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If all I had were your three choices then the first thing I'd do is drop the Panasonic. I think Panasonic may have had its equivalent Osborne event, not over the announcement of any new product per se but in the very public airing of the reorganization of their camera division. This doesn't fill me with confidence to buy what they're trying to sell. So that just leaves the Sony and the Olympus to consider. From personal experience I believe the α6500 has, perhaps, the better sensor, while the E-M1 M2 has the better IBIS. And Olympus has executed tremendous engineering integrating the PRO 12-100mm ILIS with the M2's IBIS, producing a remarkable anti-shake platform for both stills and video. The Olympus platform also underscores my personal perception that Olympus has a better first-party lens collection than Sony has for its half-frame sensor cameras. While Sony may arguably have the better sensor, a so-called superior sensor will only take you so far if your supporting lens system is sub-par. Regardless, going with either is going to cost you, and at this particular point in time I'm personally not too crazy about spending fairly large sums of money on camera gear, nor do I feel I should recommend you should either. If you've got a problem with the 'yips' then perhaps you might consider, as mentioned elsewhere, with buying a good monopod. It's a damn sight cheaper.
Looking at it from a systems perspective, both camera and lens are equally important. And both have to be matched to deliver the best of the combination (which leads to the old "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" chestnut). This philosophy starts with the designers of the camera system, who always consider the body and the lens as a complete system in order to deliver the best out of both body and lenses. A lens is just a shiny bauble without a body on which to mount and use it, and the body, no matter how sophisticated and well engineered, is just an empty and expensive box with an empty hole in the front without a lens.
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Aug 13, 2010