I think something I'm looking for is definitely not point and shoot (think: something with a viewfinder).
Thanks for all the advice so far, but I'm really considering the EM5 just because of the smaller profile.
If I intend to shoot with a 6D, its profile is much larger and would probably attract more attention. I believe the less attention that I attract, the more focused I will be when composing..
The 6D also lacks weather sealing ("splashproof", fine.)...
Oh, and one last consideration... I am a student so I don't have few thousand dollars to pull out my arse.
Thus, another plus for the lower priced, Olympus camera.
Maybe I should just give up and start using film (I do have an AE-1 and an AT-1 in my closet)...
Why are people all of a sudden scared of being noticed with a camera? Be confident with your equipment. Point it like you mean it. Otherwise whats the point?
In Japan just about every Jim Bob and his uncle has a camera and they take pictures of just about anything.
I get a lot of curious people enquiring about my 7D and what lens I use. Perfect time to chat to them and maybe get a picture of them too!
If you want discreet an iPhone is just as good as any p&s. it's better in fact cos its more useful!!
yeah well you should visit great britain or the usa.
then you will notice you are one the same level as a suspected peadophile or terrorist.
did you really not noticed how problematic it is in some countrys to take pictures in public?
i mean... the internet is full of reports and videos about this.
and no.. after a dozend such discussions you don´t have time nor lust to discuss you rights with the police or security guys.
while the gov. is monitoring every street corner... photographer (especially with a DSLR) are forbidden to take pictures.
Been to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia. I'm from the UK and that was the only place I ever had police question me. Yes it annoys me but hey I didn't do anything wrong or break any laws. Why should I sweat it. (By the way I am of Pakistani descent and yeah I do get the "terrorist" stare). However what half wit terrorist goes around with a 5D mark II and a 70-200 lens? Yeah if I was a terrorist do u think I would be using that? Twats! (Referring to police).
My point is, if you look like you are on a job (tripod, bag, vest etc) they'll just leave you be. You could also get permission from local authorities before you shoot, that way you are covered if cops turn up.
I think this "guy with a camera must be up to no good" stigma needs to be corrected.