Macworld review of Olympus E-M1

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  1. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Excerpt from the Bottom Line portion of the review:


    http://www.macworld.com/article/215...amera-is-a-lightweight-heavyweight-champ.html


    I really like the "upgrading (as I like to put it) from a bigger, heavier DSLR" part. :D
     
  2. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like a great little camera. The only thing I don't like is the in-body image stabilization. I prefer such on the lenses instead of the body, because when it malfunctions I have to send the body for repairs. With the IS in the lens, I can always continue using the body with other lenses while the one that has malfunctioned is being repaired.
     
  3. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    What you say is quite logical. Then again, in body allows for lenses to remain lighter and "smaller" which many people like for over all weight of gear and balance of camera and lens. Btw, if I had that issue you mentioned, I could always rent a camera during the repair duration and keep going.
     
  4. MCAsan thread starter macrumors 601

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    Had Canon 35mm bodies and IS stabilized lenses years. They can't touch the 5 axis In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) in the E-M1. Also with IBIS, you only have to pay for stabilization once....not on each lens. And since it is in the body, the behavior is uniform with each lens.

    The wife and I each had over 50 pounds of Canon bodies (7D, 5D3) and L glass. We sold it all off to go M43, M43 is a real alternative to those that don't the size, weight and cost of 35mm DSLRs and lenses. For those into video, check out the Panasonic GH4 body. It shows 4K video. If you tell it to shoot 1080 video you get incredibly detailed video.
     
  5. Parkin Pig macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't you normally choose a camera based on its features and performance, as opposed to the available options when it malfunctions?

    I too had all the hefty Canon gear, and I was sceptical about in-body stabilisation - but Olympus seem to defy the laws of physics with their IS implementation. Here's an example I took one evening. Check out the Exif: ISO 200, 1/6 sec handheld. And trust me, my hands aren't that steady.

    Of course there are trade-offs. I could get a much tighter DOF on my DSLR, and there are other areas where the DSLR still reigns supreme. But the gap is closing. I have still got my backup body from my DSLR days - Canon EOS 20D with a couple of kit lenses. I'd get next to nothing if I sold it, but it still takes superb pics, even with the kit lens. I guess it'll come in handy if my Olympus IS malfunctions.
     

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    Yes, I would. And IS in the body is something I don't like to depend on, specially if I am using it in remote place. Also, I shoot wildlife with long telephoto lenses.As I said before, it looks like it's great little camera other than that.

    http://photographylife.com/lens-stabilization-vs-in-camera-stabilization
     
  7. HabSonic macrumors regular

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    Your article compare lens stabilization vs old sensor shift image stabilization.

    Olympus use a new kind of technology and the image is stabilized in the finder. It's much more effective.
     
  8. VI™ macrumors 6502a

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    I had the EM-5 with several primes for a while and loved it, but unfortunately had to sell it due to financial issues. It's a great supplemental camera for me, but until there's a mirrorless full frame with a lens selection that matches the Canon lenses I own, then it will never be a primary camera for me. I like the Sony, but right now there's a lack of first party lenses and you have to use a bulky adapter to use Canon lenses on it.
     

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