OK. I'm wondering if I haven't made a mistake. I'm coming from Pentax; I have a pretty comprehensive kit including a K-5 II and a number of their Limited primes and the 18-135mm zoom. I love it--great IQ, great haptics/ergonomics, a great shooting camera--but I'm looking for something smaller and less SLR-like for family/holiday shots, with the idea that the kit zoom and a fast prime would be enough, but if I wanted to do more "serious" shooting I'd reach for the Pentax. Also: I'd like something with a flippy screen to get better POV shots of toddlers, dogs, fire-plugs, etc. So I bought an E-PL6/kit lens about a week or two ago (I also got the Lumix G 20mm/1.7 II at the same time), but I'm not really getting along with it. I find it too small and fiddly, with not enough direct control. Yes--I set up SCP, I toggled on the control wheel, and even bought the larger hand-grip. But it's still too poky-fiddly, it feels like the most of the buttons are in in the wrong place, and it still feels a little small, even with the bigger hand-grip. In short, it feels too much like a P&S, not enough like a camera. (I'm also coming to this having shot with a lot of classic manual 35mm rangefinders and SLRs during the past few years--everything from Kodak Retinas to Konica rangefinders and SLRs to Canonets to Pentax to Yashica and everything in between. So I like knobs and dials and advance levers, and manual focus/aperture. I'm not too keen on modal switches and so on, and found going to a Pentax DSLR with autofocus and the (ubiquitous) dual-dial setup a bit jarring at first, but I'm comfortable with it now.) (To give you an idea of what I shoot, see my Flickr feed.) Don't get me wrong; I love Olympus, I love my XA (I'm on my second), I loved my OM-1, and still have an OM-10 and a couple of primes. I live near the Olympic Peninsula, I have a view of Mt. Olympus if I crane my neck, and some of my best friends are Olympians (go Bermuda ski team!). But this E-PL6.... I really don't mean to troll, though I'm sure this post could be mistaken as such. And I'm sure there will be plenty of folks reading this who'll think, "Well, then, go find another system and buzz off and leave us alone. What's the point of posting this [email protected] here, ya jerk?!? Begone with you, you miserable troll, and don't let the door hit you in the adze on the way out." And that'd be fine. But I honestly want to know from people: how would you reconcile this? Should I keep trying with the E-PL6, or return it all and get, say: - A Fuji XE-1, which I think I'd be very happy with, but which would kind of defeat the purpose of a small alternative to the K-5 II, and anyway it doesn't have a flippy screen and is a bit expensive, to the point where I'd only be able to afford the 18-55 kit for the foreseeable future, and any add'l primes would be significantly more expensive. - An EM-5 v1, which looks like it's costing not-much-more than the E-PL6 right now, and of course has dual-dial controls and an internal EVF, too--but is already looking a bit too "serious" for an unobtrusive family cam. And would I get along with something so small? - A Panasonic G5, kind of ditto to the EM-5: presumably has better ergonomics than the E-PL6, but at the expense of looking a bit big and clunky for a family cam. Other nits about the E-PL6: - The shutter sound, which I find a little too obtrusive. This is probably unavoidable for anything with a focal-plane shutter, but the one in the E-PL6 sounds to me like an electric stapler, as opposed to the nice, muffled scissors-on-cloth sound of the Pentax. Folks who have used the EM-5 or G5: is the sound dampening/deadening any better with those bodies? - Color/output. I know, I know: people are nuts about Oly color. But I'm mostly shooting RAW, and I find the colors out of this thing a little too cartoonish and, uh, digital. (I find the output from the K-5 II much more luminous and almost slide-like, as if the shots are backlit or something, but with great dynamic range and more realistic, understated color. The Oly output looks a bit antiseptic to me in comparison.) I'm on LR, mainly using Huelight profiles with my Pentax gear; anybody doing the same for Olympus ORFs? Does changing the default color saturation/sharpening have an effect on RAW output, or does it only affect JPEGs? BTW, I'm really impressed with the G20/1.7 II; I'm getting along really well with that FL, which reminds me of shooting with a Canonet or the 40mm f1.8 Hexanon. There isn't much like it in Pentax-land, other than (maybe) the Sigma 30mm. I'm tempted to stick with m43 just for this lens alone. It's sharp sharp sharp (maybe a little too sharp), with great OOF rendering and contrast. But I'm also a bit loathe to commit to a whole system for the sake of a single lens, especially if my issues with ergonomics can't be solved with other options, or with sucking it up and learning to love the E-PL6. What do people think? I'm attempting to broaden my question to folks who have used other recent E-PL*'s, because as I understand it the ergonomics/body design are virtually identical between the E-PL5/6/7. But I'd love to hear from OM-D users and Panasonic G users, too.