I am seriously looking at a new camera to take me to the next level. I want to do more and do better. Some of the cameras I'm looking at are Canon's GX1, Sony NEX5N and Leica V-LUX3. I'm looking at something that is beyond pocket point and shoot, but not quite DSLR. There's a lot of choice out there. I like the Canon GX1, I'm currently using the Canon S90, which would be more like natural progression. I'm still keep the S90, its great for street photography and its still a great camera. The Sony NEX is an interesting concept and I love the fact that it can rival the DSLR's in some ways, but as good as the micro three thirds. Leica is an interesting choice. They're expensive for what they are and more so when you consider how much their Panasonic brethren cost. But Leica are special, not just because of their history, but because of their quality.
I've noticed a fair bit of criticism from the love Panasonic, but hate Leica crowd. They love to nitpick and winge about why people would pay more for a Leica. Well why not? They might share certain parts, but they are also quite different. The image quality isn't inferior in a Panasonic, but Leica are made to produce images to a certain quality. It's not about brand snobbery and if you like the Leica look, why not. People are entitled to their opinions, but they should get their facts right. Why would a brand simply offer a product which is the same as another, but with a different badge. And ruin their reputation in the process. So it isn't exactly badge engineering at all.
At the end of the day, its not how expensive your camera is, but what you do with it that counts.