I really enjoyed using the WX1 and I captured some interesting images with it, but I also found the camera a bit frustrating – it sometimes appears to have been designed by a committee. On the one hand, the WX1 provides a lot of nifty features that were clearly added to appeal to more advanced shooters – it has a very good zoom that starts at a wide angle equivalent of 24mm, a manual White Balance mode, a 720p video mode, and enhanced low light shooting capabilities.
On the other hand, the camera is auto exposure only (which limits user input into the creative process), it has no optical viewfinder and, unlike similar digicams from other manufacturers, doesn’t provide direct access (via shortcut menu) to the most commonly changed/adjusted camera settings and functions like white balance, sensitivity, and exposure compensation. The WX1 is also ultra-compact, easy to use, has loads of neat features, and it’s stylish in a minimalist sort of way – all reasons why it should appeal to casual photographers and snap-shooters.
- Impressive noise management
- Excellent 5x zoom
- 720p movie mode
- Slight tendency toward over-exposure
- No direct access to the most commonly changed/adjusted camera settings and functions