With regret, I finally had to admit that I probably will not buy the Olympus E-P1. Between this review and the $800 tag it just does not seem like a sensible choice right now.
However, I still need to replace the old FE2. Legacy glass is not an issue for me. Rather, the most important point is to find something that I can have at hand more often than I would hump around a DSLR, but which can take memorable pics with full creative control. I’m also not going to pay anything more than $600 at the absolute extreme. As far as I can tell, given these relatively tight parameters, the field narrows down to the Panasonic LX3 versus the Canon G10. Whatever happens I will definitely buy one of these in the near future.
This is an open thread for photo nerds who read this blog to go to town. Don’t worry too much when the convo inevitably wanders; other readers will benefit from your experience even if I don’t.
In return I promise a series of posts on how to get started with your own homebrew-related program activities, maybe starting this weekend.
This comparison tool helps a lot. As far as I can tell ISO noise is practically a non-issue between the LX3 and the G10, although the G10 seems like a major step up from the G9. The E-P1 absolutely kills them both. Lord give me strength.