I just purchased a G5 with the 14-42 kit lens and the 45-150 tele on the great deal now being offered for $543. I am moving up to micro 4/3 from a Canon G12 and Panasonic FZ30 both of which have served me well. Upon recieving my new G5 I began testing in great excitement to prove the better image quality my new kit would provide. Immediately, I could see the better high ISO performance and overall cleaner, less noisy image produced by the G5. But then I started pixel peeping and looking for better sharpness and resolution and have been severely disappointed. In every test I have performed, shooting dozens of differnet test subjects, the images from the G5 look soft when viewed at 1to1 when compared to the images from my G12 and comparable to the my old FZ30. A simple test was to shoot straight down at my grass and the detail of the blades of grass are much much sharper throughout the frame on the G12 compared to the G5. Shooting a mountainside landscape from a tripod I again find the pixel peeped images from the 10MP G12 to be more detailed and sharper than those from my new 16MP G5. The FZ30 images are on par with those of the G5. Now here is my question. When using the EVF and manual focus on the G5 I get this zoomed in preview to aid in focusing. This image looks razor sharp, but the image that gets recordeded is much softer than this preview and while I cannot say it looks out of focus, it lacks detail and makes this 16MP image look about the same as the 8MP image from my FZ30. So, am I being too critical or should the image captured be as sharp as the zoomed in manual focus preview looks? As another example, looking 2 miles up the mountain through the EVF and manual focus aid with the 150mm tele, I can clearly see cows legs standing in the field. Then I click the shutter at 320 f5.6 and the image captured make the cows just look like specks of black against the green field, and trees loose the definition of the branches that I can see while focusing and record as just blobs? I really like the features and ergonomics of the G5 and my 53 year old eyes really like the EVF. I want to love this camera, but I truly cannot understand why my G12 is able to surpass it in every image quality measure except noise. Any thoughts to help me here?