Outdoor Lover wrote:The Micro 4/3 Market is coming on strong
I bought an Olympus E-PM2 last year as my intro to a better camera. There was no point in me getting a full body DSLR because I know for sure I'm never going to carry that big of a camera anywhere I go.
But there were plenty of tradeoffs. All-in-all, I'm happy with the camera (though I still barely know how to use it). It gives me all the options to learn how the various settings work, and is especially fun when I have to waste time in low-light
situations while hanging out with real photographers
I was able to get a kit with two lenses
at a great price. Though I've found that the zoom isn't as much
as I'd hoped for the size of the lens, and while the small lens is fine, but I'd prefer a wider angle. The PM2 isn't made anymore, and the current PM5 doesn't appear to be available with any two lens kits. And as Pam said, additional micro four third lenses are prohibitively expensive right now.
As for video, I've never tried it because quite honestly, I always have my iPhone with me anyway, and it takes video far better than I would ever imagine, so I wouldn't ever consider using the PM2 for video.
Reviews and recommendations aside, I'd be hesitant to "rush" into a camera purchase because of a photo workshop I'd signed up for. (Perhaps depending on how much the workshop costs?). The workshop might be the best place to learn exactly what camera you actually should buy for yourself based on what other participants are using. People will probably have good advice for you and let you take a hand-on test drive for yourself.
If you current camera doesn't have the manual features necessary for you to get a lot out of your workshop, you might consider borrowing (or renting?) a camera just for the workshop. Cameras are expensive and should last a long time. It's good to make a decision you will be happy with.
PS Is it already determined what it's name will be?