The images seem somewhat nicer than most other small sensor compacts. Probably due in part to using a 2/3rds sensor. I had a K/M a2 and found it superior to the 1/ ⅛ cameras of the time.
After having many small cameras with small sensors which had features and handling that promised great things in IQ(canon g for instance) but didn't deliver... though this one was so appealing I'm glad now I skipped it for the sigma DP2s. A camera capable of some serious photography. Not another jack of all trades gadget.