Upload & Sell: On
Following in Lady Jo's footsteps, I just acquired a Micro Four Thirds system body and some lenses. What pushed me into the purchase is an upcoming trip where I'm going to be using public transport a lot and don't want to haul the full-frame DSLR's around for weeks at a time on planes, trains and automobiles (and buses, and trams...). And I'm tired of 'enthusiast' P&S cameras that just don't have the responsiveness and feature set you'd want.
So I picked up an Olympus E-P5 kit with the VF-4 electronic viewfinder and 17mm f/1.8 prime (that's 34mm equivalent, for those of us who don't speak MFT). My primary walking-around lens will be the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X OIS (the crop factor for MFT is 2.0, so it's a fast, 24-70mm equivalent).
It's a pretty nice piece of kit: solidly built and the controls are well laid out and feel good under the hand, but not bulky and heavy like DSLR's are. AF is fast and sure; shutter lag is nonexistent, just like a DSLR; 9 fps continuous burst mode for when you need it; built-in intervalometer and WiFi and some other cool if marginally useful features. The IQ won't make anyone drop their D800 in the trash, but it's plenty good; and the 5-axis image stabilization built into the camera body is nothing short of spectacular (X- and Y-translation, plus roll, pitch and yaw). The articulated LCD on the back of the camera is also a touch screen; the electronic viewfinder is removable when you want to go minimalist, but is by far the best EVF I've ever seen.
Once I get used to the smaller form factor and Olympus' menu system, I think I'm going to like it a lot. Here's a grab shot off the back deck this evening, handheld, with the 12-35 at 12mm.