Newbie question about E-P1/E-PL1

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Newbie question about E-P1/E-PL1
Jan 7, 2011

I'm thinking of getting a slightly bigger but pocket-able camera. I have been looking for some options : G11, GF1/GF2 and this E-P1/E-PL1.

I think the picture qualify of the PEN is better than the Canon G11 and about the same as the Panasonic GF1. Yet the price of the E-P1 / E-PL1 kit appears to be much lower. My questions are:

1. The review says the E-P1/E-PL1 has slow focus. Thus not good for fast subjects. Is this fixed with firmware?

2. I see the price of E-P1 equal or below the price of E-PL1 even though the former supposed to be more expensive. How big of an issue is the flash? Is it feasible to shot in door (night time, artificial light only) without a flash with the E-P1?

3. I see posts about people using the Panasonic pancake lens with the E-P1/E-PL1. Are there E-PL1 kits that includes a pancake lens?

My main use of the camera is for taking picture of small child, in door.

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