Possibly getting E-PL1 - how's that basic kit lens? Flash? Video?

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Possibly getting E-PL1 - how's that basic kit lens? Flash? Video?
Apr 6, 2010

I'm jumping into either an E-PL1 or LX3 at this point... Runners up include the G11.

The E-PL1 has amazing IQ overall, but I'm wanting to do more low light, so I worry the basic lens isn't very well suited. I don't have the money for the Panny 1.7 20mm right now AND the E-PL1. Same with macro - I do enjoy taking some close up shots.

How does this M.Zuiko compare to higher end P&S like the LX3, is should I just get the cheaper, lower-IQ Panny if I'm not going to be shelling out $360+ for a lens anytime soon?

I've already done a fair number of comps and the only other concerns I have about the Oly are:

1). 720P HD Video performance vs. say, my ZS3 - time limits?

2). Clipping highlights - a somewhat alarming trend even when compared directly to 'lesser' cameras like the LX3. Is it a simply EV adjust or does this happen a lot? I don't want to have to constantly be juggling + - EV with variable lighting or flash.

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