i have a nikon d700 digital slr with a nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. this is a prosumer camera body with a professional lens. i have produced beautiful pictures with this set up. i was a long time canon user and switch from the canon 5d to the nikon d700 last december.
i also have a leica d-lux 4 point and shoot. without a doubt, you cannot make the same images with this that you can with the d700 + 24-70mm f/2.8. but it is a great camera when you want to carry something small, and it has produced some pretty nice pictures for me. most of the pictures and many of the videos that i have posted on this forum since last december were taken with the leica d-lux 4.
we were at lake fairfax park over the weekend. my cousin is a professional photographer, and his wife is used to pictures being taken with professional digital slr. i wanted to get some family pictures for them and their 9 month old, and she commented, looking at the leica d-lux 4 in my hand and trying not to laugh: with that? my cousin said to her: honey, that's a leica.
i took some pictures and they saw them on monday. the comment from my cousin's wife after seeing the pictures: who would have thought that such a little camera could take such good pics
the leica d-lux 4 can be carried inside the side effect, allowing you to quickly get to it when you see something special and want to capture it.