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Leica 'Digilux 2' 5MP Digital Camera with 3.2x Optical Zoom

by Leica

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  • 5.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 17
  • 3.2x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom (9.6x total)
  • Classic SLR setting ring controls on lens and shutter speed dial; 2.5-inch LCD
  • Compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards; 64 MB SD card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery; connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Leica
  • Model: 18263
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.2 x
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Product Details

Product Manual [1.61mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.1 x 3.2 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000182FHW
  • Item model number: 18263
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,401 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 15, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Here is a great review : http://photo.net/equipment/leica/digilux2/

From the Manufacturer

The new LEICA DIGILUX 2 camera combines the best of two worlds. In the new LEICA DIGILUX 2, modern digital technology and the proven concepts of traditional analog photography are joined in a harmonious combination: Decisive photographic parameters such as sharpness, aperture, focal length and shutter speeds can be controlled like those on a classic single-lens-reflex camera by means of setting rings on the lens and a shutter speed dial. To ensure the best pictorial results, the lens, the sensor and the electronics are optimally tailored to one another. The 2/3-inch CCD sensor is very large for its resolution of 5 million pixels. This combination of a high-performance lens and a large surface per picture element produces an extraordinary pictorial quality. The Leica Digilux 2 at a glance
  • Fast 7 - 22.5 mm LEICA DC VARIO SUMMICRON f/2 - f/2.4 ASPH. zoom lens (equivalent to a 28 - 90 mm zoom lens on a 35 mm camera)
  • 2/3" CCD sensor with 5.0 million pixels
  • Analog photography feeling conveyed by manual setting possibilities directly at the lens
  • Its traditional clear design readily identifies it as a typical Leica
  • Transfer-reflexive 2,5" display with a resolution of 211,000 pixels and outstanding brilliance
  • Electronic viewfinder with 235,000 pixels that covers 100% of the picture being taken
  • Extra large picture storage card with 64 MB
  • Interval timing and control via the PC
  • Connections: USB 2.0 (High Speed); DC IN; AV output with option of PAL or NTSC; Remote release cable
  • Extremely robust and long-lived because of the use of high-grade materials and precision fabrication

Customer Reviews

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The camera has very high quality construction.
Nicholas Christo
The Nikon is more flexible, with interchangable lenses, but the Leica is much more portable and intuitive.
William V. Mcclung
Most cameras have one that leaves you guessing at best as to what kind of picture you've REALLY taken.
Leitz Fan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

110 of 111 people found the following review helpful By William V. Mcclung on December 30, 2004
31 DEC 04: Let me preface this review with a little personal history. I have been taking photographs for 53 years and ran a part-time wedding photography business for 24 years. I fought the change to digital for years, but finally succumbed in 2002. Since that time, I have never looked back. The Digilux 2 is my sixth digital camera and I can honestly say it takes better photographs than any of my other cameras, including my Nikon D-100. The Nikon is more flexible, with interchangable lenses, but the Leica is much more portable and intuitive.

Some might complain that the camera is "only" a five megapixel unit. But, there are megapixels and there are megapixels....not all are created equal. The CCD on the Digilux 2 is very large, providing larger megapixels. This solves a lot of problems currently being experienced by high-megapixel "pro-sumer" cameras and creates stunning photographs.

Having used range-finders and other "analog" cameras for many years, the Leica is like an old friend. There is no other digital camera on the market that is easier to use, when switching from "automatic" to manual or shutter/f-stop priority. This camera is usable by everyone, from a beginner (just go "full auto", until you learn more about the camera's capabilities) to a professional.

The Digilux 2 is built like a tank and will stand years of service and abuse. The LCD is HUGE, as well as being the clearest and brightest I have ever seen. It's usable even in bright sunlight. The built-in straight or bounce flash capability is extremely useful.

My only complaint is that Leica should have made the switch from "Autofocus" to "Autofocus-Macro" a little stiffer.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Leitz Fan on March 2, 2005
I am very much an amateur who had been using one of the older S series 2 megapixel Canon Digital Elph cameras for several years. Recently, I decided to upgrade, and considered purchasing the 7 megapixel Power Shot S70 before instead opting to move not only up in megapixels but also over into the realm of true photography. After some careful research concerning the tools I'd need,I stepped up and bought a Digilux 2.

In a word, it is awesome

The bottom line here is that is that most amateurs who tote along a digital camera to take some pictures on holiday seem to think that megapixels are everything.

This is a flawed mindset, for several reasons. First, assuming that all you want are some snapshots to serve as memories or to email to your friends and relatives, then a modestly priced 3 megapixel miniature model will serve quite nicely. Viewed on a typical computer screen or printed out as small pics, the subtlties of fidelity in image reproduction that pro and semi-pro reviewers go into on any of the plethora of available websites will typically go unnoticed to the rank amateur. If this is your cup of tea, then spending $1500+ for any digital camera, much less one with, gasp, ONLY 5 megapixels will seem and be totally unnecessary.

But if it's photography you wish to persue, then realize first and foremost that unless you want to produce really large prints, provided you have a reasonable minimum of 4 megapixels or so, that image quality doesnt come from megapixels but from the photographer and the lens. All the megapixels in the universe can not and will not make up for the limitations of a mediocre or miniaturized lens (or a poor artist) After all, your system will ultimately always be limited by its weakest component.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By kkrome25 on June 3, 2004
AESTHETICS: The Leica Digilux 2 can be described as a modern "retro" design. The body style is a direct descendant of the M6 and those before it. The body looks huge. It is about 33% larger than an M6, but this isn't readily apparent until you set it next to any Leica M chassis. There is a gaudy overabundance of faux chrome in the back. This is the least appealing part of the camera, because of the chrome finish that surrounds and accentuates the presence of the LCD monitor. I would have preferred a more predominant use of either a black finish or the faux leather. The rubber around the eyepiece is bulbous, but acceptable. Overall, it is a handsome camera.

ERGONOMICS: What sold me are the traditional manual adjustments: The focusing ring, the aperture ring, zoom adjustment, and shutter speed dial are so much more workable in the field. You do not have to take your eye away from the viewfinder like you would with touch pads and four-way rocker switches. Leave that for reviewing the recorded images. The box construction has the familiar feel of an M body, but weighs less. The "grippy" black rubber finish is handsome and remotely resembles leather. The flash has two positions: press halfway and it will set up for bounce flash. Press all the way down, and it will point directly towards the subject.

PRACTICALITIES: At the average price of about $1850 U.S. dollars, one would have to factor in the name. But also figure in the build quality.
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