Gerry Siegel (Honolulu) , Dec 23, 2013; 01:44 a.m.
Pros: Solid construction. Good design and layout, not a first generation item, shows input from real photographers. Good ergonomics. Handles and focuses both the micro four thirds lenses and the stable of very nice four thirds lenses. Has all the latest technology like WI FI and very good Epson electronic viewfinder which is as nice as an optical finder for many of us; Weather resistant to a fine degree. Best dust removal system in the business. Very customizable. Takes good pictures in low light conditions. For what most people shoot.
Cons: Costs more than some folks think they want to spend on a small size camera. Said about most of Olympus flagship models from day one, but hey....Has no built in flash. Battery is small, and not powerful like some batteries so shooting times are lessened. Good lenses are still going to cost some money because Olympus does not have the buyer base to make them cheap. And probably some more, but I see the cup as half full vs half empty. Oh yes, it takes some time to learn its tricks. Murky big manual with non standard nomenclature at times that boggles some of us. I mean not for the hasty or half serious types. Accessory selection such as flash is not as great as the big boys....
--Also nota bene: Do review the John Foster and Dr Wrotniak (an owner and user) reviews as well as DPR to get other points of view. I have provided links below in earlier threads. I consider it one of Olympus's best releases to date and worth the price. Micro four thirds as a format has made a showing in the mirrorless camera scene with addition of Panasonic, one of the world's biggest consumer electronics firms which is going to be around for a while. It will, I predict be adopted by professionals who are tired of lugging a big bag of lenses.