Originally Posted by Bear
It was inevitable that the first m4/3rds offerings would conservative in style as both Panasonic and Olympus have been burned in recent memory with new product lines that were introduced with products that were out of step of what the market expected to see.
The Gi is not exactly what I wanted to see from m4/3rds but I am not disappointed at all. The G1 looks almost exactly like a shrunken L10. As such it is not that interesting to me as a camera but the technology it embodies is and some of it will make its way to the 4/3rds line up in the future and some of it will be embodied in different m4/3rds products. The compact interchangeable lens digital rangfinder concept. Small, quiet unobtursive is still a real possiblility and this is enough to make me wait until I see more before buying another camera. The technological advances in EVF implementation appear, from first reading, to be remarkable and heralds a new way of looking at things ! I'm still excited about the m4/3rds idea.
I think you put it very well Bear. I'm very much aligned with your feeling about the G1 not being quite what I was looking for personally right now, but at the same time, it represents a very exciting new direction that I feel has a tremendous future and I'm very happy to see it.
From my own point of view, I was hoping for something even smaller, perhaps even a little more rangefinder-ish in concept. I love my Digilux 3 however and the small coterie of 4/3 lenses from PanaLeica and Olympus that I use with it, so for now I'll continue to watch with great interest.
I actually like the design of the G1 and I can't wait to see some actual images from one and read the reviews. I'm hoping that the kind of Moore's Law trajectory that sensors have been following will continue and that we'll see improvements in the sensitivity and image quality in spite of having more pixels on the sensor.
All in all though, I would say that the Four Thirds System and its new little brother - Micro Four Thirds, are the most exciting developments in photography in years and I feel sure that once more photographers are exposed (no pun intended) to the stellar image quality of the 4/3 lenses (and hopefully m4/3 as well), there will be much greater level of adoption of these systems.