The new Olympus OM-D "flagship," the E-M5, is available for pre-order from B&H Photo.
I think I'm just going to have to collect Micro 4/3 cameras, because I can't seem to decide among them. I really like the GX1 and I really like this. For that matter, I have no idea why I think I need a new one at all. It's a good thing I'm not rich. (I'll keep telling myself that.)
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Featured Comment by Mac Dekker: "What I find surprising and a little irritating is that while this camera is not a DSLR and has an electronic viewfinder (which, I am sure, is fine) it mimics being one by the pentaprism roof on top of the camera.
"I know they want to cash in on the demand for retro and wanted to go back to the style of the old analog OM. There is nothing wrong with that in itself but at least they could have then made it it a real (small?) DSLR which would really have made it a digital OM.
"Fuji did this right by making a camera which not only looks like a rangefinder but it actually is one (albeit a digital one with all the modern technology).
"Olympus could have stunned us all by making a digital SLR in the vein of the analog OM with modern technology offering something special. Now it is a 4/3 camera which mimicks a DSLR.
"This can still be a very good camera but I find it a missed chance."
Featured Comment by Kenneth Tanaka: "Why oh why did I just order this? Despite not being strongly confident about the 4/3 format's future. Possible answers:
A.) I like Olympus and have enjoyed my E-P[x] cameras. The E-P3 is a good performer for certain situations, with lovely JPEGs.
B.) I was seduced by the E-M5's tilting OLED screen, a design I find absolutely wonderful on my NEX-5N.
C.) I just like the design spirit reflected in the E-M5. I don't care about 'retro,' just about practical. And this camera appears to have it in spades.
D.) I'm invested in the Micro 4/3 system with 'a bunch' of lenses, all of which are really quite good on such a small sensor.
E.) I'm a slut.
F.) A through E."
Featured Comment by Matt P: "I got a few moments with the E-M5 at a local camera store (Olympus rep was on his way out the door, I didn't want to hold him up). My quick impression is that it's a very, very nice camera—a good size (small but holdable even with my big hands), solidly built without being too heavy, controls in the right spots, the EVF bright and clear. The videos they're putting out demonstrating their in-body image stabilization indicate that it's groundbreaking tech.
"I'm finding myself torn on the new Fuji vs. the E-M5. Optical viewfinder and (likely) superior performance in low light vs. access to the 12mm ƒ/2 and 25mm ƒ/1.4 and (likely) superior AF. And a whole lot less money for the Olympus."
Featured Comment by Garrett Bernstein: "There's a certain line of criticism on the OMD that I find very interesting. It's the form-is-derived-from-function preference, and in the OMD it tends to be 'prove to me that the hump is not just an aesthetic choice or I hate it.' Of course it does have a function—it houses a bulky EVF and the body roll [IS] sensors—but how to encase that in a way that would not turn potential buyers off? In other words, how to appeal to those who insist on function that the design is indeed there for a functional reasoning. Perhaps stick a peel-off message 'this hump houses important components we couldn't jam any other place in a package this small.'
"Perhaps sony was wiser than I thought in just placing the EVF on the side to keep things rather flat. I like both designs, and while I might not find OMD's design compelling, I certainly would have never considered it a liability. But there is definitely a type of consumer who wants to know they are not being pandered to in the aesthetics. 'Prove to me it had to be this way'... an interesting mantra. In this day of molded plastic bumpers, I have some sympathies to it (or did I just go off-topic)?"