In my opinion, buy a digital camera that takes great pictures, if you want video, buy a digital VIDEO camera. Most of the built in video modes in cameras are rubbish, and really not worth the extra $$$ when getting a camera for photo purposes. Small digital camera flashes are only made for a set distance, so really not much you can do about it. Even on top of the range digital SLR's you have to use a external flash for a greater range. You can get plugins for Photoshop that improve the overall brightness of any shot very well!