Is Olympus throwing away its biggest advantage?

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
This is how most of us think of Olympus cameras: compact and lightweight, and the lenses too. (Image credit: James Artaius / Digital Camera World)

It’s not hard to see the appeal of Olympus cameras. We love the new Olympus PEN E-P7, we raved over the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, and for years we’ve had nothing but good things to say about Olympus MFT cameras.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at