Thanks Wylie, I didn't notice the glint in the eye until you mentioned it!
I had seen Amin's review which helped me when I first started researching the LX5 a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn't have a clue where to begin with post-processing questions though. I was trying to decide between Lightroom or Aperture (I have a MacPro as a main computer and a PC laptop) but I think I will settle on Lightroom only because
I found what looks like a decent beginner's guide book for it:
Computer Books & Technology Books: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book by Martin Evening, Evening, Martin: Better World Books
(I really need a book like this to guide me through it from the beginning.)
About the LX5 - I assumed that since the store I was ordering from delivered from within Australia, I thought it'd be the PAL version which would've had 25p video. Even so, I was a bit disappointed to find that the camera that arrived is the NTSC version and it can't do 24p video unlike the NTSC LX3. No idea why they'd have that function for the LX3 but not for LX5..?? I honed in on the LX3-LX5 relatively early on because of the 24p function. I even checked the US and Australian Panasonic websites for technical specifications, both of which didn't state 24p in spite of that function being buried in the menus in the LX3, so I assumed it would be available in the LX5.
About the lens cropping (ie. 4:3, 3:2, 16:9) how does that work exactly, the fact that the MP changes tells me that the sensor is compromised for each crop is that right? Does the 4:3 10MP size mean that the whole sensor is in use?