like some of the mods here, i was kindly provided a Olympus EPL-2 to play around with for this past week. first of the bat - i am not an olympus user, strangely enough for a gear-head. i very briefly owned a E330 many many moons ago simply because i was keen to play with the 25mm/f2.8 pancake lens. but it was a brief experiment cos i wasn't entirely happy with the images and ergonomics of the camera.
reason why i wanted to play with the EPL-2 is to see if it can be a good backup to my DSLR. i wanted to see if the EPL-2 can replace my current panasonic LX5 (which, while a fantastic camera, i am not entirely happy with the colour rendition in images).
short version - almost.. but no cigar.
see the difference in sizes?
granted the EPL-2 is a m4/3 DSLR while the LX5 is a PnS. but, in my book (you can flame me if you want, all you fanbois), the EPL-2 is a high-end PnS with interchangeable lens. it is not a DSLR per se - it can't match the speed of the DSLR in AF and fps, among others. the EPL-2 is certainly compact and light. but, as a "slip into your pocket" kind of camera, it is not unless there is a smaller zoom lens available. yah... unrealistic, i know.