I really like the idea of a compact, interchangeable lens, mirrorless camera. I like the style, I like the form factor… and as a friend of mine says, “Why would I drive a Yugo when I have a Ferrari?” I have a collection of DSLR cameras (and lenses for them), but it makes sense to me – a Yugo has it’s place. The challenge I’ve seen recently is creeping prices and sizes. Why would you want to drive a Yugo that costs as much as a Ferrari?
One camera in particular that’s gotten a lot of buzz recently is the Olympus OM-D E-M5, a $1,000 Micro-Four Thirds, weather-sealed body with a pentaprism-like hump on top that holds an Electronic Viewfinder. Compared to some entry level dSLRs, it’s expensive and has a smaller sensor, but it’s fun. And it looks cool. And it looks big. But how big? If I’m going for a compact system, I want a small package and the pictures of the OM-D just make it look big.
Well, now there’s a tool to help you compare sizes. After all, size matters. Enter CameraSize.com. This simple tool allows you to enter 2 different camera bodies and see a side-by-side comparison. Front, rear, side, top… move them around and see. Just for kicks, they even show a AA battery for comparison.
I don’t think there will ever be a substitution for holding the camera in your hand, but this tool makes it a little easier to understand.