Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is no longer a new camera.

It was announced in then September 2014 and probably available on the market a few months later.  It is Leica branded Panasonic LX100. Friends always imply there are two production lines in the Panasonic factory: one for LX100 and the other for D-Lux.  No matter what you say, the Leica D-Lux may be still a wise choice because the package comes with the red dot and a copy of Adobe Lightroom.  Of course, like me,  a current Adobe Creative Cloud user, you won’t be caring too much about the extra license of Adobe Lightroom.

Recently I have been using the original Leica T with the Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH and the D-Lux.  The Leica T has many deficiencies, hardly meet today’s demand.  Firstly, the autofocus speed is too slow. Secondly, the lens hunts for the point when the light of the environment is too low. But it is full compatible with the the flash SF-40.  How wonderful it is.

To be honest, I find more joyful using the D-Lux. It is light, easily fits into your overcoat, although not in your pocket.  The maximum aperture is f/1.7.  When you shoot close-up, you could get significantly close to the subject to get a boken effect.

The sunset on Blue Mountains

The sunset on Blue Mountains


You could shoot files in both RAW (.RWL)and JPEG format. Its 13 megapixel sensor (4/3 sensor, larger than 1 inch in many point-and-shoot cameras) is enough for daily use or even portraits.  A tiny flash is accompanied in the box.  Sadly, the Leica SF40 flash does not work with D-Lux because the pins do not match.

In low light such as indoors, the camera does the job decently.

Inside a guesthouse

Inside a guesthouse


The D-Lux also captures videos in 4K, which is better than the original Leica T.  The autofocus while capturing video is not fast, but enough.  The electronic viewfinder is too tiny, don’t expect to match with the Leica M.

Connecting to your mobile phone is easily done by Image Shuttle available on App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

The Image Shuttle app

The Image Shuttle app on iOS

Since its launch, there is no firmware update for the D-Lux.

For a comprehensive user review, I would recommend the one done by Kristian Dowling. His review also shows many pictures of the camera.

The Explorer Kit s available now, does it which mean a new model may come soon?



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