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Leica D-Lux (Type 109) 12.8 Megapixel Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) (18471)
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- Fixed lens perfectly matched to the sensor for the picture quality
- Integrated high resolution 2.8 MP OLED EVF for full control of the presets
- Comprehensive manual operation enriched with a touch of the Leica operation philosophy
- Focus peaking for marking the Ares that are in focus and LEICA CF D flash in the scope of delivery
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Main Features at a Glance
Zoom (optical/digital/ intelligent)
3.1 x/4 x/6.2 x.
Dimensions (W × H × D)
117.8 × 66.2 × 55 mm, (4.64 × 2.61 × 2.41 inch).
365 g/405 g (without/with battery).
AF metering modes:
- Face/eye detection
- Tracking, 49-area
- 1 area (flexible / scalable)
- Custom multi
LEICA D-LUX Inspired by life
Fast and fantastic – the incredibly fast lens
Of all the Leica compact cameras, the D-Lux has one of the fastest lenses. Its zoom lens is perfectly matched to its large sensor. With an impressive sensitivity range to ISO 25600 thanks to particularly large pixels, it makes the best of available light and delivers pictures with natural colours and exceptional quality. Perfect for available-light photography and, thanks to a versatile zoom lens (24 to 75 mm in 35 mm format), in an almost infinite number of creative genres – from portraits, landscapes, and architecture to macro and reportage, the classic domain of Leica cameras.
Beautifully simple: Form follows function
Even at first glance, the D-Lux reveals its heritage as a genuine Leica – classic elegance, timeless beauty, and particular attention to simple and intuitive handling. The change between automatic and manual modes is also particularly simple. Even less experienced photographers can enjoy the experience of immediate success – and seeing it brightly and clearly on the high-resolution 3" LCD monitor, even in bright sunlight. In an instant, anyone taking it in their hands feels and sees the superior quality of both its materials and finish.
High resolution of the integrated viewfinder
The ideal composition and framing of subjects and scenes is quickly found in the integrated electronic viewfinder. Thanks to a resolution of 2.8 megapixels, it delivers a sharp, high-contrast image – even in bright conditions. Cleverly, the viewfinder shows the same exposure settings as are displayed on the monitor. As it also offers individual diopter compensation, the viewfinder can be used by glasses wearers with no limitations at all.
Spontaneously capture those unique moments
A photo by Jan Kopetzky.
No wires attached thanks to Wi-Fi and NFC
An integrated Wi-Fi module provides remote control for the D-Lux from a smartphone or tablet, which is particularly useful when the photographer wants to be in the picture. The Leica C Image Shuttle app required for this function can be downloaded free of charge and installed on iOS or Android devices. An integrated NFC (near field communication) module quickly and easily sets up a Wi-Fi connection with an NFC-compatible smartphone when the phone is held close to the camera.
Moving memories in high-resolution 4K format
Moving memories in high-resolution 4K format
Sometimes videos say more than still pictures. The Leica D-Lux is ideally prepared to capture such moments – on video in 4K, the high-definition digital recording format with four times the resolution of full HD. Recording and saving videos is simplicity itself – and the quality is no less than breathtaking. In fact, it’s so good that single moments from videos can be selected and kept as photos.
Three-year warranty inclusive
With the Leica „Three-year warranty“ - more than many other manufacturer's warranty - the D-Lux delivers more peace of mind. In a warranty case during these 3 years, our worldwide Service & Support team aim to ensure a smooth process and rapid solutions to problems.
Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9– 34 mm f/1.7–2.8/ASPH., 35 mm camera equivalent: 24 - 75 mm.
11 elements in 8 groups (5 aspherical lenses/8 aspherical surfaces/2 ED lenses).
Recording fle formats
Still image: RAW / JPEG, Video: MP4. Recording time: max. 29:00 min.
