Summer is coming, and it’s the right time for choosing the perfect camera for the adventures it brings. Olympus seems to have this in mind, so they’ve launched their latest rugged compact camera: Olympus TG-5. It’s water-, dust-, freeze, crush- and shockproof, able to withstand a variety of weather conditions and follow you wherever you may roam. At the same time, it’s capable of 4K video shooting and high-speed Full HD 1080p at 120 fps.
Recently, we showed you a somewhat expensive option for using Godox flashes with Fuji, Olympus and other brand cameras. There’s also been a rumour floating around that Godox were working to add native support for some of these brands. Now, though, it seems that support is starting to come quicker than anybody had anticipated.
Fuji and Olympus/Panasonic versions of the Godox TT350 TTL speedlights are now available for preorder, at least through Adorama. They’re Fuji and Olympus/Panasonic compatible versions of their Flashpoint Zoom-Mini TTL R2 Flash (AKA, Godox TT350).
Now, steady yourself, this might come as a bit of a shock. Olympus have now officially killed the Four Thirds camera system. Ok, so perhaps it’s not really that much of a surprise. It’s more than six years since the last new Four Thirds camera, so we all knew it was probably coming. DPReview reports that the news comes as four-thirds.org releases its latest lens catalogue.
The system was initially developed by Olympus along with Kodak, as a new lens format for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and introduced in 2003. The format saw no less than 15 cameras from Olympus, two from Panasonic, and the lone Digilux 3 from Leica. But in the end, it couldn’t compete against in the DSLR market. In the mirrorless scene, it had already been made obsolete with the introduction of Micro Four Thirds in 2008.
The winter sun was low to the horizon as I steadied myself upon a rather uncomfortable wooden perch. My back to the sun and downwind, target in clear sight, I drew in a deep breath then slowly exhaled as I prepared to take the shot. At the bottom of my breath I waited for that brief moment between heart beats as I took up the slack in my finger. Thump thump… Thump thump… squeeze. The sharp report from my mouse-click heralded the confirmation of success. “Congratulations, you won! OLYMPUS OM-SYSTEM S ZUIKO AUTO-ZOOM 28-48mm F/4 MF Lens W/HOOD (HAZE)”.
A few weeks before Christmas my best friend’s husband rang me:
Daniela, I want to buy M a camera. What should I get her?
I asked the standard questions: how much does he have to spend and what sort of photography does he think she’ll be doing. He tells me there’s £500 in the kitty and she’s been making murmurs about taking more landscapes and getting better photos of the dog. I suggest that maybe he wants to look at an Olympus PEN. They fall well within his price bracket; they’ve a good frames-per-second rate and lots of AF points for capturing their off-his-rocker dog; and they’re pretty light. Given that my best friend lives close to the Alps and walks a lot, this is a bonus.
However, I add my usual disclaimer. ‘For that money, no one is going to sell you a bad camera. It’s more important to find the one that best suits your specific needs.’
If you’re thinking about moving to micro four thirds or buying the E-M1 Mark II… maybe read this first, it may actually save you money down the line.
For the past year and a half I have been shooting both the top of the range MFT and A7RII on professional assignments. Sadly I ended up often quite frustrated by the poor low light performance of Oly’s cameras as well as the lack of 4K which most of my clients ask from me when I shoot for example cinemagraphs.
Therefore since December 2016, I’ve gone 100% for the Sony and dropped MFT altogether to cut my losses invested in this system as well as my cherished Ambassador status (which in reality meant very little).
Photojournalists and documentary filmmakers get into a series of unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Seizing or steeling their cameras is very common, and the unprotected data on camera’s memory card can easily fall into wrong hands. This is why Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to five of the world’s leading camera manufacturers: Nikon, Sony, Canon, Olympus and Fuji. They asked them to build encryption into their photo and video cameras, which could protect the filmmakers and photojournalists who use them.
I’ve had my little NEX 5n marvel now for 5 years and long ago came to grips with its charms and deficits and reached a point where most of its operation is totally intuitive. It’s been my main snap shooter and travel camera companion since early 2012 yet even today the files compare nicely with those from the A6000 and A6300. More recently however the NEX 5n has been relegated to classroom duties as a shiny new Olympus EM 5 mk 2 has been pressed into service for travel and casual shooting duties.
The EM5 is not the first M4/3 camera I’ve owned, I also have a GH2 which has principally served for video usage and has now become my wifes’ personal camera.
Knowing how well our camera produces jpg files might not be a high priority for a lot of photographers. If you’re only shooting raw, then what does it matter, right? Well, there are still a lot out there shooting jpg, and even pros may switch over to jpg for less important tasks. So, The Camera Store have challenged 8 popular cameras from leading manufacturers to the Great JPEG Shootout!
It’s an interesting comparison. Cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic are put head to head with an iPhone 7 Plus to see which produces the best looking images straight out of the camera. Perhaps not surprisingly, the iPhone didn’t do very well.
With Photokina coming it is no surprise that many announcements are reeling in. Olympus just Olympus announces the uber retro Pen E-PL8 Micro Four Thirds camera (pre-order here).
The PEN E-PL8, follows the Olympus line of retro cameras only doing it with more style. So this camera has quite a design dialog with the recently announced PEN-F. This leads me to think that Olympus is aiming to be a design and style oriented company. And specs may support this sentiment:
This Micro Four Thirds has a small 16.1MP sensor. Now, don’t get me wrong, 16MP is probably enough for everything you need, but it is smaller than competition, and offers no advance over the previous PEN E-PL7 . The PL8 also has the same 3-axis image stabilization and tilting LCD screen as the PL7.