Lightcapture: I am getting tired of trying to find what equivalent 35mm focal length(s) of this contraption?
You can buy it with the 14-42EZ lens, for an additional $200.00, which is a decent price for that lens new. Not saying it's a great lens, gets mixed reviews, but not bad by any means.
Matt Yardley: Dear Richard Butler
I feel I must point out your needless negativity regarding the LCD screen use on the new pen. The fact that the screen can accomodate a full 16:9 image is commendable, I fail to see how you could fit a larger 4:3 image on the back of this camera. The space at either side is not wasted it's a touch screen and allows for the placment of buttons and info keeping the preview of the image uncluttered. Not a waste of space at all.
"Disastrous?" Hyperbole, much? "Frustratingly?" "Troubling?"Yes, it's overly negative. There's only so much vertical space on the back of the body, so the argument can be made that using the additional width for a 16:9 format is thoughtful addition for HD videography. It's not an "odd" choice, it simply reflects the additional emphasis video is gaining in these types of cameras. What's "odd" is your opinion. IMHO, of course.