This review is devoted to D-Lux that Leica has first introduced to the public in Sep 23, 2014. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 13.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #56 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #219 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Leica D-Lux review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica D-Lux. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.
Leica D-Lux has the following external dimensions 118 x 118 x 55 mm (46.46 x 25.98 x 21.65″) with the weight of 405 g.
The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Leica D-Lux, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica D-Lux is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 55mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica D-Lux with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica D-Lux is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica D-Lux compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Leica D-Lux comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Leica D-Lux comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Leica D-Lux boasts of a resolution of 13.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Leica D-Lux has the following ISO range 200 - 25600 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Leica D-Lux features a 13.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Leica D-Lux is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Leica D-Lux with other standard sensor sizes.
Leica D-Lux is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Leica D-Lux’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,764k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Leica D-Lux are its 11.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, D-Lux comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/16000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, D-Lux unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
In addition, D-Lux has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Leica D-Lux, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica D-Lux allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.
Leica D-Lux supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of D-Lux.
Leica D-Lux is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Leica D-Lux is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, D-Lux is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D-Lux with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica D-Lux provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Leica D-Lux is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica D-Lux’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica D-Lux’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D-Lux to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux can be called a 91 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux can be called a 72 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Sep 23, 2014|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,764k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||13.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4112 x 3088|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Physical Dimensions||118 x 66 x 55 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots|
|Battery Type||300 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)|