With that lens and the evf aren't we negating the reason for the smaller camera? All I see are people trying to justify a lower image quality and unfavoralbe usability when in my view it would be simpler just to buy something like a d3100 or similar. I don't see the size savings. All I see are overpriced devices with expensive peripherals. I have a kx with a pancake lens that is as small as this and takes much better pictures.
everything is smaller and lighter. it's tiny after carrying a FF kit around.
It's still much smaller and lighter than a dslr and you don't always have to use the evf. Pop a prime lens on it and it fits in your coat pocket.
My Nex 5 is actually "about" the same size as my A330, and the new A37 (on my way to me) is actually quite small (might be even smaller than my A330). and this PL5 isn't any smaller than my NEX5. but with the NEX5 i can use a pancake 16mm, my DSLR/SLT even with a prime it's the size of an 18-55 of the NEX...
Here's some size comparison
NEX5 :111x59x38 mm
PL5: 114x72x42 mm
haha, turn out the A330 is smaller than the A37... that's crazy.... but i'm sure the 85mm is from the protruding EVF.
at any rate, i can pocket my A330 and possibly the A37 if i wear my peatcoat (larger pocket). certain can pocket the NEX5 in my hoodies.
Sony's lenses are too big, for their focal lengths(or just too big for their bodies). Sony is also disreputable company. Search "Sony Rootkit". If Sony ever gets a foothold, they will price gouge you, to death.
M4/3: The EVF version 2 is said to look better; but does not lock. Folks mod it; to stay tight. Version 1, is their OVF 0ptical); but then it doesn't given you a true view-frame (parallax etc..).
M4/3 is smaller stuff, over-all. However, the best lenses are about 2x the cost of, comparable, bigger system lenses, and that, has to stop. You can get better performing lenses; for half the cost. Given, that you would probably want, at least, two lenses, then M4/3 is currently far over priced; when considering your total outlay. Even then, the famous, but pricy P20 is a slower, focusing, lens (relatively). Plus, it still sticks-out more, than some non-removable lens cameras, when they are off; but it typically performs somewhat better, and of course, a system, allows for other, more targeted lenses.
Small is the point. I don't want to be cynical; but once smallness is compromised, then you might as well be looking into something like a DX system; which really is not huge. To each, his or her own. I do not subscribe to the immature idea, that small cameras are for girls, however. M4/3 still has room to improve. It's about IQ(lens, sensor, processing), AF quickness, price, and smallness.
Many of us are waiting for a on-board EVF (for M43), that has no hump, such as one nicely, on the side. That tends to cost less, than EVF accessories, and you would not have to remove it, or possibly lose it; when not in use. Currently, the OM-D E-M5 is leading the party, but needs improvements (like with video), and a realistic price. The sensor is beating (kudos) the cheapest, new DLSR's; but that's not saying much.
It's nice to have continuous AF, during zoom-able video; but pros pull their own focus, and rarely change focal during recording. Better to have a wide aperture, and control. What's far more important, is eliminating, very ugly, rolling shutter effects.
Then, M4/3 still has dynamic range issues; which desperately need to be addressed.
Combined, with losing a comparable third Stop (due to more focal cropping, and so positioning) that means, you need slight faster lenses in M4/3 too. Again, they should cost less. While I'm fully aware of market hype, and such, M4/3 cost far less to make, do not have to cover as much "ground" (bigger sensor area), take less glass, and other materials, and the above, slight loss, of comparative Bokeh ability. Not to mention, the greater limits of diffraction (at the needed widest apertures, for example), on the details.
Just FYI. Know what you are getting; when considering the price. At the right price, M4/3 is great.
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