So let's see what is currently out there...
- 1000$ price tag
- classic camera look - a big plus
- probably superb image quality
- fast F/2.0 lens
- EXR technology for high dynamic range (automatic HDR) photos
- fixed lens with no zoom :(
First i thought that if only it has some zoom or interchangeable lenses this would probably be the winner for me, but as I take most of my photos without any zoom via iPhone I realized that this camera could actually be the one.
- really compact camera with full size SLR sensor!
- faster focus than Olympus PEN series
- meriocre kit lens (30-75mm F3.5-5.6) :(
- no viewfinder by default :(
- no image stabilization :(
Sony NEX3 / NEX5
- full size SLR sensor!
- Auto HDR feature
- No viewfinder :(
- Overexposure (firmware fix?) :(
- RAW capture
- great magnesium alloy body
- not so good UI (firmware fix?)
- operates more like point&shoot camera not giving away control :(
- 900$ body only, with 14-42mm 1000$ and a 14-140mm kit for 1500$
- micro four thirds - more compact camera than SLRs
- 3" touchscreen
- mediocre 14-24 ie. 28-84 lens (F3.5-5.6) :(
- mediocre 14-140 ie. 28-280 lens (F4.0-5.8) :(
- 3D lense (gimmic?)
- Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 lens - 400$
- Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens - 600$
- Lots of manual controls (video)
- Wide array of unofficially compatible lenses (video)
Olympus Pen EP-2 vs Panasonic GF1
- Olympus PEN E-P2 with 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 lens - 780$
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 with 14-45mm F/3.5-5.6 lens - 650$
- Olympus has in body motion compensation
- Panasonic cheaper and better than EP-1
- Comparison article and JPEG engine comparison
If you have any good recommendation for any of the cameras on the list or have suggestion for some other that isn't on the list please say so in the comments.