Summary: quality and ease of use with this littly rascal. the battery is lasting long enough for my all day shootings in nyc, etc. only criticism is the manual was a little sparse and had a few errors in it. the camera is pure quality.
Summary: I've had lots of cameras over the years (Canon, Nikon, Olympus) and still do. This is just about the handiest one I've ever owned. Really nice images even in low light situations (just place it on a wall or pew back and hold tight and some nice pictures are caught). Instead of an elaborate SLR kit, I took just this Leica on a trip to France. Its versatility captured everything from cathedral interiors to landscapes (e.g.
Summary: I've had this Leica for 3 years and I am happy with it. It is expensive but it is a Leica. The quality of pictures taken with this is noticeably better. I have seen after-market lenses for this but I don't own any so I don't know what the quality of distance photos would be with an add-on. I took close-ups of dandelions with this and with my Canon SLR and this camera showed minute tendrils that the Canon did not.
Summary: This camera is simply wonderful. The quality of the images captured belies its size and format. Highly recommended. I can shoot fully manual, RAW. The bokeh of the lens is sublime. I have a full Canon SLR setup with all 'L' lenses and a 5D mark II, and as much as I like that, I will often take this one out because of the way the camera draws the images.
Summary: For the price, you cannot GET a better lens. Outperforms many Cannon and Nikkons twice the price! My pictures look like you are THERE. LOVVVVE it!!! I get soo many compliments. Check out Flikr groups dedicated to the Leica D-Lux 4. You will be in AWE of what you CAN do and can CREATE with this camera!!
Summary: Things you need to know: 1. This takes INCREDIBLE pictures. i can take professional quality pictures and have to lug around.... essentially nothing. 2. The learning curve was a little rough but once you get it, everything is perfection. 3. It is beautiful. stunning. it was worth the extra money when I bought this. mine was stolen from my house during a home invasion. I got it back because in searching craigslist and ebay, etc.