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Price Rise Leica D-Lux5.


whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 3:08PM
I'm looking for a new compact at the moment, just something to keep in my handbag for when we are out and about & I don't want to lug around my normal gear. I've got it narrowed down the the Leica D-Lux 5 and the Panasonic Lumix LX5. According to reviews, almost the same camera, so thought I'd pop over to Jacobs later in the week to test and purchase one or the other.
However, the price of the Leica has risen over the weekend from 555.00 to 643.99!!! What is going on! The Panasonic has gone up by 40.00 as well, it has a free leather case with it worth 86.99, but think that must be added on, as the Amazon price is currently 72.00 cheaper, without the case.

I know things go up in price, but 89.00 in a weekend seems to be taking the pee.

Rant over, thanks for listening Smile

Also would be interested to hear from anyone with either of those models to know what they think of them or if anyone has any other recommendations.

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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Feb 2012 3:13PM
The D-Lux is still 579 at WEX and the LX5 at 359.
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 3:16PM
Thanks Keith. Any experience of either, is the Leica just a branded Panasonic as the reviews say?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
13 Feb 2012 3:21PM
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Feb 2012 3:28PM
Yes, Sarah, if you want Leica on the badge you pay silly money but it's still a panasonic. Not used that particular one but used previous ones and they are a cracking little camera.

If that was the type you were after, I'd go for The Canon G12 though.
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 3:31PM
Paul, thanks for that, I don't want to go the route of changing lenses though as this is purely a handbag camera, but will show it to my son as he is about to buy his first camera and was thinking of going down that route.

Keith, thanks for clarifying that, it was what I'd got from the reviews. I'll have a try of the G12, I'd not looked at that as I am selling my G10 to part fund this and I've been disappointed with that from the first as the images are really, really noisy. A friend has just purchased one though, so I'll get her to let me borrow it for a day.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
13 Feb 2012 3:35PM
No need to change lenses, leave the kit lens plugged on Smile

It has a few advantages over high end compacts as well, its cheaper and has a much larger sensor.
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 3:41PM
All true, although I'd be a little worried about damaging it in my bag. But on the positive side, if Simon gets one I could use it as well Smile
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
13 Feb 2012 3:57PM
Are you in the habit of hitting people with your hand bag Sarah Smile
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 4:02PM
LOL, I do live in Northamptonshire, but I am not the famous granny that foiled the jewel thieves , I've got a few years to go before that.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
13 Feb 2012 4:17PM
I have the Pen E-PL3 and my wife has a Nikon P7100

If I was going down the route of looking for a handbag camera (apart from starting the neighbours talking), I would consider the P7100 a far, far better bet.
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 4:38PM
Always been a canon girl, dare I look at the dark side Smile Thanks, will look at reviews.
seahawk e2
7 616 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 4:41PM
I have an LX5 as a pocket (!) camera and am very impressed with it. I got mine as a 'manufacturer refurbished' off e-Bay for 250 (actually from Vennal Cameras in Ayr) and it was 'as new' condition and I saved 100 off new price. Metal body so very robust, (tho' a bit heavier), Leica lens.
Thoroughly recommend the camera and suggest you follow up that route to get one.
Martin
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 4:48PM
Thank you.
strawman e2
11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 6:14PM
From what I have see noise wise the LX5 and G12 will be similar.

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