Summary: I been using this camera for a several years now. This camera has all the features I need. The days of big heavy cumbersome cameras are gone for me. This camera will do more than what the average person would do with a big 35mm camera. Its light, small and you will be more inclined to take with you for events and vacations.
Summary: I don't claim to be a technical expert on the internal workings of a camera - I just love to make art. All I am interested in is a well-built, sturdy product that will capture my vision as I see it, and I cannot always carry around my bulky DSLR, and do not always want too, either. If you want this to be a cheap alternative to buying a full-frame Nikon or Canon DSLR/SLR camera with 15+ megapixels, super-fast lenses, etc.
Summary: I wanted this little point and shoot camera to be amazing. I had SUCH high hopes for it. But it is super slow, you take a picture and then it take almost 45 seconds for the camera to be ready to take another. It also isn't very reliable when it comes to focusing correctly. I was pretty disappointed, so I returned it.
I've taken superb photos, printed 13x19, a great RAW portable camera.
16 June 2012
Summary: Yes, Leica is expensive. However, for the size and the year this camera was made, the quality of the camera, the features and the quality of the images are all superb. Note that there are newer models of this same camera, the D-Lux 4 and 5, each incrementally better. First, the images. The lens is Leica. The lens has some chromatic aberrations, or color fringing on the edges of highlights. However, the amount is much less than other cameras of the same age and size.
Summary: I'm writing about my Leica D-Lux 3 camera--whoops, I mean my Leica D-Lux 3 paperweight (if one is careful, it also might be usable as a coaster). The camera was purchased in 2007 and worked fine until late 2011 when the LCD screen went black except for icons that were still visible. My first thought was that I had hit some button that changed the setting so I went online. What did I discover but that the black screen issue is not an uncommon problem with this camera.