So... This isn't a camera for you.
For Olympus this is a new product they can assemble from already established parts and pieces with a new software that doesn't require heavy investment in R&D and retooling manufacturing.
I know I'm being really negative about this camera, but for goodness sake it's 2018 and this is just a rehash of technology that Olympus introduced in the E-M5 back in 2012. The low end of the market is flooded with 20Mp 1" sensor cameras that deliver very good IQ and Fuji will sell you a 24Mp APSC ILC camera with twin dials for pretty much the same money (XA3). Hell, YI sell a 20Mp m43 camera for peanuts.In the context of the Olympus lineup, I'm not sure what else people were expecting. When only the flagship OM-D and PEN cameras have 20MP sensors, it's not realistic to expect the bottom-rung model to have one.
It's like the E-M10iii all over again, with people expecting 20MP, phase detect and all kinds of other craziness... it was just never going to happen. Entry level models get entry level specs, and in Olympus terms we all know what that means.
That's rather condescending and arrogant.Maybe people who don't understand cameras?
Who would buy this over a Panasonic GX85? Presumably it will even be more expensive...
Well me, for one, and I think I understand cameras pretty well.Maybe people who don't understand cameras?
I get that, but, first of all, I was coming from an E-PL5. The E-PL7 layout is very similar, with slightly improved dials and similar ability to customize, so it has a familiarity advantage for me. And 2nd, I find the E-P5 grip to be too small and shallow for the weight of the camera body, whereas the the lighter body of the PL7 makes it less of an issue for the same shape grip. Although, frankly, BOTH the E-PL7 and E-P5 would be better served with a larger grip that protrudes out more and gives the right hand a better ability to hook and anchor. None of these cameras is close to ideal ergonomically - but I had spent considerable time and effort customizing and getting acclimatized to the E-PL5 and this customizing and muscle memory almost completely transferred to the E-PL7.I guess camera ergonomics are subjective. My mother’s epl7 was an ergonomic nightmare. She has upgraded to a GX85 now.
But if in your hands it feels the other way round than more power to you.
Actually, it's not. Looks like they've taken a leaf out of Canons book. How to sell old tech to the dumb masses. Look at the 200D, & EOSM range for example. And the 6D, which actually went backwards, if you bring image quality into it.That's rather condescending and arrogant
Why is it bizzare? Lots of people, especially at the entry level, couldn't care less about viewfinders. And they have 4 other current models with a viewfinder.Really? Bizarre to be launching another evf-less m43 camera in 2018. ?
It's an E-PL model.Lack of a second dial is a major fail if they want to target serious photographers with it.
Except with limited resources, they would concentrate their efforts on the flagship OM-Ds and PEN-F types.There's nothing with releasing a model like this, except that without the wow factor people lose interests fast, even for an entry level camera. Remember the days when most of the popular cellphones sold were equiped with QVGA (240*320) screens? Yes, I'm talking about Nokia, everyone around me back then had a Nokia and it was like we knew our next purchase would still be a Nokia with the QVGA screen, because why do you ever think you should want your cellphone to do what your computer does and nobody makes better phones and even if someone does, it'll be expensive and not pratical. And the rest is history.
So instead of saying the model is good enough for entry level market, I'd say why can't Olympus do better than the lowest expectations?
True, but what would the incremental cost be (either development or production) to have put the 20Mp sensor into it? I realise that the IQ difference is minimal, and perhaps irrelevant for the target market, but it's a matter of perception as much as reality.Except with limited resources, they would concentrate their efforts on the flagship OM-Ds and PEN-F types.
Except with limited resources, they would concentrate their efforts on the flagship OM-Ds and PEN-F types.
giving the customers more than what they expected while not actually adding much more to the cost, people will get crazy about it. m43 has been the underdog, the rebel, people buy into this system and want to feel being different in a good way, so give them that. these days m43 cameras focus fastest--no more, are the most mature with cheaper but great lenses--no more, have the greatest features--no more, I'm not saying it's bad, but m43 used to be and needs to be the rebel, the challenger.True, but what would the incremental cost be (either development or production) to have put the 20Mp sensor into it? I realise that the IQ difference is minimal, and perhaps irrelevant for the target market, but it's a matter of perception as much as reality.