DPRs preview of the E-M1

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by wt21, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    OK. This got my attention

    "These corrections, enabled by the company's latest, TruePic VII processor, include correcting for chromatic aberation and correcting sharpness on a per-lens basis" from Olympus E-M1 First Impressions Review: Digital Photography Review

    This camera might take the award for best OOC jpgs. It's about time Oly started correcting for CA. I hope they do it with Panny lenses, too.
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  2. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    And another comment from DPR
    "The biggest difference between the E-M1 and the E-M5, though, is the degree of direct control on offer. We really liked the E-M5's twin-dial control system, but the E-M1 goes beyond that by providing button-and-dial combinations for quickly changing almost every imaginable setting on the camera, quickly. It's the kind of approach you don't usually get until the very top of manufacturers' lineups - it means you have to get used to where every function is, but can shoot fluidly once you have.

    However, this direct control doesn't come at the expense of the potentially slower but easier to find touch-screen interface. The E-M1 can be operated pretty much however you fancy."

    I'm sure, however, that this will lead to people saying the camera is confusing. The degree of control Oly gives you over their cameras has always been comprehensive, which has led some people to shy away.
  3. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    1/320 flash sync, 1/8000 ss, focus peaking, PDAF on a chip, in-camera HDR, mic and flash sockets.

    But can they make it better build quality than the EM5 -- i.e. will the buttons stay on, and the bezels not crack?
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  4. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
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  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    LOL, when a complicated camera meets uncomplicated minds :smile:
  6. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Sheesh. Now that there are two can we PLEASE dispense with calling these camera's "The OM-D". There are two now. It wasn't accurate before, and it's doubly inaccurate now!
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    AMEN. There are PEN cameras and OM-Ds, but from this day forth if someone is talking about a specific camera, they really should use the model name which is the E-M1 for the new one and the E-M5 for the older one.
  8. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Olympus Loyal

    I have owned and used Olympus, for nearly 25 years. Was my favorite body and lens design, of the film era. But since the early E- series, the perceived build quality, has deteriorated, to the near unacceptable level (at least at the mid level).

    These Oly Pens (1,2,and 3, that I have owned) are really nice little cameras. But the buttons, doors, etc., are just too fragile for everyday use. I use mine almost every day outside, mostly on small tripod, with focusing rail, and ball head. Works great, but I have to handle it with "kid gloves". I mostly handle my pens by the lens barrel, or focusing rail, to minimize wear and tear on the shiny fragile body.

    Come on OLY, TOUGHEN UP! :clapping:

    Rant over. :smile:
  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Please, please, pleeeeeease!!!
  10. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    OMG this drives me nuts!! That and the "-" being put in the wrong spot within the name. Lol! :D
  11. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Are you referring to the EM-1 or EM-5?
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    OK....to get everyone up to speed. The OM camera name originated with Olympus Maitani.....even though the new one is not a Maitani design, it was "inspired" by it, so OM, then slash and model number......in our case, just "D" for digital..... OM-D

    I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know what the "E" stands for in the Olympus "E" system, but all E system cameras use the same naming convention. They all start with an E, and then are followed by the "type" (P for Pen, PL for Pen light, PM for Pen Mini, M for OM) and then a hyphen followed by the number of the iteration or model.
  13. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    I believe "E" just because it was the next letter, after C (Camedia) got dropped and in 2005-ish P&S models became "D".
  14. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Whatever it is called: it seems to be a spectacular camera!
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  15. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
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  16. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
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  17. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Is tracking focus, hybrid CDAF/PDAF, the killer feature that will have more people giving up their DSLRs?

    It seems like most of the mirrorless mfg's are heading this way and you are giving up 1 out of every 16 pixels to make this happen (at least with the Sony sensor-based implementations).

    Is there a limit to where CDAF can go on C-AF? There sure has been a ton of progress here over the past few years.
  18. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    I'm looking at their test chart and frankly I can't believe how utterly awful the E-M1's JPEGs are. They are oversharpened and overprocessed to the point of absurdity, the overall appearance is very "plastic" and unnatural. The skintones are garishly saturated. Ugh...

    Even the E-M5 doesn't look as oversharpened and "blotchy" as the E-M1.


    As a side note, Panasonic GX7 still has the same subtle shift to green all their cameras have had in the past.
  19. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Yeah, wow, that's pretty bad. I like my E-PM2's jpegs, but I have "warm tone" set to off and sharpening & contrast at -1.
  20. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    JPGs are defined in-camera via a myriad of settings. Would not trust a camera's JPG as an example of what it can do since there's no real way to know how it was configured. In my experience the only way to know what a camera is capable of is to use it and use it for what one shoots in real life. I take any new camera of my forest photo walks and shoot RAW. JPG is a convenience, but even for "soccer dad" shots I still prefer RAW. I have yet to find an in-camera JPG that pleases me. I must be a tough crowd.