The 3.6x optical zoom on this fixed-lens camera is rather disappointing, but the quality of the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens, which opens up to f/1.8 at its widest, makes up for it.
It's great for portraits; for instance, with a fair bit of bokeh (that lovely background blur) and should do well for a few hours spent shooting on the street.
The photographs are sharp and the shutter more or less snappy, with solid low-light performance.
But the 4GB Lexar SDHC memory card that comes bundled is probably far too slow for most professionals, although it could hold up for amateurs with some patience.
The controls aren't tedious to understand, with room for customisation, including the useful control ring that surrounds the lens body.