Good morning, First off, this looks like a great forum. I appreciate active forums like this to exchange ideas and information. I am looking for a new camera. We have an infant who isn't quite a year yet. As I look through pictures of him, I see lots of poor to mediocre shots...as many of the pictures have been taken with iphones in poor lighting. I started off looking at some DSLRs. A friend let me use his D7000 for awhile. I loved it and was able to get some great shots with it. He has a ridiculous amount of lenses for any situation. I love the granular controls of it - dials that let you control all aspects of a shot without having to look at a menu. However... I know that I want a camera that is far more portable than that. The best camera is the one you have with you, eh? This search led me to things like the E-M5, others in the Oly PEN lineup, Sony NEX series, and a few other options. I keep circling back to the Olys - partially for sentimental reasons, as I learned on an old aperture priority OM-2. After pouring over reviews, I was pretty sure that I would end up getting the E-M5. After spending some time with one at a local photography store, I decided it was a bit too bulky (sadly, they did not have the E-PL5 or E-P5 when I went in). I would like to be able to throw a prime on one and put it in my pocket, and no way to do that with the E-M5. So that led me to the E-PL5 and E-P5. The E-P5 has pretty much everything that I want, except for an in-camera EVF that is placed similar to the NEX6/7. It has great control dials. But...it is hard to imagine paying essentially double the price of the E-PL5! OK, wow, this note has gotten out of hand. So my questions about the controls of the E-PL5... If you want to go full manual with it, what all is involved? Is it *all* menu driven? I found a thread about custom settings. A blurb from that thread: "Dial function - I switched this so aperture is the default adjustment and exposure compensation is accessed by (shocker) pressing the exposure compensation button." So you can set the dial to aperture or shutter or ISO, but then is everything else through the menu? I might yet bite the bullet and get the E-P5, but if it is reasonably easy to control the E-PL5, I would prefer to spend less and get it. Whew, can you say "rambling post"? Thanks for listening.