I've been mulling this over, and I think I was wrong. The Panasonic LX100 is a great camera for an enthusiast—someone who wants to learn, someone with aspirations, or someone who wants a small carry-along jack-of-all-trades camera for when they leave their "big" camera at home. But maybe it's not the best recommendation for a typical snapshooter who's moving up in the world.
I'll have to think some more about this. I'll get back to you.
And what do you know (and I didn't know, honest)—I just mentioned the Panasonic FZ200 as an excellent bridge camera the other day, and now Panasonic has updated it. I got the press release this morning (Thursday). The new camera, the Panasonic FZ300, uses the same lens (a good thing) and the same sensor (an okay thing), but has loads of functional improvements. At $600 it's probably too expensive as a recommendation for your Everyman friends and relatives, but those who are too price-sensitive at $6C could always look for a used FZ200, which for the time being is still available new at $398.
(Thanks to Craig C.)
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James Symington: "I am currently in Iceland—taking plenty of clichéd photos as per a previous recent thread—and when I am not using the A7R for 'serious' landscapes or when I have our youngest daughter in a backpack, the LX100 is with me. It is a great little camera for the more serious photographer but it is festooned with buttons and somehow isn't as simple an experience as a Fuji X100 for example. In fact yesterday I was trying to remember how to set it to take panoramas and couldn't. Perhaps it can't. I will look it up now before I set out.
"One maddening thing is that the bayonet at the front of the lens has little resistance so it is easy to knock off the self-capping lens cap. I am not optimistic that mine will survive this trip."
Paulo Bizarro: "When someone asks me for a camera recommendation, I always recommend an entry level DSLR with kit lens. Unbeatable for price/performance ratio. You can get fantastic value for EUR 300–400. Plus, they provide a solid platform should you want to learn and grow your photography."