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One of the best P&S cameras,
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I've owened a series of P&S (point & shoot) cameras since selling my digital SLR a few years ago. I just didnt like dragging around a large camera with multiple lenses when I could have a small pocket camera that took decent photos. But I was never quite satisfied with any of the small cameras I tried (a combination of Canons and Panasonics). Until I bought my 5th one, the Olympus XZ-1.
Quite simply, the lense in the XZ-1 is spectacular. It lets in a lot of light, and combined with a larger than typical sensor (compared to other P&S) you really can get terrific photos in a wide variety of settings. This combination of lense and sensor is key, as it really ups the end result in a way that matters -- better quality photos.
I took photos of an ice skating show recently and was shocked by how many great photos I got under very poor lighting, all without using flash. The XZ-1 focuses rapidly, and it does a great job of automatically setting aperature and shutter speed. Of course it does offer the user a fair amount control with its various modes, including shutter priority, aperature priority, and several more artistic modes.
My only disappintment is that I wish it had a longer lens, say extending to 200mm (equivalent 35mm). Now that is likely not possible given how open the lens aperature is, but if I could change one thing, that would be it. I know, kind of greedy.
Overall, a great point and shoot camera.