First of the “Micro Four Thirds” cameras is soon be released, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1. Although I’m a happy Canon EOS 40D user, I must admit that a smaller camera has its benefits. For one thing, I will go hiking next week – the 40D + lens + tripod + accessories gets a bit heavy after a kilometre or 50. Not a chance of bringing a collection of lenses, I’ll have just the zoom and that’ll have to do. And the 24-105mm zoom is no lightweight, either. A compact camera would be an alternative, of course, but I’m just loathe to use one. The image quality is probably a lot better than 5 years ago when I last had one, but otherwise the cameras just don’t behave like an SLR which I feel comfortable with.
So these new Micro Four Thirds cameras, they might be a viable alternative. If the image quality is up to any good, then it should make a much more hiker-friendly alternative with lenses and all. IDG says that the price is set to be 7995 SEK, which is a bit on the pricey side though for a 2nd camera. But again… if the IQ holds up, then it would make a nice companion on skiing and hiking trips!