Even the mighty have to make something for the masses. Not everyone can afford $10,000 in their camera bag. Leica is launching a bevy of beautiful cameras at this years Photokina Show, happening right now. We plan on sharing them all with you so be sure to come back for more. Today, we wanted to bring you the latest edition of Leica’s red dot pocket machine, the D-Lux. Typically, when a new version of a camera launches, it gets a I or II or IV label. It seems Leica just wants this little gem to be known as the D-Lux.
What makes the newest version of the D-Lux stand out from other portables, is the super-fast, optically-stabilized DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Leica Lens and an ISO range of 100-25,600. The 12.8MP 4/3″ MOS Sensors provides a wide depth of field, one unlike others in its class. Subjects can be better isolated within the frame and more details are apparent in darker areas of the image with less noise.
- 12.8MP 4/3″ MOS Sensor
- Fast f/1.7-2.8 Leica Lens
- 4x Zoom, 24-75mm Equivalent Lens
- 3.0″ 920K Pixel LCD Display
- ISO 100 – 25,600
- UHD 4K Technology and MP4 Video
- Optical Image Stabilization
- NFC and Wifi Connectivity
- Included CF D Flash
- Free Adobe Lightroom Download
Even during sunny days or when shooting with a flash, the effect of the built-in lens’s wide apertures is more apparent due to the 17.3 x 13.0mm sensor with regard to depth of field. Either close-up or far-away subjects can be easily separated from their backgrounds that are then rendered with a pleasing blur, making the D-LUX (Typ 109) an excellent choice for subjects ranging from macro, street photography, photojournalism, landscapes, or for whenever a highly-capable compact camera is desired.
For those who wish to capture high-resolution video, the D-LUX (Typ 109) offers NTSC or PAL UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) output at 30p or 24p, which can be saved as easy-to use MP4 files. When lower video resolutions are sufficient, 1080p full HD or standard definition video can be selected instead, and results of any resolution can be played back on the camera’s large, sharp 3.0″ 921k-dot rear LCD display. During capture, the subject can also be viewed through the camera’s 2764k integrated electronic viewfinder.
Stills and video are saved to SD-type cards, up to and including those with SDXC capacities. To help preserve fast performance even while capturing high-resolution still photos or video, high-speed UHS-I SD-type memory cards can be used. While photos and videos can be downloaded from the memory card, Leica has provided additional options for sharing content taken with the D-LUX (Typ 109) even more convenient. Integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n allows for smartphones or tablets with the Leica Image Shuttle app the ability to record pictures even while shooting. The app can also generate a live image from the camera and settings can be controlled though the app as well.
An advancement among point and shoot cameras, the D-LUX (Typ 109) shares the design and quality aspects photographers associate with Leica. The metal housing is sturdy and elegant, with well-placed tactile buttons and dials that further inspire the user’s confidence.
The new Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is available for pre-order today at B&H for $1,195. Comes with a FREE Adobe Lightroom download!