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LeicaD-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black)
 
4.8

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good in low light (46)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Compact (40)
  • Good image quality (38)
  • Large clear LCD (35)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Limited zoom (8)
  • Poor flash (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (41)
  • Family photos (38)
  • Low light (38)
  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Sports/action (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pocket DSLR that delivers!

SMALL + CRISP FAST GLASS + Great Battery life + Pretty Sturdy = travel pocket DSLR companion. I have several prints, one 20 in X 30in. on my wall. Looks like film and...Read complete review

SMALL + CRISP FAST GLASS + Great Battery life + Pretty Sturdy = travel pocket DSLR companion. I have several prints, one 20 in X 30in. on my wall. Looks like film and the Light Room package is a great value! STORYI needed a compact point and shoot. I've owned the Canon XSI and 60D plus I love to shoot video with my Panasonic HVX200. All of these cameras and camcorders are big, much to carry and often left behind because I don't have space or room in the bag on a flight or when I go hiking. The Leica D-LUX6 is the go everywhere camera that gives you so much flexibility and power in crafting and composing a photograph..... or shooting video. Yeah the video quality (low noise and great low light ND filter & independent ISO adjustments - YES! insane you can't find this with out spending thousands in the pro cam league but lets not derail the review....) Not saying you should buy it purely for its video capability but its good if you had one of those "holy cow I need to get this on video!"Needing a camera I looked at Canon, liked what I saw, then I discovered the Sony RX100. Looks great, some good specs, looks like it fits the budget. Then my curiosity went to Leica as Leica glass is in Panasonic pro product. Instantly I feel in love with the D-LUX6. Look at it, it screams pocket DSLR. So after much debate, I went with the D-LUX6. You don't need 20 + MP to print a photo or share online. 10 MP is plenty and with it comes better low light. Fast glass at 1.4 plus all the manual control was the tipping point. Look at that dedicated iris ring! Yeah buddy!With any product there are always trade offs and any product can be improved. The D-LUX 6 is amazing, one thing that I worry the most is the zoom toggle button. I question its durability because its made of plastic and when you use it a lot it just seems like it could be beefier. Something I would change if I were Leica but not a make or break feature. What this cam delivers for the price is outstanding. You just need to take the time to adjust to it and learn its features. Like driving a new car...

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Not Reliable Brand

I have this camera for 9 months only and it is showing an arc (over exposure) at the left corner portion of the lens that is also visible on the LCD display. Leica...Read complete review

I have this camera for 9 months only and it is showing an arc (over exposure) at the left corner portion of the lens that is also visible on the LCD display. Leica Inc. told me that they're aware of this lens issues as they have been repairing some units already. I'm giving this review a 2 star for the reason that I have to pay shipping so that I could have it repair by Leica even it is only under a year from the date of purchase. They don't have an RMA system for defective cameras. This is my first Leica brand camera and will never buy again in the future. Not reliable brand as mine occured on the first day of our vacation.

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5.0

Superb!

By FCBSociMark

from Fairfax VA

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Glossy Black/Silver):

      I normally use a full-frame DSLR (Nikon D600) but I've always wanted something small but excellent for those ocasssions when I don't want to carry a heavy camera bag. The Leica D-Lux 6 is a fantastic capable small camera. Its easy to use and I'm trilled with the results even in low light situations. I've used this camera for portraits of my pets and at parties in restaurants. Based on reading other reviews, I also purchased the optional grip and use it consistently. I'm very happy with the Leica D-Lux 6.

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      • No

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      5.0

      EXECELLENT

      By JOHNVO

      from SAN JOSE, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Glossy Black/Silver):

        everything IS PERFECT

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        • No

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        5.0

        D-LUX 6 easily beats full frame portrait

        By tony

        from pinamalayan, oriental mindoro, philippin

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

        play with the aperture and the iso, take portraits or landscapes early morning or late afternoon, identify your shadows and click. at iso 3000 plus, pictures are a lot grainy, of course just like the full frames. you will love the colors and the resolution of your pictures. for a [$] camera, its a magnificent backup for the bulky and heavy full frames.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Far and away, the best small camera EVER

        By Hififille

        from Portland, OR.

