I know Art did the same write up but thought I'd share too (Cross posted from DPR) First of all, I understand some of you here believe you have GAS, that is, Gear Acquisition Syndrome...well let me ask you this, did you buy THREE cameras within the last month? Didn't think so So without further ado, a very scientific test: --- SEX APPEAL - How it Looks [EPM1 > EPL2 > GF1] Believe it or not, some prefer it small. I know a lot of peeps here is going to prefer the GF1 to the PENs but to be honest, I'm not a fan of the retro squarish look. The front of the GF1 is also too "busy" - there is just way too much text. LUMIX, HD, AVCHD Lite, GF1, [L], etc. it's like a damn magazine. The EPL2 on the other hand has nice curves, only two logos, but alas, it's obese. The best of the bunch, the EPM1 is basically the EPL2 when he finally realizes that living on cheeseburgers may not be the best choice in life. ERGONOMICS - How it Feels [EPL2 > GF1 > EPM1] The EPL2's nice beefy grip makes me want to touch it all day. The keys on its back are mushy yet tactile at the same time. The control wheel is great and easy to use. The GF1 on the other handle is maybe a bit TOO tactile for me...it's just too clicky. The thumb wheel is nice but I would've rather it didn't double as a button because it makes the wheel a bit too "floaty". If it was like my D90 which gives a satisfying click with every turn, it would've been perfect. Taking last place, the EPM1...maybe being small does have it's disadvantages. While the small size makes it stand out in terms of looks it subtracts from the ergonomics. For one thing, the buttons are way too hard to press + they give little to no feedback. Let's also not forget the control wheel which is VERY stiff and...seriously, I don't have big hands by any means but damn, it is TINY! The grip...well, what grip? Actually, I have the Richard Franiec grip (actually, the camera was from him, thanks!) which makes it a lot more managable. Without it, it's too slippery, and if you attach a prime + hood like I did with the 20/1.7, it's quite uncomfortable to hold. As for weight, if you can curl more than 5lbs, the difference between them is negligible. CONTROLS - How it Controls [EPL2 = GF1 > EPM1] Both the GF1 and the EPL2 have just the right amount of buttons. They both have 11 + control wheel (but of course, the GF1 has that "wheel button" which makes it 12) and it works amazingly well. The EPM1 on the other hand, due to size and the 16:9 screen, gives up two buttons and the mode dial that both the EPL2 and GF1 have. This results in some commands being needlessly complicated; the one in particular that bothers me the most is the fact that if you don't use "Quick Erase" which deletes a picture without confirmation, it takes FOUR freaking clicks to delete one picture...FOUR! The lack of mode dial is not really a problem since it's still fairly intuitive but it does detract from the aesthetics In regards to their screens, again, both the EPL2 and GF1 have great LCDs but the EPM1's seem significantly smaller. The default image aspect ratio 4:3 simply does not work on a 16:9 screen. The black bars on the side is driving me insane. IMAGE QUALITY - How it Shoots [EPL2 = EPM1 = GF1] Really, no difference, since they all have the same sensor. The Olympus PENs does churn out better OOC JPEGs, but I have a feeling if you mess with the Panasonic's settings you could get near identical output. Sorry, I have no brick walls to prove it. AF Speed - How it Focuses [GF1 > EPM1 > EPL2] Despite being the oldest of the bunch, the GF1 is blindingly quick. I tested all three cameras with the 20/1.7 and the 14-42 II R and the GF1 took first in both. With the 14-42mm II R the EPM1 was very close to the Lumix but not quite. What surprised me the most was the fact they were either the same or even FASTER than my D90 + 35/1.8. The EPL2 on the other hand...well, it's by no means SLOW, it's just nothing to write home about. You definitely won't be shooting sports with this guy. The one area where the EPM1 bests the GF1 though is in the amount of AF points. It has 35 vs the 23 of the GF1 vs the 11 on the EPL2. I generally use the middle only so this isn't that big of a deal. VIDEO - How it Records [EPM1 > GF1 > EPL2] The EPM1 does fantastic 1080p videos and has a stereo mic to boot. The GF1 and EPL2 both does 720p but video and audio quality wise, the GF1 takes it. Since the GF1 has the fastest AF, it's C-AF also works the best during videos. Note: Don't use the 20/1.7 for videos unless you have an external mic because it's NOISY! EXTRA FEATURES - How it (something clever here) [EPL2 > EPM1 > GF1] Each camera has their own unique feature but some better than others. One of the most biggest point against the GF1 is the lack of IS. Sure if you only use the kit lens it won't be a problem, but many of us (and I mean MANY) prefer to use primes and primes don't have MEGA SUPER ULTRA IS built in. Some may argue that no IS is not a big deal, but you can't deny that IS > no IS. With the PENs I can handhold speeds close to 1/6 at f1.7 in virtually no light but on the Lumix? I don't think so. The EPM1 is the only one that doesn't have a flash built in, instead, opting for an external accessory. This isn't a problem because I greatly prefer ambient lighting. I'd rather not take the picture then have a flash lit shot The EPL2's flash does allow for bouncing, and although it's weak, it's still better than the GF1's direct flash! Also, the EPM1 and the GF1 both have AF assist lamps while the EPL2 is left hunting in the dark. Note: I have the LVF1 for the GF1 and it's terribly low res/washed out. I'd go with Olympus if having an EVF is a main concern (as well as size). PORN Top View - Don't it just look so much better with the dial? Side View - note the E-PM1's protruding mount E-PL2 black on silver looks great E-PM1 looks ridiculous with the 20mm GF-1 looks sexy suited up E-PM1 vs F30, the legendary "compact" --- So all in all, what did I take away from this comparison? If you were thinking "Well obviously, it's time to buy a FOURTH camera" you'd be right!