Leica D-LUX 4 Digital Camera (Black)

Leica D-LUX 4 Digital Camera (Black)

Leica D-LUX 4 Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 10.1 Megapixels
  • 2.5x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens (24-60mm)
  • 3" Color LCD Display
  • Extremely Wide Aperture (f/2.0-2.8)
  • MEGA O.I.S. Image Stabilization
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 3200)
  • Face Recognition AF/AE
  • HD Video Recording & Output
  • Full-Manual Capability
  • Built-In Hot Shoe
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Leica D-LUX 4 Overview

  • 1Description

The high-performance Leica D-LUX 4 Digital Camera incorporates a wide-angle DC Vario-Summicron lens with a focal length equivalent of 24 to 60mm, allowing for creative picture composition. The camera also possesses a powerful CCD image sensor that provides 10.1 megapixels of effective resolution to ensure superb image detail. Furthermore, the integrated optical image stabilizer gives the user additional protection against camera shake in all photography situations, even under difficult lighting conditions.

The camera can capture images in three picture formats (16:9, 3:2 and 4:3) and can capture video clips as well in both standard and wide format - even in HD. Plus, an optional cable is available to allow users to view imagers and video clips on an HDTV. The large 3.0" LCD display provides full coverage for an image to be displayed in 16:9 format. The image signal processor has been improved over the previous model, delivering even faster image processing by the camera, thereby allowing the D-LUX 4 to respond quickly and reliably at any moment.

The Leica D-LUX 4 is also a very versatile camera that allows users to manually adjust exposure settings. Plus, there is a full range of automatic and scene settings available to cover just about any shooting situation one may encounter. There are even a number of accessories available that will make your shooting experience more in tune with your specific needs. These accessories include an external flash unit that provides full TTL flash exposure control, an attachable viewfinder with a 24-mm LED display to aid framing even in extreme light situations, a hand grip to allow for more comfortable handling of the camera, as well as other accessory options such as cases and memory cards - making the Leica D-LUX 4 a full camera system, not just a point-and-shoot.

Stylish Design
The minimalist design of the D-LUX 4 is totally in keeping with the Leica tradition of cameras with a clean, discreet and timeless look. The housing of the camera is made of high-quality aluminum, making the D-LUX 4 so light, compact and unobtrusive that there's no reason why you should leave it at home.
Powerful Image Sensor
The large 1/1.63" CCD image sensor provides 10.1 Megapixels of effective resolution, so the smallest details of the subject are reproduced exactly. The larger sensor size provides more vibrant colors with less image noise.
2.5x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
The LEICA DC Vario-Summicron lens has a focusing range of 24-60 mm (35mm equivalent), and allows the photo enthusiast to work with an open shutter, which makes the D-LUX 4 ideal for available light exposures or for using the wide aperture for selective use of field depth. The lens consists of eight elements, four of which are aspherical, and is specifically matched to the camera sensor, to produce stunningly brilliant pictures in true-to-life colors.
Optical Image Stabilizer
The legendary Leica image quality is enhanced even further with the optical image stabilizer (O.I.S.) that effectively compensates for camera shake to ensure razor-sharp pictures at all times, even in the telephoto range, in low light conditions and when you take quick snapshots.
Widescreen Image Format
The 16:9 picture format with the full resolution of over 10 megapixels produces fantastic images for frame-filling viewing on HDTV equipment. The more traditional 4:3 and 3:2 formats are also selectable.
Records RAW File Format
The D-LUX 4 records images as JPEG files or in professional RAW format - which is rarely offered in this class of camera - to allow further processing to obtain professional photographic results with optimum image quality. The camera also includes Capture One 4 (RAW data converter) professional software to ensure that the RAW data supplied by the CCD sensor is processed to produce professional images with optimum quality.
Extensive Creative Possibilities
Focus, shutter speed, aperture and exposure override can all be set manually with the intuitive joystick controller, providing the photo enthusiast the capability for highly individual picture composition. There is also a full array of automatic functions including the intelligent automatic mode, as well as many useful scene modes such as landscape, portrait, night portrait, or night scene. Furthermore, the ergonomic layout of the controls and the intuitive operating system make it a pleasure for users with any level of photographic know-how to shoot with the D-LUX 4.
Film Modes
The camera has the ability to emulate a number of traditional film types with varying color and contrast characteristics. Additionally, you can program two unique image color modes to give a custom look to your photos.
Face Recognition System
The automatic face recognition system automatically adjusts focus and exposure to the faces in the scene, making it easy to get perfect portraits and group photos.
Record and Play in HD
Record video clips in HD Video format and record images in the 16:9 ratio for use in HD slide shows. Users can purchase an optional HD component cable, so photos and films can be played in HD quality directly from the D-LUX 4 on HD display screens, projectors, or other HD devices.
Very Large Display
The brilliant 3.0" display has a resolution of 460,000 pixels to render a brilliant image for easy user evaluation of composition, and also has a 16:9 aspect ratio so users can view wide-format images and videos in their full glory.
Direct Print Capable
Print directly to any PictBridge Capable Printer without a computer; the on-camera image editing features assure that you are able to create just the right image easily and quickly.
Expandable Camera System
The D-LUX 4 camera can be used with an extensive range of accessories - just like the famous Leica M8 system camera - for even more photographic possibilities. These professional accessories include a hand grip that attaches to the bottom of the camera and makes the camera easier to hold, The CF 22 electronic flash with a guide number of 22 (at ISO 100) for whenever flash photography is desired or necessary, an attachable viewfinder with a 24-mm LED display that can be mounted on the flash shoe to allow the camera to be used with outstanding success even in extreme light situations, and many other accessories such as custom cases and memory cards.
In the Box
Leica D-LUX 4 Digital Camera (Black)
  • BP-DC4 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Cap with Strap
  • Software CD-ROM (Image Editor, Raw File Converter, Video Player)
  • User Manual
  • 2-Year Manufacturers Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Leica D-LUX 4 Specs

