diforbes: f5.6/6.3 kit lenses? WTF? Where's the good glass, Olympus?
They have such fantastic fixed lenses! 12mm 2.0, 45mm 1.8, upcoming 75mm 1.8 and a new macro 60mm 2.8. Besides, I love the 20mm Panasonic on it, too. Spot on. I.. don't like zooms that much but you are of course right, a decent zoom à la 24-70 equal with 2.8 fixed f-stop would be cool. Maybe, that's what the 12-50 really should offer.. But - can you imagine the price tag?? Sigh.
alffastar: I have fuji X100 - marvelous camera! However, I have a small kid and I do not like the following - autofocus/manual focus is not good for kids; video mode is bad - only in manual focus and that means fixed focus point as you cannot focus manually!!; I miss portrait famyli shots! So I was trying to choose which m4/3 + 20mm + 45 mm primes. I decided none of the existing options is as good as the X100. And then - here comes E-M5! Woooow - this IS my next camera, if I have enough money and I will very happily replace my X100 with E-M5 + 20mm 1.7 + 45mm 1.8. I will have stabilised video with autofocus, portrait lens, fast autofocus. Sooner or later I WILL have this amazing camera!
I have an X100, too. And an E-P3. To be plainfully truthfull: I'd rather hit target instead of missing as many shots as I do with the fabulous X100! The X100 for sure is an amazing camera but it is not as much as an allrounder as the PEN is. Next: how often do you need the APS-C sensor's quality? If you do the X100 for sure wins. But I print out from my E-P1 (my other PEN) up to A2, particularely pictures taken with my beloved Art5 Filter.. Now, that said, I am very curious and looking forward to this beautifully designed OM-D. I do expect great things from it, so it'd better be good! I will sell my first PEN set in order to get some money to buy the OM-D ,-)
EduardoJB: I find very annoying that one can't focus (in AF mode) objects closer than (according to the manual) 28" unless Macro mode is not activated. Even though the manual says that it is possible but it would take more time, in my experience it just doesn't work well. I've tried it and maybe two out of twenty times the green rectangle lights up, but even then the photo is not focused (and I'm using f/5.6). Macro mode is essential for it to focus right. Can this be fixed with a firmware update or is it mechanically (or electronically) impossible? Is this a design compromise?
Khm.. sorry.. for the triple action.
It really is a range finder thing. My Zorkis focus from about 75-1.2m and an older Olympus Pen from 1.6m. I very much like the x100 for its limitations ,-) But there are a great features to really love. Only one issue: 2.2 sec to be ready for shooting.. Argh - OK, despite battery draining I will have to try this fast start modus (what's it in English?? *g*). Awesome camera and I am happy that it is not for everyone.