Yes, I do favor panasonic lens. Olympus kit lens is not bad but the autofocus is hunting even in the good light. The 14-45 autofocus is almost instant with very minimal hunting. It autofocus is even faster than my panasonic 20mm.Interesting that you favor the Pana kit lens-- good food for thought. It seems the more I read, the more I'm in favor of the Oly body with Pana lenses I can't imagine the Oly kit lens is that much less acceptable...?
I totally forgot about the art filter at the beach until I got home. My wife uses the camera on the kids sometime and if I leave it in A mode, she just take the picture at whatever Aperture I was in last. Actually 3 days ago, my wife took an indoor portrait of the kids at F8, 1/40 and 1600 ISO because I left it on the A mode and she doesn't remember to change it. It could have been a F1.7, 1/80, and 400 ISO instead. For this reason, I use the camera in P mode most of the time and change Aperture as needed.I'm pretty much a Aperture priority user...though I do enjoy a good art filter now and again, too. True about iAuto but if one is in a sticky situation, it's a handy alternative to have.