Dec 302013

Retro mirrorless cameras are quite popular these days.

At the beginning of 2012 Fuji announced X-Pro1 (January) and Olympus the OM-D E-M5 (february). Later, the X-E1, and in 2013 X-e2, Olympus OM-D E-M1, and Panasonic GX7 followed the retro-styled trend.

Even Nikon launched a full-frame retro looking dslr (Nikon DF).

I believe that this retro looking style will continue in 2014 too.

There are rumors on the internet ( that Fuji will launch at the beginning of 2014 a new mirrorless camera, probably a retro looking design too.

Maybe Sony, that has always a modern look (NEX series) will consider this direction too. I think the center viewfinder of Sony A7 is looking a little retro.

And there are on the market a lot of accessories (like soft buttons or leather half-cases) that will make your digital camera look like a film SLR.

If Fuji and Olympus were pioneers of the camera „fashion”  (if I may say so), I believe that in 2014 we will see more retro-styled mirrorless cameras.



Image source: Eva K. (wikipedia)

Olympus om-d e-m1 new firmware update

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Dec 102013

Until now Fuji was, in my opinion, the most client orientated company when it comes to cameras and problem solving through firmwares.

Remember the first version of Fuji X100 or X-Pro1 and how are these now after so many firmware updates?

It seems that Olympus is keeping up and now Olympus om-d e-m1 has a new firmware update.

You can make the update through the Camera Updater.

What’s New:

1) Enhanced stabilization of shooting in the Sports mode and Children mode of the SCN mode or C-AF.

2) Improved live bulb image quality while noise reduction is on.

3) Improved AF operation.

4) Supports compensation for chromatic aberration when using the E-M1 and Panasonic’s LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (H-FS14140) together.


Source: The photographer (



Dec 102013

What do you think?

Is Olympus om-d em1 the best mirrorless camera and a real DSLR competitor?

It is a mirrorless camera, but it looks like a DSLR camera.


When compared to DSLR, mirrorless cameras prove them selves as great competitor: APS-C sensor, a lot of manual settings, very short shutter speeds, high iso capability, high flash speed synk, etc.

But in experience a list of specifications is not enough.

How fast the camera reacts, how easy to configure is it, how good the auto focus system is, etc are questions raised oft by those who went from dslr to mirrorless camera.

If we look on the specification list of Olympus om-d e-m1, we notice specs like: 1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync, up to ISO 25,600, On-sensor phase detection elements, no low-pass filter, Magnesium alloy body etc.

We know that Olympus has also stellar lens like 75mm, 45mm, 12mm and the new zoom Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8

So, given this facts, what is your opinion? Would you give up your DSLR for this mirrorless camera?

Soon, I will upload a review about Olympus OM-D EM1.