Panasonic and Leica share technologies, so this basically the Leica DLUX-4, with slightly altered styling and a savings of about $200.
The day after I bought the camera, having barely figured out how to point and shoot, I decided to break it in with a trip to the Golden Gloves Boxing finals. Ignoring the "NO PHOTOS" signs and "No flash photography is allowed" announcements I took a seat in the stands and started taking some covert crowd shots. Toward the end of the evening I noticed the fighters warming up and sparing at the edge of the gym. This being a school gym converted for the night into a boxing arena there were no dressing rooms. I made my way down to where the fighters were and started taking photos. I was looking to capture something of the 50's, something Noir in feel. I took picture after picture, after awhile, getting a little cocky, I just pulled the camera out and started shooting outright. Unbeknown to me the security desk was directly behind the sparing fighters. I must have taken 25 or 30 shots when into the frame came an enormous hand and a voice was heard telling me my camera was being confiscated.
The first security guy didn't know how to delete the photos from my camera. But the second one did. My stomach fell as he started deleting picture after picture. Thankfully, when he was done, he handed the camera to me and told me to leave. I did.
Thankfully, this isn't the end of the story. I know a few geeks. Their kung-fu is the best. One I know was able to take the flash drive and with some fancy freeware recover all the erased shots I'd taken! In the slide show below there are two versions of my favorite shot from the night.
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