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Leica DIGILUX 3 7.5MP Digital SLR Camera with Leica D 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 ASPH Lens with Optical Image Stabilization
- First Digilux camera with an interchangeable lens for the Leica D system
- 7.5-megapixel LiveMos sensor for magnificent standard of imaging
- Leica D Vario-Elmarit f2.8-3.5/14-50 aspherical lens
- Shutter speed, focal length, aperture, and focus can be set by hand on the camera and the lens
- High-quality materials and precision craftsmanship ensure reliability under tough conditions of reportage photography
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||60 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||207,000|
|Display Technology||TFT active matrix|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Type||Pop-up flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||3-point TTL Phase Diff|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.03 x 5.75 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.34 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F/2.8-3.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,136|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||Live MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||5.45 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable|
From the Manufacturer
Innovative system camera with classic design
Leica stands for photographic tools that concentrate on the essentials and encourage creative users to capture their own view of the world. The Leica Digilux3 is a fusion of the latest digital technology with the traditional values of superlative image quality, intuitive operation and a timelessly beautiful design. The intuitive operation of this system camera is partly the result of designing all the controls to suit photographers' needs. No nested menus, no complicated technology.
A real premiere: For the first time, Leica has combined outstanding optical imaging performance with state-of-the-art image stabilization in a D lens. Whenever you want to avoid camera shake, just switch on the image stabilizer (O.I.S.). Integrated in the lens, it ensures sharply focused images in all situations--in twilight, for indoor exposures or in the zoom range. The image stabilizer is a reliable help for exposures taken without a tripod, too.
You won't miss a thing with the Leica Digilux3--whether you look through the optical viewfinder or at the RealtimePreview, which enables real-time assessment of the entire subject and the exposure in the display. Thanks to the ultra fast and highly precise action of the autofocus and the image processing and storage, all important moments can be captured and assessed on the brilliant high-resolution 2.5-inch display.
Accidents can happen--a careless moment, and your valuable camera equipment is ruined. This is no problem with the new Leica Digilux3: thanks to Leica's Additional Risk Warranty, any damage to the camera and your high-quality lens is insured for the first six months after the purchase date. We repair or replace your equipment with no questions asked. After that you benefit from the manufacturer's warranty which has been extended to three years. The extra guarantee is all part of Leica service. Where else can you find such a good deal?
What's in the Box:
Digilux 3, 1 GB SD card, power supply unit/charger, battery pack, eyepiece cover, housing cover, AV cable, USB cable, power cord, carrying strap, CD-ROM with software Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (WIN) and 3.0 (MAC), QuickTime.
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Most notable option:
- If you're going to shoot using RAW in order to tweak your own photos, then buying the Panasonic won't make a difference with the more expensive counterpart. Panasonic will save you a lot of money and help you get more accessories with it.
- If you grew up with the Leica brand and are familiar with the characteristics of how Leica photographs come out, Leica has especially tweaked the JPG (not RAW, for obvious reasons being RAW) photos to look the same way analog Leica photographs come out looking.
Of course it's not all that simple. Without going into a debate as to why buy Leica over Panasonic and vice-versa, I'll talk about the general controls.
The camera uses SD or MMC cards. It will take SDHC cards which come with minimum 4GB. As for MMC cards, they are slow and I would suggest not even thinking of using it.
The supplied 1GB memory should be enough for one day of fun.Read more ›
This camera and lens replaced a Canon 20D kit with a similar IS zoom lens. In other words, the Leica replaced an excellent SLR with roughly the same resolution (8.x megapixels, versus 7.5 megapixels on the Leica).
I have been pleased in every way with the Vario-Elmarit lens, which is as sharp as I would expect for a Leica-branded lens. The controls (both on the lens and the top-mounted shutter speed dial) are very nice and familiar for an RF user like me.
The body is larger and "blockier" than a Leica rangefinder, as are all SLRs. However, I am excited that this 4/3 mount camera not only comes with an excellent lens (I think better than the Canon 17-85mm it replaced) but also gives me access to quite a few fine 4/3 lenses, such as the Olympus macro and telephoto lenses.
A couple of camera body features that I like a great deal and, in my opinion, are better than the Canon:
1. Nicely designed built-in flash that first comes up in "bounce" position and then on a second button-press moves into "straight-ahead" position. It fits flush into the body when not in use.
2. VERY accessible and easy to use control for adjusting flash power for fill flash and similar applications.
3. Equally accessible and easy to use back-panel control for exposure compensation--important on any digital camera, since you will want to dial back in sunlit and other contrasty scenes to avoid blown-out highlights!
4.Read more ›
With the Leica Digilux 3, Leica - and its partner Panasonic - have officially become the latest member of the digital four-thirds system pioneered by Sigma and embraced too by Olympus (EDITORIAL NOTE: I erred in assuming that Sigma had pioneered the digital four-thirds system, which the comment (see below) by another customer notes correctly. However, contrary to what he has written, it was developed jointly by both Kodak and Olympus. I have had several opportunities to use this camera and have been quite impressed with its performance.).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a vey nice dSLR; there are provisions for manual controls that make the camera feel like a film camera. The lens is the same as on the Leica Digilux3, and is superb. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Ron's Kimdle
I have looked at htis camera nd the Panasonic L1 since they were made at the end of 2006. I have found myself coming back to reviews and checking prices since that time. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by glenwells
AMAZON, I dont get it. How can a Leica digital camera, ( the Digilux 3) that I bought a year ago go from $1,200 go to $3999.????? Read more
It's not a Leica and don't buy it you think you are getting Leica quality you aren't. It's just a Panosonic with a faux red dot on it. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by JOHN A. STOVALL
Recently purchased my first Leica. As I am a great Nikon fan, this is quite a change, but this time I wanted something different.
The Leica deliver excellence. Read more
The Panasonic model of this camera is much better.Published on September 11, 2007 by Raymond S. Iorio
German Design/engineering & Japanese Manufacturing what more could you ask for? Totally different photographic experience,especially tactile experience (aperature ring on lens). Read morePublished on May 25, 2007 by M. Sallai
Leica has again proved that their long history in making fine cameras gives them an advantage. Perfect photos worthy the name Leica, very good handling (lika a good old analog... Read morePublished on January 16, 2007 by K. Lueg