For while now we've been wondering about the fate of Prosumer compacts in a world of larger Sensor CSC's. Many of these latter are of the same or smaller footprints a many of the former and the larger sensors can yield better IQ. Once I got my PEN I seldom used any other camera save occasionally my phone camera. The jpegs it produces are the best OOC I have ever experienced. But I found myself leaving it at home more often than not, and relying on my phone as a visual notebook. A task at which phonecams can excel but still lacking in low light ability and reach. Then I came across the XZ-1 with a very fast decent zoom lens. More than decent in fact; mine is sharp edge to edge. And when shot in RAW and carefully processed it can produce really superb IQ. All else being equal, not quite in the league of an APS-C or 4/3 sensor but close at ISO 400 and below The fast glass also helps with subject isolation using shallow DOF. It is a significantly smaller and light than my E-PL1 especially when one takes into account that fast lens (an equivalent one is still not available in m4/3)! And it is Silent in operation. So where am I going with this? I find myself using the XZ-1 far more than my PEN these days. So maybe there is still life in this type of camera yet.