Excellent JPEGs straight from camera, astoundingly sharp 45mm lens, great autofocus
Bruce H, 1/01/2015
After ten years with Canon, and a full time pro, I jumped ship to Olympus in mid 2014. Weight and size issues lugging two Canons and big lenses at weddings.
Absolutely no regrets with picture quality. Weddings are a breeze with face recognition autofocus, and the kit 40-150 is surprisingly sharp! But the 12-40 f2.8 is simply superb. Believe all the reviews.... it's spectacular.
I have no qualms shooting 1600 ISO in RAW + Fine Jpeg, processed in Lightroom 5, but in most cases the jpeg is excellent, and that means post production time is cut in half or less. I use the HLD-7 grip always, and have never run out of battery yet. Got low once, but swapped a fresh battery in the grip and was up and away again.
Only downside, and this is quite serious, is that the wheel function dials are too easily changed, and are not able to be turned off, that I have found. I do a lot of aerial photography, with shutter preference automation at 1/2000 sec, and more than once, I've found the shutter speed altered to a slower speed accidentally. Action happens quickly, and it's sometimes 200 frames between checking, and it's not good when you discover the speed at 1/30th! A simple firmware upgrade could help.
Night photos and time lapse movies are an absolute breeze, with the unique Live Bulb time feature. I'm still learning the menu items, and will probably get the new lenses when they've been around for a while. (40-150 and 7-14 Pro) Also, the ability to use obscure lenses with inexpensive adapters, (like my 1975 Pentax 500mm f4.5) is a real bonus. I LOVE this camera with passion. It has rekindled my enthusiasm for photography.(I still use a Canon 7D with 10-22 for real estate work-- the Olympus 9-18 isn't quite wide enough).
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Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes