Although, I've read tons of reviews over a period of 3 years, they don't often come with photos. I don't want to know the technical ins and outs of a camera. I don't want to know that the camera is practically a robot and can perform magic tricks. I just want a camera which satisfy these 5 requirements a) take sharp photos b) small enough to fit into a handbag 3 ) comes with a rechargeable battery 4) with option to take RAW files 5) doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Each time I came across a blogger with amazing photos, I'd email to find out the type of camera he/she was using. I narrowed my search down to 3 cameras.
Canon Powershot G11 £399 at Amazon
Leica D-Lux 4 £629 at John Lewis
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 £298.40 at Amazon
Hubby who now has a burgeoning interest in photography wants a Leica. We searched high and low for a Leica D-Lux 4 for months but it was sold out everywhere. Although I am an avid supporter of Canon, the G11 was far too bulky, which left the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. The Panasonic DMC LX3 is almost identical to the Leica D-Lux 4 in every sense. Since we've purchased the Panasonic, I've noticed that John Lewis and Amazon are now stocking the Leica compact camera again.
Here are 3 photos I've taken with the Panasonic with a little post-editing on the Photoshop. The quality is impressive for a little camera. I've used Aperture Priority and chose the large JPG file option. Although it's not as sharp as my Canon 17-55mm IS lens but it's just as good as my new Canon 18-200mm IS and far cheaper.