Hi folks, I'm new here. I just thought I'd share some of my thoughts on my camera experience and the m43 system. Coming from a MF Minolta X-700, my first foray into DSLRs was the Olympus E-510. I loved that camera. I have since sold it to my sister, so I still get to pick it up from time to time and admire the interface, control layout, and the phenomenal build quality for it's price point. My next move was to the Canon 550d. The main reasons being the high ISO image quality, and the more shallow depth of field. I built up a nice Canon system and especially liked the TTL remote flash for casual family snapshots at get-togethers. Though the camera performed great, it always lacked the look of the Olympus. I found myself wanting to get that look again every time I looked back in my catalog. Strike one for the DSLR came on my last vacation to Costa Rica. It stayed at home because it was too big, heavy, fragile, ridiculous looking, etc. Mainly it would have been more of a burden than the iq would be worth. I ended up buying an SX40 superzoom, which is a pretty neat machine, and a TS3 because it was supposed to rain a lot. Although the iq wasn't crazy compared to the DSLR, it got me by. Besides that, most of the shots I did get would have been unattainable by the 550d anyway. While I was buying the TS3 at Futureshop, they had an open box E-P2/VF-2/14-42 kit for $299. I couldn't pass up a $1100+ kit for that price, so it had to come home with me. I ended up being rather unimpressed by the E-P2. It was slow to focus, the early kit zoom was pretty mediocre, and the iq fell off quickly at anything above base ISO. I thought the focus assist light was an odd omission too. I split it up, sold it, and made a great profit. The announcement of the E-M5 was compelling. Finally a new sensor that promised up to date image quality. The third gen Pens focused really fast, so that was a non-issue for me now. The built in EVF and wireless TTL flash system were enough. I liquidated my Canon system over the next couple weeks and made my move. After the pre-order, I researched the lenses and decided on the PL 25mm and the 45/1.8, with the 12mm and 75mm to follow. I picked up a new GF2 kit when the pre-orders turned to back-orders for the E-M5. I needed a decent body in the meantime, and it was another one of those "offers I couldn't refuse", clearance sales. My sister bought one for herself and a friend when she heard of the deal. I also ordered an E-PM1 with the thought of keeping one as a backup when the E-M5 finally gets here. I've had enough time with the GF2 and Mini to form opinions between the two. I think the GF2 is slightly better at base ISO. High ISO seems close, but with the E-M5 on the way, I'm not as concerned any more. The Mini gives you more control, and I love Olympus' customization options. With that being said, the Mini also seems easier to use, although the iAuto on the GF2 seems like it would work ok for the amateurs. The Mini would be a no-brainer for me if it weren't for one tiny little feature on the GF2, that pop-up flash. Not the fact that it has one, but the fact you can pull it back to bounce it upward. That one feature turns the GF2 into a supremely capable "pro" shooter in a miniscule "un-pro" size. Ultimately, I decided the GF2 will go to Mom, but I can't help feeling burned that the Olympus clip-on flash doesn't bend over backwards for me... literally. All this jabbering leads me to the point of this thread: Olympus and the m43 system has finally come of age. To me, there's not much point in a compact anymore, as my Mini and 45mm combo are almost as small. To me, there's no need for a DSLR anymore, because the E-M5 has the iq and features. So then, what does a DSLR user give up to come to m43? Better battery life, better tracking AF, and a nearly imperceptible bump in iq (but usually only with very expensive glass attached). I don't have to worry about front-focusing/back-focusing with m43 either. I can't justify owning a DSLR anymore. I even find it hard to justify the use of the 14-42 kit lens from the GF2. The zoom range isn't worth the loss of aperture, iq and size that I could have with the 12mm or 45mm popped on instead. I think this system's exceptional primes has made me realize the massive sacrifices you have to make to carry around even the nicest of Canon's L glass on an SLR. I think I will find myself getting a lot more shots that I simply would have missed because lugging the DSLR around would have been too much of a burden. Wow, that didn't seem that long in my head. LOL! Cheers guys, sorry for the long read!