Summary: I own several digital and film Leicas, but no matter what I am taking to a shoot, I always bring my V-Lux 20 with me as a backup. Luscious color rendition, lots of programs to select from Macro Zoom to full manual to film grain.
Summary: The Leica V-LUX 20 12.1 MP is small and discrete, but packs powerful optics and a wide variety of features in its small body. The zoom lens is extremely sharp and its sensor produces images with all zones. This model has been compared with Panasonic DMCs but I own both and prefer the Leica.
Summary: I bought this camera for Christmas in 2010 and didn't use it until February 2011. By the time I got around to taking it on the Queen Mary 2 and on a car tour of Germany in July, 2012 it started to produce pictures with black spot in them.
Very overpriced Panasonic camera with mediocre picture quality
8 December 2011
Summary: The pictures taken with this camera are OK as long as you just look at them on the computer screen (zoomed out). This may be advertised as a 12 Megapixel camera, but the sensor is not capable of capturing that much detail.
Summary: My main camera is a Nikon D7000 SLR but it is a lot to take on frequent motorcycle trips so I got the Leica with the expectation that I would have to sacrifice some quality. I was surprised at the crisp well balanced and saturated pictures that the Leica produced.
Summary: With two Ninkon D200's in our photobag and delighted with them it seemed to go against the grain to purchase a point and shoot. It was hopeful that the camera would produce reasonable results without having to carry TWO meat and potatoes SLR's on an extended vacation.
Summary: It is a bit pricey for a point and shoot, but I am 48 years old have been doing cameras for a better part of my life. This one is fantastic. I have a Fuji SLR and this little guy can run circles around this. I just have to mentally train my brain to accept the point and shoot.
Summary: I reviewed the features and ratings on the Canon G12, Nikon coolpix p7000 and the Leica V-Lux20 12.1. The Leica had the best mix of features I was looking for. Additionally the ratings and reputation of true Leica cameras made the decision easy.