I needed a DSLR. That's what I was repeatedly told through my online research, anyway. I walked into my local camera shop ready to look at a few models in my price range and fully intending to walk out with one of them...Then the unexpected happened. The employee explained that I would be remiss without looking seriously at some "micro four-thirds compact system cameras." The term "compact" caught my attention, but I left skeptical because of the small body and relatively smaller sensor size than even the entry APS-C cameras I was looking at. Later that day I picked up a white Olympus PL5 after being wowed with the portability, lens options, and image quality afforded by the format. That was several weeks ago, and I remain amazed with what can be done with a handful of small, lightweight lenses. I think I'm going to stick with primes because of the light gathering capabilities and image quality. My lenses include: M. Zuiko 17mm 1.8 M. Zuiko 45mm 1.8 I'm saving my pennies for the 75mm 1.8!