I wasn't on top of this, but there are still a few hours left in Amazon's fire sale of remaining Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5's. Final price (you have to click on "View Gold Box Offer" to see it) is only $249.
UPDATE: The Amazon Gold Box Deal is over (so I removed the link), but B&H Photo is continuing to offer the same deal...at least as of 8:30 Central time: the Panasonic LX5 in black for only $249.95. They also have the same camera in white for the same price. I don't know how long this offer will be good for, but give it a shot.
Remember when demand had stomped all over Panasonic's production capacity and you couldn't get one of these for love or money? Wasn't that long ago, either. Now it's been superseded by the LX7.
The window on this segment might be beginning to close, what with new competition from 1" sensor cameras like the brilliant (but more expensive) Sony RX100.
(Thanks to Bill Mitchell)
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adamct: "One advantage that the Panny LX-5 and the Olympus XZ-1 have over the Canon S100 and the Sony RX100 is the fact that they both have hot shoes. The S100 is fine for outdoor daytime pictures, but without a flash small-sensor cameras just aren't the right choice for indoors in most cases. I suspect the RX100 is better than the S100, but I really don't understand why Sony didn't include a hot shoe. If they had, I would have bought one immediately. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next iteration!
"P.S. In case you're wondering, the Sony apparently can't be easily used with optical slaves either, since the flash cannot be manually controlled to eliminate pre-flashes. There are time-delay optical slaves available, but at some point the whole exercise becomes too tedious."
Eric Rose: "I have one of these LX5's. The IQ is outstanding."