Excerpt: I did a lot of research while looking for a new camera to replace my Canon SD1000 point-and-shoot, and because of the limitations of my camera needs - a lens capable of large, wide-angle shots, yet housed in a package small enough to take with me on backpacking trips into the mountains - and numerous favorable reviews, I decided on the Panasonic Lumix LX-3.
Excerpt: This camera totally destroyed the magapixel wars going on. While every other manufacter decided to increase their megapixels to sell their cameras panasonic took a step back , but actually a step forward in this regard. They realized that after a point megapixels matter litte. It was a misinformed public belief that the higher the megapixel the better the camera. This is simply not true!
Takes a licking and keeps on clicking... big time.
Charlie Samuels "CharlieSamuels", Amazon
6 June 2012
Summary: At first I was impressed when I dropped it from 40 feet in the woods of Costa Rica and nothing happened but this was the topper of all the toppers: I was riding my bicycle downhill probably between 25-30 mph when it fell to the pavement and bounced like a rock and spun for at least 50 feet.
Summary: The LX3 is still very hard to beat. It's small, it shoots raw, it has a beautiful fast lens and works well in low light. It's heavy but I enjoy the solid weight of it. It sounds like the new model, the LX5, is actually worse if anything (well, it's bigger, and most features are the same) so if you can get your hands on one of this discontinued model, do so.
Summary: I simply love this camera. The picture quality is stunning at a wide range of light levels. Its pretty simple to use, but it has many features that allow you to do advanced things. I almost like this camera more than my DSLR... great pictures at 1/3 of the size. Best camera for traveling!
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'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.
Summary: Based on price and quality, this is the best camera I've seen. The pictures are great. The settings are very flexible. The lens is low light which is great. I wouldn't trade it for anything else in a point and shoot. It's not a DSLR so I don't even try to compare it to those.