Micro Four Thirds cameras are coming fast and furious, and getting better and more technically impressive all the time. For its latest offering, however, Olympus looked backward for inspiration rather than forward. The OM-D E-M5's design harkens back to the 1970's, to Olympus' old OM-1 film SLR. The OM-1 was introduced in 1972, and was a revelation in both size and build quality; the E-M5's petite stature isn't quite as game-changing this time, but it's still awfully small, and still awfully nice-looking. It's the first in a new line of Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus, designed to be more premium products than the PEN line, which includes cameras like the E-PL3.

It may look like 1972 on the outside, but internally the E-M5 is all 2012: it has a 16-megapixel sensor, ISO range up to ISO 25,600, a weather-sealed body, and plenty of in-camera filters and scenes to help you take cooler and better shots. The OM-1 was beautiful to look at, and so were its photos; can we say the same of the E-M5? Read on.