Hi Doc G: This place is going up in the world. We now have at least three "Docs", of which at least one is ashamed to admit it...
Most people who really want to work at their photography should end up with a carefully selected DSLR, so not just the two lens bundle or one of the knee-jerk brands, suitable for what they want to do. Most people also believe that they cannot develop their photography without a DSLR, so they miss the considerations behind the preceding sentence. It's a pity for them, but not for the manufacturers and chain retailers who ship out paperweights by the truck-load.
On the supposition that there are precedents with the small-bodied film SLR and the live view screen on the back of DSLRs, both launched by Olympus and emulated by everyone else, I expect some of the advances of the Olympus OM-D technical package will be applied, probably improved, by everyone else. Olympus's reduction of their DSLR range coinciding with the first OM-D camera, I would say they don't see the full DSLR as a product for enthusiastic amateurs for much longer. The others will follow. Fast focusing outside of a mirrored system seems to be a problem solved, the Olympus add-on electronic viewfinder is such an improvement it may not defeat the case for optical viewfinders, but it weakens it.
We will not be advising beginners to aim for DSLRs for many more years.
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