Finally, mirrorless cameras have come of age
October 22, 2012
The OM-D is considered a second generation of Micro 4/3 cameras and this one is a game changer in my opinion. They really set the bar high with this model and hit the right spots.
Aside from its retro-cool looks, Olympus packed some really good technology that makes this a very compelling choice. First and foremost is the sensor, Olympus went with a Sony made sensor and it compares well with any other state of the art sensor. For its size (which is smaller than APS-C sensors that some other mirrorless cameras have), it holds its own. Dynamic range and low light ability is very good, good enough that you might not miss out carrying those larger bulkier APS-C camera/lenses. Images are clean up to ISO1600 for large print sizes and still usable at ISO3200 for most casual uses.
Secondly, the new five-axis stabilization works really well, it’s as good as I’ve experienced in any camera, both in-body or lens. It also works for legacy lenses and for video as well.
Focus is very fast for still objects and quite reliable. However, if you need focus tracking, only then are you better off with a prosumer or better DSLR
As a photo tool, it’s very customizable once you figure it out. Consult some of the user guides available on the web, and you should be able to configure it to suit your preferences and tastes and assign most of your most commonly used functions to the buttons and select the right screen modes you use most. Some of the defaults didn’t make any sense to me but I was able to get the camera working the way I like it. With the usable built-in viewfinder and weather sealing in a very compact solid feeling metal body, this is a camera that inspires you to have it with you wherever you go and just take pictures.
As a system, m43’s is one of the first real “systems”. The m43 system has a choice of excellent primes and high grade zooms. In short, even if you are coming from full frame, you will likely find the lenses you want in Micro 4/3 system. I decided to drop my Nikon DSLR and go to a more compact system and with the combination of lenses plus this excellent body that can utilize the sharp lenses that are available.
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