XZ-1, should it stay or should it go?

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XZ-1, should it stay or should it go?
Nov 20, 2012

I bought one of the $199 XZ-1 from Amazon recently.  I wanted to love it oh so much.  The problem is the image quality.  If I go with JPEG, it's smeared.  If I go with raw, it's noisy even at base ISO.  I would described the IQ as only slightly better than many P&S cameras.  Thus the dilemma.  It's not really pocketable and the IQ is not good enough to justify it's size.  Side by side, it's about the same size as my GF2 or NEX 3.  The NEX 3 IQ simply blows it away.  I've had it all boxed up and ready to ship out for days now.  Yet I still hesitate doing so.  Why?  For $199 it's so cheap.  But perhaps that $199 is better spent getting a Panasonic 14mm or Sony 16mm lens.  Then either my GF2 or NEX 3 would be just as "pocketable" yet with better IQ.

Olympus XZ-1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
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