I touched it! On the weekend I finally had the opportunity to get my grubby hands all over the glorious Fuji X100. (Thank you big city big box electronics stores.) Immediate response: wow, this is light. It feels lighter than my E-PM1. Then I tried focusing. Wow, that's kind of slow. It snaps once it figures things out, but in that time my kid will have run away on to other things. Then I played with the viewfinder. Absolutely kickass. I hope that is the future of digital cameras, because that hybrid view is just out of this world (though still no where near as bright or wide as my old OMD film SLR). I know I'm stating the obvious here, but reading about something just doesn't compare to experiencing it in person. And after reading so much about this camera, it was great to finally see it in person and try it out. Then I played with the Orbmeister, the Fuji X10. That felt and performed admirably I thought. This is what the X100 should have been. I mean, it's still just a point and shoot, but snappy to focus, and the body felt more substantial for some reason. And the viewfinder, while not a hybrid, was still a pleasure to peer through. If I were to replace my Fuji F31, the X10 would likely be a top contender (with the sensor fix). When I was done goofing around with both cameras, I had a look at the Sony NEX 5n. That also seemed pretty snappy. And I know it has great IQ. Would have liked to have tried out the menu some just to see what the fuss is about, but I had to leave. Ultimately, I left thinking the PM1 is in a pretty good spot. IQ is wonderful, build seems decent enough. I have mine pimped out (skin and grip), and now have the VF3 (seems to do the job I want it too), and the overall package serves me pretty well. I was also thinking that while the IQ of the X100 may be superior, I would take the E-P3 over it any day. In fact, I've been thinking about picking up an E-P3 and came close to it recently through the boards here, but decided against it at that time. But I'm still looking at used P3s as they come up. I like the idea of having the VF and the flash functional at the same time. So I've been looking at reviews and tests and maybe I'm getting it wrong, but it seems as though the PL3 and the PM1 are in some ways better. For example, on one site I've found the PL3 to be the fastest of the three from button press to focus to taking the picture. Then the PM1, and then the P3. I've also read the screen on the back of the E-P3 is overly contrasty and makes it difficult to gauge the final image. Pros in favour of the P3 include the obvious: control factor, the onboard flash, touchscreen OLED and perhaps ergonomics (not a big deal with flipbac on the PM1). Another is colour accuracy. Compared to the PM1, the P3 is said to be more spot on. With reds in particular that's useful. Reds are typically a challenge. So is all this BS? Is the AF speed difference so negligible as to be unnoticeable? Is the colour thing just a matter of settings? Yes, I'm fishing for convincing. I'm starting to think I have extra room in my camera bag for a P3. The main point behind this rather pointless drivel of a posting is to say that sometimes the chase is more thrilling than the kill (there's got to be a better way to express that). My X100 lust is no more. If, however, someone can cram that X100 sensor and processing into an E-P3, whoa nelly. (I'm ignoring the Pro 1 as it's priced beyond reason). That X100 viewfinder, I hope it becomes the norm. But if I were considering the X100, and then saw the P3 beside it, then looked at the going price for used P3s, then looked at all the issues with the X100 (sticky blades, slow focus, dust, etc.), I'd likely go for a P3. Great bang for the buck for sure. Mind you, the PM1 may be even better. Yes, I'm completely ignoring the OMD. It's too new and I'm waiting to see what's up with it. Anyhow, thank you for allowing me to challenge you and/or waste your time. And if any of you have compared a PM1 directly with a P3 and can tell me there's really no noticeable difference in IQ or the time from focus to capture, I'd love to hear it. And Fuji, I may be with Olympus now, but you'll always have a place in my heart. Cheers.