>Randy, I'm so tempted with the OMD for longer trips. But >really worried about how speed (shutter lag and focus), >handling and IQ will be compared to my D300. How have you got >on with it? > >Paul
I've had the OM-D less than two weeks now. Shutter lag is not noticeable. No issue there. Focus seems fast, so no real issue there either. I have had no problems with focusing, but I do need to spend more time than I have to learn the system. (The manual is on a CD, so I can't just pick it up and quickly look up the answers to questions I have.)
In use, the biggest difference I've noticed compared to my D300 is that after taking a photo, the display freezes up for a fraction of a second. Usually, I don't even notice this, but the other day I was at the airport taking photos of planes departing, panning and taking a few shots as they were lifting off. After taking the first shot it was difficult to follow the aircraft for subsequent shots. I did get multiple shots, but that's a drawback for any type of action photography where you'd want to fire off several shots in short order.
As for IQ, the images look great. Looking at them 100% on my monitor, they are sharp and free of noise. They compare favorably to my D300, although in casual observation (no rigorous testing) they may not have the same dynamic range. I notice that in some the highlights can be overexposed and the shadows very dark. Also, I have shot mostly at ISO 200 so don't have a clear opinion on high-ISO shots from this camera. Colors look good. Images have lots of contrast. I don't feel like I'm compromising at all in IQ compared to my D300.
For most purposes the camera seems like a small DSLR. After using it a short while, I'm pleased with the camera.