I have an EPL1 and have really grown to like it. Yes, the controls were a PITA to learn (i.e. it takes awhile before you can do everything “without thinking”), but I feel pretty fast with the system now. The jpegs are great. I always shoot RAW plus jpeg but find I almost never actually use the RAW images for anything.
A few extra purchases really help the EPL1 operate at its full potential, IMO.
I recently bought the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens and, holy cow, I haven’t been this excited about photography in a while. I didn’t realize how limited I had been with the slow kit lens in low light. The 20/1.7 is downright fun, and also super sharp.
I think for backpacking this summer I’ll only take the Panasonic 20/1.7.
Although a bit heavy for a long backpacking trip, I’ve also rediscovered my old OM legacy lenses. My old 50/1.8 glass (with adapter) is awesome on the EPL1! I really enjoy the mechanical/manual focusing and aperture ring too, although that may not be for everybody. Again, with the 2x crop factor of m43, a 50mm gives you the 35mm equivalent of a 100mm lens.
I also have the impressive little VF-2 electronic viewfinder. Although a little pricey, I’ve never regretted the purchase. In fact, I consider it mandatory gear here in the Southwest during sunny days. It also makes manual focusing a snap. I also just enjoy having a viewfinder again.
A few other things I’d recommend:
I disabled the big red movie record button on the back. I was accidentally pressing it too often. If I want video I simply put the dial in movie mode and press the shutter.
The other thing I use a lot is the ability to make the size of the autofocus box smaller. You press the “zoom” button, then “info", then change the 7x to either 10x or 14x, then “OK”. This makes autofocus much more accurate.