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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Product Code: L012572K
The Leica D-Lux offers top of the range compact camera performance in a traditionally styled package. Signs of Leica's heritage are present in every look and touch of this great little camera.

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Key Specs
  • Micro Four Thirds 16.8-Megapixel sensor (12.8 effective megapixels)
  • Electronic Viewfinder with 2.764 million dots
  • 3.0-inch LCD touch screen
  • 4K video recording at 25/24 fps
  • 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Lens
  • ISO 100-25600
Our Verdict

The Leica D-Lux (Typ-109) is everything you'd expect of a premium compact camera from the German camera manufacturer. Styling is refined, materials are the finest, and technology is the latest. The EVF offers up a healthy 2.765 million dots, which means that this is more than a worthy replacement to an optical equivalent, whilst the rear LCD uses touch to help the image capturing/menu browsing experience.

Behind the finely moulded shell and quality zoom lens is a 16.8-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor which actually outputs 12.8-Megapixel images, but all for good reason. For this sensor is 'multi-aspect' meaning it can shoot 1:1, 16:9, 4:3 or 3:2 pictures without cropping.

It isn't all about imagery nowadays though, with camera manufacturers really upping their video game. Leica have included 4K video capture at 25/24 fps to ensure that maximum motion picture detail is captured. To make you love this camera even more, you can even extract an 8-Megapixel still photo from a 4K video. Purchasing a Leica means you like to stand out from the crowd. Stand out even more with the highly attractive Solid Grey version of the D-Lux.

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We Love
  • Strong compact camera performance in an extremely stylish looking body.
  • Leica zoom lens offering both focal length flexibility and maximum image quality from premium optics.
  • Highly advanced technically - 4K video, EVF and touchscreen LCD all expected, but welcome, features of a top-of-the-range compact camera
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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 sensitivity range to ISO 25600 thanks to particularly large pixels, it makes the best of available light and delivers pictures with natural colours and exceptional quality. Perfect for available-light photography and, thanks to a versatile zoom lens (24 to 75 mm in 35 mm format), in an almost infinite number of creative genres – from portraits, landscapes, and architecture to macro and reportage, the classic domain of Leica cameras.

Beautifully simple: Form follows function

Even at first glance, the D-Lux reveals its heritage as a genuine Leica – classic elegance, timeless beauty, and particular attention to simple and intuitive handling. The change between automatic and manual modes is also particularly simple. Even less experienced photographers can enjoy the experience of immediate success – and seeing it brightly and clearly on the high-resolution 3" LCD monitor, even in bright sunlight. In an instant, anyone taking it in their hands feels and sees the superior quality of both its materials and finish.

High resolution of the integrated viewfinder

The ideal composition and framing of subjects and scenes is quickly found in the integrated electronic viewfinder. Thanks to a resolution of 2.8 megapixels, it delivers a sharp, high-contrast image – even in bright conditions. Cleverly, the viewfinder shows the same exposure settings as are displayed on the monitor. As it also offers individual diopter compensation, the viewfinder can be used by glasses wearers with no limitations at all.

No wires attached thanks to Wi-Fi and NFC

An integrated Wi-Fi module provides remote control for the D-Lux from a smartphone or tablet, which is particularly useful when the photographer wants to be in the picture. The Leica C Image Shuttle app required for this function can be downloaded free of charge and installed on iOS or Android devices. An integrated NFC (near field communication) module quickly and easily sets up a Wi-Fi connection with an NFC-compatible smartphone when the phone is held close to the camera.

Moving memories in high-resolution 4K format

Sometimes videos say more than still pictures. The Leica D-Lux is ideally prepared to capture such moments – on video in 4K, the high-definition digital recording format with four times the resolution of full HD. Recording and saving videos is simplicity itself – and the quality is no less than breathtaking. In fact, it’s so good that single moments from videos can be selected and kept as photos.

Three-year warranty inclusive

With the Leica "Three-year warranty" - more than many other manufacturer's warranty - the D-Lux delivers more peace of mind. In a warranty case during these 3 years, our worldwide Service & Support team aim to ensure a smooth process and rapid solutions to problems. Professional image processing

The new Leica D-Lux is supplied with the professional still picture and video processing software, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, offering exceptional creative freedom in image manipulation. It optimally ‘develops’ the RAW image files from the CMOS sensor of the D-Lux in the best possible quality. All parameters can be refined in post-processing.

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Specifications

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Lens Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9– 34 mm f/1.7–2.8/ASPH., 35 mm camera equivalent: 24 - 75 mm. 11 elements in 8 groups (5 aspherical lenses/8 aspherical surfaces/2 ED lenses).
  
Optical image stabiliserOIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
  
Zoom optical/digital/ intelligent 3.1 x/4 x/6.2 x.
  
Focussing 
ModesNormal/macro.
AF metering modesFace/eye detection, tracking, 49-area, 1-area (flexible/scalable), custom multi, pinpoint.
  
