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Micro 4/3 system - The future of photography and videography

The Micro Four Thirds system (MFT or M4/3) is released by Olympus and Panasonic in 2008. The image sensor measures 18 mm × 13.5 mm (22.5 mm diagonal). Size of this sensor is a perfect harmonious relationship between small sensors (which are mostly used with mobile phones and some classic amateur compact camera 6.2 mm x 4.6 mm, 7.7 mm diagonal) and the larger 35 mm full frame sensors (35 mm x 24 mm, 43 mm diagonal).

The size of the micro 4/3 sensor allows the body and lenses to be tremendously lighter and smaller than the system with larger sensors, with impeccable image quality adapted for professional use, and great depth of field (dof) control, which is of the biggest importance in the process of creating photo and video materials.

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zuiko digital 300mm f2.8

Greece

zuiko digital 7-14mm f4

Fish

zuiko digital 50mm f2.0 macro

There has been a big increase of professional photographers and videographers using micro 4/3, where Panasonic is especially distinguished, with its Lumix GH models. He is offering excellent video quality at an extremely affordable price for years.

New Panasonic Lumix GH5 and Leica 12-60 camera lens

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The main feature of this system is that it has no mirrors (it's mirrorless) as DSLR cameras, so instead of the optical viewfinder there is an electronic high resolution viewfinder that is the same size as an optical viewfinder of the best DSLR cameras. The optical system has reached its maximum which is not the case with electronic, who, without borders, can get upgraded and advance in size and resolution. This makes them extremely easy to work with.

There are many clear advantages in Electronic viewfinder (EVF) compared to optical viewfinder (OVF), that show that EVF is the future.

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Ejecting the mirror in combination with a smaller sensor results the most efficient image stabilization system seen so far, since there is no mirror which, with its recoil, makes the camera shake every time we make a photo, so the stabilization system works more efficiently with a smaller sensor compared to the larger.

These two things allowed Olympus to develop the best stabilization system on the sensor seen so far, working in all axes, which can extend the duration of the exposition up to 5 times, without any fear that the photo won't be sharp.

The same stabilization system is also present in video recording. There's a huge number of movies on the Internet that show people walking with a camera in their hand or their camera hooked on a vehicle, and you can clearly see that the shot is without trembling and other side effects when in the same situation we have no stabilization on the sensor.

As a long-time user of the micro 4/3 system I can say that this system is ideal for people who want to be more compact. The only downside is a slightly lower image quality and less depth-of-field control compared to 35mm full frame camera.

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zuiko digital 50mm f2.0 macro

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zuiko digital 50mm f2.0 macro

Meadow lizard

m.zuiko digital 60mm f2.8 macro

Photo credits: Ifeelstock, Japonikus, Mario Cupkovic, Rawin Visepsopakul, Teerawut Bunsom.

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February 22, 2018

Moonru

Actually, not getting enough depth of field is more of a problem than too much for the photographers on Dreamstime. I've been submitting most of my images shot with an Olympus D OM1. Never a problem. My Nikon D810 sits in my safe. Why drive a SUV when you can drive a Porsche Boxster?

Could not agree more mate. We think the same way ! :)

February 20, 2018

Babar760

Actually, not getting enough depth of field is more of a problem than too much for the photographers on Dreamstime. I've been submitting most of my images shot with an Olympus D OM1. Never a problem. My Nikon D810 sits in my safe. Why drive a SUV when you can drive a Porsche Boxster?

February 15, 2018

Moonru

I didn't know about this, thanks for sharing.

Any time ! ;)

February 15, 2018

Moonru

Interesting and beautiful photos :)

Thank you Oleggudzenko ! :)

February 15, 2018

Moonru

Your last statement on the downside is exactly why I may give the MFT a miss. I may go for the APS-C mirrorless cameras instead in my next upgrade, albeit more expensive when compared to the MFT.

Thanks for sharing your opinion Chuahtc8.
There are differences, but they are truly minor. I hope that one day you will choose MFT over any other camera on the market, and join our, every day bigger, family of satisfied users ! :))

February 15, 2018

Moonru

I once used the very first Olympus Pen with its kit lens and it was extremely good! Almost as good as my veteran Nikon D90 and 50mm F/1.8D. I shoot stock with PEN and even joined a contest here and then gave it away... It was a really good camera. Still have a soft spot for Olympus cameras since then.

Who ever tries Olympus, will fall in love with it ! :)

February 14, 2018

Egomezta

I didn't know about this, thanks for sharing.

February 14, 2018

Oleggudzenko

Interesting and beautiful photos :)

February 14, 2018

Chuahtc8

Your last statement on the downside is exactly why I may give the MFT a miss. I may go for the APS-C mirrorless cameras instead in my next upgrade, albeit more expensive when compared to the MFT.

February 13, 2018

Keremgo

I once used the very first Olympus Pen with its kit lens and it was extremely good! Almost as good as my veteran Nikon D90 and 50mm F/1.8D. I shoot stock with PEN and even joined a contest here and then gave it away... It was a really good camera. Still have a soft spot for Olympus cameras since then.

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