Leica D-LUX 4 Compact Digital Camera, 10.1MP, with 2.5x LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Zoom Lens, 3" LCD Display, Black

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Leica D-LUX 4 Compact Digital Camera is ideal, whether for subjects composed with lots of forethought or for spontaneous reportage. Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens 1:2.0-2.8/5.1-12.8 ASPH is a high-aperture lens for digital compact cameras that allows the real enthusiast to work with an open shutter. Its high speed makes the LEICA D-LUX 4 ideal for available light exposures.

Whether in poor light or for selective use of field depth, the lens of the LEICA D-LUX 4 gives the photographer scope for highly individual picture composition. The aspherical zoom lens with a focusing range of 24-60 mm opens up new creative options in reportage photography. The lens design consists of eight elements, of which four are aspherical. These are matched individually to the camera sensor, working in harmony with the electronics and software, to produce stunningly brilliant pictures in true-to-life colors.

At a standard resolution of 10.1 megapixels, the overlarge size of the 1/1.63" CCD image sensor increases image quality distinctly. The smallest details of the subject are reproduced exactly. The D-Lux 4 can take photos in all three formats (4:3/3:2/16:9) to suit the particular recording or playback situation. On the 3" LCD monitor with a resolution of 460,000 pixels, pictures can be viewed and assessed in excellent quality before and after they are taken. Leica Camera AG has developed its own unique color matching, contrast and picture definition profile which produces digital characteristics complimentary to Leica M film photography.

The ergonomic layout of controls and intuitive operating system make it a pleasure to handle the D-Lux 4. Focus, shutter speed, stops and exposure override can all be set manually with the joystick giving the real enthusiast scope for highly individual picture composition. Of course you can also use the intelligent automatic mode: Depending on the subject and photographic situation, the camera automatically selects the best mode from Scene Select, either macro, landscape, portrait, night portrait, or night scene.

The professional software Capture One 4 (RAW data converter) makes sure that the RAW data supplied by the CCD sensor is "processed" in optimum quality. Data recording can be in Fine, Standard, RAW or combinations. The D-Lux 4 is also prepared for photos in HDTV format with a HD port for TV connection. The D-Lux 4 is a real Leica, not just in its design, its looks and its performance, but also it's being the first digital compact camera that can be used with an extensive range of accessories - just like a system camera.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (15),Large clear LCD (12),Good in low light (7),Great picture quality (7),Image stabilization (7),Good image quality (6),Simple controls (6),Compact (5),Easy to setup (5),Strong construction (4),Easy to keep clean (3),Nice body color (3) Short lag time (3) View All
Cons:
Limited zoom (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (16),Family photos (9),Low light (6),Fun (5),Landscape/scenery (5),Photojournalism (5),Art (4),Video (4),Weddings (4),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (5)

Leica Features

  • The high-aperture professional lens
  • Powerful sensor
  • Newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1-12.8 mm/ f2.0-2.8 (24 mm to 60 mm equivalent)
  • 1/1.63 inch low noise CCD with 10.1 effective Megapixels
  • Hot shoe, same standard as Digilux 3 & V-LUX 1
  • Snapshot mode that automatically selects the most appropriate scene mode including face detection
  • 3 inches, 460,000 pixels LCD monitor with extremely wide viewing angle
  • More creative possibilities
  • Expandable, just like a small system camera

