The Ultimate Camera

The Olympus E-M5 and the E-P5 get a lot right. But they also try to be like other cameras a little too much. I would love to see Olympus make a camera that is a little more “serious”. When I say serious I mean more suited to a raw based workflow. For me this means:

  • Only the P, A, S and M modes. The others are never used, so just get rid of them so they don’t get in my way.
  • No JPEG engine, I just want raw and only raw.
  • No “art” filters or other kinds of effects.
  • Native ISO 100 to make working at high apertures easier. The high ISO battle has gone too far, a little give in the other direction would be appreciated.
  • A button or dial for each photographic parameter (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, bracketing, etc.).
  • No movie mode, I just do stills. If I want movies I’ll buy a black magic.
  • Responsive, I want it to fire the shutter at exactly the point when I hit the button.

Looking at this list, it is mostly about getting rid of the gimmicks. I want a camera to not get in the way and just capture the picture. I already know how to tell it what sensitivity, depth of field and shutter speed I want so it’s job at this point is to record the image when told.

As a second part to this wish list. Having two variants of the camera body, one colour and one monochrome, would be a cake well iced!

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