Summary: Professionals and Enthusiasts, please stop reading, this review is NOT for you. All other continue. If you are coming from a point and shoot camera you might be looking at this product. This camera is nice but be warned of using the provided camera software when looking at RAW files. The software will make RAW images look grainy but in actuality the images are fine. So please do not dismiss this camera because of that reason.
Excerpt: I have had this camera with th 14-42 2R and the 40-150 kit lenses for 24 hours. I am a serious photographer owning a Pentax 645D with legacy lenses and a Sigma DP2 Merrill. I Have an Olympus XZ-2 Stylus as a pocket camera but was never satisfied with its IQ. Its flexibity and pocket-ability were the draws that made me purchase it.
Summary: Great camera! Light enough to shoot one handed. Fits in my purse no problem. Bundled flash pouch attaches right to the neck strap. Live guide has a learning curve, but worth it for sure. 4 stars for the less than desirable photograph quality with the long lens. Unusable photographs when zoomed at long distances without tripod.
Summary: I have a bad neck and can't handle a big camera with heavy lenses even though I really have gotten fed up with compact cameras that use the same tiny sized light sensor chip that just doesn't have the sharpness. Whether they have 20 megapixels or 10, they all are limited by the size of the chip. The traditional big name companies use a slightly bigger sensor but still use heavy lenses based on 35mm film sized sensors which weigh approx.
Summary: I'm not a photography. I just wanted a decent camera for my needs and the basic point and shoots suck. I hate them. I played around with the automatic setting and I really don't care for them. I like the manual settings much better, but I guess I just like customizing to the max. It is also very small. Almost too small since a have pretty big hands. So that may be something to consider. The lens is half the camera size. I also don't like the strap it comes with.
Summary: The interface can be absolutely maddening and can get in your way at times, the grip and placement of the unique scroll whell will be gymnastic for your thumb. I sometimes long for an old DSLR with a big grip that fills my hand, an straight-to-the-point, uncluttered interface, optical viewfinder, and cheap lenses, like my old Canon. That's another thing, lens choice is good, but not on par with what Nikon SLR users enjoy.
Summary: I wasn't expecting anything Earth shattering as far as performance goes, and having read many reviews on Amazon as well as review/tests on other websites I knew that this was a decent, albeit tiny, 16mp camera with in-camera stabilization. The paper manual that came with my camera was incomplete [i.e. - in the beginning it referred to several menu selections I was interested in, but those pages were not to be found.
Summary: I bought this camera a month ago and I'm very happy of this product. First, the quality of the pictures is very impressive compare to my former camera (Nikon coolpix compact). It is very easy to transport with you everywhere on the field because of the size and weight of the camera that does not kill your shoulder during a hike. I'm a geologist and I bought it for my future field work and can't wait to try it there.