Excerpt: Purchased a D-LUX 4 two years ago, I love this camera, the quality the feel and the way it looks. Have added a hot shoe cover and an aluminum finger grip for a bit of extra comfort. Results from this camera are very good, not the best and it can be a bit slow prosessing images, but its still my preferred choice of camera.
Excerpt: From the incredible finish(limited edition titanium) to the heft, the silent action, the fabulous color, detail and wide perspective setting, this is a great great classic camera. Images have been blown up to beyond 20x30 and look great. Problems: A bit more visual noise than with my Nikon d300, but even the noise has structure and makes sense. Does that make sense?
Excerpt: This is the best compact digital camera I have used. Excelent IQ, with very good contrast and excelent colors. The "vivid" colors and the "Dynamic B&W" are really good. Easy to use and very good image up to 400ASA. Problems: This is not a problem, but it would be nice to have optical viewfinder.
Excerpt: I've been using this camera for about a year and a half now, and it is very much my camera of choice. I've been an SLR and DSLR user for longer than I care to remember, and still like the feel and solidity of an SLR (and the sound the shutter); but the reality is that I don't carry one of those around all the time. So the D-Lux 4 has been the camera to take to various parts of the world, and various climate conditions, and it's held up very well.
Excerpt: I have had this camera for over a year now and the secret to taking the best images possible is to ONLY shoot RAW and process your white balance and post adjustments in Lightroom or Aperture. I have blown up several large prints and everyone that looks at them thinks they must have been taken with a DSLR. Yes, they are that good. The wide angle (24mm) is awesome and fun to play with.
Excerpt: I must say, that I am really dissapointed with this camera. I was looking for a handy compact as back-up for my dSLR. The IQ is generally good, but the noise is overwhelming. I tried to have some prints developed, and these look fine, though. Colours are great. Sharpness is also above average. Problems: Noise. The dial is too 'loose'. I often seem to have dialed it my accident.
Excerpt: I chose this over the Panasonic LX-3 which are basically the same as cameras. I chose it for it's aesthetic look. I know Image quality will be great. No-I did not buy it for the red dot. although if I did not have the extra money, I think I would have bought the LX3 instead..and at the time I bought it... the LX3 was selling for premium price. The LX3 was selling as much as this Leica version--i think only about $100 more and I could have this.
Excerpt: This is an excellent subcompact digital camera with a modest 2.5x zoom, which my wife likes so much that she has taken it away from me. The large aperature lens permits very versatle available light pictures. I learned while troubleshooting a problem with my Panasonic digital camera that the D-Lux4 is actually made totally by Panasonic under a marketing arrangement. Problems: My D-LUX 4 has been flawless.
Summary: Nice tactile feel for the controls - nothing springy or plastic. Has a nice weight and balance making it easy to control. Display is sharp and easy to use. Location of visual indicators in the display perimeter make it easy to verify settings before shooting. Understated appearance is nice. No need to have control panels on the front of a camera. A first class design. Performance of the camera itself is good. Video shot is fine for home use.