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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Old 28th May 2014
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The attached is a link to a real life comparison of the OLympus E-M1, Panasonic
GH-4, Fuji X-T1 and Sony A6000 cameras with some surprising results. I don't know if the latest firmware updates were applied before testing but I doubt if v1.4 was applied to the E-M1.

Some surprising results and the m4/3rds cameras look good!
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I actually prefer "real world" tests to the clinical numbers reviews that so often concentrate on the aspects that provide the desired outcome...

Well worth watching (if you like dirt bike action)
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

A very interesting video. The results for SAF v CAF on the E-M1 would appear to contradict much of the received wisdom on this forum. All of the mirrorless cameras seem to be very good these days. Thanks for posting Dave.

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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

Yes Ron, but it's a judgement on by how much! It all depends on the skill of the photographer and just how much practice they have spent with a particular camera.

The S-AF shots in the video relied on taking a shot and then refocus and get the next one etc. A really tough call which I know some of the experts here are really superb at performing and getting excellent results for their efforts.

What I found really interesting is just by how much mirrorless cameras have caught up on the benchmark Nikon F4S for fast sports and wildlife professional use! Of the four cameras tested in this review, only the m4/3rds pair have the lens range reach for wildlife, excluding converted DSLR lenses.
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

Great post Dave and well worth watching.

I have to agree that the AFC on the EM1 is stunning and does meet all my expectations (AFC-Tracking appears to be the oddball as it does not do what its title implies).

I have personally not had any issues with AFS on the EM1 and find it more than suitable for my shooting.

It does serve to show what the current breed of mirrorless can deliver and certainly shows how well they can compare with and in some cases exceed the capabilities of many APS-C DSLR's out there.

Great news and I look forward to further improvements to the EM1 via firmware updates.
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

Good appraisal overall, I'm happy with my EM1 although I have a friend with the GH4 & do think it is slightly by a small highly better than the EM1 especially with video but lacks the style of the OM-D M1.
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

Thanks Dave, thoroughly interesting video and I must admit I do generally like the Camera Store's take on all things photography wise.
I wonder if the X-T1 is hampered a little by the size of the glass it has to move around in the 55-200, that's not a small zoom, it's not far off an Oly 50-200 SWD in size..

Nice to see the E-M1 came out pretty respectable although I think the single point single shot AF is pretty much instantaneous on mine, even with the 35-100 attached.
It will be interesting to see how the 40-150 f/2.8 performs when it's released.
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

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Nice to see the E-M1 came out pretty respectable although I think the single point single shot AF is pretty much instantaneous on mine, even with the 35-100 attached
mine too, I was surprised to hear him say the CAF focused faster than point to point SAF as this is not my experience, whether photographing m'cycle racing, powerboats or BIF etc
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

Useful clip... thanks for highlighting it!

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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

Interestingly, this guy, a wildlife photographer has no problems with speed of AF with the Fujifilm xt1
http://digital-photography-school.co...camera-review/
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Re: Mirrorless camera shoot-out!

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Interestingly, this guy, a wildlife photographer has no problems with speed of AF with the Fujifilm xt1
http://digital-photography-school.co...camera-review/
True but all his wildlife subjects that he took with it were stationary Dave.
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