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5.0 out of 5 stars Opinions on the D-LUX 5, December 27, 2010
This review is from: Leica D-LUX5 10.1 MP Compact Digital Camera with Super-Fast f/2.0 Lens, 3.8x Zoom Lens, 3" LCD Display, O.I.S. Image Stabilization (Black) (Camera)
Many folks on the Panasonic and Leica internet fora have discussed the prices of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 and the Leica D-LUX 5. The discussion usually centers on noting that the two cameras are essentially identical. No question about it; both cameras share the same electronics and lens. So why buy the Leica?
First, you're getting a longer warranty--two years for the D-LUX 5.
Second, the Leica camera comes with a registration code for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, an excellent post-processing, DAM and workflow program that alone has sold for $299 at the highest price (though recently on sale for a substantial reduction). The LUMIX comes with SilkyPix Developer Studio SE, a program that I find to be a little difficult to warm up to, though it does a credible job.
Third, and this is the best part for me: The D-LUX 5 is a Leica. It has a shape and build and finish that to me are elegant, minimalist and simply beautiful...more so than the Panasonic version. I own the LX5W and the LUMIX is a beautiful camera in white. But the D-LUX 5--a gift I bought for my wife--strikes me as being the better overall bargain and just a superb piece of craftsmanship. And yes, I do like the "red dot".
Some will note that the Panasonic LUMIX has a grip for your right hand and the Leica does not. A very high quality third-party grip is available for the Leica (Google Richard Franiec) at a very modest price and I highly recommend it.
In the end, what appears to be an unjustified higher price seems to me to be a well-justified expense. After all, remember what the auctioneer said: "The more you pay for it, the more it's worth"!
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2010 2:46:37 PM PST
GET REAL says:
"After all, remember what the auctioneer said: "The more you pay for it, the more it's worth"!-------If this be the case then why didn't you shop for and buy this camera at the location that had the highest price? And if you bought a third party 'grip', that would question the build quality of this camera. Enjoy your "red dot".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 3:08:43 PM PST
TZ1 GUY says:
GET REAL, what's the "get real" reason for your reply (can't even call it a counter-review, actually) to Shaw's review? I guess I just don't see any real point to the snarky, jealous tone of your comment. You glossed over the points that Lightroom 3 and a two year warranty coming w/ the camera, vs. any other manufacturer's-favorited brand of image-editing software and maybe only a standard 1 year warranty, being a combination that surely beats any other brand of compact fixed lens camera. Lightroom is the Adobe standalone as well as companion software to the industry standard Photoshop. Likewise, surely as far as value for money is concerned, anyone can see that those two inclusions are worthy of an increased selling price for the Leica.
As for any third party grip you speak of that must put "questions of build quality" of the D-Lux 5 in any owner's head who buys one, I'm sure that Shaw as owner of the D-Lux 5, has vastly more knowledge of the Leica camera accessory catalog for this particular camera than you do. Leica does indeed manufacture it's own hand grip (the 18715) for this camera if one is desired for purchase. Nowhere in Shaw's post does it specifically say that he purchased Richard Franiec's or any other "3rd party grip" as you put it, only that he highly recommends it. Franiec has won rave reviews for his digital camera "3rd party grips" for, among other cameras, Canon's S90 and S95, and no review of any of his products mention anything about them having been made to make up for the "build quality inferiority" of any camera on which they're installed.
All cars have 4 wheels and an engine, a house is nothing more than a big box w/ a purpose of doing nothing more holding all of a person's "stuff", and all digital cameras have lenses, sensors, and digital processing engines. What's wrong with someone's personal choice to own a Ferrari, a mansion, and a Leica, vs. buying a Hyundai Accent, a trailer, and a Vivitar if that's what they choose to buy now and upgrade from at a later date, on their particular budgets? Or, maybe more pointedly, what's wrong w/ all of those choices being available in the first place, considering that Leica's done quite well for itself in the past 85+ years or so, despite your seeming indifference to the reasons for their success?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 4:07:43 PM PST
GET REAL says:
HEY TZ1 GUY: Get your head out of the clouds! First; "snarky, jealous tone of your comment." TOUGH! Second: If you or anyone wants to pay DOUBLE for the exact same camera that Panasonic LX5 makes except for the contour of the body plus buy a "grip",then let them do so! AND if anyone thinks that Adobe Photoshop Ligthroom 3 and an additional year is worth paying double for the same camera that Panasonic (LX5 WITH LEICA LENS) produces with a Gold L instead of a Red Dot then let them do so. I have three Panasonic Cameras with the Leica Lenses; FZ100, FZ18 and ZS7 and the main reason I bought them is because of the Leica Lenses in Panasonic bodies. ALSO as Reviewer notes LX5 has handgrip and D LUX5 does not and Reviewer owns both LX5 and D-LUX5. AND TZ1 GUY RE READ MY COMMENT and you will see the ---QUOTE----which is what I originally responded too. BUT you were TOO consumed with being a LEICA FAN BOY to comprehend it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 7:36:29 PM PST
TZ1 GUY says:
You obviously can't get it through your head that people can perceive of what is 'value for money' differently, and that choice is a personal decision. Incredibly, even when you talk about essentially the same camera in the same breath, as are the DMC-LX5 and the D-Lux 5, you continue to be blissfully ignorant of what are two of the main reasons why Leica can charge, and happily get what it does for it's camera. The D-Lux 5's offered w/ a superior software package and double the warranty, and that seems to be a fact that you seemingly have great difficulty processing in your mind as 'value for money'. Pulling 2 more quotes from your latest 'seeming to miss the point' retort, you said "...let them do so!" when you responded to both: framing your own scenario about anyone "wanting to pay double" for either the Leica w/ a "3rd party" or a Leica branded grip itself, or when you (and only you) seem to see the Leica and Panasonic camera PACKAGES as the same item, which is CLEARLY NOT the case! What I objected to in your (ahem!) unnecessary comment was the fact that it in no way stayed on point. It DIDN'T discuss the camera at hand, instead you chose to attack another reviewers buying decision of what is, for all intents and purposes the same camera w/o citing either specifications or examples of image quality. My point is, the way your original comment was framed, it was clearly meant to come across as an attack on one person or group of buyers, rather than an honest REVIEW which would enlighten many. Enlightening is the point of these reviews, not semi-personal attacks that might make you feel better until the "thrill of seeing your words in print"(sic!) wears off and you have to seek another forum where you can attack someone else or their actions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2011 12:23:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2011 12:24:04 AM PST
I was happy to read, that you own the Panasonic, but bought the Leica for your wife.
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