Summary: Beautiful camera, great seller, as advertised. I own a DMC-LC1, will never part with it and this L1K is just natural progression for me, wanted to experiment with my many older AI Nikon lenses in a digital format, for my taste this is the perfect platform to do it, so far so good, but have to learn...
Summary: It is now a few years later. This camera has survived and unlike the models it was compared to, still viable. Looks may have something to do with it but not everything is based on looks. Others like the Canon or Nikon have most likely been replaced with newer models as they appear.
Summary: I love this camera. I've used Canons and Nikons in the past, especially D30s and D40s, and I much prefer using the L1. I almost always shoot manual, and find the actual, physical controls on this to be a great improvement over all the buttons on the Canon.
Summary: I 've been taking pictures for 25 years with different cameras (OM 1O, EOS 10, LUMIX dmc-fz20, EOS 400d...) and I wanted something special for my 40's. This machine is absolutly perfect. Actually, this was design and created with Leica (this is exactly the same camera as the Leica Digilux 3).
Summary: considering that you can get the camera for much cheaper than what it originally was priced its a great bargain. You first get a DSLR with a live view, bounce flash and great analog controls then the 2.8 14-50mm (28-100mm equivalent) Leica lens with Mega OIS.
Summary: I was lucky enough to get this camera from Amazon in December for $800. I don't understand people who say the picture quality is not superb because the lens is sharp as a tack. I have been shooting mostly HDR images on a tripod, the depth of field is incredible.
Summary: take some time to get to know the camera's features and settings,you'll be amazed by what kind of images it can produce! build quality is fantastic! a very much understated one of a kind camera.
Summary: i've held off on writing this review until i had the ability to tinker with it in several different lighting conditions and practical uses. i landed on this camera after reading several reviews recommending it over the Leica Digilux 3, and sure enough, the differences are very minimal.