Mention the name ‘Leica’ and you’ll hear plenty of talk about ‘paying for the red dot’. The brand certainly has a reputation for exclusivity. But, leaving the price issue to one side for a moment, it’s clear that the Leica D-Lux 5 has plenty to offer the discerning photographer.
Leica D-Lux 5 Review
The Leica D-Lux 5 is classical in design, ergonomic, and compact, and comes in a black anodized finish. Camera includes carrying strap, rechargeable battery (Leica BP-DC 10), battery charger, battery holder, USB cable, AV cable, power cord, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, CD-ROM with manuals in PDF format, instructions for product registration and software download, and warranty card. the Leica DLux5 offers a faster LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 – 19.2mm f/2 – 3.3 ASPH. lens with an extended range of focal lengths equivalent to 24 to 90mm in 35mm format. Together with its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the versatile LEICA D-LUX 5 offers a broader spectrum of photographic options – from macro and wide-angle architecture and landscape photography to reportage and portrait photography.
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 online download of professional software (Adobe Lightroom 3) for processing RAW files (for the highest quality images possible), and dazzling 720p HD video. One advantage the Leica D-Lux 5 has over the Lumix is that it comes with a full version of Adobe LightRoom 3. This image-processing software is better at handling image data and RAW photo conversion compared with SilkyPix, which the Panasonic LX5 ships with.
Price has always been a deal-breaker for Leica products. The D-Lux 5 costs US$799, while the LX5 will set you back US$499. While some people may argue that the difference in price can be made up for since LightRoom 3 is more expensive, most users may not be willing to fork out almost twice as much to get the compact with the famous red badge. Just find the best deal on this stylish and elegant digital camera.