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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Summary: This is a great little camera. The pictures are sharp with good color. The camera operates fast and does not make you wait. It has good manual controls and a flash hotshoe so you will not outgrow it any time soon. Why then only three stars?
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.