Best Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera....
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Uncle Mike
Registered: Aug 10, 2009
Total Posts: 308
Country: United States

bobbytan wrote:
Having a different camera to shoot landscapes, portraits, and street photography is just silly ... unless you have very deep pockets.

A simple solution is to buy the best/sharpest camera system ... and use post/software to soften portraits and add noise to street photography, etc.

And that would be the OM-D IMO.


Considering how much money people around here spend on camera gear, it makes perfect sense to buy a camera optimized to what you want to shoot.

I do own more than one camera--unfortunately my selection of cameras isn't quite so well optimized for different subjects. A cheap old FF camera with 85mm lens for portraits, and a Nikon 3200 (24 MP!) for landscapes, for example.



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 7461
Country: United States

That's the way to go if money is not an issue. I have friends who shoot with a 5D III and m43 ... and their M10 is on the way ...

Uncle Mike wrote:
bobbytan wrote:
Having a different camera to shoot landscapes, portraits, and street photography is just silly ... unless you have very deep pockets.

A simple solution is to buy the best/sharpest camera system ... and use post/software to soften portraits and add noise to street photography, etc.

And that would be the OM-D IMO.


Considering how much money people around here spend on camera gear, it makes perfect sense to buy a camera optimized to what you want to shoot.

I do own more than one camera--unfortunately my selection of cameras isn't quite so well optimized for different subjects. A cheap old FF camera with 85mm lens for portraits, and a Nikon 3200 (24 MP!) for landscapes, for example.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15271
Country: Germany

Cross-posted:

I played around with the J1, V1, J2 and V2 today in the store, a large electronics super market, and although the cameras are great fun and really nice to operate, and the results look superficially good, I must admit to being quite disappointed at the acuity at ISO 800. The noise AND smudginess were just quite strong. I didn't see any major improvement in the 2nd generation cameras. This was all around ISO 800 with the 10-30 zoom.

On the other hand, I played with E-PL3 (which I own and know well), E-PL5 and E-M5 as well, and I was very pleased with the E-PL5, and will upgrade soonish. The E-M5 is a really nice camera, but I have to admit that I hate the mushiness of the buttons. The E-PL5 is so much better in that regard.



joezasada
Registered: Feb 25, 2005
Total Posts: 3062
Country: Canada

in terms of IQ I am quite happy with my GX1, and very happy with my GH3 (although it's a tad big for 'compact' - but the lenses are small)



ShadowWalker
Registered: Jun 21, 2005
Total Posts: 2029
Country: United States

+1. Great lens.

Lleuallen wrote:
Thank you all for the nice input... I've decided to try OMD em-5. Any suggestions for a long telephoto zoom lens...?

Try the Panasonic 45-175. I thought is was not so hot when I used it on my GH2 but it really sings on the E-M5. The E-M5 IBIS seems to make the difference. I've used it quite a bit the last couple of weeks and Its performance amazes me.

A big plus is the small size and light weight. It handles very well on the camera.

Larry



Jeff Kott
Registered: Oct 12, 2008
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Country: United States

Paul,

I'm curious as to what you found to be lacking in your NEX 5N images. Also, what lenses were you using with it.

If this thread was a poll, you'd definitely be ordering an OM-D, but it's not clear to me that OM-D images will be "better" than those from your 5N, depending of course on the lenses that you're using.



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
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Country: France

Paul, I have played with NEX 5N, NEX 7, OM-D and RX1. Clearly, OM-D and NEX 5N offer brilliant IQ IF you can't afford to use a full-size system. NEX 7 is already a cut above, and IQ soars when used with great Leica glass. As well it should, 'cause the price soars as well. RX1 has features you may or may not like. But the IQ clearly is "from a full-sized system", and not "from the best of the less-than-full-sized systems". That said, horses for courses....



naturephoto1
Registered: Nov 09, 2005
Total Posts: 1566
Country: United States

philber wrote:
Paul, I have played with NEX 5N, NEX 7, OM-D and RX1. Clearly, OM-D and NEX 5N offer brilliant IQ IF you can't afford to use a full-size system. NEX 7 is already a cut above, and IQ soars when used with great Leica glass. As well it should, 'cause the price soars as well. RX1 has features you may or may not like. But the IQ clearly is "from a full-sized system", and not "from the best of the less-than-full-sized systems". That said, horses for courses....


But the RX1 only offers a single focal length lens.

Rich



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