Today I tried an E-M5 body at an Olympus dealer event and was pleased to be allowed to shoot quite a few images with it. I went late in the day in the hope that I would get more time with the camera. Olympus UK is asking a high price for the E-M5 body but a kit with the 12-50mm weathersealed zoom costs only a little more - the extra cost is less than half the price of the lens on its own. A battery grip is also included, and a special offer on the day also added an Olympus leather ever ready case. I had no intention of pre-ordering the camera. I was just curious to see it and try it. I took my Oly 9-18mm lens with me, mounted on my G3. Before I went to the camera store I shot some images of a building nearby. As soon as I saw the E-M5 I was transfixed. The black body reminded me very strongly of a black OM-2 I owned in the 1970s - it replaced my OM-1 and I later added a second OM-2. I asked the Olympus rep to remove the battery grip and it looked even more like an OM body. Then I held it and it even felt like an OM body, or a Nikon FE2 or F3, or a Pentax LX or MX - demonstrably made of metal with hard, straight edges, with a substantial quality feel. I asked if I could shoot some images on my own memory card and was surprised to be told yes, as long as they were not published as the camera body is a pre-production sample. A form was produced with words to that effect and was quickly signed. I had quite a few minutes with the E-M5 and shot a variety of images with the 12-50mm and 9-18mm zooms. The handling was excellent, once again very much like an OM, and the LCD screen was remarkably sharp. AF was extremely fast - subjectively at least twice as fast as my G3 with the 9-18mm. The EVF looked about the same quality as the G3's. When the time came to hand back the camera, I swapped my lens back on to the G3 and noticed something strange - I no longer felt as comfortable with the G3's handling as I had before. I took a few more images with the G3 and noticed the response was not quite as fast as the E-M5. So I took a long, hard look at the E-M5 ... and put my money on the counter for a pre-order. I was surprised at how taken I was with this camera. After I left the store I shot some more images with the G3 and 9-18mm and found myself wishing I had the E-M5 with the tilting screen - far more practical than the one on the G3 in my opinion - and that very quick response. I have a few weeks to wait, but don't think I will regret my decision. I haven't been quite so impressed with a camera since my first Olympus E-1 (and that lovely OM-2 all those years ago). It isn't all about features, it isn't all about performance, it is about a camera that just feels right.