The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a beautiful camera, it will push the budget but with this Micro Four Thirds camera your photos will excel with perfection. The new digital camera upgrades the sensor to 16 megapixels and includes a built-in electronic viewfinder, both firsts for an Olympus-badged MFT camera. In the end I would say this is the TOP MFT (Micro Four Thirds) camera on the market today.
The Good: This is a well built camera with plenty of megapixels and provides even more power than any of the point/shoot cameras out there. Most camera enthusiasts and travelers will find this camera offers plenty of quality for their needs and is built like a tank.
The Bad: This camera doesn't give the ability to match the quality of Nikon's D800 but this is only for those looking to print extremely large images.
The Leica D-LUX6 brings the classic design of Leica with new age digital quality. I will say I absolutely love this camera and it is my top pick of the group. It carries less megapixels, at 10.1 it may seem low for some photographers - but don't underestimate the quality you are getting with this camera. Also don't forget it's 1080 HD video capabilities.
The Good: As always Leica's sensors and lenses are top notch. The ISO range is extraordinary for a camera in this price range, allowing users to shoot effective in low light with excellent quality. An excellent lightweight option for a point/shoot camera.
The Bad: The cost is a bit tough to handle with a lower MP compared to others in the field. Overall, this wouldn't be your only camera in your bag but as a lightweight carry it fits well.
The Olympus E-PL5 provides a little bit of everything you need in a digital camera. Featuring the megapixels and the same sensor as the aforementioned OM-D E-M5 - the PL5 is an excellent camera offering 1080 HD video and one of the fastest autofocus systems out of the bunch.
The Good: The same sensor and megapixels as the OM-D, this camera gives everything you need from a small package. The interchangeable lenses makes this a viable camera to grow with your photography needs. The impressive video capabilities will satisfy most all photographers.
The Bad: The menu system is confusing to grasp and will leave users wanting more. The build may not be for everyone, but at a lower price than the OM-D this is not a deal-breaker.