Leica D-LUX 5 Compact Camera ( 11.3 MP,4 x Optical Zoom,3 -inch LCD )
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Inspiration demands creative flexibilty.
The D-Lux 5 is a true Leica, not only in terms of its elegant design but also in its superior optical performance: The result are images of excellent quality.
This versatile compact camera featuring a fast Leica Summicron zoom lens with focal-lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), is the perfect camera for a broad spectrum of photgraphic situations: from macro and wide angle architecture to landscape, from reportage to portrait and available-light photography. Manual setting options and an extensive range of accessories provide even greater creative freedom. With such versatile performance in such a compact package, the D-Lux 5 is the perfect companion whenever you seek inspiration - in Berlin or anywhere else in the world . . .
The newly developed, fast, Leica DC Vario-Summicron 1:2-3.3/5.1-19.2 mm ASPH. zoom lens offers an extremely practical range of focal lengths (24-90 mm-equivalent in 35mm format) With it Leica sets another new benchmark in the history of compact camera lenses. Thanks to its extremely fast maximum aperture, the Leica DC Vario-Summicron makes it an ideal camera for "available light" photography e. g. in the dawn or twilight hours and the new lens offers even more creative freedom than its predecessor.
Brilliant image quality
The D-Lux 5 features a newly designed 1/1.63"-CCD image sensor that is particularly large for a compact camera. Even at the standard resolution of 10.1 megapixels, this contributes to a significant increase in image quality. The results speak for themselves: combined with the camera's electronics and firmware, it guarantees brilliant high-contrast images with natural colour rendition and superb sharpness - just the way you expect them to be from a Leica camera!
The new D-Lux 5 delivers images in all 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1 a particularly interesting format for creative composition, in both capture and review mode.
Photography with a Leica camera must be one thing above all - a sheer pleasure. And that is precisely what the Leica D-Lux 5 offers with its amazingly simple and intuitive handling and clearly laid out functions. For instance, you can set manual settings, quickly and easily ,using the D-Lux 5's innovative "Clickwheel" located on the back of the camera. Thanks to its manual setting option for subject distance, aperture and shutter speed, the D-Lux 5 opens up a whole vista of creative opportunities for discerning photographers to take complete control of image characteristics. It also offers numerous automatic functions for effortless photgraphy that guarantees the user perfectly exposed and sharp images by simply pressing the shutter release ideal for less experienced photographers. The camera's automatic functions can control the O.I.S. image stabiliser, automatic ISO selection, face recognition, automatic contrast compensation and automatic scene mode.
Classical elegance meets premium quality materials: This characterises the design philosophy of Leica D-Lux cameras. A design concept that the D-Lux 5 carries forth brilliantly and effortlessly.
Elegant matt black throughout, with sparse accents in chrome and uncomplicated distinctive lines, it possesses a compellingly purist and simultaneously timeless modern design.
A single glance says it all: It is a true Leica.
Professional image processing
Software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution, is one of the standard features provided with the D-Lux 5. The software is available as an online download for all registered LEICA D-LUX 5 customers. This software package allows photographers to "develop" the RAW image files from the CCD sensor of the D-Lux 5 to obtain the best possible image quality. At the same time, photographers maintain complete control over the development process applied to their images. White balance, exposure, sharpness, tonal balance, colour saturation and many other parameters can be modified during post-processing until the result the photographer envisages is achieved.
Video in HD-Quality
Its additional the D Lux 5 features a 1280 x 720pixel HD-Video function in memory-saving AVCHD-Lite format which is started simply by pressing a dedicated button on the top of the camera. Autofocus and the entire 3.8x zoom range remain available during recording.
Accessories: Camera with system character.
With its unique range of dedicated accessories, the D-Lux 5 is transformed in seconds into the basis of a true photographic system. Thanks to an optional electronic viewfinder and detachable flash unit, you can not only expand your photographic options, but also the range of your creative freedom for even greater pleasure. A hand grip can help ensure steady and safe handling whilst a range of bags and cases can ensure your D-Lux 5 is safely protected but always ready for action.
Auto focusing (AF) modes: Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Battery life (CIPA standard): 400 shots
Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in microphone: Yes
Camera shutter speed: 60 - 1/4000
Camera shutter type: mechanical
Camera type: Compact camera
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
DC-in jack: Yes
Depth: 4.3 cm
Digital SLR: No
Digital zoom: 4x
Dimensions (WxDxH): 110 x 43 x 66 mm
Display diagonal: 7.62 cm (3")
Display resolution (numeric): 460000 pixels
Field of view: 100%
Flash modes: Auto, Flash off, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (wide): 0.8 - 7.2 m
Focal length (35mm film equivalent): 24 - 90 mm
Focal length range (f-f): 5.1 - 19.2 mm
Focus adjustment: Auto
HD type: HD ready
HDMI ports quantity: 1
Height: 6.6 cm
ISO sensitivity: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto
Image sensor size: 1/1.63"
Image stabilizer: No
Internal memory: 40 MB
Light exposure modes: aperture priority AE, auto, manual
Light metering: Centre-weighted, Spot
Maximum image resolution: 3648 x 2736 pixels
Megapixel: 10.1 MP
Motion JPEG frame rate: 30 fps
Normal focusing range: 0.5 - ∞
Operating temperature (T-T): 0 - 40 °C
Optical zoom: 3.8x
Scene modes: Beach, Documents, Night portrait, Panorama, Party (indoor), Portrait, Self-portrait, Sports, Sunset
Sensor type: CCD
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
Video capability: Yes
Video recording: Yes
Weight: 270 g
White balance: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Manual, Tungsten
Width: 11 cm
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Top Customer Reviews
The lens is the same and the sensor is the same. The body is very similar although different. The software is streets ahead, and the firmware is different. Most importan tly the FEEL is different (you are a creative photographer right?, That is why you are reading a review for a Leica). If you want to take a few pics of the kids on the beech , and maybe a christmas party. Then the Lumix is for you. It is an excellent camera with great results, and half the price.
But you are reading a review about a Leica. I therefore assume that "Getting it right" is important to you. That extra "Feel" is what you look for. Well,the results are nothing short of stunning. Very sharp, excellent colours. The techy specs are available elsewhere. But Iwill just say that this is a 10 meg camera, 'though you would think it were double. at A4 print and up close on a 40" HDTV. the results are indistinguishable from my EOS 5D MkII (£1500) and EF70-200 f2.8 ISUSM (£2500) lens. Put like that it it very cheap indeed, THIS ROCKS. and it fits in you pocket so it is always there.
You want cheaper then the lumix will deliver 95% of the results, which will be more that enough for most people. You want the best ... That is why you pay for a Leica. If you want the extra 5% , then the extra cost is worth every penny.
This camera has had four faults in 18 months. Flash doesn't pop up. Selector wheel broken (twice). When shooting in manual the menu screen pops up on the display and just rotates and rotates. (You have to turn the camera off and on again). And the zoom breaks and goes fuzzy. Again, turn the camera on and off again...
From a cheap brand I might expect this, but I bought a Leica because I wanted better.
Totally disillusioned with my Leica experience...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had looked forward to my first Leica but really wish now I had just played it safe and bought the Panasonic or Sony equivalent. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2012 by Claudia Moir
This camera is truly stunning, the balance of size and performance it ideal for me. Bought as a retirement present to myself after using a Nikon D300 as my professional camera it... Read morePublished on 1 July 2012 by SKC7