How serious is the m4/3rds system?

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How serious is the m4/3rds system?
Feb 22, 2011

I've been in trouble in the past for using the word "serious", but hope we can get past it this time. Most folks who are reading these forum comments/questions are more serious than the average snapshot shooter. So let's let "serious" be anyone who cares about IQ, composition, and who spends time looking for these photo elements when examining thier captures.

That said, where does m4/3rds fit in? Is it more for the DSLR user wanting a better than average P&S camera? Or more for the P&Ser wanting some of the features of a DSLR? Is it more for the gear heads? Or for the older folks wanting to lighten their DSLR gear loads?

Then, compositional elements can be acheived with almost any camera. This brings us to differences of mechanical technique. Where the DSLR can excel in almost every aspect (except smaller and lighter weight--which is really not a photographic element), the m4/3rds and P&S cameras have mechanical limitations.

Bottom line: Can (and does) the m4/3rds system find an important place in the photographs of the pro photographer? I mean other than for it's convenience of being simply at the right place at the opportune time(while they'd rather have had their DSLR if only they could).

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