- Jan 11, 2013
- Leamington Spa, UK
IMHO, the EM1.3 is only worth it over the EM1.2 if at least one of the following are important to you:Not. Used either camera, coming from a slightly different angle currently use G80 and thinking about getting an Em1 just trying to decide between mk2 and 3. I was leaning towards the mk2 mainly due to cost. Most of my lens are Lumix. If I did body only and not double up on glass 12-60 lumix and 12-40 Pro I might go for the Mk 3 Or mk2 and get the 12-40 or maybe 12-100 (scratch head)
- Hand held hi-res. This is a big deal if you shoot scenes where its limitations are not exceeded (i.e. relatively static scenes, no stacking or bracketing, long wait between shots (2-3 frames per MINUTE, f8 limit (no sunstars!)). The big deal is not just higher res (which personally is not a motivator), but MUCH reduced shadow noise = MUCH better DR.
- Improved face/eye AF. This is also a big deal. If you shoot people it'll improve your keeper rate a lot.
- AF joystick. This is a fairly big deal if you've previously struggled with the touchpad AF.
- AF target area control. Might be a big deal for wildlife/sport shooters.
- Improved IBIS. Adds about a stop. I can get at least an 80% hit rate on perfectly sharp hand-hold shots at 12mm with the 12-100 at 15s. Amazing. The E-M1.2 maxed out at 8s. That's still pretty good, so probably not a big deal for most users.
- Live ND. Might help out to smooth water when you haven't got an ND filter and a tripod/stable surface to stand the camera on.
- Slightly improved usability. Extra C position on dial and "My Menu". Minor really.
- Stary Sky AF. MIght be useful for astro shooters. I'm not an expert so can't comment.
- USB charging/operation. Again, probably very useful for astro shooters.