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On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (581 comments in total)
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Impulses: Does this use the EFC implementation of the E-M10 II and older bodies (physical curtain - delay - electronic first curtain) OR that of the E-M5 II, PEN-F, and E-M1 II? Might not make a practical difference in a lot of cases but it does have an impact on burst modes and stuff like the 75-300 ($300 something at their refurb outlet) is also equally impacted and not a pairing that's unheard of.

Around a 1.5yrs ago, I almost opted for an E-M10 II instead of an E-M5 II (the tilt screen on the former was more appealing) but the EFC thing was one of the former's turn offs, so I ended up just finding a good deal on the E-M5 II... Weather sealing and a few other things were also a factor mind you.

To be clearer, in case you're not fully versed in the subject, Olympus has two very different EFC implementations of EFC across their bodies depending on age and price. Most newer or pricier bodies (as alluded to above) have a straightforward EFC where you have an electronic curtain followed by a mechanical

The E-M10 II has the older EFC implementation (despite being a more recent body) where a physical curtain is still triggered (because it uses an older shutter design where they can't get rid of it), followed by a short delay, followed by an electronic curtain which is the actual first curtain, and finally the second physical curtain.

That works fine in many situations, but not all (again as alluded to above), just like the entirely electronic shutter works in some situations but not all. A true/straightforward EFC has no major downside.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 01:20 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (581 comments in total)
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Impulses: Does this use the EFC implementation of the E-M10 II and older bodies (physical curtain - delay - electronic first curtain) OR that of the E-M5 II, PEN-F, and E-M1 II? Might not make a practical difference in a lot of cases but it does have an impact on burst modes and stuff like the 75-300 ($300 something at their refurb outlet) is also equally impacted and not a pairing that's unheard of.

Around a 1.5yrs ago, I almost opted for an E-M10 II instead of an E-M5 II (the tilt screen on the former was more appealing) but the EFC thing was one of the former's turn offs, so I ended up just finding a good deal on the E-M5 II... Weather sealing and a few other things were also a factor mind you.

It looks like YOU didn't read my comment carefully enough, none of what you're stating contradicts any of what I said, and I was inquiring about the specific nature of the electronic first curtain (EFC) shutter used. Perhaps read a bit more carefully before choosing the condescending route of telling people to RTFM.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 01:15 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (581 comments in total)

Does this use the EFC implementation of the E-M10 II and older bodies (physical curtain - delay - electronic first curtain) OR that of the E-M5 II, PEN-F, and E-M1 II? Might not make a practical difference in a lot of cases but it does have an impact on burst modes and stuff like the 75-300 ($300 something at their refurb outlet) is also equally impacted and not a pairing that's unheard of.

Around a 1.5yrs ago, I almost opted for an E-M10 II instead of an E-M5 II (the tilt screen on the former was more appealing) but the EFC thing was one of the former's turn offs, so I ended up just finding a good deal on the E-M5 II... Weather sealing and a few other things were also a factor mind you.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:49 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (581 comments in total)
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Haim Hadar: I just can't understand Olympus insisting on not including in-camera USB charging. This alone makes the GX-85 a better choice IMO.

For you anyway... While I would love in camera USB I can make do with third party USB enabled battery chargers. The GX85's better C-AF is likely to have much broader appeal tho, and it's price will continue trending down. I dunno that IBIS that's potentially slightly better and some unique modes (Live Comp/Time) are enough to make the E-M10 III stand out, but it's not totally without merit.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:43 UTC
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gmke: The obvious fact that none of the CDAF cameras can satisfactorily do continuous AF for video does not warrant an unreliable rating on the AF in general. These are stills cameras used part time on video duty. If you have occasion to shoot video with objects approaching or departing, PDAF cameras are the best bet, DFD in frequently satisfactory, second, place. All the rest are going to have trouble focusing 24 or 30 times per second.

The lack of 20 megapixel sensor only makes sense as a wedge to allow the E-M5.Mk3 to be viewed as better. The story on THIS camera is 4K, which is roughly an 8-megapixel picture anyway. If you've a previous model, there is not enough here to think about "upgrading."

