I'll tell you what I really love about these Olympus m4/3 cameras - wouldn't matter which one I had - - - where my slrs are seldom on the ready, my E-PL1 is always sitting there ready to go with it's kit lens attached. An example of how I benefit is that my wife who is an artist with her sewing - and one like myself who uses whatever tools are at hand to accomplish tasks that others feel they need dedicated and sometimes expensive equipment for as can be seen by her lack of a quilting machine or purpose built table to work on - - - was working on one of her quilts in the last hour and it was so easy for me to pop out and set the E-PL1 on movie mode and grab a few minutes of high quality video as well as several stills while I was shooting the video, of a particular task that she wanted a record of. I interupted what I was doing at my workstation and spent about a minute and a half documenting what she was working on, for her website and instructional materials. Even though the Olympus cameras are no match for the best Nikon and Canon offerings when it comes to low light shooting - I find surprisingly good quality in normal room light, and even at 3200 ISO I can clean the noise up pretty easily with my NR software. Especially are any of the images useful for web work or the many situations I would shoot for that do not demand critical flawless lack of noise. Here are a couple of the shots hot off the camera. I didn't adjust any curves, levels or colours: For the video and stills that I took, I had the camera set on Vivid mode. This shot was using Program and Auto ISO where the camera selected 800 ISO for a pretty clean image. No need for NR in this shot. E-PL1, kit lens, 800 ISO expsoure f3.5 @ 1/30'th with IS1 Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) ---- To see the effects of the E-PL1 3200 ISO noise, I switched the camera off of Auto ISO to 3200 ISO so that I could make use of f8 for more depth of field, as well as changed from Vivid to Normal. That is why the colors are a little less vibrant and probably more natural looking. I used Nik's Define as my Noise Reduction - which produced a shot that is virtually noise free and yet maintains plenty of detail. E-PL1, kit lens, 3200 ISO expsoure f8 @ 1/25'th with IS1 Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) ---- THESE SHOTS ARE 100% crops of the above image shot at 3200 ISO. First one straight out of the camera with just the camera's Low Noise Filter setting. The Second showing the effect of the Nik Define noise reduction (for a final image I would probably go about half opacity of the NR layer for a tad more grain and fine details showing): Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) ---- The high ISO settings of E-PL1 are quiet good for normal working conditions and probably even better than those from my E-3 (especially the banding problem it has at 3200ISO).