Here's my field test : all pics are downsized only.
As a photographer of the fairer gender, I am constantly seeking a compact camera that is capable of delivering near-DSLR results.
The Olympus XZ-1 was tested on three occasions, namely, landscape, macros and gatherings, bearing different demands on the camera.
One advantage of the XZ-1 is the instantaneous popping off of the lens cap once you switched on the camera. There is no fumbling meaning you can focus on shooting as soon as the camera is on. In terms of ergonomics, the XZ-1 is not ideal for single hand use as it has a smooth metallic surface. However it has a solid built and enjoys a great battery life with 350 shots (inclusive of light previewing of images).
The XZ -1's flash is intelligent enough to ensure that the subjects, i.e., both the cake and the birthday guy are well lit. This makes it an ideal party camera to lug around.
The advantage of having a very bright f1.8 lens is evident during a recent CNY dinner celebration, capturing the luo-hei moments.
Another thing I like is the accuracy of the auto WB settings. The XZ-1 is not fooled by the tungsten lighting and the ambient bleed is controlled when the flash is used.