Hello Just joined the forum as the words "serious" and "compact" sound right to me. I've been a camera junkie for decades now and embraced digital as soon as Casio produced their first camera. How things have moved on. Currently using a Leica X1 . Lumix GF-1 and G1 , Leica DLux4 and a Sony Alpha 350 DSLR. The SLR rarely gets used now and I'm afraid the m4/3 cameras are going the same way. For the last 4 months I've been besotted with the image quality of the X1 - that is one serious compact.