Up-to-date features, meet classic old-school Leica design: the Leica D-LUX 5 Digital Camera is a compact 10.1MP digital camera with a very fast f/2-3.3 DC Vario-Summicron 24-90mm (35mm equivalent) lens that is Leica inside and out.
The D-LUX 5 delivers a range of features designed to give you brilliant image quality in a compact (4 1/3 x 2 2/3 x 1 5/7"), lightweight (9.5 oz) camera - with sensitivity up to 12800 ISO, a bright, high resolution 3" LCD display with 460,000 dots, a large 1/1.6.3" CCD sensor, O.I.S. image stabilization, program and manual exposure modes, free professional software (Adobe Lightroom) for processing RAW files (for the highest quality images possible) and dazzling 720p HD video.
It also has all the modern conveniences, like face detection and autofocus tracking metering modes, scene modes (Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Food, Party, Candlelight, Sunset, Baby 1 and 2, Pet, Beach, Snow, Color modes--you know the drill), 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 formats, a built-in flash plus a hot-shoe for an optional Leica flash and a macro function that focuses down to 0.39" (1 cm).
The D Lux 5 is a fine small sensor camera - lots of features, good image quality, small enough to be an always with you camera. I use it as such, a camera to always be with me. It is very adjustable and can be tailored to produce most any kind of image you want. But....a Leica? Sort of, since it is common knowledge that it is in reality a rebadged Panasonic. It goes against the Leica philosophy of simplicity, and as near as I can tell The main Leica features are the lens and a slightly different tone curve. It can be tuned to your liking and it can be made to replicate the "Leica look" pretty closely (I own and use a Leica X2 as well as the D Lux5). It really has no glaring faults. I have printed files from it up to 11 x 14 and have been very satisfied. My main complaint is that the RAW files are Panasonic instead of the usual Leica DNG ones that can be imported directly into Photoshop.
I was a little reluctant to buy a used Leica but wasn't able to afford a new one. This product is exactly as it was described. The Leica is everything I had hoped for and more! I am happy that I was able to afford a used one and to experience the beauty of this camera...
Bought this camera for my wife. Took some test shots, wow IQ is just sooooooo incredibly good , couldn't beleive it. I'm very happy with this camera. You buy this camera for your wife, she will loves it. This little camera will never can out perform my Canon 5d mk2, but it's good enough to carry it around every where you go and takes some nice pictures. Build quality is top notch.It's a Leica, shooting with a style.
hdmi cable not included with camera package. hdmi spec not shown in user manual. not easy to find correct hdmi cable. Its a not a standard hdmi nor a mini hdmi. No indication of correct hdmi to buy in Leica User Manual.
This is the camera I use for everything. I purchased it in October 2010, just after it was released Before it I had a Leica D-Lux 3 that was astounding for its IQ. A year ago I bought the 5 from Ado and it was defective--bad resolution and lots of halo--so they replaced it immediately and without question. I used the replacement hopefully, but after a few months, it was the same as the first one. I returned it to Leica and they fixed it--replaced the lens assembly--but, after another 6 months, the same problem. I called Leica repair a week and a half ago to explain, and they replaced it within a week. Last weekend I took a hundred pictures. THIS IS THE CAMERA I WAS HOPING TO GET. IT IS WONDERFUL.
I bought the D-Lux 5 because I developed hand tremors and didn't want to always carry my Nikon D200. Using other point and shoot cameras I was down to 1 in 5 photos. The Leica has exceeded my expectations, in fact I'm almost blown away by the image quality in a camera this small. I've tested it up to iso 3200 (definitely "grainy" but still usable. Have found that the combination of iso 400 and f3.5 works very well if my hand shakes, esp. if I shoot a burst. Depth of field at f3.5 is exceptional. The wide angle + 16:9 format is great and the full telephoto is good for people shooting. In short, I think I've gained another 5 years of photography with this purchase, when I was just about to give it up. Very pleased with the camera and the service from Adorama. FYI, I purchased the Panasonic viewfinder which works fine and helped me achieve a steadier shooting platform, and just purchased the grip accessory for the same purpose. Finally, the bundled lightroom software is excellent and work the $$$.
RECOMMENDATION WITH RESERVATION. I use this for EVERYTHING. For the past three years I have used a D-Lux 3 for everything and have been enchanted (understanding its inherent limitation--i.e. small processor) and have gotten astounding results, including large exhibition prints. After reading a professional review, I decided that the 5 sounded great. It is, in every respect, EXCEPT..., I am worried that mine is defective because the images do not seem as sharp. I hope it can be fixed. So my recommendation is without reservation..., unless it cannot be fixed. If that's the case..., I don't know what I'll do. So this is a cautionary. I wish I could file a follow-up report later.