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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

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  • Shipping Weight: 5 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: #16,112 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 15, 2004

Product Description

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

Product Description

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

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Customer Reviews

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Refined might be the best adjective to…The camera has a simple but stylish "retro" look and a solid and quality feel to the all the components including the body itself. Read more ›
To sum it up, for the artist, great glass is at the root of outstanding pictures. If you understand this,it might well be the resson you havent yet gone digital. Read more ›
The CCD on the Digilux 2 is very large,…This solves a lot of problems currently being experienced by high-megapixel "pro-sumer" cameras and creates stunning photographs. Read more ›
This is not a camera meant for the casual user, but instead, one who is either a serious amateur or professional photographer interested in a high grade non-interchangeable… Read more ›
Having…Others have commented on the D2's outstanding picture quality (don't go by the number of megapixels alone, the quality of the lens is at least as important). Wha… Read more ›
To the person that mentioned the Leica Digilux 2 will be obsolete in 2 years, I'm sure many luddites don't like digital photography. Get used to it as it's here to stay. Read more ›
It's sensor is excellent still to this day, 5mp actually translates to the resolution output of many 10mp sensors because of how sharp this lens is. So don't be swayed by… Read more ›
More metal than plastic. It has an amazing lens that can't be purchased apart from the camera body. Most color and all B & W images have a "Leica" look. Read more ›
3x optical zoom is…It is more in the price range of digital SLRs with interchangeable lenses, so I would expect a more powerful lens if there is no option to change it. Read more ›
b. You will also want to buy a UV filter, if for nothing else than to protect that magnificent lens. Leica sizes are such that you cant expect to walk into any… Read more ›
8.Some might have an issue with the lack of lens interchangabiltiy in this price range. I for one am convinced, however, that one great lens beats a bagful of also-rans Read more ›
The landscape photo has been enlarged to 16 x 20 by a custom shop the level of detail is incredible (even the horses…This camera has an OUTSTANDING lens/sensor combination. Read more ›
7. BURST shooting ---- you can set the camera to shoot in bursts of 3 or 5 ---- this is a fun mode and works well with the camera Read more ›
d. A small tripod ($20 or less for a table mount model) is money well spent. Read more ›
5.When in autofocus mode, it is very easy to inadvertantly and unknowingly slip it from normal to macro. This typically happens when zooming. Read more ›
(3) The "out-of-the-camera color is the best of any digital camera I have ever owned or used, including…(4) The custom white balance settings are quick, easy, and spot on. Read more ›
If you like to think when you photograph, if you like to practice photography fundamentals, if you like perfect manual controls, then this camera is probably going to make… Read more ›
3.Elegant and functional ergonomics, logical menus, and silky smooth (if…Traditionalists will immediately take to the, well, traditional, setting rings on the lens. Ref… Read more ›
+LCD display is large, bright and clear Read more ›
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… Read more ›
6. That gigantic LCD? So big that it can be challenging to handle the camera without occasionally smudging the LCD with finger grease. Read more ›
If you can find one in decent condition for a reasonable price buy it. My best guess is that the resale price of these cameras has bottomed out and will probably appreciate… Read more ›
Not if you would only take it…But, if you are the kind of photographer who often grabs the camera on the way out the door just to take pictures, it is well worth the price. Read more ›
Having used range-finders and…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. Read more ›
The Leica Digilux 2 resembles nothing more than a scaled-up version of the…It is very easy to use and the picture quality is superb, thanks to its new Vario-Summicron lens. Read more ›
(2) The depth-of-field is amazing, even at…(3) The "out-of-the-camera color is the best of any digital camera I have ever owned or used, including top-of-the-line SLRs. (… Read more ›
(However, some photographers prefer the less flashy solid black color of the Panasonic DMC-LC1 twin and roll their eyes at the Digilux 2's attempt to imitate the look of… Read more ›
4. The bounce flash feature is neat. Not $1500 neat in and of itself, but a nice touch that helps remind you of the difference between high end and the everyday Read more ›
It's usable even in bright sunlight. The built-in straight or bounce flash capability is extremely useful. Read more ›
This is in stark contrast to using a DSLR where shooting a burst of images with a blazing fast autofocus and burst rate yield one good image out of many. Read more ›
The worst I found in this camera was the digital viewfinder. I could never get a good focus with this technology... too complicated! You need to view a small box inside the… Read more ›
3.Elegant and functional ergonomics, logical menus, and silky smooth (if occasionally frustratingly slow) operations. Traditionalists will immediately take to the, well,… Read more ›
I'm not as impressed by the ergonomics of Leica's traditional brick-with-a-lens shape as other reviewers, but the ease of use and solid feel of all of the controls more… Read more ›
I wasn't happy with the resolution either, until I realized that the little dial on the side of the viewfinder provides a way to adjust the resolution and focus of the… Read more ›
The lens of this camera, its manual controls, its bright aperture, internal zoom, build quality, and ultimately its excellent performance- are the heart of its lure and… Read more ›

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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73 of 74 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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54 of 54 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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