Best cameras 2015 by Imaging Resource: E-M5II selected as “camera and technology of distinction”

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The E-M5II has been selected twice at Imaging Resource best 2015 camera reward:

Once because of the best “Camera of Distinction”:

Overall, the Olympus E-M5 II takes what we loved about the E-M5 and polishes it to perfection. Combined with the ever-growing lineup of fantastic Olympus lenses, the E-M5 Mark II is a top-notch system camera for the enthusiast photographer.

And also because it has the best “Technology of Distinction”:

We’ve tested the E-M5 II’s 40-megapixel mode, and the results are very impressive. While medium-format cameras with high resolution sensors will still win on the resolution front, the level of detail the E-M5 II can deliver in its 40 megapixel mode with a good lens (and Olympus makes many such) is truly impressive. When you consider the price point, it’s a tough act to follow.

E-M5II store links:
E-M5II in Black at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
E-M5II in Silver at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
E-M5II In Europe at AmazonUK, Jessops, WexUK, Namencolor.

The GH4-GX8-E-M5II are among the Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers from National Geographic.

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The GH4-GX8-E-M5II are among the Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers from National Geographic. This is the camera they mention and why they are so good:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Pick for Travelers: This is a new version of an Olympus OM camera that dates back to the 1970s. Here, Olympus revisits its “smaller is better” philosophy and packs in the latest high-tech features. If you like technical features, particularly when shooting cities at twilight, you’ll like the multishot 40-megapixel mode. Like the Fuji, a complete setup fits in a smaller bag.

Pro Tip: Try the articulated screen with touch-screen focusing for video and stills. The option to touch-focus and shoot is set right on the screen. This works particularly well when shooting from a low angle. After framing up the shot, you can wait for someone to walk into the frame, touch their image on the screen, and the camera will focus and immediately take the picture. —Jim Richardson, contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8


Pick for Travelers: The Panasonic G series has been a photographer favorite for a few years. The cameras are loved for their small size and excellent image quality, as well as for the huge range of lenses available from Panasonic, Olympus, and Leica. An added advantage is that the micro 4/3 cameras in this series all share a common lens mount and functionality. This is a good choice if you want a higher megapixel count than the Olympus cameras offer.

Pro Tip: David Alan Harvey used an earlier version of this surprisingly tiny camera to capture many of the pictures featured in a National Geographic magazine story on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Pick for Travelers: If you like a modern-looking, great-shooting still camera, this is a great choice. It has all the advantages of using the micro 4/3 format with a huge selection of lenses that don’t lock you into a particular manufacturer’s camera. But it’s a video-shooting powerhouse. The Lumix DMC-GH4 takes still-camera video into an entirely new class by shooting in ultrahigh definition, a resolution that is commonly referred to as 4K. This camera is the least expensive way to shoot ultra-HD video.

Pro Tip: To see what this camera is capable of, watch “Light of the Yucatan” by Bryan Harvey, an award-winning commercial and documentary director of photography.

Olympus TG-3

Pick for Travelers: Although this camera has the very small point-and-shoot-size sensor, its other attributes more than make up for that slight handicap. It’s pocket-size and completely shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, as well as waterproof to 50 feet without a housing. Sometimes the best photos come from the sketchiest circumstances, and you won’t be afraid to bring this camera along—it’s one you don’t have to worry about. Olympus has added a new Tough camera, the TG-860, which incorporates a selfie-friendly, 180-degree flip screen.

Pro Tip: [I took] this camera on my first diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I was very impressed by the clarity of the images I got below the surface. All of my dive mates were jealous, especially the one who paid extra for housings and whose pictures weren’t as clear. —Carolyn Fox, former director of digital, Nat Geo Travel

 

The Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 gets DxOmarked:

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The Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 lensis not only cheap ($99 at  Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto) it’s also an “attractive option” according to latest DxOmark test:

Although it performs quite, well it doesn’t really stand out. And there are some concessions, most notably in sharpness. While experienced photographers know sharpness isn’t everything in a lens, it feels like a somewhat retrograde step. Nevertheless, as a model intended to entice users to upgrade from a kit zoom, it is an attractive option.

Current US deals reminder:

Olympus camera deals:
E-M1 for $899 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. $50 off. This is the lowest price ever!
E-M5II for $849 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. $50 off. Again lowest price ever!
E-M10II with kit lens for $699 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. $100 off!
E-M10II body for $549 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. $100 off!
E-M10 two lens kit bundle at GetOlympus. $400 off!
E-M10 for $399 (or $449 with kit lens) at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. $250 off on the kit version!
E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. $100 off!
E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. $100 off!

Panasonic camera deals:
$400 off on the GX8 with 12-35mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Free $150 gift card with the GH4 at BHphoto (Click here).
GX8 got a $200 off at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.
G7 got a $200 off at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.
You get a free $100 gift card on the G7 kit sold by Adorama .
The GM5 sells for $469 only at Adorama.

Panasonic lens savings:
$200 off on the Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 OIS Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic Store.
$200 off on the 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$200 off on the 7-14mm f/4.0 Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$150 off on the 25mm f/1.7 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic Store.
$1o0 off on the Panasonic 14-140mm Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$70 off on the Leica 15mm f/1.7 Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$50 off on the Panasonic 100-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Panasonic 45-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Panasonic 42,5mm f/1.7 lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
$50 off on the Panasonic 30mm macro lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
$30 off on the Panasonic 20mm II pancake at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$30 off on the Panasonic 14mm pancake Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.

Olympus lens deals:
$150 off on the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$150 off on the 12-40mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$150 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$150 off on the 8mm f/1.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$150 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 17mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 60mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 25mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens sold at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$150 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$150 off on the 14-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 17mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.