ezed999: While I like this review, it would benefit by cutting Olympus a little slack. This is not an OM-D or even an E-P5. As you point out, starting with a point & shoot interface is strictly marketing. Olympus would like to attract upgraders -- a reasonable goal. There are more of them than there are of us, and without larger markets, these companies will fold and we'll all suffer. We have the skills to customize, so why not have initial set up's that permit less sophisticated users to take pictures out of the box?
Personally, a camera like the PL-7 is a reasonable alternative so that the rest of the family can take better pictures. In my case, I'm hoping my wife, who is a luddite, will use our P-M2 in her travels and gradually learn a little bit about photography. The nice thing about the Pen PL & PM lines, is that you can also save a jazzed up interface and for those occasions when we need it.
What's not to like?
No one but fanboys cares about cutting manufacturers slack. Everyone else just wants a totally awesome camera as cheaply as possible. Apparently relatively few people are buying the E-PLx models. That's because they're not really cheap enough to compete with point and shoots, but they're not really good enough for dedicated photographers to choose over other options.
The E-PL7 would probably entice the point and shoot crowd at $400. The advanced crowd has the EM-5/10 around the same price point, along with Sony's e-mount cameras. Why would anyone spend $700 on an almost-but-not-quite camera? Answer: most people wouldn't.
pcworth: My Photoshop alternative of choice right now is Flying Meat's Acorn. It has similar features to Pixelmator, but feels more pleasing and fluid to use. I have not done a side-by-side comparison of features, but it covers pretty much what I need. It will open Photoshop files and costs about $30.
Having said that, I still think Photoshop Elements 11 or newer is the way to go if you are looking for something new. Its group shot tool alone makes it worth the purchase price.
Yeah. I'm surprised Acorn didn't get a mention and something like Aperture did; Aperture appears, like most things OS X, not to be on Apple's radar anymore.
deleted_081301: I expext they will do a Micro four thirds version alsowhen they get "Around touit" ;)
Exactly. It seems like a weird omission, since they'd just have to offer a different mount.