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  1. Pretty harsh review. :P But in all honesty, you are indeed right. They have all the tech and know-how to make it happen, but they just don't. Canon especially has been dragging the 18MP sensor for far too long. They had a head start with their 5DmkII and 550D (and all the models followed after), but started to lose their touch and had to see mirrorless camera's overtaking left and right because they we're not tinkering under the hood and weren't hitting the peddle to the metal. It's like entering the Formula 1 with one car and keeping it like that throughout the season, whilst others install performance upgrades and what not. Given that the new 70D is nice, it performs only marginally better than the in meanwhile ancient 18MP sensor (imho). The real power lies with the 5D. It was pretty ground breaking with the mkII and the mkIII opened a lot of new possibilities. But it's not really thanks to Canon, now is it? Great deal of the credit belongs to the amazing work from the guys over at Magic Lantern who can make it to something you can really get excited about. But why dumb down your own camera's when there's an audience waiting for the possibilities? Like you said, are you really just gonna ignore them and push 'em away towards the micro four thirds camera's?! If you'd just, like Panasonic, take notice of what people are saying and give them something to work with and get excited about, you can win too, but I guess they want to be at the losing end of things and stay cornered in the photo-specific corner. Because 'oooooeehh', you don't wan't to be known for your excellent video when making photocamera's. Atleast Nikon is innovating. In the consumerline budgetfriendly camera's category, their sensors outshine Canon's by quite a bit. But they fail to recognize the wishes of cinematographers and video enthusiasts. And that would even be okay if there was a Magic Lantern realizing those wishes and completely changing how you can use the camera, but unfortunately there's no such thing, nor will there probably ever be. Which actually kinda pains me, because here you have Canon that more or less lacks potential, but they have ML. And then there's Nikon, actually quite capable in theory, but as they say: you can't polish a turd, and nobody is seemingly willing to (be able) to get their hands dirty. The way things are going the only thing looking forward in terms of dSLR for video would be the 5DmkIV. And even then if they would just acknowledge the need for videofeatures on it and not dumbing things down so you can release a new camera after a little while with minor upgrades, you already could've provided months before. Same of course goes for the APS-C line of camera's from Canon and Nikon. It's like the story of Cinderella; a lot of potential wasted because it's being treated like dirt. But when given a proper chance and attention it could florish like a flower and win over hearts! But anyways. It's gonna be too little, too late anyways I'm afraid. In meanwhile mirrorless camera's are performing better and better, but more so, provide dedicated videofunctionality that's lacking with dSLRs. And you can redicule the smaller sensor all you want, but it can keep up, but another prominent benefit thereof is keeping lenses very compact! That in combination with a small camera already opens up a world of possibilities and advantages allowing for small run-and-gun videomonsters that pack a punch. I'm personally very excited for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (which I'll probably be getting next month to upgrade from my GH2), especially because of the built-in stabilization. This should be a standard on all digital camera's! I'm using prime lenses most of the time anyways and especially with the MFT pancakes, you have sick possibilities in the smallest of packages, though still giving you stellar performance. To take it to the next level we need high bitrates, focus peaking, various fps-selections including 1080p at or above 60 frames per second. 2.5K already would be awesome for implementing in your 1080p projects. And then deliver 4K and uncompressed output for people who want to really get jiggy with it. That is the future! And mirrorless camera's are starting to give it to us already! You got to love the day and age we live in. We get to experience all these next levels! And it's starting to get more accessible and affordable as we go along. Things are moving in the right direction. It's just a matter of who takes it upon themselves to ride the wave... :lol:
  2. Ok. I probably will be buying the OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm f/2.8 next month (when logistics will be more favorable). :D I hope it's all that what I make it up to be and then some! Just gotten the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 II (black version) for the bare minimum shooting! Should be pretty sweet with the OM-D E-M1's stabilization. The (black as well) 14mm f/2.5 is on it's way too. I was mainly using full manual vintage/legacy glass before, but I need to slim things down and go more essential/pockeable with some pancakes. - UPD 15/2. I just found a discount coupon in some old mail from two weeks ago. It expires tomorrow. The universe basically was telling me to order it, which I did. Will soon be the proud owner of the OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm f/2.8. And whereas the picture above shows the new 20mm f/1.7 II, yesterday the 14mm f/2.5 came in as well!
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  4. @ Dean: looks nice. I couldn't help but notice some grey ('hot' I believe you call them) pixels here and there though. I've had that once before myself with a Kodak Playsport Zx3 (which had a more interesting problem since those pixels were dancing around). Back then I ended up needing to send it back for a replacement...
  5. Wow, you give it more credit than I was expecting. I know there's raving opinions and recommendations for being the 2013 best camera and so on, but thought it would be kinda subpar when it comes to video. About a week ago I played around with the Sony A7 (it's very nice, cool viewfinder, well built, feels nice in your hands and it's fullframe, but then again, you can't really use a pancake lens or anything), RX10 (I saw Mike Kobal with this, it's indeed a very capable device, the child conceived when the Sony RX100 II 1" sensor and Panasonic FZ200 f/2.8 had a one-night stand, but I didn't like the electric drive zoom/focus ring) and the OM-D E-M1 and was really blown away by the viewfinder of the OM-D E-M1, also the whole aesthetics, ergonomy of the camera was very nice. I digg the dual settings wheels at your thumb and index finger. Also performance wise really snappy and nice to use. And I'm also fan of the retro and functional look and especially the higher end kit with 12-40mm f/2.8 is very appealing. I also adore a lot of Olympus' other lenses or the choice and pricing of the M43/MFT lenses in general anyways. I currently am a happy Panasonic GH2 user and use it for both photography and to shoot video with. It's rather excellent. I also love the formfactor (I like to just toss it in my regular bag) and lens availlability. But I've been looking to change things up for quite a while now. The 5DmkIII is too big for me and I'm not really being stopped by the step-in price with 24-105mm kitlens, but rather all the other lenses and gear you would want to buy and add up quite considerably in the end. The BMPCC is nice, but I also like to take pictures and you're kind of forced to spend quite some time getting the footage the way you want it to look afterwards, which sometimes you just want to as close in-camera right away. The GH3 imho is not an enough step-up from the GH2, but I'll await the Panasonic announcement 7th of february, to see what's coming, might just be intersting too. You know, I kinda am in love with fully articulated (touch)screens, so that's always a big big plus. In any event, the OM-D E-M1 really caught my interest. Can't wait for the full comprehensive review. Thanks for the initial thoughts on it! ^_^
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