Leica Specifications

Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1-12.8 mm/f2.0-2.8 ASPH 8 elements in 6 groups 4 elements with 1 aspherical surface each with integrated optical image stabilizer
Optical Zoom
2.5x
Digital Zoom
Max 4x
Focal Distance
F=5, 1-12.8 mm (35mm equivalent: 24 - 60 mm)
Aperture
Wide: f2/f8.0 (1/3 steps) Tele: f2.8/f8.0 (1/3 steps)
Focusing Area
Normal: 20 inches - infinity Macro
Snapshot mode: Wide 1/3 inch / Tele 12 inches - infinity
AF Metering
Face Detection/AF Tracking/11-point/1-point high speed/1-point/Spot
AF Assist Lamp
Yes
Image Sensor
1/1.63 inch CCD with 11.3 Megapixels in total, primary color filter
Camera Effective Pixels
10.1 Megapixels
ISO Sensitivity
Auto/80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (High Sensibility Mode: ISO 1600-6400)
White Balance
Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Flash/Halogen/White Set ½ (for saving 2 metered settings) Manual color temperature input
Exposure Control
Program AE/Aperture priority automatic/Shutter priority automatic/Manual
Exposure Compensation
±2 EV in 1/3EV steps
Auto Bracketing
3 frames, selectable exposure steps from 1/3 to 1EV/Multi Aspect Bracket 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent multiple field/ Center weighted/Spot
Scene Mode
Mode DialP/A/S/M/Custom 1/ Custom 2/ IA (intelligent full auto mode)/Scene/Motion Picture Scene Menu: Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, High speed burst shooting, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fire Works, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain
Shutter Speed
60 - 1 / 2,000s
Self Timer
2 s / 10 s
Auto Review
1 s / 2 s / zoom/ hold
Film Modes
Standard, Dynamic, Natural, Smooth, Vibrant, Nostalgic, Standard B & W, Dynamic B & W, Smooth B & W, My Film 1, My Film, 2, Multi Film (Contrast/Sharpness/Saturation/Noise reduction can be independently adjusted on each film mode)
Recording Format
Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding Image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Still Image Resolution
4:3 Aspect Ratio 3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M) 3,072 x 2,304 pixels (7M) 2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M) 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M) 1,600 X 1,200 pixels (2M) 640 X 480 pixels (0.3M) 3:2 Aspect Ratio 3,776 x 2,520 pixels (9.5M) 3,168 x 2,112 pixels (6.5M) 2,112 x 1,048 pixels (3M) 2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M) 16:9 Aspect Ratio 3,968 x 2,232 pixels (9M) 3,328 x 1,872 pixels (6M) 2,784 x 1,568 pixels (4.5M) 2,208 x 1,248 pixels (2.5M) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M)
Compression Rates
Fine/Standard/RAW/RAW + Fine/RAW + Standard
Motion Picture (QuickTime Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels 30fps 320 x 240 pixels 30fps, 10 fps 16:9 Aspect Ratio 1280 x 720 pixels 24 fps 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps
Continuous Exposures
2.5 fps JPEG FINE: Max 4 Frames JPEG Standard: Max 8 Frames RAW: Max 3 Frames
High Speed Continuous Exposures
6fps available in 3m (4:3), 2.5 M (3:2) 2M (16:9)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
2 fps
Still Image Rec. With Audio
5 sec.
Intelligent Exposure
YES (contrast and exposure will be automatically adjusted to record the image the way you saw it.)
Audio Dubbing
Max 10s
Built-in Memory
Approx. 50 MB
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto/Red-eye reduction. Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye reduction/ First curtain/Second curtain can be set
Hot Shoe
Yes
LCD
3:2 Aspect 3 inch LCD (460,000 pixels) wide angle view type TFT Field of View: Approx. 100%
Playback Mode
30 - thumbnail display, 12 - thumbnail display, calendar display, zoomed playback (16x Max.), Dual Display, Category Play, Image rotation (except RAW), Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Creating still pictures from motion image, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Leveling, Protection, Aspect conversions
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card (only for still picture recording)
Microphone
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Interface
DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB (USB 2.0 High Speed, Mass Storage, PTP), Component output
Direct Print
PictBridge
Power
Li-Ion Battery Pack AC Adaptor (Input:110-240 V AC) available as accessory
Battery Life (Approx.)
380 pictures (CIPA standard)
Battery Charging Time
130 minutes
Dimensions (Approx.)
2.36 x 4.29 x 1.06 inches
Weight (Approx.)
8.04 ounces (1/2 lb.)
Warranty
Leica 2 year warranty
Mfr #
18352
SKU
ILCDLUX4BK

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Love This Camera

Unlike my ‘bulky' Nikon D-300, the little Leica D-Lux 4 (not much bigger than a pack of Marlboro 100’s) offers up a host of valuable reasons why you might consider buying one for yourself! If you love macro, you will love its ability to focus down to 1/3 of an inch at the wide angle focal length. And speaking of focal lengths, it offers up an effective 5.1-12.8 zoom lens, (35mm equivalent is 24mm-60mm) and captures a 10+ mega-pixel file each and every time. In addition, it offers up the w...

