Summary: For the size, this camera is great. Easy to pack on hikes, and easy to pull out and put away quickly! I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for something high quality to be used for everything. It only lacks some optical zoom, but I knew that going into it.
Summary: This camera is truly exceptional. It takes amazing pictures and the build quality is top notch I have owned this camera for about three years and have never had a single problem. The reputation Panasonic has established for building great cameras has certainly proved itself to me.
Summary: now outdated by Sony, but was top of the line a few years ago have taken many thousands of photographs with this little gem the current price makes it a best buy 24mm and close up ability makes for a great investigative tool
Excerpt: I am a semi-pro dSLR user, but I wanted an easy-to-carry compact camera next to it. The Panasonic LX3 is just the right camera for me. I still have the opportunity to change multiple settings and due to the Leica zoom lens the quality of the photos is just great. Recommendable!
Summary: I wanted a pocket camera I could make hand held HDR exposures with, so fast EV bracketing and wide bracket EV range were a must. The LX3 with the 2.0 firmware will take 3 exposures with an EV range of EV4 in under a second! Because it has a hot shoe I can use radio remote triggers so strobes can be up to 100' away. Fast lens at f2 gives twice the light as an f2.8, which helps with the noise level. It shoots in RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG.
Summary: I'm still learning how to use manual settings for this camera so I can take better photos in specific conditions, but generally speaking, just placing the camera in 'Auto' mode or choosing one of the pre-defined 'Scenes' has produced the most beautiful photos I've ever taken. I've been asked 'What kind of camera did you use for this?" more times than I can count. I like the camera because it also has the option for manual settings.
Summary: I bought this camera used, after researching online. I was looking for a camera to take to rock concerts, as the cameras I have don't do well in those light conditions. This camera was one of the two most recommended. This one cost less, though, and that was a major part of my decision. I haven't gotten to a concert yet, but I have taken pictures in some odd lighting conditions, and it gives awesome results. I went to a night baseball game, and got some great shots.