The Micro Four Thirds (MFT) standard sure has grown since its debut in late 2008 with the Panasonic G1. From a single camera and two lenses at launch, we now have four MFT cameras from Panasonic, three from Olympus, eleven lenses total from both companies, with adapter mounts for lenses from the Four Thirds and Leica systems. The competition has intensified as well, with Samsung and Sony launching their own independent line of mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras.
Micro Four Thirds rode on a lot of hopes when it came out. Users wanted a digital camera that could deliver near DSLR-like photo quality in a smaller, lighter body. The manufacturers hoped to capture a new segment of the market; compact camera upgraders who wanted better quality pictures but didn't want the complexity or size of a DSLR.
This need for the young and growing segment will help a lot when we review the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2, the update to the first ever MFT camera (the G1), as we try to understand its strengths, weaknesses, who it's for and if it works.