Excerpt: Actually I thought it was time to get a good mobile phone with a good camera. But even expensive mobiles have a really tiny lens with fixed focal length. I do not like that. At the end I decided to get an inexpensive and rather small mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy Young 2) and a compact camera as small as possible the Panasonic XS1 as a (nearly) go to everywhere combination.
Summary: Bought for recent European trip. Takes great pictures, but the shutter has a very long lag time. You won't be able to rapid fire shots, but it does take a nice picture. Very slim and easy to fit in your pocket.
Summary: This camera met all my expectations--simple to use, extremely lightweight and compact, and fairly high-quality images, at least to my untrained eye. It's gotten compliments when I've asked strangers to take a picture (not that that should be a high priority when choosing a camera). I haven't had any difficulty using the buttons, though they are pretty tiny.
Summary: I selected this economically-priced point and shoot to replace a similar Canon SureShot that jammed presumably due to an electronic failure after only a few uses--but after the warranty had expired. So far I'm happy with the Panasonic. It's easy to take in my pocket and easy to use. I do have other larger digitals with stronger zooms that I use for certain purposes.
Summary: Given as a gift and our daughter loves it. Not larger than an iPhone so she can carry it all of the time and use it quickly. Lot's of functions for the beginner or the weekend shooter. As always I can trust the Lumix to deliver.