"I specifically did not touch any of the mirrorless camera manuals. I wanted to see which camera is the easiest to use and whether I need to invest time in learning the cameras before I use them. So far, the Nikon V1/J1 cameras are the easiest ones to use and operate, followed by the Sony NEX-5n and lastly by the horrendous Olympus E-PL3. Boy, I have come to hate that Olympus micro four thirds camera. It does take good pictures, but it has a crappy layout, really bad (and I mean really really really bad) menu system that is very hard to understand and operate. Its menu system feels like it was written by the open-source community (no offense) and as if all they cared about was putting tons of useless or hard to understand crap to make everything look overly complex and confusing." Quote from: Nikon 1 V1 Mini-Review Advertisement Obviously this is just one guys opinion (but so is any review) - but is it really that bad? I must admit the E-PL1 can be frustrating at times as it's not always obvious what all the menu symbols mean and when you have to go hunting through the menus to try and change something (and don't have the manual with you) you can end up giving up even though the answer is probably obvious. The Nex 5 also involves a lot of menu hunting/button pushing for more commonly used functions but I don't find it as bad as some people say (or maybe I am just used to it). :smile: The E-PL3 is (currently) my preferred upgrade to my E-PL1 but is it's UI really worse than the Nex and E-PL1? (I am not interested in buying the Nikon though - just came across the review while looking for something else).