Saturday, 23 May 2015

Olympus vs. Sony: The Photo System Dilemma

RX1 & OMD - Streetwalkers

The weird shattering of my camera purchasing aspirations has brought me back to the drawing board. That is, it makes me think: what camera system should I be getting into?
I’m way past SLRs. With all due respect to their potential for superior quality, their quality to bulk ratio is incredibly poor. On the other side of the spectrum, I’m looking for something that’s more than a pocket camera, thank you very much. This leaves me with two popular options (I designate the ones from, say, Fuji or Samsung, as unpopular):

  1. The Four Thirds system, as represented by the Olympus OMD E-M1 camera; and
  2. The Sony E-mount system, as represented by the Sony Alpha A6000.
The Olympus offerings seem to be designed for the photographer, with plenty of dials and such that make taking the photo one wants to take a delight. Equipment is generally available for less money, too. On the other hand, I’m not much of a fan of the 4:3 aspect ratio and the sensor is rather oldish.
The Sony is more of a gadget than a camera. Sure, it lacks a touchscreen, but its APS-C is newer, bigger and mucho flashier than the Olympus’.
I’m inclined towards either the Sony or waiting out a year to see where the wind blows as far as new models are concerned. I suspect replacement models for both of the above mentioned models will be out: Olympus already released its Mark 2 version, with some nifty features like being able to take 60MP photos (which sounds great but lacks practicality for me, given I rarely carry a tripod). And surely Sony would not want to wait too long in between models, especially as it releases a new Mark for its successful RX100 every year?

Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Image by Zhao !, Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0) licence

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