Currently I have a Canon DSLR system for my main interests and whilst I'm still expanding that system I've come to the realisation that I also need something smaller and lighter to compliment it. Something that will not be as heavy to lug around nor as bulky. This isn't just for pure wildlife interests, but also for general trips out with family and the like - letting me have a good quality, easy to control camera, but which also affords me the breadth of focal ranges and features that I need. Originally I was looking at a good quality bridge camera, single bodies with massive zoom ranges on their small lenses and whilst the focal ranges on offer are very attractive; the overall controls are a bit more clunky. Digital focus and zoom can be slow to respond (and focus can be a nightmare) whilst menu driven settings control is, again, slower than idea. Overall I greatly suspect it would end up a system that not only gave me lesser (technically speaking) results than my DSLR, but which also proved to be a pain to shoot with after getting so used to DSLR controls. So enter the m4/3rds system, where a modest 200mm lens can get out to around 400mm equivalent. Granted this means I'm losing the single camera aspect, but with the lenses not needing to be so large its the kind of setup that can at least fit well into a small shoulder bag. So its narrowed things down to Oly vs Pan, but here I'm stuck choosing between the two companies and would greatly welcome some advice as to which would prove the better in the longer term to choose. As I see it the major differences are: Olympus (Epl 1/2) In body stabilization, which allows for quick and easy use of the feature for any mounted lens - giving me a wider (and cheaper) range of lenses I can use (in addition to being very nice for a few of my Canon lenses with a mount adaptor - MPE 65mm macro + Oly is something that would be interesting to try!) Small, sleek design - honestly I like the design of their cameras, they look compact and small - different to the DSLR appearance. Panasonic (G series) A more DSLR appearance and shape - might make for a slightly easier hold in the hands. All the time viewfinder present - whilst I can get the attachment one for the Oly to even the score, the Panasonic one is always fitted and won't have the slipping off problem. Faster AF - whilst both are contrast AF and thus slower then regular DSLR AF, the Panasonics appear to be reported as faster at getting a lock on than the Olympus options. In both cases I have to push to the EPL2 or the G3 to get 1/4000sec shutter speeds and a higher usable ISO range. Flash - here is the biggest problem/difference and is what is pushing me away from the Oly, which I like, and toward the Panasonics. If I want offcamera flash control with the Oly, whilst also retaining my viewfinder I have to use their wireless flash control via the popup flash. The problem here is if I've mounted a flash on a bracket facing forward (more/longer fill flash range) the sensor won't see the popup flash and the same is also true of if I've got it on a macro bracket and - again - at an odd angle. I've read of the solution being to use fibre optic cables to link flash to sensor and whilst reports say this works I don't want to end up getting too complicated a setup. Panasonic is where the advantage is since the G series has the viewfinder sitting right there on the camera under the hotshoe - so I can use offcamera via cable (or even radio remote) without any worries or problems at all. So there we have it - the Olympus has the inbody IS and the look of a small compact camera on its side -- whilst the Panasonic has the advantage of better offcamera flash control options (whilst retaining the viewfinder use) and a slightly more DSLR appearance. At the moment I'm warmed to the Olympus, but logic is telling me that the Panasonic might be the better option for what I do at a practical level. However I might well be missing some comparative details and also not fully appreciating the features that each offers. So if anyone has any advice or own user experiences to share I'd greatly welcome them.