I bought this camera for my wife's birthday present and I fell in love with it myself.
Being a semi-pro photographer with pro-body cameras and lenses, I am used to high quality and was astonished at the quality I found in the X10. I love this camera. I was so impressed with it, I bought its bigger brother, the X100 for myself.
The X10 is just a joy to use. The manual controls and larger sensor turn what could have been an ordinary compact into a genuine creative tool.
Sure you pay a premium for it, I would have paid more. A stunning tool that is a joy to use. Definitely the best compact camera on the market.