Summary: This camera is a nice product. After investigation, it appears that the V-LUX 3 is a clone of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150. http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-FZ150K-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B005HQ50SO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340624071&sr=1-1&keywords=fz150 Panasonic uses Leica lenses for its camera, Leica uses Panasonic camera for its bridges. Thus the price may seems higher than required. Leica package includes additionnal software anyway.