Episode II: more Olympus E-M1 Hands-on Previews, Videos, Opinions and RAW samples (vs E-M5, X-M1, GX7)
Round #2! In this post, we cover new Olympus E-M1 hands-on reports and previews that were posted after our original Olympus E-M1 hands-on reports round-up was finalized... The Olympus E-M1, along with the new 12-40/2.8 lens and battery grip are available for pre-order at Amazon by Amazon herself and Adorama et al. Your pre-orders/purchases are the main source of funding of this blog, so please don't forget to do so!
UPDATE #1: Olympus has launched a free accessory via mail-in rebate promotion. You have two accessories to chose from, either the MMF-3 adapter or the FL300R flash. You must buy the camera and the accessory, then submit the mail-in rebate, and after a few weeks, you will receive a check in the mail covering the amount of the free accessory. You can find the PDF of this promotion (9/10 to 12/2/13) on the right side of the Adorama product page, under "View Available Rebate(s)" below the red-ink "Free Shipping".
UPDATE #2: B&H Photo has an October 4 in 2013 release estimate. Keep in mind estimates are only estimates!
Sightings of Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 M43rds Lens
But before we continue to the E-M1, there are sightings of the coming-by-late-2014 Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 M43rds lens. Here are a number of pictures of the lens, in the hand (not behind glass) at Photography Blog.
Olympus E-M1 Hands-On Reports and Previews and Samples
+ excellent hands-on report as usual including JPEG and RAW samples at Quesabesde which includes RAW comparisons of the same scene taken with the Olympus E-M5, Panasonic GX7, and Fuji X-M1 [HOT!] [MUST READ!]
+ Ming Thein's Part II includes detailed color-coded spec-sheet comparison, ISO crops comparison and more [HOT!] [MUST READ!]
+ lots of real world JPEG and RAW samples at Photography Blog (RAW at the bottom)
+ launch day hands-on at Photography Review
+ hands-on video at Pop Photo (may start with X-M1 ad, don't get confused!)
+ real world samples at Digital Camera Review
+ samples at Fotopolis.pl
Opinions on the E-M1
+ E-M1 vs E-M5 at Avec Thom Hogan and also opinion on the E-M1
+ Sound Image Plus
+ on video at EOS HD
+ audio opinions (podcast) at The Digital Story
+ practice your french in an opinion-survey at Focus Numerique and les results
Watch Olympus E-M1 Hands-On, Previews and More
The last two videos below are launch events (so you can get a feel of what goes on in those events for the elites!). The last one is nearly 30 minutes long. But we start the videos with the obligatory unboxing...