I wouldn't go as far as to call 4K a gimmick just because of its poor C-AF, after all there's times when either the action isn't that fast (or it's all on the same plane) and/or the DoF is deep enough and very forgiving... But I would say it's ultimate value is debatable or dubious.

I really dunno why they've been so reticent to bring OSPDAF (or any other means of improving C-AF) down from the E-M1 line and to the rest of the lineup. If they did it solely to protect sales of an eventual E-M5 III then that was a bonehead move and they should've adjusted the timing of their releases.

I guess it's possible Sony just charges them that much more for the custom 20MP sensor with OSPDAF, but it puts their entry level stuff in a pretty tough spot that's not sustainable. Everybody else is offering better C-AF, Pana's IBIS keeps improving, and even Fuji is rumored to be gaining IBIS.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:37 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (581 comments in total)
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Sucama: forgettable... prefer the GX85.

The GX85 is the better overall value for most people IMO, just because a lot of people are gonna care about C-AF... The E-M10 III is still a solid option if shooting action isn't a big priority for you tho, but it's facing stiff competition.

Oly was smart to redesign their UI to highlight some of their more unique modes and features (like Live Time/Comp, etc), but I dunno if that and 4K with good IBIS is 'enough'. I guess it depends on how long they want this refresh to survive.

They seem intent on refreshing the E-M10 line far more often than the rest of their lineup, and content with frequent fire/refurb sales of the outgoing models (heck they still sell the I).

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
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Marty4650: This camera isn't designed to be an upgrade from the EM10 II.

This is just a tweaked, refreshed and improved version of the EM10 II. No one in his right mind would upgrade from the Mk II to the Mk III. However, it now becomes more attractive to first time M4/3 buyers moving up from smartphones, or sideways from other camera brands.

" people are not moving from smartphones to the cameras, especially to M4/3.. "

Guess I'm not people, because I did... I might've stuck with P&S compacts if the 1" RX100 wasn't so expensive, but ultimately stuff like shooting UWA and gaining more DoF control drew me to M4/3.

Only thing is, I had to go well out of my way to discover what a wonderful system it is and the kind of compact lens/body options I could opt for, I think marketing for mirrorless ILCs still sucks across the boards and they haven't done even a passable job at communicating to people what the systems are capable of and how they scale.

There's a higher interest in photography now than ever in history, yes thanks to smartphones, but quite a few smartphone users are looking for more yet they're blissfully unaware of their options. Some people upgrade to new $700-900 phones almost entirely for the camera, even tho generational gains are tiny.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:24 UTC
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Jefftan: Review don't test the most important 5 axis IS for still and test if that has been improved

If not for this, no reason to use a small sensor , just buy 24 MP A6000/Canon M100 (remember both have better AF, much bigger sensor and more megapixel)

If 5 axis IS is really good, like can handheld wide angle at 1 second as some claim on E-M1 II, it MAY worth it (just may)

If not for the IS, this camera is simply worthless compare to A6000/M100 (Oh yes, it has 4k, big deal)

I would've liked to see an IBIS comparison too but DPR doesn't seem to test that very thoroughly or very often... 1s at 12mm is pretty easy to achieve with my E-M5 II, and I know that's just a little worse than the best Oly IBIS in the E-M1 II and/or with Dual Sync...

I've never been entirely sure how well the 3/5 axis system on previous E-M10 models compares tho. Is it close to their best? Is it closer to Panasonic's implementation? From what I've seen Pana can't manage the really dragged out shutter speeds quite as well but still does a really solid job for video when combined with lens OIS.

At least they're testing C-AF more consistently now and that's probably more important to a broader base of readers.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:16 UTC
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TheDarmok74: "16MP starting to look a little dated"...

I knew I've read that before. And I did, in your review of the Panasonic GM5, over 2 years ago.
When will it be actually dated? In 2020?
Personally, removal of shutter shock would be far important to me than 4 more MP, but let's say it like it is: if it was starting to be dated 2,5 years ago, it IS dated now.

Panasonic basically ignored SS until the GX8, when a few months after release the offered an auto mode that enables the electronic shutter under certain conditions, but it's a band aid of a fix IMO. They didn't offer a credible solution until last year with the GX85 that brought an all new electromagnetic shutter, and the G85 which used the same shutter (said to reduce "most" vibrations) BUT still added an EFC option in addition (finally).

