There is no objectively TRUE situation with the Nex or any other camera. I agree with you totally that the Nex controls get a bum rap - from FW 3 forward they could be customized in a way that made the important stuff VERY easy to access. But the lack of lenses and the size of lenses (particularly future lenses) is a very REAL issue for a lot of us. Its why I ultimately abandoned Nex despite its very real strengths - the sensor was great the and new ones look better still. But most of the target audience (for the article and I'd bet for the camera as well, is not primarily interested in adaptable legacy MF lenses. They have a place, a lot of enthusiasts love 'em, and the Nex works really well with them. But most people considering one of these four cameras is not considering it for use with manual focus lenses!I looked at all of these before my recent aquisition of NEX 3,...for a while it was 'touch and go' with the NX10/NX11.
Had teh reviewers conisidered the TRUE situation with the NEX it's difficult to see how that camera was not to come out head and shoulders better than the others. The NEX was marked down for poor menu/controls which can actually be radically improved and customised by use of the latest firmware such that menus don't really have to be used,...And, they criticised lack of lenses and adaptors when in fact masses of adaptors to fit just about any lens are available cheaply from ebay.
What's the GF3 doing in there? I can't imagine it being on the same shortlist as the E-P3 for anyone, they're simply not aimed at the same user. Panasonic have models comparable to that Olympus, just as Olympus have models comparable to the GF3, surely the starting point for any comparative review is to start with comparative cameras!