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Leica D-Lux Digital Camera

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

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Ephotozine strongly endorse this compact camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This compact camera received an expert rating of 90 out of 100 from Ephotozine. This puts this camera in the top 13% of all the digital cameras of this spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Leica D-Lux reviewers who bought the Leica D-Lux thought it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine rated the product 5 stars and said “High resolution electronic viewfinder”. Ephotozine also said “12fps continuous shooting”.

Some Leica D-Lux owners who reviewed the product thought it was able to produce good images. One Leica D-Lux owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Ephotozine wrote “Excellent high ISO performance” in their review.

One Leica D-Lux owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Leica D-Lux reviewers agreed that the product had a good viewfinder. One Leica D-Lux owner who reviewed the Leica D-Lux reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder. Ephotozine rated the Leica D-Lux 5 stars and wrote “Sharp EVF”.

Good Product Quality

A few people who bought it mentioned that it was good quality. Ephotozine mentioned “Very good image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine also mentioned “Image quality quickly takes a nose dive with thedigital zoom, also in movie mode”. Ephotozine also said “Small, high quality lens”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Leica D-Lux reviewers who reviewed the product thought it had a good lens. Ephotozine mentioned “Excellent 1.7 2.8 Leica lens” in their Leica D-Lux review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Two people wrote that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Ephotozine said two years ago “Speedy autofocus”.

Robust

Three customers who bought the Leica D-Lux reckoned that it was well made. Expert website Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Leica D-Lux “A bright f/1.7 - 2.8 Leica lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, built in Wi-Fi”. Ephotozine wrote in their Leica D-Lux review “Excellent build quality”. Ephotozine also mentioned “Electronic viewfinder built, in”.

One Leica D-Lux reviewer reckoned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Ephotozine rated this digital camera 5 stars and said “Rear LCD picks up scratches easily” in their review.

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Leica Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Leica is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average expert and user reviews, and Leica also has good ratings for its compact cameras.

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Easy to Use

One Leica D-Lux reviewer who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use. Ephotozine said in their review “Excellent control layout”. One Leica D-Lux owner thought the Leica D-Lux was easy to handle. Ephotozine gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “Handling could be better”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Leica D-Lux reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was noisy. Two years ago Ephotozine wrote in their review of the Leica D-Lux “Good noise performance”.

Good Support

One Leica D-Lux reviewer who bought the Leica D-Lux considered that it had good technical guidance. Ephotozine rated it 5 stars and mentioned “Autofocus is fast and accurate and manual focus easy to do with accuracy”.

Good Connectivity

One Leica D-Lux owner said in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux was wifi compatible.

Good Size

One person said in their reviews that the product was compact. Ephotozine wrote “Large sensor in a compact camera” in their review.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Leica D-Lux has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Leica D-Lux supports wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support wi-Fi.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Leica D-Lux has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this digital camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080|3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on digital cameras of this age and spec. 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.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Leica D-Lux is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the D-Lux. The white balances "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

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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Supports Nine ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Leica D-Lux is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports 6 and 400 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras that have been available for more than a year. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D-Lux have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 28mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Leica D-Lux has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the D-Lux.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 1.7, the Leica D-Lux has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.7 and 4, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.5.

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16 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was not cheap. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Leica D-Lux on expert website Ephotozine “Whilst this means the camera is more expensive than the original”.

Recent Price Increase of £50.02

The D-Lux has increased in price by £50.02 in the last 45 days.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other cameras of this age and type support Full HD video, however the Leica D-Lux does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D-Lux, the Leica D-Lux is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Leica D-Lux is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Leica D-Lux does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most compact cameras that are a similar age to the D-Lux do not support video capability. The Leica D-Lux is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Leica D-Lux does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have a built-in flash.

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Very Low Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of cameras that were released more than a year ago is 12MP, the highest is 29MP, and the average megapixel is 20MP. With a megapixel of only 12.8 megapixels, the Leica D-Lux has a quite low megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the D-Lux.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] (20.2MP and cheaper).

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Expensive

We think this camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age. We checked 11 digital cameras of this spec and age and they range in price from £314 to £3,520.

Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Leica D-Lux has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar type and age to the D-Lux the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 11.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Leica D-Lux has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 75 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than a year. Compact cameras that were released one year ago have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 28mm and 990mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 260mm.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Leica D-Lux has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D-Lux. The flash modess "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Leica camera.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Leica D-Lux has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D-Lux maximum image resolutions range from 1280 x 1024 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Digital cameras of this age and type have battery capacitys of between 1,000mAh and 1,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,300mAh. The Leica D-Lux has a fairly small battery capacity (only 1,025 milliampere * hour) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D-Lux.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 16.8 megapixels, the Leica D-Lux has a quite few total megapixels compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out more than a year ago. Across all the compact cameras that are a comparable age to the D-Lux the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 33MP.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Leica D-Lux

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Leica camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Leica D-Lux has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

If this Leica camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] (3.2") which is also cheaper.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec cameras that were launched 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the PowerShot G3 X[pl_2933317_price], or the PowerShot G3 X[pl_2933317_price] both from Canon which is cheaper.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Leica D-Lux has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D-Lux.

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Average Weight

The Leica D-Lux has a pretty average weight (365 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Leica D-Lux has a pretty standard optical zoom (3.1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] (25x and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Shutter
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Wrist Strap Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
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

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