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New DSLR from Olympus

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  1. kbfern

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    Olympus have today anounced the E500 DSLR which should be available for less than £600 with kit lens from October.Just been looking at the launch details on dpreview details below.

    Looks like dslr prices are continuing to come down.I have just got a panny Z5 which i am really pleased with but I have a few days to take it back under the 30 day money back offer with jessops.Wondering whether this would be a good move or not?

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0509/05092604olympuse500.asp
     
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    Looks like a nice camera. If you are looking at going down the DSLR route than things are certainly getting cheaper. Aren't Jessops selling the 350D for about £699 now?
     
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    what more can a dslr give you than your new z5 cant?
     
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    Here we go again......... :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
  5. kbfern

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    I am not saying I am unhappy with the Z5 quite the contrary.Just wonder whether 8mp camera with high ISO along with relatively light weight for a dslr might be worth considering.

    Against:Cost,have to change lenses,small & lightweight for a dslr (maybe too lightweight Z5 feels a little toylike, my only real gripe of the camera)
     
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    Keith, if you are considering swapping then it might be worth swapping for s 350D then again for the new Olympus :devil: :laugh:

    :D
     
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    Think I'll just watch this one develop Steve... :D
     
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    Thank goodness for that, can't cope with DSLR vs Compact arguments by myself! :eek:
     
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    so.....Nikon DSLR's...... anyone got some info ?! :devil:
     
  10. Johndm

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    Don't start.... :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    me waiting for the sp 500 to come out on the high street..it looks pretty
     
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    Better low light images and good results at high ISO's...apart from that though not a massive amount though.

    Outdoors in good light you won't see a huge difference between say an Olympus 7070/8080 and an entry level DSLR....que flames.......
     
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    What do you class as 'entry level'?
     
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    Nikon D50.....
     
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    Just the D50?
     
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    350D.

    Having seen what the 7070/8080 can produce I honestly do think for good light outdoor shots the difference is now minimal. Obviously you can be a lot more creative with a DSLR but you have to pay for all lenses / filters etc...

    If this wasn't the case people would never spend £400-500 on these Oly's.
     
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    Would you include the 20D?
     
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    Advanced amateur catagory for the 20D...

    300D for beginners like me is now classed as obsolete...out of production....old....last years tech....uncool.....rubbish...quaint....museum piece....prehistoric......fossil.....and VERY slow writing RAW.....

    Now, where is my N**** brochure...... :rotfl:
     
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    I still get messages from a Oly group I joined some time back. Owners of the E300 say its high iso performance is poor and are wondering if that has been improved with this camera as it has the same sensor.

    I also remember messages praising the dust removal system - apparently it works ;)
     
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    same sensor but aparently it has a switchable noise filter to improve noise levels at high ISO settings.
     
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    It looks like a good camera (just from posted info) but I would still go for the KM 5D as it seems to have an advantage with AS and possibly high iso noise.

    Just my ten penneth :)
     
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    For what it's worth I do like the look of this DSLR but will try the 7070 first and then decide whether I need to give this one a go in the future.

    Having a young daughter it annoys me having to use flash all the time to get acceptable results indoors from my FZ3.
     
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    Come on mjw123, do you think that the image quality of the Olympus 7070/8080 is on a par with that of the 20D?
     
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    Probably not but then again at about £1K for the body alone it's hardly entry level....
     
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    But you'd consider the 350D's image quality on a par with the Olympus, right?
     
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    The image quality of the 20D depends much on the quality of lens used with it. The 8080 would probably be better than the kit lens but not as good as a £1000 lens.
    I've seen comments on dpreview from people who have had an 8080 and a 350D or 20D and say the 8080 is much better than the kit lens.

    Matt.
     
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    There you go Ken - that answer your question ?
     
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    Shame you couldn't have answered it yourself.

    Simple fact is, the 350D's image quality is the same as the 20D's, it is only entry level because of features such as buffer size, build quality etc. which is why I mentioned the 20D in the first place and wanted to clarify what you meant by entry level DSLR.

    So really what you were really saying is that the Olympus 7070/8080 image quality is close to that of a 350D/20D with a crappy lens, but only in good light conditions (otherwise it is worse). That hardly makes it comparable really, does it?
     
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    Who said I couldn't ?

    Yes you're reading is perfect I did say the image quality is close to an entry level DSLR - anything you'd like me to qualify.

    Not my problem than Canon / Nikon chose to sell you a DSLR with the bottom of the milk bottle for a lens so you have to fork out a fortune for something half decent.......
     
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    Hey......all these taken with my milk bottle lens.... :hiya:

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