Thom Hogan's Serious camera of the year award goes to the Olympus E-M5, Thom explains why it was hard to choose between the OM-D and the Fuji X-E1.

This is a Sans Mirror award, so, fans of mirrors and smoke please look elsewhere. Thom's nominees include the Sony NEX-6, the Panasonic GH3, and the Fujifilm X-E1:

"The E-M5's image quality is good enough that it basically replaced my Nikon D7000 (DX DSLR) as my hike-deep-into-the-backcountry camera. Why? Because I gave up nothing terribly significant in the sensor, but lost weight and size while gaining some exceptional small lenses (Note to Nikon: please get off your butt and make some more, and better, DX

lenses). The tilting screen and EVF in low light are useful, too, plus the fast contrast autofocus hasn't let me down for static subjects yet.

On the bad side of the coin, the Olympus menus and setup are amongst the most frustrating on Planet Camera. I had to laugh in empathy when I read someone's else's review of the E-M5 and his conclusion was something along the lines of "it physically hurt my brain to try to figure out the menus and controls from the manual, but once I had endured the initial pain and suffering I was able to configure the camera so that I control what I need to the way I want to." Yeah, ditto. Only every now and then I run into something I still haven't figured out about the E-M5 and my brain starts hurting again."

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