Three great cameras

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 12mm f/2 lens

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5 Voigtlander 35mm f.1.2

Sony NEX-7 Zeiss 24mm f/1.8

Since the start of the year I've been using and writing about three Mirrorless / E.V.I.L / CSC  cameras. Each of these in their own way has raised the bar for this DSLR alternative genre of cameras. The NEX-7 with its huge file size, superb EVF and brilliant focus peaking system for MF lenses. The Fuji X-Pro 1 with its stunning image quality. And the Olympus OM-5 with its all round performance, weather-sealing and speed.

While it would be nice to speculate on a camera that incorporated the best of all of them, we probably aren't going to see that anytime soon. So I believe that we have to see them as separate product lines offering us different things.

If asked to choose between them, I would find it totally impossible and I have no intention of letting any of them go. All give me things that are special and I enjoy using them all. So its what may be regarded as a "vintage" period in camera development at the moment, a time when smaller, lighter cameras have taken the lead in breaking all sorts of barriers. 

The DSLR (or equivalent) is no longer the only source of ultimate image quality, fast handling and innovative features. Just go back a year or two and these three little wonders are fulfilling the fantasies that we might have had back then. I now make my living as a photographer using mirrorless cameras exclusively. While that may have been seen as somewhat radical a short time ago, photographers at all levels have realised that the combination of functionality and image quality is possible without the conservative design, bulk and traditional handling of the DSLR.

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