- SDXC (compatible with UHS-I standard)
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||—||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||4.64 x 2.41 x 2.61 in||5.39 x 5.15 x 3.88 in||4.29 x 1.06 x 2.2 in||9.1 x 5.2 x 2.3 in||4.88 x 1.26 x 2.36 in||4.33 x 1.69 x 2.6 in|
|Item Weight||0.89 lb||1.83 lbs||0.55 lb||—||0.67 lb||0.6 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||—||20 megapixels||10.1 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||12.2 megapixels||10.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||2160p||2160p||720p||1080p||—||720p|
|Viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||Optical (optional)||lcd||None||Electronic (optional)|
The Leica D-Lux has everything you need to capture all special moments in a flash
The Leica D-Lux is the compact camera choice of professional photographers. With a new fast lens and manual operations, it offers photographers a compact and sturdy camera with a full metal housing
With a high-speed shutter and focus peaking features, it also offers 4K video. It features integrated Wi-Fi and NFC, plus a fast lens and an integrated high resolution electronic view finder
Wi-Fi and NFC provide remote access from a smartphone / tablet allowing the user to see a live image, thus making the digital camera extremely versatile for any type of photography
4:3 format: 4112x3088 pixels (12.5M) (L), 2976x2232 pixels (6.5M) (M), 2048x1536 pixels (3M) (S)
3:2 format: 4272x2856 pixels (12M) (L), 3120x2080 pixels (6.5M) (M), 2112x1408 pixels (3M) (S)
16:9 format: 4480x2520 pixels (11M) (L), 3840x2160 pixels (8M) (M), 1920x1080 pixels (2M) (S)
1:1 format: 3088x3088 pixels (10M) (L), 2240x2240 pixels (5M) (M), 1536x1536 pixels (2.5M) (S)
3840x2160 pixels, 30p (4K: 100 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30fps) (AAC)
1920x1080 pixels, 60p (FHD: 28 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 60bps) (AAC)
1920x1080 pixels 30p (FHD: 20 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30bps) (AAC)
1280x720 pixels, 30p (HD: 10 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30bps) (AAC)
3840x2160 pixels, 25p (4K: 100 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25bps) (AAC)
1920x1080 pixels, 50p (FHD: 28 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 50bps) (AAC)
1920x1080 pixels, 25p (FHD: 20 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25bps) (AAC)
1280x720 pixels, 25p (HD: 10 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25bps) (AAC)
640x480 pixels, 30p (VGA: 4 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30bps) (AAC)
640x480 pixels, 25p (VGA: 4 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25bps) (AAC)
1920x1080 pixels, 30p (FHD: MP4) (sensor output is 120bps)
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I am a hobbyist, but I shoot a lot of pictures. My previous camera was a Canon S95 PowerShot, probably the third PowerShot I had. I wanted to step up to a camera that would be easier to control manually, but at the same time would allow me to shoot autofocus or aperture priority when I wanted. I'm a consultant, and I travel 35 to 40 weeks year, and I also wanted a camera small enough that I could throw into my briefcase so it would always be there.
I’m very, very happy with the D-Lux. It does exactly what I wanted this camera to do for me: it has reconnected me with the fundamentals of taking pictures – aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance. I've gotten in the habit of checking all of those things every time I start up the camera, and they connect me to the camera and to the craft of taking photographs. And because it's such a rewarding camera to work with, I want to take more pictures, and so I have the camera with me all the time. As other reviews have said, it will not slip into the pocket of a pair of jeans, but it will fit, with some fiddling, in the pockets of most of my jackets.
The aperture ring moves smoothly with reassuring clicks at each stop, as does the shutter wheel and the exposure ring. The exposure ring removes a little too freely for my taste, and I often find after pulling the camera out of my pocket that my thumb has moved it a few notches. I've tacked it a little bit with a piece of black gorilla tape, which I've also used to cover the bright red Leica dot - some of the places I go, that would make me a target.
It takes really great pictures. When it's focused correctly the images are very sharp, and it shoots really well in low light. And they just look good - it’s hard to describe, but there seems to be something aesthetically pleasing about the way they look.
Although the camera is mostly plastic, it feels solid in my hands - not Leica M9 solid, but not a toy either. I dropped it once on the table, and it creased the case, but it has not affected the camera's performance.
I really like the electronic viewfinder. It’s very bright and clear. Holding it to my eye and focusing through it feels like using a real camera again. There is a handy thumbwheel next to the electric viewfinder that allows you to adjust it to your own vision, a very useful feature. When I raise the camera to my eye, the large back screen goes dark and the electronic viewfinder becomes active - slick. I've configured the camera so that most of the data that can be displayed in the viewfinder is not, so I can simply focus on aperture, shutter speed, and the metering - and the metering, by the way, seems to be consistently a little dark, something I can fix in Lightroom without much trouble.
After reading a lot about the camera, I decided to buy the Leica auto lens cap lens cap, and I also bought a half case (not Leica's) so that I could get a grip with my right hand, having read that the body felt slippery to some people. The case works fine. Once or twice in the month that I have had the camera I've had trouble with the lens cap. Something about the way it closed incompletely signaled the camera that there had been a system problem. Turning the camera on and off cleared it every time.
