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Micro Four Thirds Format Makes the Grade

The 4/3 and micro 4/3 (MFT) formats have never been very persuasive as alternative formats until mid-2012, with the appearance of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which I deem worthy of serious consideration for some photographic jobs. Its 16-megapixel sensor offers high resolving power along with an excellent dynamic range and pleasing color.

In this day of expensive DSLRs that can’t manage to integrate an EVF, or even offer more than crudely dumb Live View (both Canon and Nikon deserve criticism there), the DSLR is increasingly looking like a dinosaur for many situations. The lack of inspired creativity from both Canon and Nikon is truly stunning in its inertia, with almost nothing changing in a full decade (Live View being one notable exception, but even that is lame by comparison to what it could be).

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 with bundled flash unit

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