Andreas Stuebs: Congratulation Olympus for this success!I must admit, I did not vote for the OMD. Mainly because when I handled it in the shop I was not happy how it felt in my hand. And also, I do not really like electronic viewfinders preferring a bright optical viewfinder. But even so - it is a well deserved win for a nice camera even if it does not suit me.The question of the poll is rather silly. As if there can be "the best camera". There are so many different uses that there can be for each use a best camera. A camera,which tries to suit all, risks becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. Having said that, it is quite impressive for a fairly small camera maker (compared to the BIG TWO and their fanbase) to come top of the poll. A bit like Tottenham coming out on top of the polls in the UK vs. ManU, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
The use of the word "best" is certainly problematic, though it's actually stated as "best of 2012", which I think can be taken to imply an emphasis on newness and innovation. Maybe "most interesting new camera" would make a better title, but then maybe that's the Lytro.
edit: on second thought, I'm going to go with the Nokia 41 megapixel camera phone.
WilliamJ: As far as I'm concerned, I do not care going out without my phone as I don't use it so much, but I absolutely can't bear being without any camera. Thus, I wonder if one day, we won't have such a news not about a phone that can be used as a "quite good" camera but about a camera than can be used as a phone. I think, by the way, that the time is near when the "phone function" won't be an independent one and it will be added on demand as an application to any item of your choice: a watch, a pair of sunglasses, a key holder, a shoe... It will get smart ! In that case only, I will maybe be interested in a "camera that can take good pictures". Otherwise, out of the question !
Polaroid tried to go that way: http://androidandme.com/2012/01/devices/polaroid-sc1630-phonecamera-is-a-great-on-the-camera-not-so-much-on-the-phone/
vtinitus: Is there really a lumix 7mm-300mm lens? I couldn't find it anywhere...
@yabokkie That's nonsense. For exposure purposes it's 4.0-5.6. The "equivalent" numbers you give are only relavent for comparing depth of field. Just think of it as cropping the picture. If you have a full-frame camera w/300mm lens and you crop the image, that has no effect on exposure.
Edmond Leung: I think Canon is on the right track and in the right direction to push their sales. It puts the quality APS-C sensor into a very pocketable camera. Now, we can use a small camera to capture high quality pictures.The form factor of M43 is small but unfortunately the lenses available for M43 are very limited; and the sensor of M43 is too small! Before I saw this new Canon, I considered to buy a M43; but now I would not consider M43 anymore.NEX5N is not bad but the range of Sony lenses cannot be compared with Canon.Now, what I'm waiting is a similiar product from Nikon. It will be so good if there is a pocketable mirrorless APS-C camera from Nikon.
M43 currently has 30 or so lenses from five manufacturers, with new ones being introduced all the time. This new Canon only has two lenses. Of course there's a vast array of Canon lenses that can be used with the adapter, but then it's not really a compact camera anymore.
As for the sensor-size, that's certainly a valid point, but sensor size affects how small you can make the system, including lenses.
Lee Jay: And I thought lenses for small sensors were supposed to be smaller and cheaper than lenses for full-frame. The Canon 85/1.8 (an excellent lens optically with very fast ring USM focusing and good build quality) goes for $389 at B&H right now.
Shouldn't this lens, with shorter focal length and thus a smaller aperture, designed for a 1/4 sized sensor go for around $250 or so?
You people are all morons! The m4/3 75/1.8 is exactly equivalent to a FF 85/1.8, when used three paces farther from the subject! Approximately. Anyway, m4/3 is exactly equivalent to FF, for people with social phobias.