Good review thx. Just one thing..do you notice that the jpegs overall are using too much in camera noise reduction? I had written a review on this camera...and noise reduction or smearing on jpegs especially above iso200 are a problem unless you shoot raw. I see some smearing even at iso100 on skin, faces, for example.
UNLESS, you love REALLY smooth almost airbrushed type pictures but much less details in skin, hair, wrinkles that sort of thing.
For out door stuff I don't notice the smearing as much as with portrait work. I had some comments almost like it was TEAM OLYMPUS against me, stating this camera is tack sharp. I googled around if you use the Comparometer on Imaging resource...put the XZ-1 in one side..put an s95 or LX5 in the other.
When you go to just 200iso you will see already the XZ-1 is already showing much less detail on the model's clothes, but the s95 and lx5 are much more sharp. Go to 400iso/800isothe difference is even greater..look at the threads in the clothing..they almost disappear on the XZ-1 vs the S95/LX5 they show more noise but much more DETAIL. Look at the wall behind the model..the XZ-1's shots show very little detail in the paint on the wall (Sort of a sponge paint design I guess), both S95 and LX5 show the wall paint has a lot of different details in the paint, the XZ-1' shots make the wall look almost silky smooth..and that's not the way it should look.. I'll put the link here with the . replaced by the word DOT so it hopefully doesn't get deleted. I LOVE the XZ-1 on balance, love the lack of distortion in the lens vs the others, but don't know why others and reviewers don't see this jpeg smearing problem more. You WILL see it clearly using the Comparometer especially when you look at 200/400iso etc..compared to other cameras in this class.
Overall I love this xz-1 and it would be great if Olympus might add an in camera noise reduction adjustment setting IN camera. If so..this would REALLY be in it's own class in my opinion.
Check it out:
Your eyes will tell you, don't have to listen to my OPINION..
http://www.imaging-resource (DOT) com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM