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.
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: I mostly shoot Nikons, at the moment a D80, D300s, and a full frame D700. This little Leica does a super job. It has all the features anyone needs in a point and shoot and then some. Raw pictures look super and so do JPGs. A little slow saving the 20 mp raw pictures. Will do aperture priority or shutter priority or fully programmed; plus lots of weird stuff like baby photos, portraits, and landscapes. Built in flash. Sharpness and resolution are truly amazing.