Summary: I am a little challenged by the bells and whistles, but even still, I take great pics. I got it in white and it is beautiful and classy looking, not a a reason to buy a camera, but still, it is. All I can say is every picture I have taken turned out great. This is a quality camera.
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: 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.
Summary: Everything good that they say about this camera is true. I am not a professional but I offer this advise. With the installation of the Firmware 2.0 you have the option of dedicating one button for a particular task. I have set mine so that I can easily switch from AWB to the more specific type of lighting.ie Incandescent. In A-B comparisons I find that being specific about the light source frequently gets much better results than just leaving it on Average White Balance.
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.
Summary: Incredible camera at this price point! Takes great photos in JPEG and/or RAW plus the macro is out of this world....1CM! It also comes with Silkypix software to convert RAW images into JPEGS...not the highest end Lightroom software but does a commendable job for free! Much better picture quality than regular point and shoots because of the sensor size and great optics and firmware. Not DSLR quality..