first of all, thanks to Gordon for the great site & helpful reviews! Coming from a superzoom camera and beginning to notice the limitations (with regard to image quality, especially in low light), I am currently thinking about switching to a Micro Four Thirds camera.
I was (almost) decided on the EM5, until I came across the G6 thread in the forum (http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32724
), where Gordon notes: "I prefer almost every aspect of the G6 over the OMD EM5 apart from the weather-sealing and built-in IS on the Olympus." - That has made me look at the G6, and now I am quite unsure. From the reviews, I had the impression that the EM5 had a few interesting advantages:
+ in-body stabilization
+ continuous shooting up to 9fps (vs. 7fps for G6)
+ better image quality? (based purely on the numerical scores in the two reviews)
The list I can up with for the G6 is shorter, but it does include an appealingly low price tag:
+ fully articulated screen
+ costs approx. a third less (body starts at ~430 Euro, compared to ~680 for EM5)
So now I am wondering if there are arguments for the one or the other option which I have missed.
The primary use case is to take it hiking & bird watching, so I prefer the camera to be small & light. Based on the numbers in the reviews, the two options seem to be very similar. For the G6: "122x85x71mm and weighs 390g"; for the EM5: "121x90x41.9mm and weighs 425g"; with the biggest difference apparently stemming from the EM5's lack of a grip bulge.
Another interesting point is the autofocus: Since you often just have a couple of seconds to react to bird sightings, a quick + reliable autofocus is very important. Could someone comment on how the two compare in this regard?
Also, given that all lenses I have on my current wishlist are Panasonic lenses, I am wondering whether the EM5's in-body stabilisation is actually a neglectable factor?
(Finally, one aspect I have completely neglected is movie capabilities, which I don't need.)
Thanks in advance for any hints or suggestions!