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Same...focus issues and low light capability put me off plus the not so good screen. Thing is when Oly fix those things in the next version it will indeed be a very compelling camera. As it stands I think this will sell by the shed load!

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I did have one on preorder a month or so ago, but eventually came to my senses. I do think I'll eventually get a M4/3rds camera but think I'll wait for a second generation Oly, or see what Panasonic or perhaps someone else comes out with. The concept is nice, but there are just a few too many shortcomings at this price range. My LX3 works nicely as my small camera for now.

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I'll be holding off as well.

For a go light travel camera I'll stick with my D40 and probably replace that with a D3000 if its specs follow the rumors.

8/3 edit: decided to swap the D40 for a D90.
 
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The Pen has been available in Japan for a short while. I read a few reviews yesterday in some Japanese photo magazines, and they seemed rather positive. I thought about picking one up, and I plan to try one out this weekend.

I really liked the early Pen cameras, I may take a look at a few of those (one of the good things about Tokyo is it's plethora of used camera shops) this weekend as well.
 
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I really hope Nikon is working on something like this. Would be really cool, but I would want to be able to use an adapter with other Nikon lenses like you can with regular 4/3 lenses.
 
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There are also rumors that Panasonic is going to introduce a rangefinder like m43 camera later this year...
 
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I tried one out in Tokyo yesterday, and I wasn't overwhelmed. The Pen is supposed to be a compact camera with full-size camera features, but it is a little of neither. In real life it is not as small as you might think. In style it is similar to the Pens of old (which I also looked at), but was in fact noticeably larger.

The auto focus seemed adequate enough to me, no quicker or slower than most other point-and-shoots I've tried. Taking a picture wasn't SLR instant, but not that bad either.

All in all it seemed a nice enough camera, but not nice enough to justify the 100k yen starting price. For that money I would rather invest in an old Pen F and a few lenses and experience the genuine article rather than the re-invented one.
 
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I'm eagerly awaiting Panasonic's next gen.: Hoping that it is a cross bet. a GH1 and LX3. I am quite impressed w/ Pana's innovations lately. That coupled w/ Leica lenses....yummy!
 
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According to the noise camera blog the Panasonic GF-1 is pretty much going to be a similar model as the Pen (but without being a fashionista camera).

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