I guess you can say they sorta addressed it earlier with the GM bodies since they use EFC at all times and switch to electronic beyond 1/500, but that obviously poses other limitations.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
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TheDarmok74: "16MP starting to look a little dated"...

I knew I've read that before. And I did, in your review of the Panasonic GM5, over 2 years ago.
When will it be actually dated? In 2020?
Personally, removal of shutter shock would be far important to me than 4 more MP, but let's say it like it is: if it was starting to be dated 2,5 years ago, it IS dated now.

With the E-M5 II, PEN-F, and E-M1 II they used an all new quieter and more damped shutter what also didn't need that kludgey workaround, and it showed in tests performed on the boards with an oscilloscope (less or no SS than say, an E-M1 II). The E-M10 II tho contemporary with those other bodies still features the dummy first physical curtain workaround even with 0s AS selected, no clue about the E-M10 III.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (581 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: "16MP starting to look a little dated"...

I knew I've read that before. And I did, in your review of the Panasonic GM5, over 2 years ago.
When will it be actually dated? In 2020?
Personally, removal of shutter shock would be far important to me than 4 more MP, but let's say it like it is: if it was starting to be dated 2,5 years ago, it IS dated now.

Oly tackled shutter shutter shock well before Pana, who was basically the last holdout in doing so within the mirrorless world... I believe Sony was the first to offer an EFC option across most bodies (tho it took them longer to start offering an electronic shutter option, Pana beat them to that but I don't consider it a full solution). Fuji and Oly soon followed.

Oly initially implemented it via firmware on some of it's older bodies, and it was kind of hacked in... You'd still have a physical first curtain firing, followed by a very short delay, followed by the electronic first curtain. That actually proved to be an issue with very long (300mm+) focal lengths as the short delay wasn't long enough to fully dissipate SS, but for the most part it worked well under less extreme scenarios.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 06:08 UTC
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evilmagicnut: "Cons: Autofocus not dependable"

That's fairly ambiguous. I think you should write "Auto Area AF and C-AF are not dependable" The way you wrote it makes me think the camera doesn't even spot focus accurately.

I agree it's written kind of ambiguously for anyone that doesn't habitually read half a dozen reviews a month and already knows each system's strengths. S-AF has been one of the strongest points for M4/3 for quite a while now, across both Oly and Pana (tho some Pana bodies still seem to do a little better in very low light). It's basically a done deal...

OTOH you can argue that enough of it's competitors do at least a decent job at C-AF AND that a lot of consumers will actually care about that, it's not as niche a thing as some make it out to be, anyone with a kid will care for one... Oly has been pretty reticent to work on this for any body outside the E-M1 line and it's starting to hold back their overall appeal IMO.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 05:56 UTC
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MrALLCAPS: So wait.... You mean to tell me, NO mention of fujifilm XT20? That's not a rival camera, but the a6000 series IS? It's not even a dslr styled body!

Smells very fishy to me....

Yeah you can't just go by body style, based on price the a6000 & GX85 are it's closest competitors IMO, even if it resembles the XT-20 & G85 more... Oly just happens to make an entry level SLR style body while other brands seem to relegate that to the mid to high end right now. I still think the GX85 is the better overall value FWIW.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
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Triplet Perar: I can't understand these newer Olympus camera models, their numbering nor what they mean. Is their PEN camera line still available? But not the PEN-F, because I absolutely hate how PEN-F looks — notoriously ugly and boxy 1950s retro.
I like the smarter look of PEN P5 — is that camera line still around?

The PEN-F seemingly took over the role of the PEN E-Px line as the top of the line PEN, the entry level E-PLx line is still around tho not updated as frequently or as earnestly as the entry level OM-D (the E-M10 III), the smallest E-PM seems to have gone the way of the dodo quite a while ago (well before Pana's GM line even, which kinda put a nail in it's coffin anyway).

