Hi there Love digital photography. No way do I consider myself anything beyond well informed beginner. Aftern countless trials with several cameras I have come to 2 major conclusions: a) Nothing beats CMOS like sensors when wanting to explore vivid and detailed photography (so point and shoot just does not cut it). b) Prefer the slimmer profile (lighter more compact) offered by micro 4 thirds....I am not patient enough to handle a Canon, Nikon, Sony or etc...full size DSLR... I purchased an E-PL2 by Olympus a few days ago. Loving it. Feels really natural to take photos with this device. Love the results. Cheers!