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.
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.
Summary: I love this camera. I replaced the fiddly stock lens cap on mine with a 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
notes from a novice point of view - plus Update: video tip for Mac users
Desert Gypsy "A Brooklyn Girl Out West", Amazon
6 January 2012
Summary: After several weeks of research and having read hundreds of reviews for this and other cameras with similar capabilities I will cut to the chase and say I don't have a single regret in purchasing this camera. In fact, this is hands down my most favorite *thing* to own in many years....