Because the internet is just chock full of opinions, I've decided to write up my thoughts after a few two outings with the OM-D E-M5. For the TL R version: I love it. :smile: Handling: Pro: Despite a plethora of threads online about people needing a better/bigger/different grip…. I don’t. Coming from the E-PL3, this handles very similarly, but even easier. I’m very happy with handling. My hands aren’t small either – I have a 12” span thumb to pinky and some girthy fingers. Con: Any desire I have for a vertical trigger is dampened by the cost of the additional grip. Rusted electric meters by staticantics, on Flickr Electronic Viewfinder: Pro: I love it. I like how I can focus on making the image rather than reviewing images I’ve taken – what some of you folks call chimping. Saves battery, lets me pay attention to the action around me rather than focusing on the great OLED display. Con: Despite my love for this viewfinder, my polarized prescription sunglasses hold no love for LCD/OLED displays. This was a bit of a letdown, but is also the case with other electronic viewfinders. Trying to focus with 1/3 of the screen blotched out due to lens polarization. I ended up ditching my sunglasses out of frustration. In harsh sunny environments near my home, this is quite literally a headache. Petroleum Pipeline Warning by staticantics, on Flickr Tilting OLED touchscreen: Pro: Touch to focus/take a picture is fun to see once. I find the practical use is limited and I much prefer the shutter. The quality is superb and images render nicely. Con: Display limitations exist. Some gradations (especially blue sky) when shot in raw appear to stagger/band on the OLED display. But once you get them loaded into your photo processing software, those issues disappear. Preview on camera is brighter than actually used. I routinely need to expose 2/3 to 1 EV over in order to get a proper exposure. What the camera reports as proper exposure looks great in camera, but is unusually underexposed once sitting at a color calibrated computer monitor. This could also be the usual learning curve. I also had to compensate for exposure on the E-PL3 because of the same display issue. 12-50 @ 12mm by staticantics, on Flickr Image quality: The images posted in this forum speak volumes on this already. I don’t have to choose quality vs portability any longer. I can have both. Tumbleweed breeding ground by staticantics, on Flickr Menu: These pretty much have been the same on every Olympus m43 system I’ve tried. Pro: Customizable. Ten minutes with all the menu settings and some help from the forums and everything about the E-M5 was set up almost exactly how I want it. Con: One-button bracket-on bracket-off operation? Please? Pretty please? Let me turn on bracketing with a function button, any button. Myset functions, while useful, still leave a lot to be desired in practical use. Fence by staticantics, on Flickr Lenses: Pro: Native m43 lenses are a dream. I love my 14mm Panasonic lens even more. The 7.5mm Samyang/Rokinon is superb. Fast, easy. The included 12-50mm lens is decent enough for a kit lens. Con: Legacy. In practical use, this can prove difficult. Legacy primes aren’t too bad. Legacy zooms are almost unusable due to the need to customize the IBIS focal length to give correct stabilization. Maybe life has sped up too much since my all-manual days of film. I have the legacy adapters, but when I want to make the image great, my 45, 20, 14 lenses really outshine my legacy lenses. Granted, I don’t have legacy lenses worth writing about. OMDEM5.Pan14 by staticantics, on Flickr The E-M5 really has just whet my appetite for even more m43 lenses. I’m talking about you Pan 25, Pan 100-300, Pan 12-35. And I’m looking forward to the future lenses that are sure to come. Look: I love the OM-D E-M5 for what it is: a throwback design with a nod to the OM-1 coupled with some groundbreaking m43 and image stabilization technology. OMDEM5 with OM24mmf2.8 and the classic OM1 with OM50mmf1.8 by staticantics, on Flickr Worth the cost. 99 percent. All of the limitations of my previous m43 experiences are almost entirely gone with the OM-D E-M5.