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: I just got this camera and I love it. It is very fast when you want to take pictures quickly (turn off the picture review), and it saves even 12meg pix with very little lag. The photos are clear and crisp with no noise. Its light and easy enough to use, altho there are perhaps too many options for me to choose from, and that gets confusing fairly quickly. While the basic choices are the same as most cameras, the further you go into the feature set the more you can do.
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: This is my second Leica camera, I have a Dlux 4. I don't know if I can be naif in saying that the pictures that I have taken with this camera are amazing. I know that many people would say, why didn't you buy the panasonic FZ100? Well, that was my first choice, but living in a country where the price of these cameras are prohibitive, I had to buy in a trip abroad. The camera shop didn't have the panasonic then, I thought it was a good chance to buy a Leica, so I did it!!
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.