Leica Digilux 3 Review

Overall 35
Imaging 6
Features 13
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 7.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 146 x 87 x 77 mm
  • Weight: 606 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Leica Digilux 3 Summary

This review is devoted to Digilux 3 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Sep 14, 2006. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 7.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #183 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 35/100 and it takes a rank of #1143 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica Digilux 3 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica Digilux 3 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

  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Number Of Focus Points: 3
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Leica Digilux 3 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica Digilux 3. 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 Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica Digilux 3

Leica Digilux 3 has the following external dimensions 146 x 146 x 77 mm (57.48 x 34.25 x 30.31″) with the weight of 606 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica Digilux 3, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica Digilux 3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 77mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica Digilux 3 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 Digilux 3 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 Digilux 3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Leica Digilux 3 — 77 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Leica Digilux 3 — 606 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Leica Digilux 3 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 Digilux 3 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 Digilux 3 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica Digilux 3 boasts of a resolution of 7.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica Digilux 3 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 .

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 Digilux 3 features a 7.0 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 Digilux 3 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 Digilux 3 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica Digilux 3

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica Digilux 3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 207k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in Digilux 3 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.47x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica Digilux 3 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Digilux 3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Leica Digilux 3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Digilux 3 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Leica Digilux 3 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica Digilux 3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica Digilux 3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Digilux 3 to the average DSLR camera.

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

Leica Digilux 3 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Digilux 3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 4. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Digilux 3 can be called a Underclass 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:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Leica Digilux 3 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Digilux 3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Digilux 3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 87 x 77 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (3)

Leica Digilux 3 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Digilux 3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Digilux 3 can be called a 60 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (146 x 87 x 77 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (3)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Leica Digilux 3 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Digilux 3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Digilux 3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (606 g)
  • Big size (146 x 87 x 77 mm)
  • Video is not available

Leica Digilux 3 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Digilux 3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Digilux 3 can be called a 48 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:

  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (7 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Leica Digilux 3 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model Digilux 3
Announced Sep 14, 2006
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 45
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 207k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.47
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed B+ s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye Auto, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Slow Sync (1&2)
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 7.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3136 x 2352
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 3
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 606 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 87 x 77 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/MMC card
Storage Slots 1

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