Summary: I bought mine three or four years ago. A dead sensor was replaced and the camera was as new. Most cameras are pretty forgettable. This is one that I keep coming back to, that I miss after a period of non-use. It can produce, one after the other, the most beautiful images. I use it often for still objects, indoors, under natural light. Straight out of the camera, the images have a unique look, often needing little or no post-processing at all.
Summary: I've written extensively on this camera and the digilux 2 online on my own blog. This camera and the digilux 2 are considered true classic cameras, and a decade later they still do not dissapoint the discerning photographer who embraces the foundation of principles and fundamentals that make photography a rewarding experience. This camera design is truly unique- one of a kind.
Summary: I was one of the first to buy this model when it came out years ago. It was reviewed well when new. It is identical to the Leica Digilux 2 and the Leica lens is awesome. As the years went by and newer technology was introduced, this camera has become a classic. Some of the best digital photography I have EVER done is with this camera. Even though the sensor has a low megapixel count, it takes gorgeous photos.
Summary: I like: 1) Leica vario summicron lense; 2) built in quality and metal body; 3) comfort in use; 4) very good display (much much better and bigger than Canon EOS 20D); 5) good for portrait. I dislike: 1) with such lense, camera should be at less 8mpix ;) unfortunately, at A4 format picture not so good, than with SLR camera with good lenses. 2) slow and stupid auto focus.
Summary: I've had this camera for about two years. Having cut my photographic teeth on an old SLR, I am familiar with manually manipulating lenses, dials, and so forth. I've owned several digital cameras from various manufacturers, and I usually end up shooting in "program" mode because digging through all the menu choices to set up a shot often means that I've lost the shot.
Summary: So here's the scenario that led me to purchase this camera. After years of photography with a Contax RTS II system, I dropped photography almost completely for 10+ years. The problem? Enjoying the medium without the expense, overly complex process and lugging around 18 lbs of equipment. So I recently started to look at digital photography to completely replace my film equipment. I didn't want an SLR because a)while $1200 buy's a 20oz.
Summary: The Panasonic DMC-LC1 reminds me of an overgrown Contax G2 autofocus 35mm film rangefinder camera and handles nearly as well as its more expensive sibling, the Leica Digilux 2. Panasonic and Leica have joined forces to create a line of digital cameras, of which this camera and the Leica Digilux 2 comprise a second generation. The Panasonic DMC-LC1 is very easy to use and the picture quality is superb, thanks to its new Vario-Summicron lens.