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I don't have one yet but I plan to pick up the Panasonic Lumix LC-5 in black paint. It's full metal (better than the Coolpix 5700) and no shutter lag with unbeatable optical quality. Ironically the Digilux 1 doesn't have the comfortable handling of the Lumix version.
I would take a long, hard look before buying the Digilux or Lumix. The lens is only half the story in digital and the other half of the equation for the Digilux and Lumix is not up to the best of other Pro-sumer brands. The image processing, image control, noise, and other salient characteristics of the Panasonic bodies is not there yet. Read the reviews on Digital Review and then try one like I did. My Nikon 5700 and Canon G2 walk all over the Panasonic products right now. I'm not biased when it comes to photo gear. I would love to have a Leica digital if it was up to par electronically. At this point it's not.
Not true. The Lumix I checked gave better picture than that of the Canon G2 ironically. The problem is that most of the people don't tweak the settings beforehand in order to maximize the quality of the images and go with the factory settings which isn't all that good.
I have a Digilux that I really want to like. I had a G1, looked at a G2 and now Canon announced a G3. I would look at it first before buying a Digilux. The Digilux does have a great screen, great battery life, does not seem to have shutter lag, works with a SF-20 flash and I like the feel of the camera; however, I am not sure the pictures are so good. My Dimage X with half the pixels seems to take better pictures overall.
I think technology is changing so fast, that it might be worth waiting a few months for another choice.
Oh and the color fringing on the edge transitions is a resulting on sticking on a much higher quality optical lenses on firmware which isn't sophicated enough to deal with the wonderful lens. Perhaps the reason is that Nikon's lenses with less resolution don't have to worry about overkill than the CCD sensor.
I blew up a Nikon Coolpix 2500 shot from my camera and the edge detail suffers relative to the Panasonic/Leica version. Colors may be a big factor but I can correct that in Photoshop plus I only print in black and white so the artifacts aren't noticeable at all. If you do piezography then the Digilux shots are unbeaten here.
I picked up a Digilux 1 as soon as it became available and use it primarily as a "carry everywhere" camera, much the same as I used to always take a film point-and-shoot with me. My expectations never were that I'd have a camera that would rival the M6 for image quality, so I have been disappointed the way many have. On the other hand, it has produced saleable images on many occasions. As with ALL digital point-and-shoot cameras made today, there is significant noise at ISO settings above 100, but the only solution to that is to put a much more expensive sensor in the camera and raise the price considerably.
So, I've been very happy with the Digilux 1. I find it easy to operate, comfortable to carry and capable of producing high quality images.
has anyone sent away for and received their rebate - extra battery and extra 64 meg SD card - yet? I sent mine to Leica a few weeks ago now and haven't received anything but my Leica mousepad for registering...
I bought my Digilux 1 about two weeks ago for a nice price. Tomorrow i expect my first prints by a photoshop so i'm curieus (excuse my language) about the quality. Showing the pictures on pc or television i'm satisfied. Next time more about my experiences.
Are you sure it is a Leica USA import? There should be a mylar sticker on the box saying "officially distributed biy Leica Camera Inc." and another sticker saying "free extra 64MB SD Card plus extra Digilux 1 battery Mail in coupon inside $179 Value." The card is with the resigtration forms. Otherwise call Leica USA 800-222-0118.
> [...Dear Mr. Ryan KIM. I have not heard about the special offer/attention of Leica to give a free battery and a free SD card. If there is a possibility to have them anyway, I'm very interested of course. An other question is: I want to buy the leather cameracase for the Digilux and I need a new strap for the Digilux. This strap is damages by a candlelight. Is there anybody who can help me?