CameraExpert: If you're looking for the best of both worlds, I highly recommend that Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. It's mirrorless, has a high resolution, high refresh rate EVF and beautiful classic retro design.
16MP, splashproof and has a 5-axis image stabilization which will compensate shaky hands.
Check it out here: http://getolympus.com/omd/
I LOVE IT!
Yes, and I would add to that : great low light capability, splendid image stabilization, fast AF, great lenses, great JPEGs, well made, beautiful, lovely, adorable,...
skisagooner: I'm only an amateur and correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the biggest disadvantage of the 'mirrorless' camera the lack of a 'live' optical viewfinder?
That's what the DSLR basically means isn't it? Digital Single Lens Reflex = mirror that reflex light to the viewfinder, as well as the sensor. So when we say 'mirrorless', it essentially means that it lacks precisely that.
There's only 1 reason why the DSLR is monstrous in size... it's for that viewfinder. And when you remove the mirror, you sacrifice that viewfinder.
And hence that is the biggest drawback of the mirrorless camera. Isn't it self-explanatory?
I'm used to nice optical viewfinders in 35mm film SLR's (and not only the F3HP). Most DSLR viewfinders are merely keyholes, especially APS-C format cameras. I was afraid to switch to the OM-D EM-5, but I rather like the EVF on that camera. It's main shortcoming is that the contrast of the subject is not rendered as it should (short dynamic). Otherwise, all the rest of that great camera make up for that!
esuohe: "reduce the humming noise generated by the camera's stabilization system"
This never used to bother me to begin with, but now that my EM-5 is whisper quiet.. I can't imagine what it sounded like before!
I just upgraded to 1.5 in two steps, first to 1.4, then with a second go to 1.5 Took 2x 5 minutes. Scary but worked fine (first time ever - I come from Nikon film SLRs and skipped the AF and DSLR era altogether). I made sure to install the little flash on the camera though, as suggested in the download instructions - probably not necessary, but anyway. The slight 'fan' noise is now indeed only audible when half pressing the shutter. Kinda miss that cool noise now. Man, do I love this camera! I just ordered the 45mm f1.8 Zuiko and am looking forward to see what that does to it. Thanks Olympus and thanks DP Review.