Joel A wrote:
so here's another question, what are the drawbacks (if any) of the 4/3's system?
It seems on paper that olympus produces great cameras, and great lenses... but why does most of the consumer market still prefer DSLR's like Nikon and Canon?
The Canon & Nikon systems are established and offer a vast range of lenses. There probably is a case of brand snobbery created by the fact the pros use Canon or Nikon (due to the vast array of lens options and history).
The other reason I can see is the sensors are smaller than APS-C and it is common folklore on photography forums that a larger sensor gives a lower pixel density for a given resolution and hence lower noise and smaller possible apertures before diffraction effects interfere with IQ. (The new Canon 7D has a diffraction limited aperture at f/6.
When I bought my 400D the four thirds cameras were in their infancy and have greatly improved over the last year or so. If I was starting out today I would consider one as I love to use my DSLR with a small lens as a P&S