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02-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Hands-on Preview

•16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
•Weather-sealed body
•Twin control dials
•New, '5-axis' image stabilization
•Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
•800x600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
• VGA-equivalent 3" OLED touchscreen display - tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
•Latest TruePic VI processor
•Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Preview: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review








The E-M5 may have borrowed the style of a DSLR but it's a lot smaller than one. Here we compared it to the Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3), itself not a particularly large example of the breed. As you can see the E-M5 is smaller in every respect, despite offering a much greater degree of direct control. The Rebel has a built-in flash, which the Olympus lacks, but the clip-on unit is so easily fitted in a pocket that it makes almost no difference when carrying the cameras.

In common with Olympus' range-topping Four Thirds DSLRs, the E-M5 is weather sealed, as is the accompanying flash unit. The 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 kit zoom is similarly sealed. Additionally, owners of high-end, weather-resistant Four Thirds lenses will have the choice of buying the MMF-3 adapter - a sealed version of the Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter.



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02-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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I like it...just wish that they didn't need the accessory port (I don't like the super tall hump). But I am really digging the size, weather sealing, and accessible controls. This really appears to be a photographers m43 camera! I would reserve my thoughts on the EVF until I have used a nice one. But this little guy seem pretty tempting to me (in addition to a DSLR which has it own strengths).
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And now available for pre-order as well from Amazon, Adorama and B&H

http://www.43rumors.com/

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Thanks for putting all these different sources together in one post, jogiba. Nice work.
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Has this 16MP sensor been used on another camera yet? Just curious what we could expect as far as image quality goes? I'm currently shooting with a K-7 (which is pretty far behind the best APS-C cameras these days)
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QuoteOriginally posted by arpaagent Quote
Has this 16MP sensor been used on another camera yet? Just curious what we could expect as far as image quality goes? I'm currently shooting with a K-7 (which is pretty far behind the best APS-C cameras these days)
This one? And this one? If not the exact sensor probably a cousin.

From what I've read I think these sensors do better at high ISO than the previous generation but still lag behind APS-C's best performance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Urkeldaedalus Quote
This one? And this one?
I thought so too, but I don't anymore. The resolution is different and ISO range is much expanded. Based on that, it sounds like it is a pretty different sensor. It's going to become clearer when it gets reviewed by dxomark.

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The camera Pentax should have released: EVF, rugged body and retro-ish. Could do away with the flip-screen though. Just put Pentax stuff inside (K-mount, K-5 sensor, IS), charge $ 1000+ and watch the hype.
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looks awesome
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It is a shame they skimped out and out an inferior EVF in this camera. The technology is readily available to put one in that is soooo much better. Oh well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hcarvalhoalves Quote
The camera Pentax should have released: EVF, rugged body and retro-ish. Could do away with the flip-screen though. Just put Pentax stuff inside (K-mount, K-5 sensor, IS), charge $ 1000+ and watch the hype.
The camera would have to be twice as thick than the OM-D or have the K-01 style mounting box on the front to make up for the flange distance needed to accept K lenses. If Pentax becomes serious about the mirrorless market segment, they better design a camera and lenses to make it functionally possible while having a smaller footprint than the K-01 (and no, not the Q). Simply removing the viewfinder and adding someone's signature on the bottom aint cutting it (IMO, of course)


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Here's an article on some of the tech inside.
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It is a shame they skimped out and out an inferior EVF in this camera. The technology is readily available to put one in that is soooo much better.
You want something better than 1.44 megapixel, 100% coverage, diopter adjustment, etc. at this price point? Do tell how that would be accomplished!

This is at least as good as the Olympus VF-2, which is $200 on its own.
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Thanks for all these pix. This is the mirrorless camera I wanted Pentax to deliver. In fact, with superior IBIS and weather-sealing, it stomps all over the main Pentax advantages.

Oh, and they're releasing an all-metal 75mm f/1.8. Check it out. I can't wait to compare the rendering to the FA77. The FA Limiteds are the last decisive reason to own a Pentax.
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