I've had a chance to shoot a bit with this camera lens combo and I'm generally pleased. I have the Oly 12-40mm 2.8 on backorder from B&H, so in the meantime I've been getting to know the Oly 17mm f1.8. I like this focal length a lot. It's a 35mm full frame equivalent, and I find this focal length to be very versatile. It has a very close focusing distance, and the results are bordering on macro. The auto focus is very fast and very quiet. The silver matches my silver and black GX7 nicely. Together they make a handsome pairing indeed. The weight of this camera feels very good. There is just enough heft to dampen the jitters that usually go along with small camera. The handgrip is quite comfortable for my average sized hands. People with bigger hands might not like the grip and much as me. The menus are devilishly complicated. I'm used to Canon, so Panasonic's habit of giving similar names to various functions is quite confusing. The focus features are especially complicated. I'm used to picking up a camera and quickly figuring it out. Not so with this camera. The stills are great, especially considering the size of the camera. The "look" of the images takes some getting used to, but it's beginning to grow on me.The colours and grain are quite different, and the images seem sharper. I've yet to tweak the settings to my preferences. This is a project for the weeks ahead. I can see preferring this lightweight DSLR alternative for most walkabout excursions. I prefer the DSLR look overall, but the fact is I don't always want to lug around a big honking camera. The diminutive size is so much more stealthy. With the silent shutter this camera doesn't call attention to itself the way the clacking mirror/shutter of a DSLR does. I'm most impressed with the video capabilities. I just shot a dance show and was able to sit in the front row, shooting through the viewfinder. The images, shot in AVCHD 1080/60p look terrific. The lack of stabilisation was not an issue at all. When shooting from a balanced position with two hands, and bracing the camera against your head while looking through the viewfinder, the camera is rock steady. The autofocus is very accurate, and silent. It quickly locks in without hunting around. Compared to the Canon video-optimised step motors, this system is in another league altogether. Low light performance seems cleaner. I've tried shooting some lowlight video with the Canon T4i, and the image gets very grainy very fast. It seems to me that the GX7 delivers better results in lowlight. It just looks less grainy at the higher ISOs. Maybe I'm wrong, as I haven't done careful side-by-side comparisons, but that was my impression. Don't get me wrong. DSLR video is fine and can look amazing. I just think the GX7 package, video-wise, is better overall.