Thank you for the time and effort that you have put into making a list of the various mirrorless ILCs. AFIK the perfect person is not on this earth and we can't please everyone. I purchased the E-P3 simply because I am an Olympus Pen lover.
Oops, I goofed some of the mirrorless cameras are not ILCs. Oh well!
likesfilm: My first time here.
As a long -time photographer (decades), it is frustrating to read so often that the weight of a full-size camera is such a frequent disadvantage. I have been fortunate to be able to use cameras of all sizes and weight over the years, both digital and film based. The bulk and weight of the larger cameras has always felt better and more stable in my hands.
Of course there is a valuable place and usage for all sizes of camera, but do the majority of experienced amateurs and pros who read this magazine really believe full-size camera weight is as bad as the reviewers would have you believe?
I don't get it. Is it an age thing?; because I still like viewfinders, too. Is it manufacturer driven, as I might believe? Do the majority of reviewers and writers have enough years behind a lens to really know the advantages of a heavier weight camera. Are we just getting lazy?
Do any of you agree with me? Thank you.
I have used cameras from the old Speed Graphic, Linhof field camera, to a Minox. The all time favorite camera that I used was a Hasselblad. That being said:
The reason that professional photographers have assistants is to carry that heavy gear. Holding my Oly E-510 with the 40-150 zoom for over 3 hours, it is heavy. Why over 3 hours? The shows I have to take pictures at start at 8 a.m. and I'm usually still photographing until noon or later.
After years of putting my face to a viewfinder it was hard to use a compact with no viewfinder. Now I'm pretty comfortable with or without a viewfinder. I do have the optical viewfinder for my Oly E-P3. I rarely use it.
One thing about weight. The more a camera weighs the more substantial it feels. It doesn't feel like it is going to break if you accidentally bang it against something.
Time marches on. More kids have compact cameras to use these days as well as cell phones, and smart phones for recording images.
emircruz: Great article! I just want to share my experience. I just moved to an Olympus E-P3 (previously coming from an Olympus DSLR E-510).
It should be pointed out that although there are adapters to your favorite modern AF lenses, some might not AF as well as if it were mounted on a traditional dslr. I'm not sure about the NEX or the NX ranges but M43 uses CDAF which might be an issue if you are using a lens which is optimize for PDAF. Like my ZD 50mm F2. I takes painfully long to AF (something like 1-2 secs in good lighting). The E-P3 has a focus assist lamp though, so it could at least aquire a lock in very dark situations - something that my old e-510 cant.
The EVF is a great addition! With features like an auto zoom in when you MF, it makes it a LOT easier to MF (available in LCD also). I find it impossible to MF using my old E-510. The VF was too small and too dark. I just don't like the fact that the EVF/LCD consumes power.
One thing though.. I miss the big grip.
I still have my E-510 and use it along with my E-P3. Many times I need the reach of the 70-300mm (140-600) lens on the E-510.