Summary: Overall nice camera. I returned it and got the LX5 instead because of one major flaw - when taking low light pictures the OLED screen made them look excellent until I got home and transferred to computer. I rather have the OLED screen not overcompensate the brightness and sharpness of the actual photos which did not look as good. This way I could have retaken the bad ones with different settings.
Summary: I love the pictures from this camera. My big complaint is how long it takes to close when I hit the power switch after taking a panorama or "hi-speed" pictures. I use this camera snow-skiing, and panorama is great for some of he high mountain scenery. I use hi-speed to take action shots, which turn out great. But the camera takes a long time to process these photos, and will not retract the lens until processing is complete.
Excerpt: Good quality pics overall. No useful customizations (dials & buttons), yet many jpg picture mode customizations that few will use, want or need (if you need this level of automation, you will do it post in RAW form). Many issues with this camera leave me wanting to teach the programmers how to do their job and fix the short-comings. The pic quality and optics are goog when ISO is below 800. Above 800 degrades quickly. No program shift.
Summary: My household, for various reasons, has many cameras that we all grab and shoot with for even more various reasons. We've all come to like the high end point and shoot ones the best. We have A great DSLR but it's bulky and the quality of especially enthusiasts point and shoot meets our needs, usually. We don't own a single 4/3 camera. Changing lens, oddly bulky like a DSLR, with only marginally smaller footprint with a good lens..makes no sense to any of us.
Summary: This is a great quality camera, but the size made me unable to keep it. I could barely squeeze it into my pocket because the lens sticks out so far. It has some great features but I felt that for me personally, they were outweighed by the non-portability of this device.
Summary: Im far from a camera aficionado, but I ran into the same issues that were reported here before. Still using my older LX3 I decided to look for something new. Seeing that the wife would be using this camera, I needed an easy to use shooter that offered a bit more when in my hands. Initial impressions were really good, but then we started running into metering/scene issues when in iAuto mode.
Summary: I initially bought the XZ-1 because of the low aperture and small size (relatively). I used this for a week before returning it. Mine ended up being defective, but I did get a few days of performance to base my review on. The premise is that you need something between your phone camera and the DSLR you don't want to lug around. Enter the XZ-1. It is smaller than the Canon G12 and some others in the class, so it wins on portability. Pros: 1.
Can't we have a manual camera with SOME user friendly options?
9 August 2011
Summary: I agree with others who have commented on poor video. The video on this camera is unusable if you're even the least bit particular. The camera searches for the subject and goes in and out of focus. I thought it was going to be "not great" but it's worse than that. Second thing that made me send it back: the shot to shot time is really slow (not when using hi speed mode, just single shot and then another single shot).
Summary: The auto ISO setting doesn't work. It seems to be stuck on ISO 200 even in the darkest conditions. The camera will decrease shutter speed to as low as 1/10 (some observed even 1/2), and as the result pictures will be blurry. Clearly a firmware bug... Now for the "smart" guys: Yes I know I can use shutter priority mode and set shutter speed to 1/60 or less, or any other mode that allows setting ISO and set higher ISO.
Excellent portable shooter with serious and basic flaw
Sanjiv Gupta, Amazon
30 June 2011
Summary: Camera performs well for target use, namely as a portable yet powerful, adjustable tool for taking pictures that can rival SLRs'. The handling quirks mentioned in some reviews become much less of an issue with practice, even the lack of a dedicated ISO button. However there's a rather serious problem affecting its real world usefulness as an easy to carry camera: You can't install the customary UV filter (or any other) to protect this lens, which is after all the main...