Summary: this is the best camera I have owned so far .
Pros: If you use this camera how and what it's meant for, it is an amazing camera........... I had a Canon g10 and the LX5 produced much cleaner and clearer pictures than the canon. This is one capable camera once you know how to use it
Cons: white balance / purple streaks are a nuisance under certain conditions
Excerpt: Je suis très heureux de posséder cet appareil photo. Petit, je l'ai toujours avec moi, il fait de superbe photo. I am very happy to own this camera. Small, I always have with me, it makes great photo.
Summary: As a long-time Canon P&S owner I've been wanting to upgrade for a while and spent a month doing online research. It came down to the Lumix DMC-LX5 versus the Canon S95 and G12. And finally after much mulling over, I pulled the trigger on the LX5 but really had some concerns. The Canon's have always served me well and I was a bit worried about image quality and usability/menu's.
Summary: I have had several cameras in the past few years and this by far is the overall best! I previously had a Cannon sx230 and the zoom was far better but the photo quality on the this LX5 are by far superior. The low aperature is amazing. I also like that the flash only comes up if you push the flash button. The build quality is very solid and the Leica lens is amazing. Cons: no automatic lens cover. 1080 HD recording(available in the LX7).
Summary: I love this camera. I replaced the fiddly stock lens cap on mine with a JJC ALC-5 Auto Lens Cap for Panasonic DMC-LX5 & Leica D-LUX5 and instead of using the neck strap that came with it I use the wrist strap from my old Panasonic FH20. Now, after ~8 months, whenever I leave the house, this little camera is still in my front pocket. The metal body feels great and has proven very durable with daily use in all sorts of conditions indoors and out.
Summary: This is definately one of the best point and shoot consumer digital camera's out there. It is Made in Japan, out of metal not plastic, has a great rubberized grip (although a little small). It can do an excellent miniature mode. It has an unobtrusive flash that pops out only when you want it to or need it. So many great modes and the picture quality is superb.
Summary: Because I saw a number of reviews complaining about Panasonic honoring their warranty I also bought the Panasonic 3 year extended warranty. Hope I never need it, but if I do it seems I must drop the camera before I send it in since the extended warranty only covers accidental drops and spills, while the regular warranty may be denied for alleged owner misuse. It seems warranties are the dirty side of retailing these days. But I digress.
Excerpt: Panasonic has some of the best point and shoot offerings, LX-5 is a gem in their line-up. Takes excellent pictures and is extremely compact without compromising in any way. I have been a DSLR user for few decades and wanted a second camera for those casual shooting sessions without having to carry the bag around and this camera fit the bill perfectly. My criteria for the decision to go for this one was.
Summary: this camera does the impossible. Take professional pictures within the palm of your hand automatically. The results are as good as SLR's and format cameras in my opinion. I was shocked at the unbelievable quality of the taken pictures with absolutely no adjustments. Who wants to hand truck a camera hoping for the perfect time to photograph. who needs a dedicated video camera when this little thing does even a better job of taking movies. Its surpasses my expectations.