I'm a big micro 4/3 fan. I've only briefly played with an OM
-D, and it looks pretty impressive. OK
image quality is not up to the latest wonder cameras (esp. at high ISO), but probably at least comparable to DSLR's of 3-5 year vintage - and we got on with those OK
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Lack of a genuine optical viewfinder is one concern, IMO the viewfinder is a cynical attempt to turn present an Interchangeable Lens Compact as a DSLR.
I think that's a bit harsh
a) you can't have an optical reflex viewfinder on a mirrorless compact
b) there are times when a viewfinder is a must
So an EVF is really the only solution. Its not as good (in some respects) as a bright optical viewfinder, but it does have some unique advantages in that it can put a lot more info into the viewfinder and give a more accurate representation of what is being recorded (eg blown highlights).
Is an EVF as good as an optical? In my opinion, no. Is it good enough? Yes.
More of a concern for me is speed and accuracy of AF
and overall responsiveness of the camera. My mico 4/3 (GF1) isn't really up to fast action, but the OM
-D may just be.
On the positive side, with the use of adaptors, you can use pretty much any lens ever made for a DSLR/SLR which opens up some interesting possibilities, esp. if you can live with manual focus.
HOWEVER, for anyone that's a Canon user, I would hang on a bit. Canon will be announcing a mirrorless model later this year, but apart from that, details are sparse - particularly when it comes to the lens mount. One would think that coming late to the game with mirrorless, Canon will have to produce something pretty special. Will it use a standard EF
mount? Big Canon lenses won't make a lot of sense on a compact size camera, but the release of the 40mm pancake may be a sign - there's not a lot of reason to put such a tiny lens on a big 5D or 1D.
Personally I'd like it to be micro 4/3 - becuase I have some lenses but also it would really establish the format.
Worst scenario - and perhaps most likely - is another proprietry lens mount
Colin K. Work, Pixstel