What does good ergonomics involve for you?

mike3996

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The Olympus is always a point of contention. Many folks complain about the left should on/off switch. They never bothered my, but I do find around the shutter button to be the quickest to use for a spontaneous photo op.
I guess it comes down to folks who want to keep the camera on vs those who want to conserve the battery. I want to keep it on (and carry extra batteries). As such a two-handed activation is not a bother in the slightest.
 
I typically shoot M, so the most important thing for me is quick access to shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

The G9 is great in this regard, with the front and rear dials controlling shutter speed and aperture and rear control for ISO.

Cameras with front and rear dials plus one button access to ISO are also very good. GX85 and Pentax K-3 fit this category.

Cameras with one dial that toggles between shutter and aperture plus one button access to ISO are still very workable. This is where the diminutive Pentax Q shines vs. similar sized cameras

Cameras below this are still workable but I often choose not to fight the camera and instead treat it like a point-and-shoot with exposure compensation. Lumix GM1, Nikon 1 V1 and J5, and other cameras fit this category.

Everything else - grip, display, EVF, menus, etc... - is secondary to me.
 

akuiper

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My wife really wanted the OVF Fuji 100 (version 1) - because it resembled the Leica.
But what a shame the camera is. Buttons everywhere, no easy understanding of what these are for. men figure things out with their hands. That camera ergonomically is a big failure. Even using the exposure comp is hard.

And I bought a M240 after the M8 - the M8 that I had waking up in less than a sec. The M240 is great, sharp, but slow in wake-up. Means I take less pictures, the see, point & shoot within 1-2 sec fast sequence that gives so much pleasure is gone.

The bad thing - my wife will be washed away by a next Fuji and I with a next Leica-M and then later I see the same problems still exist, they are part of the new brand experience.
 

drd1135

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I am one of them as a dog walker... I like cameras with one hand operation... P&S cameras are better with the zoom controls by a button also eg I shot BIF @ 600mm with RX10 IV while holding the dog on leash... Our dog is a lap cat at home, but a pulling sniff dog in the woods...
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have posted many photos in this fine forum taken one-handed while resisting the tugs of an impatient dog.
 

drd1135

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Cameras with one dial that toggles between shutter and aperture plus one button access to ISO are still very workable. This is where the diminutive Pentax Q shines vs. similar sized cameras
As I have started using the Q again, I am constantly surprised by how good the user experience, e.g., interface controls, etc., is on the Q. It was the ultimate niche camera but in many ways Pentax nailed it.
 

mnhoj

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I like the usual things. Grip, EVF, twin dials, SCP or Q.
The EM1 is probably my fav. Size, weight and control layout.
The XH1(your ex and now my ex too) was also very nice. G85.

I have forgone it this round with an X-Pro2 and X-E1 but find them comfortable and easy to shoot.
 

drd1135

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I like the usual things. Grip, EVF, twin dials, SCP or Q.
The EM1 is probably my fav. Size, weight and control layout.
The XH1(your ex and now my ex too) was also very nice. G85.

I have forgone it this round with an X-Pro2 and X-E1 but find them comfortable and easy to shoot.
The E-M1 series bodies were nice to use. Just fit in the hand really well. I should buy the mark 1 used and wait until 16 mp qualifies for the Lo-Fi challenge.
 
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drd1135

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What are some of the issues you've come across?
One day could be soon.
The on/off switch around the shutter release is surprisingly stiff and takes done getting used to. The EVF works fine but us the typical 2.36 M dot model. Otherwise, most stuff works just fine. The grip is nice and the camera is on the small side. I can imagine an identical camera made to higher specs but only so much. I can easily imagine that two cards slots would be hard to fit.
 

mnhoj

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The on/off switch around the shutter release is surprisingly stiff and takes done getting used to. The EVF works fine but us the typical 2.36 M dot model. Otherwise, most stuff works just fine. The grip is nice and the camera is on the small side. I can imagine an identical camera made to higher specs but only so much. I can easily imagine that two cards slots would be hard to fit.
Thanks Steve.
Sounds like stuff I can get by.
 

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