Excerpt: I bought my V-Lux 2 knowing that it is 'just a Panasonic'. I happily added it to my collection which includes 'just a Nikon', a couple of 'just a Canon's and several other Panasonics. In fact, I have been using Lumix cameras since 2003 when I bought my first FZ1. Lumix cameras have nothing to be ashamed of or marginalized. They are GREAT! Panasonic produces outstanding electronic products, and Leica produces outstanding lens designs.
Summary: I have been a serious amateur photographer for 40 years, and have owned probably 50 cameras over that time. This is an extremely easy to use camera, that can take terrific pictures with good definition and terrific colors. It has many features for the serious amateur or pro, yet is easy enough for anyone to take good pictures.
Summary: Ok for Beginners, but several months into the hobby, you will discover that there are better equipment to be had compared to the bulky size and price. Poor results in low-light conditions. The 24x zoom is a plus...although I eventually shelved this and settled for a compact Sony Cybershot DSC-HX30V. Very satisfied with it.
Summary: I purchased a Leica VLUX 2 during a recent cruise. I loved the way it felt in my hand and the ease of use. I recently used it during a recent concert for both photography and to take hi-def videos of the band's performance. The HD video was easy to use and the final product I posted on YouTube has received a lot of positive feedback.
Summary: Takes clean, sharp, vivid photographs. Lighter than a DSLR. Great zoom. Only downside: CMOS sensor is much smaller than those for DSLRs, so you need strong light to avoid noise. Great for outdoor daylight shots, marginal for dimmer light. But when it's on, it's ON.
Summary: I am an amateur photographer with a Nikon D40 and a 5000models. I just got the Leica 18393-V Lux 2. As soon I got to hold the camera, I knew this was going to beat my Nikon. Then I shot sample pics and downloaded to Picasa. Simply mind boggling clarity,saturation pics. I would highly recommend this one to any one out there. Easy,simple operation and a great one to carry(So light). My NIKONS went to rest for some period of time. R.K.Pudupakkam.M.D.
Summary: Those who are interested in this camera should check out Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100. If you compare the tech spec carefully, you will find that these two cameras are virtually identical (same lens, same sensor size, same resolution, same functions, etc). And the Panasonic camera is $500 cheaper. Just consider you will be paying $100 for each letter in "Leica" before buying this camera.
Summary: I received this camera for Christmas from my Husband. For a one size fits all digital camera you will be hard pressed to find something better. The 24x zoom and full HD video makes this a perfect family camera. The burst feature which takes 11 fps at 14.1 mp is great for taking pictures of kids who don't always cooperate. Much has been made about about the similarities to the Panasonic FMZ 100.
Summary: I too bought a V-Lux 2 recently, largely based on the reputation of Leica and sales rep advice. The camera is light, portable and easy to use. Excellent multi-use digital camera. It has a lot of good user functions, including manual mode, creates RAW files, fast burst mode (up to 60 fps in with jpegs). The 25-600 zoom lens provides great versatility. Daylight pictures are sharp and good quality. A good step up from instamatic type point and shoot.