Best compact 4/3 camera with quality zoom

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Best compact 4/3 camera with quality zoom
May 25, 2014


I am sure this topic has been discussed before, but the information I found seems to be a bit outdated.

I have been a long time SLR/DSLR user. But lately the idea of having a more portable system seems more and more appealing to me. To be sure, I will still keep my DSLR system. In fact, I will have to use my telephoto lens (a rather large 300mm f/2.8 lens with extenders). But for general purpose -- landscape, street scene, people, even macro -- a small camera with 1 lens sounds pretty good to me.

Which camera and lens kit would you recommend? I am looking at the Olympus E-PM2 with the 14-42 lens kit, would this be a good choice? Is the lens good?

Again, I mainly want this system to supplement rather than replace my DSLR system, please keep that in mind when you make recommendations.

Thanks in advance,

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