This post is really for the people who are still doing their research on what to buy-what to expect. I've only played with the GH2 for a couple of hours, mostly in dim interior light and with 3 lenses including an old m42 55mm 1.4. Impressions are relative to a Canon 50D. Goodbye, Canon. I had a feeling and hope it could come to this. The little (LITTLE!!!) Panny just has it all over the Canon series, especially when the price point is considered. By now, a lot of prospective owners will already be familiar with the tradeoffs between bodies for weight, cost, batt life, etc. I'll summarize my immediate impression up front, and you can just bail now if you want to......This camera is like a really really advanced point-and-shoot with interchangable lenses and on-body controls that smack the crud out of many DSLR bodies. 'k. Feel free to go now. It is as simple or advanced as I ask it to be. It will make a hit from the hip. It'll shoot moving vehicles with a quite acceptable keeper rate. (there's more to that, but I'll keep it short) I agree with many comments that the manual is good, but not all it could be. I had downloaded the PDF a week ago and was all ready to go before it arrived. I'll have an opportunity this weekend to shoot kid's soccer. For me, this will be the gratest test to see if the GH2 will earn its keep. Given that I was panning and hitting passing vehicles with utter aplomb within 1/2 hour after charging the batteries, I see no reason for expecting disappointment. I'll report back when it's a done deal. So far, the strength of the cam is contrast focus! On iA mode, you can pretty much fire and forget. Don't even really aim. Just point it over there and hit the button. Not 100%, but just try that with a cluster of 9 focus points on a 50D. I know several dslr bodies have better AF systems than the sad 50D and 5Dmk2, buuuuut at what size and price point? Again, this is just initial impression. I'm quite happy to have made this decision to try M4/3. It's different for sure. Think like a point and shoot, handle like a teeny tiny DSLR and it seems quite good.