imaging-resource.com very clearly states that the XZ1 supports optical zoom during video... that is good news indeed. hope there is no noticeable focus hunting immediately after a zoom operation during video.
regarding the aspect ratio... none of the above two sites clearly mention the XZ1 allows for crop-less native aspect ratio like the LX5 does. Seems the aspect ratios on the XZ1 and cropped versions... but I hope I am subsequently proved wrong because I'd like it to be similar to the LX5 in this regard.
However, upon seeing the recent sample images, I have concern about it having too much noise reduction, aka smearing in its out of camera JPEGs, which is the reason why I would want to buy an Olympus compact.
Not really,depends on usage, the PENs shoot 7minutes of video, I shoot at max a minute :bsmilie: but that's how my school project has to be done, if you wanna shoot video, best go back to camcorders, dedicated ones shoot longer than an hour I believe