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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:
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)
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) , Pro photographer (2) , Casual photographer (1)

Key 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

Technical Specs

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
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