The camera's sleek design clearly involved some compromises. As with most compacts, there's no viewfinder, just a 2.5-inch LCD-small by today's standards. The die-cast aluminum body is exceptionally well made, and the controls well placed, but we found the button labels hard to read.
Two accessories improve the handling. The HA-1 Hood and Filter Adapter ($30, street), a nice square lenshood, provides an extension that helps you grip the lens. And the VF-21 Viewfinder ($200, street), which slides into the hot-shoe, is good for grab shots and makes for steadier handholding.