Saturday, January 24, 2015

Micro four thirds - 5 years on

Way back in 2010 I had got the GF1 and fell in love with it. I was amazed at what it can do or being so small in form. More than that it convinced that mirrorless compact cameras were the future.

Here we're back to the future where I believe the promise of mirrorless format still holds true and a good part of its potential has been realized too. Credit goes to Olympus and Panasonic for envisioning a new photography format through the micro four thirds and sticking by it, while rest of the industry kept the old ways for the digital world. Five years on and most players have released their own version of mirrorless format. But micro four thirds are the pioneers who has now matured into a full blown platform. Just look at the lens selection and quality, nothing else comes close. And the camera bodies are available from everything to the most compact to the most pro.

The advancement in image quality and technology has been significant in the last five years. I upgraded to a E-M10 from GF1, and it's a quantum sized leap . It's just better in every possible way. I can now shoot in low light at 150mm stopped at f5.6 at ISO3200, and still get a sharp usable image. That is unprecedented. Kudos to the image stabilization and sensor sensitivity improvements. Cherry on top are the glorious Olympus colors - which are widely attributed to the best in class JPEG engine that Olympus has.

I'm excited to learn more about putting the E-M10's feature set to use, and I'm eager to see where the micro four thirds platform goes in the next five years.


vivekaseeja said...

I used to love reading your blog posts. You should write more.

Parag said...

Thanks Vivek bhai. Need to get back in the habit.

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