A thread caught my eye on the L.Camera site's X1 forum just now titled "X1 first compact approved by Getty" there's a bit of discussion about where the news sprang from - apparently Leica Rumors posted this Leica Rumors featuring this piece by Chris Cheesman from Amateur Photographer Leica X1: The ‘first compact approved by Getty’ news - Amateur Photographer - news, camera reviews, lens reviews, camera equipment guides, photography courses, competitions, photography forums which was published on Friday, August 6th, 2010. The L.Camera thread also very nicely has a link to Getty's approved camera's, if anyone is interested: gettyimages.com/contributors - Digital Camera Reviews Kind of interesting news, I thought. I realize that Getty is a stock photography company and that some might think that selling one's photographs to them is akin to selling one's soul to the devil. I don't really have an opinion because I don't have any experience with stock photography. I first became aware of them when they forged some kind of relationship with Flickr...and then I started asking some questions over on mu-43.com and learned that as a company they've been around since Methuselah, well almost. It would seem to me that their de facto endorsement (they do list the X1 on their site's list) speaks well of this camera's image quality and that's a nice bit of recognition, I think, even if you don't care about stock photography. P.S. "Breaking news" update. I was just about to get offline and noticed the Leicarumor's site had an update with a link to a piece in the British Journal of Photography, published on August 6th, 2010 by Oliver Laurent: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-j.../1727025/getty-images-approves-compact-camera in which Getty does, indeed, confirmed their approval of the X1. Here is a bit of the text: One certainly can understand Leica's being happy about this affirmation.