I'm just venturing into the world beyond P&S with my order of an Olympus E-PL1 which I hope will be a good starting point. I enjoy the outdoors and traveling around the US mostly, although now that my twins are getting older I intend to start getting beyond the borders again. I have always been interested in photography and in attempting to photographically capture the beautiful places we go. However, I have never had the time to progress beyond my various Olympus fixed lens zoom cameras. Once I began researching and leaning more I realized that, regardless of what kind of technique I developed with the manual controls, the limits of the camera would remain. From what I've read it seems the Olympus E-PL1 is a good starting point and I like the fact that I will be just as inclined to carry it around as I was with my P&S. I plan on just starting with the lens it comes with and working on mastering the camera before venturing into other lenses unless that isn't a good idea! I have no problem admitting how little I know and I am really grateful I found this site which seems to have a wealth of talented, knowledgeable and pleasant posters. I am mostly interested in outdoor photos and like to bring my camera with me. My home is in a rural area of New England but during the week I spend a lot of time in Boston and have been wanting to start taking some urban, city pictures as well as waterfront ones as soon as the weather improves. I can't wait until I have some photos I'm not embarrassed to share!