This camera had never really entered my consciousness, actually I never knew it even existed. But I spied it out of the corner of my eye the other day at the store, and I've not been able to shake it ever since. Love that the top and bottom plates are made brass. Oh man I want to buy a black paint one just to watch it wear. Read a little more about it, but noticed that it's gotten little to no mention on here....and it does qualify as a Serious Compact doesn't it? I assumed it was in the same class as the Panasonic LX-7 or Olympus XZ-2 (which it shares a lot of innards with) or Canon G15, etc. all of whom get more press that it. Hmmmm.... Anyone with an opinion?