Originally Posted by Anders Nielsen
I could live with 10 MP, if just we had usable quality up to ISO 3200, and 1600 that looked as good as 100.
With the current technology of the E-5 and E-PL2, I think that is already a reality. ISO3200 is very usable... in fact, I just printed off a photo for a performer off an E-PL2, upper-body shot on a dark-lit stage at ISO3200, and it looked great printed at 8x10! Even a low-quality print looked great at that size - clean with lots of detail.
As far as ISO1600 looking as good as ISO100... I'd say ISO1600 off my E-PL2 looks as good as ISO400 off my E-3. That's as good as I would hope for!
Now, before the E-5 I would have voted that I wanted better performance at the same pixel resolution. However, now that we've improved the performance of the 12.3MP system to something that I'm very satisfied with, I would be happy with either... further improvement in image quality at the same pixel resolution, or an increase in pixel resolution. I like the level we're at now, and would welcome an improvement in either direction at the moment.
As far as marketing and sales go, I think Olympus does need to up the pixel resolution at this point. If they say "tweaked" one more time, then people will lose faith. Although the results of "tweaking" have yielded incredible improvements over these last few years, as demonstrated above... but you can't sell the truth to the public.