Summary: I bought this product,because I think it represent a design- filosofy that is uniqe. I am still in the "finding out"-process,so pros and cons are not clear to me yet. Comparing this camera to others,isn,t interesting to me.
Old world craftsmanship in this Panasonic Lumix (Leica) DMC-L1
9 October 2011
Summary: This is a beautifully built and designed camera, almost identical to the Leica Digilux III. I purchased the Leica lens that originally came with the camera from another seller. Together, they are spectacular!
Summary: New, DMC-L1 is not value for the money. Getting it used at less than $250, then it's a great value. Panasonic/Leica lenses' prices don't worry me. I am using this camera with old manual-focus lenses that I have owned for decades. Manual focusing on this camera is quite easy. Image quality is good. Although there are cameras with better image quality out there, I want one that doesn't look funny with old manual-focus lens mounted on.
Summary: This camera is capable of producing preposterously good photos. The lens is as clear, sharp and contrasty as any lens made today. Lens and camera are both extremely well made and engineered. The pop up flash is well designed to work direct or as a ceiling bounce. Complaints about the viewfinder being somewhat dim are valid but not a deal breaker. The menus are easy to figure out even without the manual.