In the scene-mode menus, a couple of selections stand out from the rest of the pack, which include now-ubiquitous offerings such as "Portrait "Landscape "Sunset and "Fireworks." The camera's Panorama mode works differently from most, as the camera guides you through the three-shot panorama process. Use macro mode and a diopter to get around this. The rear control wheel is a little clunky and takes some getting used to. In manual mode, the LCD is dark when the settings are underexposed, like when using an external strobe for underwater photography. The camera's menus have two macro settings-a Macro setting for objects a couple of inches away from the lens, and a Super Macro setting for objects still closer than that. They both work well in good lighting, with impressively shallow depth of field. In my "focus shootoff" tests, the E-PL2 focused slightly faster than than the XZ-1 all the time, although the XZ-1 was never too far behind. The XZ-1 LCD seems to be sharper with more color and contrast. I prefer an LCD to always be bright. Other very minor cons that don't bother me but I should mention- the camera has no dedicated ISO dial, no noise reduction settings, no ability to customize controls (although it does have custom modes no highlights flashing. The Olympus XZ-1 is clearly a winner in the class of high-end compact cameras, with very few negative aspects. It's excellent F lens makes it stand out about the small crowd of competitors. I've been using this camera for several days, and wanted to share. Similar to Panasonic's Lumix cameras, the XZ-1 underexposes images in its Auto mode, which led to word-score ratings of Fair for both exposure quality and color accuracy. Sharpness and lack of distortion were relative strong suits, however, as the Olympus XZ-1 earned ratings of Very. The XZ-1's battery life falls in the "Good" range, with a CIPA rating of 320 shots per charge of its rechargeable lithium ion battery. Scene Modes and Creative Controls Multi Exposure mode Dramatic Tone mode Grainy Film mode Some of the best things about the.