mp E-M1II (which is right up there with the FF Canon 5DII and FF Sony A900 -- or even better!). Looking good, folks. Having a positive outlook on life does wonders for enjoying your time here on Earth.

February 2016:


The Pleasures of m4/3

For me the pleasures of using m4/3 runs in 3 directions depending on what kind of photography I am doing:

1. Bodies and lenses with similar capabilities to my previous DSLR gear are smaller and lighter. When I travel the decrease is really appreciated! (The GX7 can do this too.) For example, when I travel I take the following:

  • Olympus E-M10II + ECG-3 grip
  • Olympus E-M10 + ECG-1 grip (I wish both cameras used the same grip because then I would only carry one)
  • 4 batteries and charger (both bodies use same batteries)
  • Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II
  • Olympus 9-18mm f4-5.6
  • Olympus 25mm f1.8
  • Olympus 9mm f8 fisheye

2. Then at other times I really love the small, excellent, prime lenses. (The GX7 can do this too.) I take off the ECG-3 grip and mount one of my small lenses (and sometimes carry one or two more in a pocket):

  • Panasonic 14mm f2.5 pancake
  • Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake
  • Olympus 25mm f1.8
  • Olympus 45mm f1.8

3. Then at yet other times I take the grip off and mount the Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ pancake to turn it into a better LX100 of the same size:


Some people prefer the bigger cameras such as the E-M1, GH4, GX8, and G7 which are always big and are not modular with a removable grip. Maybe they also are usually using the larger f2.8 zooms, 300mm f4, and 100-400mm f4-6.3 which make the most sense on those larger bodies.

The great thing is that there is something for almost everyone!

A point that may have been missed


I think that probably some people missed one of my points and that is because I didn't state it explicitly. When I wrote the OP I decided to instead make one of the points by way of example. The point made by example is that, at least for me, my choice of m4/3 gear using the same body fills 3 roles that otherwise would likely involve 3 different cameras.

The modularity of the E-M10II (and E-M10, E-M5II, and E-M5) which have add-on grips which one can optionally use along with the plethora of lens choices of many focal lengths, apertures, and sizes allows me to use just an E-M10II and depending on whether I use the add-on grip or not and depending on which lens I mount it can be a completely different sort of camera, but retain the same great sensor, the wonderful IBIS, the excellent EVF, same battery, and I don't have to get accustomed to a different interface, menu, etc. Before m4/3 I would more likely have 2 or 3 different cameras to fill the spots that just my E-M10II currently fills. These days when I travel I take the E-M10II and E-M10 (backup). Same batteries for both.

The only other camera I take with me when I travel is a very small camera. For the last few years I have used the 1/1.7" sensor Canon S95, but I may update to a Sony RX100 or Canon G9X one of these days. All 3 cameras are almost the same size, but the RX100 and G9X have 1" sensors.

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