Originally Posted by hschnee
If the lens rumor is correct, then I'm disappointed. I was hoping for a replacement for the 12-60 SWD. The small size and constant f/2.8 maximum aperture are very appealing, but 12-40 is simply not equivalent to 12-60.
The rumored camera photos definitely look much better than the video. Not sure I like that faux film rewind dial, though.
I agree with John that the rumor/leak mill has peaked the interest a bit too soon if the official announcement is still three weeks off.
- Hal -
Well, looking at the new photos that added dial on the right puts several features in convenient access. I think the central dividing bar (reminiscent of the film crank <g>) is to provide a tactile reference to distinguish the switches on the front and rear part of that dial.
The front switch has icons for multiple exposures, the standard Olympus self-timer logo, and an "HDR" label
Perhaps it has been mentioned elsewhere in the many comments/rumors, but I had missed that the new body was going to have built-in specific HDR support (yes I know we've had exposure bracketing support forever <g>).
The rear switch has AF and the standard Olympus autofocus area selection logo.
Having these various features available by switch select rather than having to pull away from the camera and use the rear dial switches to select them will aid operation.
Of course, It would not surprise me in the least if the Olympus menus become even more complicated. This is in part understandable given that they offer a very large amount of control over the camera functions and features. I hope that these two switches will be customizable for one's individual preferences :-)
Going slightly off-topic, I think it would be useful if Olympus would get someone with demonstrated expertise in human interface design to come in and do a thorough evaluation and possibly a redesign of their menu system. As they have kept adding features to the cameras the menu has become quite complicated. This hurts Olympus as the menus are hard to navigate, and added features appear to have been put in place by the same engineers who designed them (and thus know what's available and are familiar with them). They offer some user-customizable setups one can save, but configuring them can take time given all of the features and the existing menu system.
I'm really optimistic about this camera body. Having to save my $$$ to afford it will give me time to look over the lab and the hands-on reviews and to read the manual as soon as it is available to download. I expect (hope) that it will live up to it's rumored performance with FT lenses.