Yeah, the manual says an f2 on 4/3 is the equivalent to f4 on 35mm. I'm not sure how this effects the 4/3 ability to throw backgrounds out of focus when compared to larger sensor formats though - something which couldn't be done effectively with my old superzoom.
You cant judge a camera purely on the speed of its autofocus [and certainly not on the shutter speed, thats crazy]
I just didn't realise I would have to shoot at double the ISO I used for the same conditions/FOV as on my old compact - resulting in IQ degredation - something I wasn't expecting on such an upgrade. I assumed SLR lenses would be faster.
@mainlander1 - your post pretty much sums up my experience and expectations. I too thought I knew more than I do, but I was more pleased with the photos shot during my weekend away after have more time to familiarise myself with it and fiddle with some of the settings.
Aside from www.Wrotniak.net
, can anyone recommend a website/book/guide to help get the best out of this camera? Many people report disappointing initial experinces, but also that the E520 can produce superb results after some tweaking and experience.