DxOMark has just posted performance data for the E-M5. On their measures it's a leap beyond any prior Micro 4/3 camera, including the 16MP Panasonic G3. I'm always concerned about the DR score, and in that category the only reason it doesn't match the best APS-C cameras is that it doesn't have the ISO 100 setting that kicks the measured exposure range up beyond 13 stops. But from ISO 200 up, it's neck-and-neck. The story is comparable on the other DxO measures.
An impressive step forward—much kudos to Olympus, especially the product designers and engineers who've kept plugging away despite the nonsense at the corporate level.
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Featured Comment by MJFerron: "Sold my OMD and took a $150 loss in doing so. Too many dials and buttons. All too close together. Yes it has fine image quality and AF speed but those features were not enough to win me over. A button should say ISO, WB, etc."
Featured Comment by Rick D: "Love this little camera. It's a great complement to my E-series system and extends it in several important ways. Its low-light performance is stellar, in part because of the sensor and in balance, the displays. The IS system seems to be a significant advance. And for legacy lens fans, it's an ideal platform—precise EVF focusing and IBIS make it far better than any E-series DSLR. Being light, compact and weatherproof make it an ideal backpacking companion. Where I'd normally take a compact I can now take the E-M5. In sum: pretty good. Cheers."
Featured Comment by Richard K: "For those who don't like/want/have money for the OM-D, the same sensor is now available the the E-PM2 and E-PL5. If it were available in an E-P3 replacement too, I know what I'd be getting myself for Christmas!"