(Before I start, yes yes yes, I should start using A mode, S mode, or even M mode. )Advertisement I have been using the P mode quite often when walking around town. I prefer not to concern myself much with the right combination of aperture, shutter and ISO when we're on our trips - what with the two kids running around, thinking about where to go for lunch/dinner, any spot I missed, etc. (Or call me lazy ) Also, isn't P supposed to mean "Professional" ? :tongue: Kidding aside though, I am generally satisfied with the results, and switch to A mode only when I am consciously controlling the depth of field or I really want to hit that sweet spot and I know the light is good. My question is - how come when I'm in P mode, the camera more often than not sets the aperture wide open? I noticed this on the E-PL1, E-PL2, and even the Panasonic G3. I don't think I've had duds with all three models? (I mean what are the chances all three are duds?) And I don't mean indoor shots - I mean morning-noon-afternoon strolls, with the sun usually at its strongest. If not wide-open, it's usually just up to about three stops. It's very rare that it goes up to beyond 5.6, and I would say 80% of the time it is from f/1.7 to about f/4 (for the Panny 20mm). I'm also on auto ISO, max limit of 1000. I tried it just now, cloudless spring Boston noon sun (I don't think it gets brighter than this), and it's setting it between f/3.5 to f/5.6. Is this a common/expected occurrence? Thank you.