Focussing range 
AFNormal: 50 cm to infinity
AF macro/MF/snapshotWide: 3cm/1 3/16", Tele: 30cm/1" to infinity.
  
Sensor4/3-inch High sensitivity MOS sensor. Total pixel number: 16.8 megapixels (effective pixels:12.8 MP).
Resolution 
Still image4:3 format: 4112 × 3088 pixels (12.5 M) (L), 2976 × 2232 pixels (6.5 M) (M), 2048 × 1536 pixels (3 M) (S).
 3:2 format: 4272 × 2856 pixels (12 M) (L), 3120 × 2080 pixels (6.5 M) (M), 2112 × 1408 pixels (3 M) (S).
 16:9 format: 4480 × 2520 pixels (11 M) (L), 3840 × 2160 pixels (8 M) (M), 1920 × 1080 pixels (2 M) (S).
 1:1 format: 3088 × 3088 pixels (10 M) (L), 2240 × 2240 pixels (5 M) (M), 1536 × 1536 pixels (2.5 M) (S).
Video3840 × 2160 pixels, 25 p (4K: 100 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
 1920 × 1080 pixels, 50 p (FHD: 28 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 50 bps) (AAC).
 1920 × 1080 pixels, 25 p (FHD: 20 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
 1280 × 720 pixels, 25 p (HD: 10 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
 640 × 480 pixels, 30 p (VGA: 4 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30 bps) (AAC).
 640 × 480 pixels, 25 p (VGA: 4 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
 1920 × 1080 pixels, 30 p (FHD: MP4) (sensor output is 120 bps).
Recording file formats 
Still imageRAW/JPEG
VideoMP4. Recording time: max. 29:00 minutes.
Exposure control 
Exposure modesSnap shot (by snap shot button), P, A, S, M (by aperture ring and shutter speed dial).
Exposure compensationIncrements: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: +/- 3 EV.
Auto AE bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. +/-3 EV.
Scene modes/ Photo stylesStandard,vivid, natural, monochrome, scenery, portrait, custom, panorama. (Panorama mode can be selected in drive mode.)
Creative control modeExpressive, retro, old days, high key, low key, sepia, monochrome, dynamic monochrome, rough monochrome, silky monochrome, impressive art, high dynamic, cross process, toy effect, toy pop, bleach bypass, miniature effect, soft focus, fantasy, star filter, one point color, sunshine.
  
Metering modesIntelligent multiple, centre-weighted, spot.
  
White balanceAuto, daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, flash, 4 manual settings, color temperature (2-axis adjustable).
  
ISO sensitivityAuto/i. ISO/100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12500, 25000* (*extended ISO). (Changeable to 1/3 EV step).
  
Shutter speedsStill image: Approx. 60 s – 1/4000 s (mechanical shutter), approx. 1 s- 1/16000 s (electronic Shutter). Bulb: approx. 120 s.
 Motion picture: Approx. 1/30 s – 1/16000 s (NTSC model), approx. 1/25 s - 1/16000 s (PAL model), approx. 1/2 s - 1/16000 s. (M mode/MF mode).
  
Continuous shooting[ AFS] SH: 40 frames/sec*, H: 11 frames/s, M: 7 frames/s (with Live View), L: 2 frames/s (with Live View.) (*Electronic shutter only).
  
FlashExternal flash (included).
Flash modesAuto*, auto/red-eye reduction*, forced on, forced on/red-eye reduction, slow sync., slow sync./red-eye reduction, forced off. (*for snap shot mode only).
Flash range80 cm – 8.5 m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 – 5.2 m (Tele/ISO Auto).
  
Self-timer2/10/10 s (3 images).
  
Monitor3.0"(7.5 cm) LC display (921K dots), AR coating, field of view: approx. 100 %, wide viewing-angle
  
ViewfinderLCD LVF (Live View Finder), (2764K dots equivalent), field of view: approx. 100 %, magnification: approx. 1.39 x/0.7 x (35mm equiv.), eye sensor.
  
Microphone/speakerStereo/monoaural.
  
Memory cardsSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (compatible with UHS-I standard).
  
InterfacesDigital: USB (AV/USB multi), cable macro-HDMI (Typ C), AV output.
 WIFI: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11 ch)/WPA/WPA2/infrastructure mode/WPS/ Wi-Fi direct/Wi-Fi button.
 NFC: ISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F (passive mode).
  
Operating temperature/humidity0 – 40° C/10 – 80 %.
  
Battery (included)Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025 mAh, 7.4 Wh).
  
Dimensions (W × H × D)117.8 × 66.2 × 55 mm, (4.64 × 2.61 × 2.41 inch).
  
Weight365 g/405 g (without/with battery).
  
Printer compatibilityPictBridge, DPOF.
  
In the boxDigital camera, flash (Leica CF D), battery, battery charger, USB cable, neck strap, lens cap with string, hot shoe cover, instructions, CD with instructions, guarantee card.
  
SoftwareAdobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free license)

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