This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system. The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike. Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened back to the Olympus cameras of the 1980s, but the initial nostalgic attraction gave way to genuine admiration when photogs began to recognize the stellar quality of the images that it produces.
2 years ago, it would have been inconceivable for a micro 4/3 camera to even make DPR’s list, much less sit on top of it, and had Panasonic’s Lumix GH3 been released earlier in the year, we’re betting that there would have been 2 mirrorless cameras in the top 3. (Read article on DPReview – We also thought it was fitting to include the video above, courtesy of Nate “Blunty3000” Burr – who compares the OMD with the camera it bested, the D800)