I hate the art filters. and the size of the 500 is good.
You don't have to use them you know!
But on a more serious note: I do agree with you to an extent. I think that if someone wanted a small system, they should really go with a micro 4/3 camera instead.
But then again, I think that's what the E-30 and E-3 are for. The E-620, after all, is basically the E-30 except smaller, smaller viewfinder, and slower fps.
Samsung GX-10, , SA 18-55mm
Canon 5D Mark II, 40D, EF 17-40mm f/4 L, EF 24-105mm L IS, EF 50mm f/1.4