I am a G2 owner and if you've read any posts as of late I have been talking about how great it is (and I still feel that way). That said, I just picked up a GF2 and have been...how shall I put this...shocked and surprised (in a good way). I am not here to yak about the GF2 but instead want to share something that has just occurred to me (and it is brand and for the most part model agnostic). Like may of you here I started with film, then digital point and shoots, that took me to advanced compacts, DSLRs and after lugging too much gear around Europe for a month I washed up on the shores of the Isle of mu-43 where I have made my home. I have gone through a few mu-4 models and brands and each has something to recommend them (your own preferences will vary). What I have just started to realize is that the much maligned GF2 is a great little camera. I don't mean it to be a cheerleader for Panasonic merely that I think in our rush to have more this and better that we have failed to see something that is right in our midst. The GF2, GF3 and I am sure the E-PM1 will follow the same model are what industry folks love to call "dumbed down". What they are however is very feature rich cameras with a simplified set of controls. I think we are often so caught up in being disappointed in what a new camera is not we often fail to celebrate what it is. If Panasonic had rolled out the GF2 or GF3 as the new LX6 people would be doing handsprings talking about the amazing IQ and interchangeable lenses etc. I have a GF2 sitting on my scanner and I can tell you that it is barely bigger than my LX3 was. I can throw my 14 or 20 on it put it in full auto throw it in my backpack I'm good to go. Now...I am someone that would have argued that I NEED to have lots of dials and buttons for manual controls but I realized after shooting with the GF2 that I might be really wrong about that. What I found is that I did a few things that quite a bit...change aperture, exposure compensation and zoom in for manual focus assist (using legacy glass) and to a lesser degree change ISO. Three of those things are attached to the single thumbwheel on the back. After a few days play I have started to realize that a simplified setup can work quite nicely for a lot of situations. I don't plan on giving up my G2 anytime soon but I am quite impressed with what a "dumbed down" camera can do. It is a real joy to use and I am sure the new E-PM1 will be much the same. Sometimes what I want to do is travel light and to have something that can shoot terrific images (and the ability to shoot HD video is a nice bonus). The other thing I have noticed is that I tend to shoot the GF2 in a different manner than I do my more traditional camera. I use it as a way of documenting stuff much like I would use my phone camera. It's been very interesting. Pictor has a terrific thread he started regarding the oft overlooked GF3 (over on SC). Its a great read and really inspired me to think about this stuff. Now to be PERFECTLY CLEAR...this does not apply to everyone. It may only apply to a few folks or maybe just me. If a fully blinged out E-P3 is your thing more power to you (it is a truly amazing bit of gear). Each of must decide what they want and what they are comfortable with. FOR ME the small point and shoot simplicity (but with a touch more functionality) is something that I am finding that I like quite a lot. I am not talking about ultimate IQ, shadow noise, moire, OOC JPEGs or anything like that. I am sure there are tons of better options that fulfill every tech prerequisite for a great camera but the small size, simplicity and good enough quality are great for me. GF2 with 50/1.4 Not bad for a toy huh?