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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Phoque, Jan 1, 2013.
OM-D E-M5! Hurray!
Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is...: Digital Photography Review
Was there ever any doubt?
Impressive show of support for the system, indeed.
Wow, lots of bitter comments on that article
Having watched Olympus painfully allow the OM-3/4 series to die when autofocus took over the market, scouring photography magazines for any mention of Olympus in the ever dominated Nikon / Canon market, and the rumours of the OM-5 which never did materialize, after a few pathetic attempts at cameras (OM-77AF, etc) it's amazing that 20 years later, after about 10 years of milking the Stylus clamshell designs and about 7 traction less years of 4/3 system cameras we have come to this.
I have been a die-hard Oly fan of some 30 years and this is really sweet.
It's such a beautiful product where so many things have to come together to create an instrument that captured the imagination of photographers loyal to any brand. Bravo!
LOL lots of sour grapes in the comments
A great choice. I love mine.
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I looked at the comments...
Butthurt. Butthurt everywhere.
E-M5 also won camera at the year at:
DC Watch Camera of the Year (Japanese)
Sansmirror Serious Camera of the Year | Sans Mirror â€” mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras | Thom Hogan
It is a great camera and a load of fun too. Love it and in many situations, better than my Nikon D90.
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There is no doubt that the OM-D was the best camera of the year. It tears down the boundaries of how well a compact-sized camera can perform in IQ, even compared to its much bigger brothers, the FF DSLRs. I am pleased that Olympus has not been afraid to innovate (5-axis IBIS), and even bring back something from their past (retro look), plus use an incredible sensor from Sony to create such an excellent package. Well done Olympus. Well deserved accolade.
The comments are the norm for dpreview, sad state really
Don't care what others (canikon ******) have to say bad things about E-M5 really..but what i do care is i just love my E-M5 badly!
Sure, there's plenty of "doubt" when the margin is that close with plenty of other great cameras in the mix. But there's no doubt it's indicative of some sort of tipping point where mirrorless can clearly compete with DSLRs and are being taken seriously by a LOT of fairly serious camera users. It's good news for the format to be sure.
I agree with this completely Ray. We had a thread here a while back about whether or not the E-M5 was a "game changer", iirc. I think this poll, as unscientific as it is, clearly makes the point that the camera is just that. The fact that it won a popularity contest against Canon and Nikon cameras says a lot.
I hope the one thing the industry takes from all this is how important it is to have a well rounded product and system (lenses + flash support). No matter what anyone says about the EM5 either negative or positive no one can deny that with the m4/3 system it is the most complete package available to date.
Wow, yeah no kidding.
Of course at any given year newly released Nikon and Canon bodies will be awesome, will sell well and be loved by Nikon and Canon people. That is what Nikon and Canon do, and they do it well. Olympus just threw a bit of a curve ball with the EM5 - small, packed with tech, good sensor, inexpensive and with "it is a REAL camera" retro looks.
Oh and the sour grapes? I think a lot of photo hobbyist pick a brand for whatever reason, invest in gear and defend their choice as "the best" to internally justify the money they spent on a hobby. Externally they self promote as a "Canon guy" or "Nikon girl", a photographic sense of identity through a name brand.
Micro four-thirds is the future. OM-D is a testament to this. Great show Olympus. Keep it up.
A popularity contest is a definitely a good sign for mu43. No matter how good you are technically, a popularity contest is what reflects sales.
And of course,
There are absolutely no Olympus or Panasonic owners that do this....It's only the "other folks" that do....:smile:
Fair point. I am guilty of lurking all over the dpreview forums and it seems to me to be worst in the Sony forums.