The Panasonic LX3 comes out consistently as a 'winner' in even the most serious tests and reviews, globally. However, with many years of experience with the disappointing LX1 in mind (extremely noisy sensor), I was sceptical at first. Hence, I was more favourably predisposed towards the similarly priced Canon G10.
Three considerations made me choose in favour of the LX3, however: portability, the beautiful LEICA wide-angle lens and the reported mediocre low light performance of the G10. It turned out to be a good choice. The camera slips more or less easily in your pocket, and the pictures are simply stunning - even in very low light conditions.
From amateur ('just-press-the-button' in the Intelligent Auto setting) to semi-professional (full manual control), most will find it easy to use this little gem.
One word of caution: you won't get the 'normal' zoom. If you want that, please consider buying something else ... However, if you are not scared of embracing a creative challenge, this incredibly light sensitive wide-angle lens will soon make you forget about a potent zoom.
For me, it brought the fun back into taking pictures, and I was delighted to hear people again ask me what camera I was using upon seeing my pictures - something last witnessed when still shooting on film with my LEICA camera.