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Can't Think Of Any

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Glossy Black/Silver):

        Super easy to use, phenomenal low light ability, stunning pictures, ability to use manually. However the Auto mode is so good there is no need to. Superfast time from on switch to shoot picture.

        I can't think of a single negative thing to say about the D-LUX6. My best camera purchase EVER!!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Outstanding point and shoot camera

        By Tom

        from NW Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

          This camera is another in the D-Lux line that Leica started a number of years ago. My first D-Lux was the D-Lux 2 and I loved that one. The advances over the years have made the 6 one of the best point and shoot cameras I've ever used. Very light, easy to travel with and gives outstanding resolution and sharp pictures. The camera is very easy to operate, it took me all of about 15 minutes to learn the operations.
          Wonderful camera at a reasonable price. Battery life is excellent, the camera goes into sleep mode but wakes up the minute you press the shutter halfway down.
          Great travel camera when you don't want to lug more complex camera and equipment around.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wonderful camera

          By Doc

          from Northampton, MA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

            This D-Lux 6 replaces my D-Lux 3. It takes beautiful pictures and is beautiful itself. The ease of use is terrific; I especially like the easy zoom feature. It is light, fits easily in my purse, and quickly is ready for shots. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a portable camera that is Leica tough.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Tiny but powerful

            By Lee

            from Santa Rosa. Ca

            Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

            Getting my fingertips working on the buttons but feels intuitive after using a Nikon dslr. Has some interesting focus features. Taking on a long trip and looking forwRd to learning as I go. New camera raw. DNG. Have to upgrade my software now. Oh well. moving forward

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Cathedral photos.

            from Boston

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Shutter Speed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Indoors Low Light
              • Quality

              Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

              This camera is wonderful and offers more features than expected. I needed 1.4 lens for tight low light photos in doors. The main use are preview and review of pictures prior to shooting with any of the M series cameras I have.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              LEICA D-LUX 6 Easy to Shoot

              By HFortes

              from Miami, Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

              Very easy to operate, this camera exceeded my expectations. The quality of the pictures are excellent and I really like the square format option and the in-camera processing options. I highly recommend it, it is the main camera I use now for everything.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (27 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not Reliable Brand

              By Rey

              from Edmonton, AB

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Defective Lens In 9 Mos

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

              I have this camera for 9 months only and it is showing an arc (over exposure) at the left corner portion of the lens that is also visible on the LCD display. Leica Inc. told me that they're aware of this lens issues as they have been repairing some units already. I'm giving this review a 2 star for the reason that I have to pay shipping so that I could have it repair by Leica even it is only under a year from the date of purchase. They don't have an RMA system for defective cameras. This is my first Leica brand camera and will never buy again in the future. Not reliable brand as mine occured on the first day of our vacation.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fabulous Travel Camera

              By Ronindog

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                I have owned the D-Lux 4, and D-Lux 5; both are excellent cameras. However, the D-lux 6 is really impressive in low light! Across the board it is really impressive. I took it to Strasbourg this spring, and was not disappointed. The Lumix is similar (my wife has the Panasonic/Lumix version), but the Leica just has something about it. The D-Lux series of cameras are the best travel cameras I have used over the last 5 years!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Overall Excellent

                By invisible2

                from baltimore MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                  Pricey but worth the money, everything about this camera is excellent. Focus is superior and low light performance is superior. If I have a criticism, it is that the batteries could last longer. I do recommend buying an extra battery. This camera is top notch all around.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  The perfect camera for travel

                  By Sarah

                  from Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                    My parents got me this camera. At first, I complained that it was beyond my price range, but the more I use it the more I love it. Even my mom can take descent photos with it. The resolution of the pictures are great. The ease of use is amazing. It is light weight and portable.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excellent little camera

                    By keyarc

                    from Nyack NY/Vietnam

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Full Featured Compact

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls

                    Best Uses

                    • All

                    Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                    Easy to use, full features like my EOS 5D MKII but in a super compact size! I haven't explored everything yet, but it is a beautiful quality camera

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 5
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    2.0

                    AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS think twice!

                    By Periklen

                    from Perth, Western Australia

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fastest Lens In A Compact
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Not Much Dynamic Range

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                    Nice little camera with a gorgeous lens. But if you are in Australia, think twice before you buy it.

