DOA. No flash is nice but no nice evf tucked in to the side (no hump) just killed it for me. I'll stick with my GR-DII the best small camera still, IMHO.
I would rather it be build into the body on the left side. Those little periscopes that Ricoh has doesn't to me make a satisfactory solution.
Maybe something in the form of a Leica Frankenfinder might make me a little less harsh.
The nice thing about a plug in EVF, is that the EVF module can be upgraded independantly...
It will be something like this:
I'm not to keen on external finders either, they make a pocket camera not so pocketable. I tried the C/V mini finder on GRD2 and it stayed there all of ten minutes.
Interestingly enough, I was just reading Online Photographer and he had a short note about the web being awash in the Oly m4/3rds pics--and added an addendum to a viewfinder for the 17 f/2.8. It was the Voigtlander 35mm that I already own LOL (which is big, bright--but still an external).
I own a Ricoh GRDII and I use the external viewfinder all the time. In fact, I always leave it on the camera. Maybe it is just me, but I do not find it annoying at all and it still fits in my pocket with the finder on.
If this is what the Olympus camera looks like and it will have interchangeable lenses, and if I can put an external viewfinder on it and if it can deliver decent shots at higher ISO's, then I will be the first in line to buy this. You know, that front shot of the camera looks a lot like a Contax G1 rangefinder camera, which I used to own.
If this is what the Olympus camera will look like, it is one beautiful camera!
corrected distortions [mostly]
what do you think is going on there on the back below the flash hotshoe ?
how about you press down on the hotshoe and the evf pops up... press it down and it goes away? Don't know if there is enough room for that but the top view does show some gaps around the hotshoe area.
Also price if correct is high compared to G1 which does have evf
just a thought... we will all know in a week. From long and hard experience shiny new things always deliver less than ones dreams
still it does look gorgeous
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I'm not expecting an external EVF, or at least not one like the G1. Looking at the diagrams of it when it was released it seems fairly large and complicated compared to the GX200's external viewfinder. Even without an EVF it looks like a tempting replacement for my GRD. I'm worried about the manual controls. It doesn't look like it will be as easy to control as the GRD. I hope they have another prime or two available at release.
Someone above suggested just use the 3:2 format--but we don't know if it will have one (we assume)--and there really isn't a need once you shoot with it awhile.
unless Oly goes for the larger multi-format sensor going 3:2 throws away precious pixels by cropping.
Looks good but I certainly hope that Olympus uses a weaker AA filter than they've been using in some of their other cameras. One also would hope they use the EVF and/or the screen from the G1. Looks like it would make a good second body for my "extra M 4/3" lenses
17mm isn't bad, but I'd much prefer at 12-14mm prime (2.8, or even a bit slower is probably fine) and a faster medium telephoto, 42-70mm) I've found those two suit my shooting style much more then a normal prime or zooms. It's also part of the reason I'm become more frustrated with Oly's selection of primes for 4/3s.
Low light CDAF seems directly related to the max aperture of the lens, so I'm hoping we don't see anything too slow, or rather I hope we see at least one fast lens.
C = the sensor plane indicator
D = stereo mics?
A camera without a viewfinder is nothing new, btw.
[SFX: Japanese crickets...]
Now why doesn't somebody implement that as a forum feature? classic!
C is where the focal plane is (a 0 with a line through it).
Those who were wondering about the exact camera registry of the m4/3rds failed to look at this (the G1 also has this mark, btw).
When is the release date, btw?
something is definately over elaborate in the hotshoe area... why is there a gap on the left and not the right.
maybe the hotshoe slips off to reveal the contacts for the EVF?
hey...this is almost as fun as Apple leaks and rumor used to be :-)
A = styling crease, much like the ones outlining the tapered area on the right.
B = plastic pads to avoid shorting out and damaging dedication pins when flash is slid into place. (Note that center portion is still metal, so flash will fire when slid in. Great attention-getting feature at parties!)
C = sensor-plane mark as previously identified by Vivek.
D = screws that hold the top cover on.
I would doubt that D are screws, Oly would probably make screws less visible than the front of the camera.
Who wants to wager on whether Oly has a removable EVF for the shoe?
I will stay with the M8 and a real viewfinder and fast lenses.
real as in different framing for all lenses, hence a lack of capacity with zooms and without much in the way to implement information overlays
I think I have enough cash for this and perhaps a small flash that I would expect to accompany this camera. Not sure what else Olympus will come up with. If there is a "better" version, I will be buying that as well, along with any other primes they may be offering......
Hmm.. perhaps it is time to let go of my Canon 50/0.95?
the word is, that there is a GN14 flash to suit
I don't see the reall problem though, it's not like 4/3 is actually some kind of consortium... [/sarcasm off]
More for your money
Meanwhile, I was planning on trying to float a rumor that in a further homage to the Pen FT, the new camera's meter system would consist of a virtual needle on the LCD that would read out against a scale numbered 0 through 7, giving a number that you'd then set on a virtual aperture ring via menu buttons -- with the option of stick-on numbered scales for non-Olympus lenses. But I thought that might be too much of an inside joke for anyone except all us ex-Pen FT owners...