I have noticed for quite some time that Olympus Pen cameras are seen as somehow inferior to their Panasonic brethren. I have an EPL-1 and for me it's a nice little camera. It does what I want it to do. When I was first thinking about getting into m43 I took a long look at the Panasonic GF1. In fact I came very close to buying one but I found that IBIS, the VF-2 (as I like to use legacy lenses) and the terrific picture quality in JPEG were big selling points for the EPL-1 and I went with the Olympus. I think the Panasonic GF1 is a very cool camera but it just wasn't for me. Now, since then it seems as though the Panasonic's have become the choice of folks that want a "serious" camera. Excuse me for being a bit bewildered but when did that happen and why? Granted the Panasonic look the part. I think they are quite attractive but where it counts (the images it produces) the Olympus and Panasonic are on a par with one another. In fact, i would argue that the JPEGs from the Olympus look better and the RAWs looks very VERY similar. The Panasonic's have better video. The Olympus however does a respectable job with video though and with the right lens (try it with a 50/1.4 Super Takumar) it can look pretty darned good. The Panasonic (if its like my previous Panasonic cameras) likely has a very good UI and well laid out controls. I recently had the opportunity to play with an M8 and it had it's own UI quirks and oddities. I figure each brand has their way of doing things and once you figure it out it's no longer an issue. Then again I drove a Fiat when I was younger so I have a high tolerance for "weird" control schemes. To me the two camera lines represent very different design philosophies. I can see how each would appeal to a different sort of user. Each has it's strengths and weaknesses. For the Panasonic it's great Ui and controls, lovely industrial design and outstanding video (rivaling the big DSLRs). For the Olympus it's IBIS, great JPEG output (I'd say their JPEG engine is without peer) and the best EVF in the VF2. I didn't mention the fine Panasonic lenses because lenses are interchangeable between bodies. What I don't get is why the Olympus is somehow a less serious camera. Last time I checked it doesn't get delivered by clown car and make farty noises when you snap a picture. What gives?