Leica D-Lux 7 Review

Overall 48
Imaging 20
Features 59
Size 78
Price 0

Main Features

  • 17.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Expands to 100)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 11.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 118 x 66 x 64 mm
  • Weight: 403 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Leica .

Leica D-Lux 7 Summary

This review is devoted to D-Lux 7 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Nov 20, 2018. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 17.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Leica released to replace their older product .

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #31 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #148 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica D-Lux 7 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica D-Lux 7 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.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.7-2.8
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 11.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 340 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Leica D-Lux 7 With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact 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 7. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica D-Lux 7

Leica D-Lux 7 has the following external dimensions 118 x 118 x 64 mm (46.46 x 25.98 x 25.2″) with the weight of 403 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 7, 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 7 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 64mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica D-Lux 7 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica D-Lux 7 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica D-Lux 7 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica D-Lux 7 — 340 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Leica D-Lux 7 — 64 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Leica D-Lux 7 — 403 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Leica D-Lux 7 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 7 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 7 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica D-Lux 7 boasts of a resolution of 17.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica D-Lux 7 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 7 features a 17.0 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica D-Lux 7 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 7 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica D-Lux 7

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica D-Lux 7 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,240k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Leica D-Lux 7’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,760k 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.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica D-Lux 7 are its 11.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, D-Lux 7 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 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.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, D-Lux 7 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, D-Lux 7 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica D-Lux 7, 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 7 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats.

Leica D-Lux 7 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 7.

Leica D-Lux 7 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Leica D-Lux 7 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, D-Lux 7 is equipped with its USB DP-DC15 lithium-ion battery & USB charger or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D-Lux 7 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica D-Lux 7 provides a shooting life of 340, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Compact category, Leica D-Lux 7 offers the highest battery life that reaches 340 shots.

How Good is Leica D-Lux 7 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica D-Lux 7’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 7’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D-Lux 7 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica D-Lux 7 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux 7 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux 7 can be called a Strong 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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Leica D-Lux 7 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux 7 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux 7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (118 x 66 x 64 mm)

Leica D-Lux 7 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux 7 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux 7 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (11.0 fps)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Small battery life (340 shots)

Leica D-Lux 7 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux 7 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux 7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (403 g)
  • Big size (118 x 66 x 64 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Leica D-Lux 7 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica D-Lux 7 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica D-Lux 7 can be called a 74 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (17 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing

Leica D-Lux 7 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model D-Lux 7
Announced Nov 20, 2018
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,240k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,760k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 1800 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores n/a
DxO Color Depth n/a
DxO Dynamic Range n/a
DxO Low Light ISO n/a
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 17.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4736 x 3552
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB DP-DC15 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 403 g
Physical Dimensions 118 x 66 x 64 mm
Battery Life 340 shots
Battery Type 340 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage Slots 1

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