When Olympus launched the E-P5 this summer, I had strong interest in purchasing it as I liked many of its ergonomic features better than the E-M5. The fact that I am a sucker for a good viewfinder, although I prefer them to be internal if possible, did not help matters. While I almost opened the wallet to Pick one up as a special purchase in honor of a milestone occasion, I held back while I considered other higher ticket, "special purchase" items, like the 75mm. Shortly thereafter, Panasonic's GX7 was announced, and I was giving that body some serious consideration. Then, when Olympus announced the E-M1, it caught my attention, but soon was off my short list as I did not really want a larger body, or larger lenses like the new 12-40. I appreciated the compact size of my E-PL5 and G3, and most of my primes and zooms were not too large. This weekend, however, the rains settled back in our region with a vengeance, and reminded me that our beautiful summer weather was not to last. Gore-Tex and other waterproof clothing are worn throughout much of the year in the Pacific Northwest for a reason, and although I am somewhat of a fair weather photographer due to health issues, I cannot help but wonder if a "splashproof" camera and lens might trump many other newly offered features, if only for the sake of peace of mind. I think the E-M1 is a great camera if one is completely moving away from larger bodies to m4/3rd's, but as I am still keeping my D300, it initially held little appeal for me. One large, specialized system (sports and BIF), and one small system for travel and casual use seemed like a workable plan. But, I am really starting to like the idea of not worrying every time I pull out my camera in foul weather, nor having to worry about it being put away slightly wet while I am out and about. My D300 and Nikkor lenses were reasonably resistant to a bit of a sprinkle, but I never tried to push it as it was not sold as a waterproof body. So, my question is for those of you who live in, or travel to, rainy/snowy climates - is this an important feature to you, or do you just keep plowing ahead with your current equipment and deal with the consequences if/as they arise? I am not making an immediate purchase, but I am wondering if the E-M1 should be back on my short list. Thanks, --Ken P.S. Olympus refers to the E-M1 as splashproof. How is this term defined?