Summary: Second Olympus camera, I purchased this mostly because of the f1.8 lens. Great for low light conditions, but these days, I don't have the capacity to carry a camera around, and if I do, I just take my pro DSLR Nikon or Canon.
Summary: I've always loved photography, and with my XZ-1 I enjoy shooting photos even more! Definitely the best compact camera among all I've had. Before purchasing this I always carried my digital SLR wherever I go for vacation, but now this is my primary camera.
Summary: This camera is great for this price range. It's compact but delivers great pictures. The lens are very bright, with F1.8 apperture. That makes a great camera for night photos even without flash. It's easy and simple to use. I also use with under water housing when i'm scuba diving.
Summary: I have had this camera for 2 years, and it awesome. I think the best thing I can do to show you how well this camera works is to show you my gallery of photos. Hopefully amazon permits this: [...] It can do things a DSLR cant, like High Speed Sync Flash to fill in shadows on backlit subjects.
Summary: Fantastic low-light pics. The f1.8 lens comes in handy. I often just opt to go without flash. It also shoots RAW. I have to say, since I got this camera, I usually leave my big Nikon DSLR at home (for indoor/family get togethers).
Excerpt: I own it since it came out. Took thousands of pictures from subarctic to subtropics. It never disappoint you, either quality or overall mechanical soundness! As a backup I am using e620 with the multiple lenses, although, XZ1 has been used most of the time.