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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Camera. Worth $600... Not a penny More.
Some Clowns, "Wall Street Photo" are Asking $978 for the Camera, this is just silly.
Find a black one just about anywhere else for the same $599 as the silver one, don't let yourself get suckered in.
Anyway, Tons of features, takes a little while to get familiar with them all, but it offers enough control to keep things interesting, and remain flexible. Good solid feel. Loving it.
Have purchased and sold two of these now. I love em' that's why I bough two. I sold the first one cause I didn't like the fact that it didn't fit in pocket. Then I missed it and bought another one, A black one that I paid $599 for... Sold it to a buddy who wanted a good camera for a trip he was taking and finally now I bought a G9 on Monday.
SO, great cameras, I bough it twice and may buy my third here in a few weeks.
Just don't get suckered in by them Evil Clowns peddling it for $1000 or more now... Black ones for $599 are all over the place. Save more if you are not a fan of Leica and simply buy the Panasonic version. Same camera, same lens, a couple hundred less...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
So far so good.
As a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 owner I wanted the ability to manually focus and adjust aperture and that was my main reason for purchasing this camera.
I did not want to go the slr route because of the size and weight of those cameras. I put the heavy camera and the bag of lenses behind me 20 years ago. I wanted a very small and light point and shoot camera with the ability to make manual adjustments. Ironically this camera is lighter than the Lumix TZ3.
I also wanted a camera with an excellent lens.This camera choice wasn't difficult (having owned other Leica's, Nikons, Olympus, and CAnons) knowing first hand that the quality of the Leica lenses were a cut above the others.
Within 2 days of shooting with this camera I found myself using a few of the manual settings as if they were second nature,like the Auto exposure lock which I found to be a great feature. There was no frustration in attempting to take a shot that the camera wouldn't adjust to.
Focusing manually isn't that easy but it isn't necessary to focus manually all the time... It is only needed at those times when the auto focus can't focus on what you want it to focus on.
When working on the photos in Adobe Photoshop I was surprised to discover many shots did not require major adjustments or corrections. MY conclusion is the cameras operating software is top notch. Somehow the camera balances color, saturation and contrast, almost to perfection. I found myself making an adjustment and then re-adjusting back to the original over and over again.
Shooting with a wide angle lens is a must for me and this camera exceeded my emotional need for space...forground, sky, and the panoramic feel of the 16:9 ratio.
My only disappointment is that the mode dial isn't color coded and can't be easily seen without my glasses on like with the TZ3.
Having owned this camera for only a month I can say that so far I am very pleased with the results.
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Ya, its awesome ~ !
I'm not going to say anything that someone else hasn't said already or written already about this camera. This is just my 2 cents. I have had mine almost 3 years to the day (from Amazon, at the time they were $599)
and it's been everything I had hoped and much more. It is the best point and shoot I have ever had, and one of the best looking and well built. I have never had one problem with it and I have shot thousands upon thousands of photos with it, in all different settings.
I own a Nikon DSLR, and a couple Sony point and shoots, but I use the Leica most of the time. Very glad I bought it, and if your thinking about one of these, or the 4, I would not hesitate for a second.