Sorry Olympus. No big review on this one.
And most of it boils down to this. The camera is too small for me to hold comfortably in my hands. It's just to thin, front to back, and try as I might (an evening out and three days of trudging around downtown shooting as much as I could for hours at a time.....) I never warmed up to this little camera. I'm only five foot, eight inches tall and I wish I had bigger hands so I could swim faster but if I did have bigger hands it would only exacerbate the problem at hand.......too little camera to hold on to.
With one of the thicker cameras you could quickly adapt a holding position that would allow you to walk down the street holding the camera in your right hand and pulling it up to your eye for a quick snap before pulling it back down and walking on. It might be training but I feel like the G cameras and even the old, film Canonets had the grip ergonomics just right.
The menus, as usual, take time and mental energy to master and the dials and buttons are too small. I hate the lens cap that pops off when I turn the camera on. I lost it for about half an hour and so finally tethered it like a rank amateur at a Disney park.
I know a lot of people who profess to love their Canon s95's. I'm sure they pull them out once or twice a night and take a quick photo of their friends and then throw the camera back into a pants pocket or purse. If you are going to buy this camera you'll probably do the same thing. Because even with the electronic viewfinder the whole thing is just out of balance with the way serious people shoot (maybe just me).
I know I'm going to get a lot of mail on this one so I'm going to defuse some of it right now. No! I'm not going to go out and shoot hundreds of test frames and tell you what I like and what I don't like about the images. If I don't like handling it I'm not going to take the time to shoot it.
I'm not going to parse micro differences and split hairs in a comparison with competitors. I'm just not going to review the camera. If you like Olympus and you like micro dinky cameras this might be just what you're looking for. I love the feel of the EP-2 and the EPL and I feel like the "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" routine just went way too far on this one.
At the very least, if you buy this camera, you must buy some sort of aftermarket grip in order to use it with any comfort at all.