I'm less pleased with the Leica software which wirelessly moves files from the camera to my iPad. There is next to no documentation for the software, and it took me several weeks to realize that the reason it wouldn't move over my files was that it does not move RAW files. By exercising the option to shoot both JPEG and RAW, I am now able to use my iPad to make preliminary selections of photos. And the camera, or the software, forgets too easily that I’ve already paired the camera to my iPad - I need to do it every few days.
There are some things I don't like, but none of them would've prevented me from buying the camera if I had known about them. I wish it didn't take so long to start up. I wish there was a way I could manually put it to sleep - sometimes I'll pull it out of my pocket turned it on to take a picture, and I want to put it back into my pocket without turning it all the way off. I can't do that until the lens retracts, and the lens doesn't retract until the camera goes to sleep, so I end up carrying the camera in my hand with the lens extended. It's inconvenient, but not a big deal. The big screen on the back of the camera is plastic, and it has already developed a few scratches. I need to put a screen protector, but I wish I didn't have to. But, as I said, none of these would've prevented me from behind the camera
If you get this camera, plan on spending a lot of time learning it. The menu system is quite logical, but is extensive. I've downloaded the manual to my iPad, and have been dipping into it regularly. It’s pretty well written as such things go.
This lens is amazing. The pictures come out incredibly sharp and color is mostly accurate. (Photos with a large amount of sky come out cool, whereas other photos come out a little warm. But nothing too drastic either way.) While most automatic cameras do not function particularly well in fully automatic mode, this one does quite well. It typically sets the aperture at f/5.6--which is the optimum aperture for this camera--and then adjusts shutter speed and ISO accordingly. (Shooting higher than f/5.6 is not going to give you better focus across the photo as this is not a full-frame camera.) So unless you need a particularly fast or slow shutter speed, you don't have a lot to worry about when shooting in P mode. However, this lens is not perfect... Shooting wide open, you can expect some noticeable drop off in focus along the frame edges under certain conditions. Good chance there will be some chromatic aberration under certain conditions as well. In particular, landscape shots, bright light, and dark light situations are much more likely to have some loss in quality along the edges. (These things, along with the price, are the main reason why I'm giving it four stars instead of five. Because I especially enjoy taking landscapes, I was a little disappointed to discover this.) The quality loss is not excessive, in my opinion, and like I said, only occurs under certain conditions.
The main reason I love this camera is for its macro function. It's incredible. I previously owned the LX3 and LX5, both of which I thought were pretty amazing at macro. This has them beat hands down. The sharpness is unreal. The bokeh is super creamy and appealing. I couldn't possibly be happier with its macro performance.
Regarding the price difference with the LX100, you get a brand name that is highly valued, which will certainly give you better resale value when the next camera in the series comes out. You also receive a 3-year warranty instead of a 1-year warranty. The Leica also comes packaged with Lightroom, which is normally $150. So a very nice bonus if you enjoy using Lightroom. (I personally don't care for it.) Regarding the warranty and Lightroom, please be advised that some sellers on Amazon that are offering a lower price on this camera are not registered sellers. That means that neither the warranty or Lightroom are included in the purchase, so be careful if you decide to buy from one of these sellers. Some might offer a separate warranty, but it will be routed through them and not Leica directly. Risky, in my opinion.
As for accessories, I strongly recommend getting a B+W 43mm UV filter. It is a quality piece of glass that is not going to cause you any loss of IQ. You just spent $1000 for an amazing lens. Why wouldn't you spend an extra $30 to protect that lens? I also recommend the off-brand JJC auto-focus lens cap. It is significantly cheaper than the Leica brand and better because it is deep enough to allow a thin filter, such as the B+W, so it will still close completely. (To my knowledge, the Leica brand is not deep enough for this.) If you want to protect your LCD screen, I'd get a screen protector. And if you need an extra battery, get the LX100 battery. It's the exact same battery as the Leica battery at less than half the price.
I’ve been very pleased with the quality of the images. What they failed to tell me where is the camera includes a small hot shoe and a small adequate flash that uses the battery power from the camera. What a delightful surprise.
Everyone will agree that this camera is not in everyone’s price range. However I’ve tried dozens of point and shoot cameras in the $500-$600 range and I have not been satisfied with their resolution. So I spent the extra money to get quality photographs.