the camera is praised but is given a 69% ranking
All good fun, there are some great features of the E-PL1 - it's a fantastic value entry point to m4/3rds... I really like the AF selection using the magnify button.
I like that dpreview post the data (sample images etc)... their interpretation is always going to be more open to criticism. I like what BB posted above - this is why forums where people can post their personal opinion and experience are so important to me.
The dpreview interpretation reads like a predictive marketing report... it makes me wonder, who is it written for? I do see a lot of prognosticators on the forums over there... maybe it's for industry pundits, by industry pundits?
As I said, all good fun...
I thought the review itself was excellent. I never pay much attention to "scores" because I've noticed that within the industry in general there seems to be an unwritten rule that no matter how good an Olympus camera may be it shall not outscore Nikon or Canon!
As a Pentax user for several years I say (if you've only now just figured this out!), welcome to the club!