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Leica D-LUX 3 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

by Leica

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  • 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Unique manual setting options give you the freedom to create images that express your own style
  • High-quality Leica lens takes in stunning shots from the wide-angle to the telephoto range
  • O.I.S. optical stabilization technology and ultra fast processing
  • Pure, discreet, timeless design in a housing of high-quality aluminum
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 0.9 x 0.4 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000J6FTUQ
  • Item model number: 18303
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,997 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Product Description

Every picture taken with the LEICA D-LUX 3 has a story to tell. The unique manual setting options give you the freedom to create images that express your own style. Use the high-quality Leica lens to take stunning shots from the wide-angle to the telephoto range. With O.I.S. optical stabilization technology and ultra fast processing, the LEICA D-LUX 3 sets new standards in its class. Choose between 3 picture formats, achieve first-class image quality with the camera's 10 megapixel sensor and assess your shots on the wide-screen display. Small and elegant, the LEICA D-LUX 3 is always ready to make your personal view of the world reality. Aperture - F2.8-F8.0 (wide angle) F4.9-F8.0 (telephoto) Flash modes Choice between automatic ON with or without preflash (red-eye reduction), manual ON (fill-in flash) with orwithout preflash, SLOW sync for longer shutter speeds (with preflash), flash OFF Video Recording - In 16 - 9 format a choice between 1280 x 720 pixels 15 fps or 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps/ 10 fps,in 4 - 3 format a choice between 640 x 480 pixels 30 fps/10 fps or 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps/10 fps.Limited only by memory card capacity, recording with audio. File formats - Still - RAW, JPEG (Fine/Standard), Movie - QuickTime Motion JPEG. Scene Programs - Portraits, sport, night scenes, night portraits, fireworks, parties, snow, self-portraits, food, high-sensitivity mode, Baby 1, Baby 2, soft skin, candlelight, starry skies, landscapes, print Dimensions (WxHxD) - 4.2 x 2.3 x 1 inches (105.7 x 58.3 x 25.6mm) Weight - 6.5oz / 7.8oz (185g/220g) (without/with battery, memory card and lens cap)

From the Manufacturer

Every picture taken with the Leica D-LUX 3 has a story to tell. The unique manual setting options give you the freedom to create images that express your own style. Use the high-quality Leica lens to take stunning shots from the wide-angle to the telephoto range. With O.I.S. optical stabilization technology and ultra fast processing, the Leica D-LUX 3 sets new standards in its class. Choose between three picture formats, achieve first-class image quality with the camera's 10 megapixel sensor and assess your shots on the wide-screen display. Small and elegant, the Leica D-LUX 3 is always ready to make your personal view of the world reality.

Stylish design
The design of the D-Lux 3 is totally in keeping with Leica tradition: pure, discreet, timeless--in a housing of high-quality aluminum.

Always on the move
The D-Lux 3 is so light, compact and unobtrusive that there's no reason why you should leave it at home. Small as it is, it's a great performer: three file formats--from simple JPEG to the RAW format rarely offered in this class of camera--ensure optimum image quality for further processing as well. The image stabilizer (O.I.S.) leads to sharply focused images even in situations where there's not really enough natural light. The camera is also perfect for digiscoping--taking photographs through a spotting scope--to capture the fascination of nature at close range.

Plenty of scope for creativity
The D-Lux 3 still gives the photographer the freedom to create his own view of the world without any automatic settings. The 16:9 picture format with the full resolution of over 10-megapixels produces fantastic images for frame-filling viewing on HDTV equipment. The brilliant 2.8-inch display also has an aspect ratio of 16:9.

What's in the Box:
Camera with lens cap and hand loop, 64 MB SD card, charger, Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, A/V cable, USB cable, extensive software package (Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (PC)/3.0 (Mac), Quicktime Movie Player).


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality of the pictures taken with this camera is outstanding.
John Wright
I recommend this for demanding photographers who would like to have a compact, affordable point and shoot camera.
Peter A. Stricker
Beach and snow setting bring great color to bright light shots, in California this is a must.
KSB

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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kirschner on December 8, 2006
First the bad news- NOISE!!!!! I guess with a sensor this small, there is just nothing you can do about it, short of using a noise plug-in with photoshop. At ISO 100 and 200 this is not a problem- jump to 400 and above and it becomes an issue.

