I have finally got myself organised and got my christmas present … my new camera. My old camera died at the Every Australian Counts rally for the NDIS and I have been proscastinating and generally not making up my mind what I wanted. I knew I wanted something at the entry level of SLR .. just so I could extend myself and go beyond what I had been doing in the past. What we settled on a Micro Four Thirds Camera … the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix Lens (G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ). And while I have not been able to use it too much yet … I am really enjoying it. But I am jumping ahead of myself alittle …
I know when I started the journey of looking at the camera I knew that I wanted to go beyond the compact digital camera. I enjoy my photography. I have no ambition of ‘going professional’ but it something that I enjoy and what to improve on and I just knew that this wasn’t going to happen with your standard compact camera. I also wanted the ability to not be tired to a single lens. I wanted to be able to change the lens I used and be able to get lens made by people that know glass and not necessarily the same as the one that made the camera. So what else was available? Well … like most people, I think, my first thoughts were that if you wanted more than a compact camera you had to go SLR. What else was there? That is when I learnt about Micro Four Thirds Camera Systems.
What is the Micro Four Thirds Camera System, how did it come about and how is it different to a standard SLR or DSLR Camera?
Historically, SLR and DSLR camera design had been built around using a mirror and prism system for viewing what was being photographed “through-the-lens” via the viewfinder. This method while very effective means of achieving this end however put constraints on the development more compact digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, due to the size of the mirror and prism assembly.
Since the introduction of Live View in DSLR, what was being photographed “through-the-lens” could be previewed on the camera’s LCD screen – much like a compact digital camera – manufacturer’s have subsequently been able to develop cameras that no longer require the mirror and prism-style system. Thus they have been able to create Compact System Cameras (CSC) with interchangeable lenses … and thus the Micro Four Thirds format was conceived.
So for me the short version of this all is that the Micro Four Thirds Format offers the size (and lower cost) of a compact camera with the flexibility of interchangeable lens, advanced controls and increased quality that you would expect from DSLRs. So in short perfect for me.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
So far I am really enjoying my new camera .. but to put it in proper context … here is a short review and the specificatioms. I guess time will tell what I can do with it
Olympus OM-D E-M5 specification highlights:
- 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
- Weather-sealed body
- Twin control dials
- New, ’5-axis’ image stabilization
- Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
- Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
- 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
- VGA-equivalent 3″ OLED touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
- Latest TruePic VI processor
- Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking
- Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec