I like the Panasonic LX1, noise control is quite good up to iso 400. It still is capable of usable pictures at higher iso levels but really shines at 400 or below. Nice useful focal length and I also like the 16:9 panoramic mode. It is going for an affordable $700 odd now, sometimes packaged with a memory card.
The hunt is over... got FX01 (black) tis morning...;p
was really torn apart the the choices... LX1 was so tempting and S80 too with underwater housing! But i decided to stick to my objective of getting a pocket size cam... wldn't want my Oly cam and housing collect dust....
the toughest part is between Ricoh R4 and FX01... :think: the R4 definately has better noise control... 1cm macro and 4x zoom... no prob shooting with one hand... but wat swayed me to the FX01 was tat the flash on the R4 is pretty weak... the build and design (practical) of the R4 is a turn off too!
The flash is placed at a position tat will be block by fingers gripping the unit :nono:
The body is not as solid build
The USB and AV port is exposed! Definately a minus point considering dust and occasionally water spray is common when I shoot... as these ports are position at where the palm is resting.. my sweaty plam will very soon flood the ports :sweat:
Well... guess I'll be spending time removing noises with Noise Ninja and Photoshop...:sticktong