I've used a bit of everything but I eventually used SLRs more than anything else. The only time I was truly uncomfortable was using a point-and-shoot camera where you look through a blank viewfinder and hope that what you want will be in focus.
To this day, I don't care for working with the rear display of a modern digital camera, when a proper viewfinder and focusing mechanism is available.
I use the following camera bodies:
- Olympus E-1
- Olympus E-5
- Olympus E-M1
- Panasonic GH4
- Nikon D7200
- Panasonic GX8
I had the Panasonic GH3 as my first micro Four-Thirds camera body and later, traded it for the E-M1 to ensure the trade-in value didn't drop when the GH4 was available.
For the most part, the only difference working with the bodies is whether I use an optical viewfinder or an EVF (electronic viewfinder). In good light, I appreciate the optical viewfinder but in the dark, any EVF is more helpful, even when the refresh rate drops.
I agreed when someone mentioned the nose up against the rear of the camera being inconvenient. It seems as though I have changed settings on the E-M1 because there is no cover over the rear display. Beyond that, I don't see an advantage to one position over the other.
I use the E-M1, GH4, and GX8 almost daily. Sometimes, I use two of them together. As far as I'm concerned, they're just camera bodies--tools, weapons, as people say. I suppose I'm very different than most.
On the GX8, I find the tilt more important than the placement, which is a strong reason as to why I bought it. There are times when I must tilt the rear display and with the bright sun, I can't see much of anything. The tilting EVF works very, very well. I find it interesting that the people who like the tilting EVF hate the articulated rear display. I appreciate being able to set the display to all sorts of angles to take architectural photos or skate park video.
I suppose my only warm-and-fuzzy preference is to have a viewfinder that actually helps me focus.