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The following are the most recent Olympus m4/3 cameras we’ve reviewed (lowest to highest):
- Pen-F — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body with built-in EVF
- E-M5 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (first generation)
- E-M5II — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (third generation)
- E-M1 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (second generation)
Models that are discontinued and available used that I’ve reviewed:
- E-P1 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (first generation)
- E-P2 — high-end enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (second generation)
- E-P3 — high-end enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (third generation)
- E-PL1 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (1st generation)
So What Would Thom Get?
The new 16mp sensors in the E-M1, E-M5 (and II version), E-M10 (and II version), E-P5, E-PL5, and E-PM2 are a big step forward from the older 12mp sensor in the other models. It's not just the gain in pixels, but the sensor actually performs better in both low and high amounts of light. More dynamic range, less noise. Likewise, the 20mp sensors in the Pen-F, E-M1 Mark II, and PL-8 improve things a bit more. So these are the currently-preferred Olympus models. Buy the older 12mp models only if you can get a good bargain price.