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: 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: I am a photo entusiast and this camera is now my everyday one that I can take anywhere. The pictures I have taken outside are fine and inside without flash (if it is bright) are also OK. If you need to use flash make sure the subject is not more than 10-12 feet away. Remember, it's a small point and shoot so don't expect stellar results otherwise. Between the 12 filters, different shooting scenarios, sweep panorama and low price you can't go wrong here.
Summary: A great little travel camera... The build quality is 5 stars... The XS stands for extra small I think, but I'm 6'2" and have no problem holding it or pressing the buttons... I'm happy with the photos, I've taken about 30 today... I've got it set at 3:2 with 14 Megapixels, I prefer the 35 mm film size... I bought a 16 GB 'Micro' SDHC card by Transcend, it only takes "Micro'. The attached photo, I shot tonight at Sunset using the 'Night Scene' mode.
Summary: The camera takes wonderful pictures. It will take a while for us to master all of the tricks. It is complicated and not for the beginner. The camera is so small that it is a little nerve-wracking to handle. The quality of the photos is incredible as long as you are in the appropriate "Mode".