as promised here is the follow-up of the thread I opened the 17th of May where I asked about these two camera's. Opinions differed somewhat in that thread although it was acknowledged that both were good camera's. Then Ray came along and adviced not to overlook the Sigma DP2 because of the advantages of its bigger sensor. To be complete I'd tested the G10 before posting that question but found it to be a noise machine. Great looking camera with great design and solid build but a bit too many drawbacks for me. So after that thread those three were left to choose from and in the end I decided to buy the LX3. There are a few reasons for that. Although I took Ray's advice serious, the specs and indeed his photos look very good, I couldn't find a indepth review but after a thorough search found a lot of negative ones about the DP1. also it's still backordered here. Given current price differences over here there is in fact a steep difference between the D-Lux and LX3. So much so in fact that I could get one with a viewfinder for less money than the D-Lux alone would have cost. There are some rumours out there that the lenses are not the same but I've found absolutely no proof of that and since I was looking for a compact with RAW capability the fact that the D-Lux does better JPEG conversions isn't all that important to me. I wanted to road test it on the street and under harsh light conditions and so went to Amsterdam last Friday. Sunny day with extreme hard light so ideal conditions. I have to say the camera/lens delivers. Dynamic range proved to be good. Street photography was a bit awkward without a viewfinder. It tends to make you react slower and you stick out like a sore thumb. As all compacts it suffers from shutter lag although not too bad. Besides, there are ways around that like using the manual and prefocus. All important controls are within easy reach on the outside of the camera and easy to handle I found, even with big hands like mine. Although some complained about the mode dial, it does indeed turn light(ish) I had no problem with rotating it inadvertently to another setting (maybe mine is from a good badge). The biggest attraction, the 2.0 24mm works very nice and I myself have no problem with what some call a very limited zoom capability. Most shots I took were at or around the 24mm anyway. Even with the viewfinder on it will fit nicely into a pocket (hoping to get mine this week). Included software, Silkypix, automatically corrects the well documented barrel distortion. RAW support sofar is rather limited. I have RAW support in PS CS4 (ACR 5.3), Lightroom 2.3 and ACDsee 2.5 Pro. Lower versions don't support the LX3 RAW files. The HD video is not important to me (just fun) but I found to be true what some said. Tendency to overexposure in bright light but very good in low light. Battery life is not impressive (partly due to the screen of course). Two batteries are no luxury and I'm thinking of getting a third one. RAW writing time is rather fast (8Gb SDHC). The most important thing though is image quality and for me it really delivers what is promised. Since I tjae nothing for granted I have printed some photos on A4 size paper and they look very good. So I went one further and with adequate exposure and post-processing it's quite possible to produce a A3 size print that looks very good. All in all a good buy for me and perfectly usable on the street (with a viewfinder) and one or two spare batteries. Some of my first results you can find here P.S. in some reviews these compacts are benchmarked against DSLR's which is ludicrous, they are not. High-end compacts yes but they are limited. Also some said they wanted one as a backup camera. Frankly I think that if you need a back-up you should get at least one extra DSLR.