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Unlike my ‘bulky' Nikon D-300, the little Leica D-Lux 4 (not much bigger than a pack of Marlboro 100’s) offers up a host of valuable reasons why you might consider buying one for yourself! If you love macro, you will love its ability to focus down to 1/3 of an inch at the wide angle focal length. And speaking of focal lengths, it offers up an effective 5.1-12.8 zoom lens, (35mm equivalent is 24mm-60mm) and captures a 10+ mega-pixel file each and every time. In addition, it offers up the wide aperture of f/2 when shooting at the 24mm angle and f/2.8 when shooting on the 60mm end. That’s fantastic news when shooting in low-light and/or when you forgot the tripod. Of course it offers up Aperture, Shutter, Program Modes BUT also full manual exposure and even manual focus! I love this camera! The only downside is that it’s not cheap, but than it wouldn’t truly be a Leica if it were cheap!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a Leica but it's not Nikon or Canon

I bought this because I want to have a Raw image file camera with me at all times and this is 1) a Leica, 2) very small. To that end... perfect. The images are just not quite "pro-quality" though. They are very noisy. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the best Nikon and Canon offers with their pro cameras. I have used it for a few things commercially so it "will" pay for itself... but it's nowhere close to a pro-camera. I wonder how the P&S Canon's or Panasonic's would do?

Reviewed by 17 customers

 
4.0

Pretty good

By

from Oslo, Norway  -  Photo Enthusiast

The wide angle and good light sensitivity along with the picture quality are real bonus points with this camera. A perfect travel companion.

 
5.0

I Love this little Camera.

By

from Jupiter FL.  -  Photo Enthusiast

You have many choices with the D-lux 4, so you can use it at any level of professionalism. You can't take a bad picture with this little gem.I have ths little camera on my person at all times. I have no con's----I love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Affordable Leica

By

from Grand Rapids  -  Photo Enthusiast

Until I win the lottery, this is my favorite Leica. Easy to handle, almost pocket sized. Good quality images (raw + jpg). Noticeable lag difference between class 2 and 4 SDHC cards, but minimal between class 4 and class 10. Good HD video, but won't compare to dedicated HD video camera.

 
4.0

Love this camera, better in titanium.

By

from Seattle  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great little camera with a fast lens for a point and shoot. Takes great party pictures, then goes for the gusto on wide landscapes. Love the way I can change aspect ratios on the fly. Nice sensor reproduces beautiful colors if not the most accurate. Leica lens kicks b**t. I bought the limited Titanium finish edition with hand sewn case. Extra 140 bucks but way worth it. Feels and looks like a million bucks. This and my Nikon d300 cover all situations. Try the "Dynamic B&W" setting. Cool.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great compact camera. Very pleased.

By

from Lakewood, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great wide angle. Lots of control with manual settings, but lots of ease of use with snap shot and scene settings. Would be perfect camera if lag time were less and if there was a better telephoto to go with the great wide angle. Leica "look" and feel with improved software and superior re-sale justify cost over similar Panasonic model.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good quality

By

from Granada Hills, CA  -  Casual Photographer

Always keep on packet, use any where.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's a Leica but it's not Nikon or Canon

By

from Fresno CA  -  Pro Photographer

I bought this because I want to have a Raw image file camera with me at all times and this is 1) a Leica, 2) very small. To that end... perfect. The images are just not quite "pro-quality" though. They are very noisy. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the best Nikon and Canon offers with their pro cameras. I have used it for a few things commercially so it "will" pay for itself... but it's nowhere close to a pro-camera. I wonder how the P&S Canon's or Panasonic's would do?

 
4.0

The Leica quality tradition continues

By

from Aiken, SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The best small digital camera I have used. Used mainly for available light indoors. Small group pictures. Wide landscapes. Not a telephoto camera by design. LCD viewing mildly difficult in very bright light.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Camera

By

from Pensacola, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

The photo colors are stunning. Macro is also stunning. The raw files however are unique to Leica cameras. Full function software is included. The batteries are small. I bought two extras and charge them before I leave with my camera. I like having the flash hot shoe. It works with my Nikon SB600 flash. I really like the camera but it is a bit pricey. Panasonic makes a very similar camera but I have not tried it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leica D-LUX 4

By

from Connecticut, USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought the DL-4 for use as a small travel camera when I don't want to drag my Nikon D300. Within its limitations as a compact camera (i.e., short, but fast zoom, and noise at E.I 800 and above) the images that come directly from the camera are astonishing. It has made me leave home the D300 more frequently than I ever would have expected. It is ideal for inobtrusive or street photography.

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