So it’s out. The new OM-D EM10ii has arrived! And a beautiful little camera it is too.
Is it much better than the EM10? Probably not. It’s got new improved image stabilisation, a new improved viewfinder and the buttons are bigger and more shiny. Will it take better photographs? Again probably not.
It’s interesting to me that it has been released much more quickly than the new EM5ii. I’m sure the gap between the 5 and 5ii is at least twice that between the 10 and the 10ii. Why the shorter gap? Has it something to do with how well the EM10 sold? I read somewhere (Digital Camera Review) that the EM10 has sold either more units or more quickly than its elder and bigger brothers.
I remember buying the EM10 and being delighted. It was a step up on the Lumix G3, which was my first mft camera. Image quality was certainly a little better and the stabilisation, wifi and build quality were a bonus. Adverts and reviews raved about the quality of this lovely retro camera. And now the same adverts and reviews are saying similarly nice things about its upgrade.
As I look at the camera I once liked so much, I can’t help feel that the shine has been taken away just a little. It’s now the older model; the slightly less desirable version.
It’s crazy really to think this way. But that’s exactly how the industry want me to feel. To be slightly less happy than when I first purchased my camera. To be slightly less satisfied and to consider replacing it with the newest version. A new version which appears to have few, if any, ‘improvements’ that I need. And which will likely make little or no change to the quality of the images I make.
This is the nature of electronic equipment in the 21st Century. Old within a year and outdated within three. However, despite the reviews and the magazine adverts and articles, I do wonder if the endless effort towards newer, bigger sensored, higher resolutioned, smaller bodied and faster processed images does much for the art of photography. Are we producing better work? Or are we too preoccupied with gear to really see beyond it?