                    I just had it back from service today. After about using it 3 months the lens locked up. I sent it for repairs and had not seen the camera again for 106 days. In the mean time I asked Leica Australia to send me a replacement after a few weeks of them not returning it, they declined. (This is despite the fact that I own more than 25k worth of Leica gear).

                    You get better customer service when you buy a $20 toast machine than what Leica offers in Australia. If you are outside Australia go for its really the best compact in its class. Serves me right for paying extra for the red dot and not getting the LX7.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    When You Are Ready for Clarity

                    By Astroquack

                    from Ventura, California

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                    I use my camera mainly for travel pictures and family events. I enjoy a camera small enough to tuck away in a shirt pocket but I was tired of poor low light performance and poor image resolution The D-LUX 6 does not fit in the shirt pocket but it does fit in a fairly small case that I keep on a belt. The trade off is well worth it. The image quality far surpasses any from the other smaller point and shoot cameras that I own. I have given up the days of carrying around an SLR and accessories and have welcomed a compromise of size without giving up beautiful images . The controls take a little getting used to and I wish the lens did not automatically extend when turned on and connected to a computer, but I can live with it. I enjoy the ability to change image ratio on the lens and love the ability to experiment with all the other shooting modes like aperture priority, shutter priority and scenes as well as others. Video is great too.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    wowza

                    By Amacaballos

                    from Montana

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Take It With You

                      Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                      Been working with this camera only a few weeks, but so far so good! Only four stars because the build seems a wee bit flimsy, and there is a long-ish delay between turning it off and the lens retracting. Otherwise, picture quality is improved from the D-Lux 1, which is what I traded up from. I am using this at the moment to take pictures of horses being worked, so I use the burst mode, which so far seems fairly flexible-- have not yet fully explored it. Might add another review later, when I have used it in lower light. I am hoping the image quality in low light has improved since the D-Lux 1, whose images had plenty of noise in low light. Great feature: lens retracts in playback mode so the lens cap can be put on.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Sticking wide and telephoto lever

                      By Fte

                      from Corrales, nm

                      Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                      Anyone else experiencing this prob? My camera is a month old. Not in a dusty environment. Compressed air helped a bit. Love it otherwise

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                      5.0

                      Fabulous camera!

                      By Fte

                      from Corrales, nm

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                        When a heavy DSLR is too much to carry. Takes fabulous pics with tons of features.
                        I find the lens cover a bit of a pain. My camera did not come with the securing string. No big deal. I also tend to hit the lens with my finger when putting the cap on.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Pocket DSLR that delivers!

                        By LeicaExit135

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black):

                        SMALL + CRISP FAST GLASS + Great Battery life + Pretty Sturdy = travel pocket DSLR companion. I have several prints, one 20 in X 30in. on my wall. Looks like film and the Light Room package is a great value! STORYI needed a compact point and shoot. I've owned the Canon XSI and 60D plus I love to shoot video with my Panasonic HVX200. All of these cameras and camcorders are big, much to carry and often left behind because I don't have space or room in the bag on a flight or when I go hiking. The Leica D-LUX6 is the go everywhere camera that gives you so much flexibility and power in crafting and composing a photograph..... or shooting video. Yeah the video quality (low noise and great low light ND filter & independent ISO adjustments - YES! insane you can't find this with out spending thousands in the pro cam league but lets not derail the review....) Not saying you should buy it purely for its video capability but its good if you had one of those "holy cow I need to get this on video!"Needing a camera I looked at Canon, liked what I saw, then I discovered the Sony RX100. Looks great, some good specs, looks like it fits the budget. Then my curiosity went to Leica as Leica glass is in Panasonic pro product. Instantly I feel in love with the D-LUX6. Look at it, it screams pocket DSLR. So after much debate, I went with the D-LUX6. You don't need 20 + MP to print a photo or share online. 10 MP is plenty and with it comes better low light. Fast glass at 1.4 plus all the manual control was the tipping point. Look at that dedicated iris ring! Yeah buddy!With any product there are always trade offs and any product can be improved. The D-LUX 6 is amazing, one thing that I worry the most is the zoom toggle button. I question its durability because its made of plastic and when you use it a lot it just seems like it could be beefier. Something I would change if I were Leica but not a make or break feature. What this cam delivers for the price is outstanding. You just need to take the time to adjust to it and learn its features. Like driving a new car...

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