Let me just throw a very scant 2¢ out into the ring, one small comment, regarding the just-announced Olympus E-P5 that everyone's talking about, latest in that long and successful line: the best reason to get it, apart from the fact that it has the OM-D's IBIS and possibly a somewhat more sensible interface, is the best reason of all: image quality. I didn't keep the OM-D, for reasons of personal chemistry between me and it, but one thing I will say for it unreservedly is that the image quality is lovely. Don't care a fig for the tech tests and the pickin' of the festerin' nits; and the answer to how much resolution it has is "enough." What I do know is that the IQ of the OM-D is just special, really quite beautiful in a way that the eyes of anyone with a brain can see. The E-P5 will almost certainly match that, and that's a good thing, a very good thing.
UPDATE: Check out what my former OM-D has been doing lately...
Ed Grossman, who bought it from me, used the camera to take this four-frame panoramic photo of Half Dome at Yosemite. Ed says, "I'm so impressed that I'm going to use it exclusively for an upcoming project I'm about to shoot."
So that was the big problem with the OM-D. It just needed to get out of the house!
(Ed's website is here.)
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Kalli: "There was something vaguely bothering me about the product photo of the E-P5 and now I realize what it is: the camera is off and the sensor is 'resting.' It's a nice party trick to show how the sensor lifts off to its magnetic hover, but Olympus should maybe do the body-only product shots with the camera turned on."
Mike replies: I wondered what was wrong about that. Something seemed off. Thanks.
roy: "I'm baffled. This camera, as with so many others these days, lacks an integral VF. Why anyone buying a capable camera would be prepared to forgo a viewfinder eludes me completely. Of course you can add one, whereupon it becomes roughly the same size as an OM-D, which in most respects—notably the dread 'IQ'—it replicates.
"Personally I'm a happy OM-D user. It has effectively replaced my Nikon FX system. I'd agree that the ergonomics and interface design leave a lot to be desired; however, it isn't that difficult to adapt to them."
scott kirkpatrick: "Aw, c'mon. This thing looks to be several steps ahead of the OM-D—they are claiming faster AF, the controls look finally reasonable, and the viewfinder is huge. There's a deal that's of interest. Pre-order or purchase (depending on when they start to arrive) an E-P5 with the VF4 viewfinder (body or kit doesn't seem to matter) by June 22 and receive a $100 mail-in rebate. This brings the viewfinder cost down to where the older viewfinder was. Purchases through Amazon or B&H should be covered but I got my info from my 'local' Thousand Oaks, CA dealer."