Summary: I've known Leitz optics since my student days, some 50 years ago. The same excellence applies to V-Lux 3 camera, which I bought for my daily outings, in order to avoid weight of heavy gear on my neck. I registered the camera by mail. No confirmation or response came my way. After 4 months the focusing became erratic. I had known their customer service as one of the worst in the industry.
Summary: The lens on this camera is amazing. For a light, quick flexible camera, this is the one. Years ago I was a professional photographer in NYC. Today I am a serious amateur still using Nikon equipment. This camera, however, is getting used more and more. At my grand daughter's soccer game I was able to get closeups from one goal to the other. Easy to learn but with seemingly endless variations in how it can be used.
Summary: This Leica is a great camera. The zoom is incredible, the basic operations are simple (most of them -- I'll get to that in a moment), the photos are wonderful, the battery holds a charge for a long time. But... ... unlike EVERY other digital camera I have ever owned, the process of setting up the mode for the built-in flash is completely nonintuitive. I have looked at the manual a dozen times, played around with the on-screen menus repeatedly...
Summary: Ich bin ein Leica Fan und obgleich "fast" die gleiche Kamera von Lumix (FZ150) angeboten wird, war ich mit den Ergebnissen von der Leica V-Lux 1 mehr als zufrieden, deswegen habe ich ein Leica V-LUX 3 gekauft. Die Eigenschaften der beiden Kameras werden in Intenet verglichen: [...] Der Zoomberich ist super (entspricht 25mm - 600mm Kleinbild) und die Fotos gestochen scharf. Der Bildstabilisator funktioniert einwandfrei.