It is about time some of you people did some homework instead of guessing and carrying on like 10 year old kids.Leica designed the v-lux 3 and the pan 150 and most of the other Panasonic cameras. Panasonic produce various cameras for Leica and their cameras under various liscences from Leica. At least they are made in Japan and not some sub-world country. Simply put, Not all Leica parts are the same as Panasonic even tho some are identical. However it is the final tweeking that makes the difference. The same goes with Sony, Cannon, Nikon Sony etc. You can buy genuine Leica cameras and lenses made in Germany. The ones made by Panasonic on behalf of Leica are for the mid and lower end of the market.
Hmmm. Don't know cannot make up my mind.
No decent hand grip like the P500 and others.