So basically their lineup consists of (with the models to the right being the higher end ones):

PEN E-PL7 or w/e # they're at -> PEN-F
OM-D E-M10 III -> E-M5 II (due for a refresh next) -> E-M1 II

I don't particularly love the PEN-F design either, I think they traded too much form over function (hey we hid all the screws but neglected to add any weather sealing for a street camera! ...), but it was the first PEN with an EVF and a lot of people still seem to like it for that alone. Design aside, a PEN-F with sealing *and* a tilt screen rather than a fully articulated one might've made me sell my E-M5 II.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
On article Video: Olympus OM-D E-M10 III 4K sample reel (112 comments in total)
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BostonC: It does nothing better than the lower priced GX85.
If you want to showcase the video quality, some more indoor & outdoor shots of people, hair&eyebrow details will be telling.

It'll do some things better than the GX85 for sure (some already mentioned, some not)... I'd still say the GX85 is the better overall value for most, just because I think good (or at least decent) C-AF is something a lot of people value... That doesn't mean the E-M10 III can't/won't be a better choice for some, it just means it's not an outright class leader.

I chose an E-M5 II over a GX85 for somewhat similar reasons, tho the GX8 had more warts than Pana's latter bodies in the GX85 & G85 (no IBIS for video, older shutter design with no EFC or other mitigation for EFC). Imaging Resource's first field test for the E-M10 II seems to show no improvement whatsoever in C-AF, I dunno how much longer Oly can keep getting away with that.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 02:50 UTC
On article Video: Olympus OM-D E-M10 III 4K sample reel (112 comments in total)
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Ab Latchin: This is an entry level camera. With all companies their take their parts bin and create the most compelling camera for a price point.

For existing EM10 owners it adds a ton of video features, and this alone will have me picking one up as a B-roll camera, and a slew of updates. It keeps the 16mp sensor most likely for data reasons. In other words, more data, more processing, more power etc. all putting pressure on the components used.

It is a beautiful little camera capable of taking beautiful pictures at 16mp. If you prefer the Sonys or Fujis etc, don't sweat it, go buy one. M43rds makes a case on size, and this body is currently the smallest in the line-up, well designed with good controls and a solid set of features all for $650.

Sounds good to me.

FWIW, Sony A5xxx/6xxx series bodies are smaller and Fuji's are comparable, unless you go down to like a GM/GX850 or an E-PM (RIP) the body size disparity between M4/3 and APS-C mirrorless has always been slim to none... Both M4/3 and Fuji do have more variety is body styles, and M4/3's biggest size advantage is found in it's lenses (the variety of which is also one of the system's main draws IMO).

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 02:44 UTC
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makofoto: What matters is how it compares to the Rokinon 14 and 12 mm econo lenses.

I was pretty jealous of that Samyang 12mm f2 for APS-C mirrorless bodies right until Laowa related their 7.5mm f2 for M4/3... :D

Still has jack all to do with this FF lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 02:26 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Wait, specialized CAD and gaming mice have existed for years. With those, once set up correctly and assuming the software isn't garbage, one doesn't have to take one's hand off the mouse once one knows the controls.

But with this keyboard you'd have to move you hand (left?) from either the keyboard or the mouse to operate this wheel. Seems odd, or only useful for very circumscribed uses.

Obviously, but no one that's even semi pro gets adept at their craft without a few keyboard shortcuts and moving your hand away from the keys isn't that seamless... Might've even made more sense on the bottom corner or as a roller drum atop the F keys kinda like what Corsair uses for volume...

If I have to move my hand away from it's primary position at all it might as well be to a dedicated thing, that's just me tho. Tacking it on to a $200 membrane keyboard makes it seem like they weren't totally committed to the idea either way.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
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Bambi24: How not to get shot 101:

-don't run from cops
-keep your hands above your head and don't reach for your pockets
-keep your hands on the wheel in a car and don't reach for your pockets
-don't point black cameras at cops in the middle of the night

No, it does not, a few bad apples doesn't a police state make.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:12 UTC
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Bambi24: Stop attacking the cop.

Who points a camera at a police officer, in the dark, at 10PM, without even telling the cop he is there.

This is just photography darwinism in action, the same darwinism that gets people killed photographing train tracks.

" Because the cop couldn't tell if he was holding a camera or a gun. "

There's no police procedural book in the world that'll say that's a reason to fire indiscriminately, he had two choices before doing so: yell at the photog to stand down and put his hands up or take cover if he thought his life was in danger... Firing when you "can't tell what you're looking at" is the definition of a mistake on the cop's part. Stop making excuses.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
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