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 like the concern. Because I like the brand Leica and I have the lens R. I could used with Leica Digi 3. I dislike the R I could not shut yet not function. I will call Leica United States in New Jersey.
Summary: It is a nice camera, but does not justify the price even for the low price you pay on e-bay, My newer sony which I bought cheaper brand new takes better pictures in the low light. Leica is definitely better in day light use. Also the battery drains out so fast that you need to carry extra 1 or two with you, as without warning the low battery light starts blinking, especially if you are using the flash, even a little bit. You are paying for the name as I did.
Summary: This is the king of toy camera. I bought used one. But it's like new. Many people buy expensive and big DSLRs with rapid decision. But most of them regret buying them because they are not convenient to carry anywhere. I recommend this.
Summary: As a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 owner I wanted the ability to manually focus and adjust aperture and that was my main reason for purchasing this camera.
I did not want to go the slr route because of the size and weight of those cameras. I put the heavy camera and the bag of lenses behind me 20 years ago. I wanted a very small and light point and shoot camera with the ability to make manual adjustments. Ironically this camera is lighter than the Lumix TZ3.