Now the good news- because of the image stabilization, you can choose a lower speed, and minimize the noise as much as possible.

The lens is at least the equal of the one on my Contax TVSIII, which was the sharpest I have ever seen on a pocketable camera.

The internal flash is adequate for most conditions, but if you are takin advantage of the wide format, and trying to get a large room or group more than a few feet away, you should get the Metz compact digital flash which matches with it well.

I took RAW and JPEGs of the same scene and blew 'em up to 13x19 inches. While the raw image was marginally better, the JPEG (with minimal tweaking) was almost as good, and both were quite usable.

If you plan on shooting RAW- bes sure to get a largish high speed SD card.

I love that you can shoot manually, and getting great portraits is a snap- easy to blur out the background and get an incredible sharp portrait.

The preset modes suck.

The screen is great.

If you have a good photo stitching program, and you take a landscape photo with the camera vertically (say 4 or 5 sequential shots), taking advantage of the wide format, you will be floored. With this combination you can print landscapes 48 inches wide. I did this at the Eagles game on Monday night (Eagles won- thankfully!)- and the print was remarkable.

Nobody on the whole planet has the brown leather case. i want one and I want one bad.
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199 of 208 people found the following review helpful By JD-monitor, ridicule, and judge on October 7, 2007
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First off, let me tell you I have been shooting with a Canon20D with 3 different lenses for the past four years, my basis for review IS biased, opinionated, and thus the Leica is being forced to compete with an SLR worth 2-3x the value of itself. Gyeah!

It's sort of a Leica. The camera is metal and has a retro-feel to it. I do like the simplicity of the dials. But it's made in Japan and it wouldn't take a die-hard camera-guru to tell you it's a souped up Panasonic.
I feel like I bought a Lexus with a maserati emblem on it. It's really good, but I expected fantastic.

NOISIER THAN A SLAYER CONCERT! My goodness this thing has trouble with dark lighting. Uggghhh. I wouldn't shoot this anywhere I didn't need sunglasses. 4 out of 10.

THE COLOR IS DECENT. An 8 out of 10.

LAGS! Press the shutter, wait, wait, wait, think about what you might have for lunch tommorow, wait, wait, wait... okay. Picture time. If you want to take a photo of any sport faster than chess or catfish noodling, don't get this camera. 2 out of 10

OVERALL PHOTO QUALITY.
It does take good photos. It collects a surprising amount of detail. The focusing is ingenious (sp?) for a point and shoot, and the options are nearly unlimited (3 different ways to photograph babies! 2 different skintone options) THere is a brain in there. 9 out of 10!!!!!!!!!! I'd go 8.5, but the focusing is quite brilliant, i.e. depth of field.

MANUAL SETTING.
THe programming is nearly unlimited, you need to spend at least half an hour to an hour to read and understand all the different settings available. But, in manual mode, THERE IS NO FOCUSING RING! You merely push the button up or down to tell it to focus in or out (like cheap video cameras).
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kate Stokes VINE VOICE on July 31, 2007
I am a semi-pro photographer and thusly I normally shoot with expensive DSLR equipment. There are, however, some occasions where for a variety of reasons I can not bring a 3 pound 8-inch long camera with me. I have tried many different compact point and shoot offerings over the years, and I have owned many different compact point and shoot models over the years. This one is the best by far that I have tried.

The noise level is the biggest concern that I have seen people site about this camera. I personally am extremely sensitive to noise, and I have returned other cameras in the past because of it within 3 hours of buying them. I guess we must be looking at two different cameras, because I don't see it as a problem as compared with other compact point and shoot cameras. In fact it is far lower than every other compact point and shoot camera that I have used. The only time I could get this camera to produce a high level of noise was when I was shooting in very low light (indoors with almost all the lights off) and using no flash. Is that how you plan on using this camera? Then don't worry about the noise. That's not to say that there is no noise. There is noise. More noise than a DLSR? Yes. Again, we're talking compact point and shoot though. This is not a DSLR camera, so it would be unfair to compare it to one. I have tested the latest high dollar compact point and shoot offerings of Canon, Nikon, and Olympus and they all have at least triple the amount of noise this camera does. The only thing that I can think of that must account for this complaint is that Leica owners are typically more educated and sensitive to this type of stuff than the average compact point and shoot owner.
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