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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Digital Camera

Ephotozine Highly Recommended
12.8MP 3.1x MOS Jan 2015
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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23 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Ephotozine concluded that this Leica digital camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This digital camera received an expert rating of 90% from Ephotozine. That puts this camera in the top 12% of all the cameras of this type and age.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images.

Some Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine said “High resolution electronic viewfinder” in their review of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109). Ephotozine also mentioned “12fps continuous shooting”.

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewer reckoned that it had a good image sensor. One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner who purchased the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) mentioned that it had a good ISO range. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent high ISO performance”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owners mentioned in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) had a good viewfinder. One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner wrote in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Ephotozine wrote “Sharp EVF” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

A few customers who reviewed the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) concluded that it was good quality. Ephotozine wrote “Excellent build quality” in their Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) review. Ephotozine also said “Very good image quality”. Ephotozine also said “Image quality quickly takes a nose dive with thedigital zoom, also in movie mode”.

Good Quality Lens

Two people who reviewed the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) wrote that it had a good autofocus. In October last year Ephotozine mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Speedy autofocus”.

A few Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owners thought the product had a good lens. Last year Ephotozine said “Excellent 1.7 2.8 Leica lens” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine also mentioned “Small, high quality lens”.

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Robust

A few Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) was well made. Last year expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “A bright f/1.7 - 2.8 Leica lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, built in Wi-Fi”. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera “Electronic viewfinder built, in”.

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewer considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Ephotozine wrote “Rear LCD picks up scratches easily”.

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Easy to Use

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner wrote in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) was easy to handle. Ephotozine gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review “Handling could be better”. One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Ephotozine wrote “Excellent control layout” in their review of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109).

Leica Cameras Have Good Reviews

Compact cameras built by Leica have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Leica also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer reckoned that this digital camera was noisy. Ephotozine wrote in October last year “Good noise performance” in their review of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) and rated the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) 5 stars.

Good Support

One customer who bought it thought it had good technical guidance. In October last year Ephotozine mentioned in their review “Autofocus is fast and accurate and manual focus easy to do with accuracy” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Size

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was compact. Ephotozine gave the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Large sensor in a compact camera” in their Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) review.

Good Connectivity

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner thought it was wifi compatible.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The D-Lux (Typ 109) supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] which is cheaper.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) supports WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] which is cheaper.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras that were launched around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109). The image format "JPG" is also supported by this Leica digital camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over one hundred and eight times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. In addition, this Leica digital camera support video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is equivalent to 4K Ultra HD video. This has four times the detail of Full HD video. The worst video resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 160 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is more than most compact cameras that were released more than a year ago. This camera has a Shade white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The white balance modes "Auto", "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this Leica digital camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over nine times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution. The worst video resolution of all cameras of this age and type is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Supports Nine ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D-Lux (Typ 109). The ISO speeds "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Short

The shortest comparable spec digital camera that was released around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 34mm tall, the tallest is 93mm, and the average height is 70mm. With a height of only 66.2 millimeters, the D-Lux (Typ 109) is quite short compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

The smallest minimum aperture of comparable spec cameras that came out more than a year ago is 1.7 and the largest is 4. The D-Lux (Typ 109) has one of the smaller minimum apertures (only 1.7) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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14 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One customer who reviewed it thought it was not cheap. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “Whilst this means the camera is more expensive than the original”.

Not 3D Compatible

The D-Lux (Typ 109) is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The D-Lux (Typ 109) is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D-Lux (Typ 109) do not support video recording. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The D-Lux (Typ 109) does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D-Lux (Typ 109) also do not have a built-in flash.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite small optical zoom (only 3.1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average optical zoom of digital cameras that were released one year ago is 12x.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite low megapixel count (only 12.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109). The average megapixel count of compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 20MP, and the megapixel counts range from 12MP to 29MP.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] (20.1MP) which is also cheaper.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of only 2.8, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109). Across all the compact cameras that are a comparable age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 22.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 28mm, the longest is 720mm, and the average maximum focal length is 300mm. With a maximum focal length of only 75 millimeters, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a higher image resolution than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras that have been available for more than a year ranges from 1280 x 1024 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago is 1,000mAh and the biggest is 2,600mAh. At only 1,025 milliampere * hour, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 16.8 megapixels, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The least total megapixel count of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 12MP and the most is 33MP.

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Not Cheap

Cameras of this spec and age range in price from £340 to £3,800. We think that this camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of this spec and age.

6 Other reasons to consider the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Recent Price Increase of £19.98

In the last 30 days the price of the D-Lux (Typ 109) has increased by £19.98.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109).

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] (4.7") which is also cheaper.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 365 grams, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than a year.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a MOS sensor and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Shutter
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Included Battery Charger
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Included Wrist Strap
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Built-In Flash

1 Award

Ephotozine Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(1)
24 July 2015

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is a Leica branded version of the Panasonic Lumix LX100, and whilst this means the camera is more expensive than the original, it also offers an extended warranty of 3...

Ephotozine

Excellent 1.7 2.8 Leica lens
3 year warranty
External physical controls
Excellent build quality
High resolution electronic viewfinder
No touch screen
Some noise visible in darker areas
Lens flare can be an issue
Lacks front grip
Expensive

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 20 May 2015 by Adam
Adam would recommend the Leica D-Lux Typ 109

This is a great walk around camera. Very good for street photography, and a very fine travel companion when size and weight is an issue. I use it as a secondary camera to my Nikon SLR (D7000). The... Read more…

3 Year Warranty
4k Video Still Shots
Easy to Use
Excellent in Low Light
Fast Shutter Speed
Dxo Support
Limited Zoom
Lag Shutter Delay
Poor Image Stabilization
Short Battery Life

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 18471
Barcodes 00616348087384, 00799429184711, 00799429184766, 04022243184701, 04022243184718

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