OK, I have to admit I never was altogether happy with my D-lux 3 that I bought just over 1 year ago. It felt fiddly in my big hands, and the images needed quite a lot of PP to look OK (I always shoot raw).
I tried to tell myself that an upgrade would give only a marginal improvement, and that I would be better off using my Digilux 2 and my G1 all the time. But they are both "camera bag" cameras, and at times, this does matter.
So, today I took the plunge and got myself a D-lux 4. I managed to get the accessory grip as a bonus, and got out for some test shooting. And, while I got nothing really worth showing, I soon found out this was a considerable improvement. That grip took away most of the fiddly feeling, the camera was far faster in its reactions, and the reduced zoom range suddenly made it practical to use only the two end positions, like having a 24 and a 50 with a film Leica.
And, the shots are crisper and better exposed right out of the camera (this was a sunny and contrasty day here in Stockholm), and indoor shots at 400 look less noisy than 200 on the old one.
I didnīt carry the old one, so I did no direct comparison shots, but I hope to get around to it one of these days.
In any case, I do feel the upgrade was well worth doing. Iīm going to sell off the D-lux 3 asap...