Which is the Best Camera?
Andrew H writes:
The Olympus OMD E-M5 has for me really upset the apple cart,.
From reading all your articles the E-M5 is nearly perfect and your latest reviews of the Olympus SHG lenses has left me drooling (yes big and heavy but at least the camera is small and lightish, but some small light weight lenses could also be bought for the times weight is the priority over absolute quality).
DIGLLOYD: Keep perspective always.
The E-M5 is a well designed camera, but it is a tradeoff; it won’t make nearly as good images as a Nikon D800. But it might be more fun to use and might completely serve the needs of many photographers, at least under many shooting situations. And its size/weight might make it a win.
Micro Four Thirds makes the grade now. It will only get better and better, so the E-M5 is simply a best of breed in 2012 that will look dated in a year or two. I do hope to see sensor technology get to the ~24 megapixel level with improved noise behavior— think Sony sensor in Olympus body.
High-grade lenses for MFT are emerging: Schneider will offer three high peformance prime lenses: Super Angulon 14/2, a Xenon 30/1.44 and a Makro Symmar 60/2.4 (28mm, 60mm, 120mm equivalent FOV for full frame).
The camera that is “best” is the camera that meets the needs of the photographer, and that is different for each. It could be a size/weight priority, it could be an image quality priority, it could be low-light shooting, etc. Often having two systems to serve two different needs is the answer, such as one DSLR system and one Micro Four Thirds system.
There are other reasons— such as vision— I have an elderly client whose vision forces the use of a Zacuto viewfinder with quite a few stacked frames on a Canon rear LCD. This is an unwieldy bulky mess. But the Olympus E-M5 with its EVF and diopter control is far more compact and offers a superior view (for him); he loves the camera because it is so much easier to use. The Olympus SHG lenses are as big and heavy as DSLR lenses, but that is not an issue for him; it is being able to see what he is shooting without undue difficulty.