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: 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 bought this camera a few days ago and I have to say I am very pleased with it. I have shot some amazing outside photos as well as some close-ups that are stunning. (Note that I'm only an amateur photographer and this is by far the most advanced camera I have ever bought.