Adorama now has the red-hot new Leica X1 point-and-shoot in stock.
The Leica name imparts magic and thus commands a big price premium, but 2 grand seems excessive when you can get the amazing Canon S90 and Panasonic LX5 for a fifth and quarter of the LX5’s price, respectively.
Getting the S90 or LX5 also leaves a lot of money left over for a trip to Europe or South American where you can put your new camera to real use.
At the end of the day, Leica seems to be offering a product aimed at people enamored by the Leica magic, but who aren’t willing to go all the way and pony up for the $7,000 M9.
To those people I say, either go all the way or don’t do it at all.