Summary: I bought this camera shortly before I went to China for 14 days. I took 1470 photographs, could not be happier with the product, sometimes were amazed at the results, wowed by the magnification. Many shots I took at night in the lighted cities of Chunquing and Shanghai are photographic prizes. Like any complex product, READ THE MANUAL. Nothing like knowledge of the machinery when something mysterious happens. You will love this camera.
Summary: I have owned a point & shoot and a dslr. This was a fit for the criteria i used for deciding on a camera. The long optical zoom, the many manual and automatic settings seemed to me like a camera that I can take great pictures out of the box as well as learn techniques that pros use for out stand shots. So far, I am thrilled with this camera.
Excerpt: As I've gotten older, hauling around a heavy DSLR and multiple lenses has gotten to be a chore. This compact camera, with its 24X super zoom and constant F2.8 lens is ideal for much of my photography, macro to street. It's photos are sharp, bokeh is good when needed, ISO at 6400 is noise-free, although, with the F2.8 lens, I seldom need to go that high. I shoot in raw which gives me added flexibility in editing.
Summary: I chose this camera to replace my hi end Canon point and shoot. I needed the many feature the Leica featured for my outdoor photography and during off road events. During off road events I can't take the time to change lenses. Also l need and use the flip out screen for the many low shots during rock crawling events. The speed, color and clarity make this the perfect camera for me.
Summary: Very nice camera,but is very confusing and for sure has a learning curve.Might be way overboard for a casual user where a more simple point and shoot would work fine.I bought mainly for the zoom and not having to carry around extra lens and so far have only used on the AUTO setting which works fine.It does feel a little flimsy for a $1000 camera and would of liked it to be more "rugged"..
Summary: This one is a large – and initially confusing – step up from the V-LUX 3 ... once I figured it out (the real manual for it is in a 200 or so page .pdf ... absolutely necessary for using this) ... great size with amazing versatility. Put away my array of Canon backs and lens collections except for special use.