I ended up purchasing a Nikon D40 a while back over the LX3, and now I'm second guessing my decision. I can still sell the D40 and pick up an LX3, but don't want to do that and then be cursing my decision, lol. So I have a couple of questions for LX3 users:
1. How fast is the shutter response on the LX3? A large contention I've had with compacts is that when I press the shutter, it takes long enough for the picture to actually be taken that I lose the candid moment I'm aiming for.
2. How limiting do you feel its limited zoom range is? I find myself zooming pretty often, but am not sure if I use it enough to make the LX3's more limited zoom seem cumbersome.
3. If you bought yours in person, where did you buy it from? I'm having a really difficult time finding retailers who have a model I can test.
My concerns are that, right now, I feel really limited by the size of my D40 (it's too big to really be portable). I enjoy being able to take both normal and telephoto shots, I love the picture quality and I love the responsiveness of the camera. I am not a serious photographer, though, and I mainly use my camera for taking family/social gathering photos, with occatioanl dabbling in some more artistic photos from time to time. I also don't feel like I could travel with the D40, and I am planning on doing quite a bit of travelling over the next year.
Since I can only have one or the other, I would love your opinions on the LX3 and whether it is satisfying enough to take the place of a DSLR
Thank you in advance!