Gives the appearance of being a good, strong case, non shiny leather with no identifying marks (i.e. no camera name). Fixes firmly to the camera using the tripod knurled knob, tripod can still be used. There is a little room to spare when the LX3 is in the case the inside of which is made of velvet like material. The case closes via 2 press studs, placing the protective front over the camera lens area as well as the camera back. As there are gaps, intentional, on each side of the camera case when the case is fully fitted this solution is not waterproof, that is rain will get in.
The camera can still be used when the case is fitted and in place. However, the complete case will need to be taken off to get at either the battery or the memory card. I cannot see any fitting to allow the case/camera to be attached to a belt; even if there was one I don't see how you could get at the camera without taking it completely out of the case; not a practical proposition I would have thought. A potential, if not actual, downside is that once the case is opened and the camera is in use chances are very high that the lens cap and it's string will get in the way of the open case. Apart from looking very inelegant, and hardly in keeping with the LX3 vibes, more than that it will mean fiddling about to unwrap said string from case....That lens cap is a really poor solution Panasonic and I hope the LX4, if there is ever such a beast, does away with it and uses a built in one.