I have been having just a great time taking my miniscule E-PL1 everywhere with me. As expected, the HD Video function has ended up to be a primary fuction of that camera for me. I fully expect to be expanding my photography offerings into that area (not wedding video however) over the next amount of time - and have no quams using the E-PL1 for that purpose. While I haven't even touched the surface of what I can do and what customized menu settings I will ultimately prefer - I have found a ways that I like to use the camera, as well figured out a strange annomoly related to using Video in Manual Expsoure Mode. Firstly I have to show these 2 pictures that I shot late last night while sitting at my desk. I have much experience as to how effective the image stabilization is with my E-3 and E-510 cameras - but was curious about the abilites of the more compact IS built into the Digital Pen line of cameras. I was shooting from a very stable position sitting on my armed chair and bracing myself for the downward shooting angle. The zoom lens was extended to the full 42mm (which should require about 1/80'th second without IS) and shot wide open f5.6 with a shutter speed of 1/8th to 1/10'th second at a 2000 ISO sensitivity. Here is a shot without image stabilization: Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) And a shot with image stabilization and the IS1 setting: Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) The unstabilized image as expected showed multiple images from the camera movement - while the stabilized image was fairly sharp. The included 250 pixel by 250 pixel Inset, is showing at 100% view and is a very small piece of the overall image, but gives an idea of the IS effectiveness. ------ IMAGE STABILIZATION WITH VIDEO? Yes there is a setting in the Movie Menu, that allows IS to be engaged. My first clue that the normal optical stabilization was NOT being used for video, was when I noitced that the Live View image on my LCD screen did not match that of what I saw when shooting still images. It was cropped in significantly. This was a sure sign that digital stabilization was being used just as happens in video editing software where software attempts to line up the different frames at the cost of some resolution, by working on a crop of th video. That isn't necessarily a bad thing - - - but I have ended up just turning IS off for much of my video shooting, particularly when shooting on a tripod. It is just a little unnerving framing my video to what I want and then having it shift when I push the red Movie button to begin recording.