    Camera Type Compact Wide-Angle Advanced Digital Camera with Image Stabilization
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 1/1.65" 11.3 Megapixel CCD
    Effective Resolution 10.1 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Standard, Dynamic, Natural, Soft, Decorative, Nostalgic, B&W standard, B&W dynamic, B&W soft, My film 1, My film 2, Multi Film
    Image File Formats RAW
    JPEG (Fine, Standard)
    RAW+JPEG (Fine or Standard)
    Recorded Resolution 4:3 format
    3648 x 2736
    3072 x 2304
    2560 x 1920
    2048 x 1536
    1600 x 1200
    640 x 480

    3:2 format
    3776 x 2520
    3168 x 2112
    2656 x 1768
    2112 x 1048
    2048 x 1360

    16:9 format
    3968 x 2232
    3328 x 1872
    2784 x 1568
    2208 x 1248
    1920 x 1080

    Video Recording QuickTime Motion JPEG with sound
    4:3 format
    VGA (640 x 480 @ 30fps)
    QVGA (320 x 240 @ 30fps or 10fps
    16:9 format
    HD (1280 x 720 @ 24fps)
    VGA-Wide (848 x 480 @ 30fps)
    Clip length limited only by available memory
    Audio Recording Yes
    Lens Type Leica DC Vario-Summicron Aspherical Zoom Lens (8 elements in 6 groups, 4 aspherical elements/surfaces)
    Optical Zoom 2.5x
    Lens Focal Length 5.1-12.8mm (24-60mm equivalent)
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.4" (5cm)
    Maximum Aperture f/2.0-2.8
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount No
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL Autofocus
    Focus Modes Face recognition AF, Tracking AF, 11-field AF, 1-field-high-speed AF, 1-field AF, Spot AF, Manual (using joystick)
    Focus Range Normal: 19.2" (50cm) - infinity
    Macro: 2.4" (5cm) - infinity wide
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Automatic ISO
    Manual ISO (80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200)
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2000 seconds
    Aperture Range f/2.0-2.8 - f/8.0 (1/3 EV steps)
    Exposure Metering TTL-AE (multi-field , center-weighted averaging, spot metering)
    Exposure Modes Automatic Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 steps) Automatic bracketing (3 exposures with ±1/3 to 1 EV steps).
    White Balance Modes Auto, Sun, Overcast sky, Shade, Flash lighting, Halogen lighting, White Set 1, White Set 2
    Scene Modes Portrait, Soft skin, Self-portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night portrait, Night landscape, Food, Party, Candlelight, Baby1, Baby 2, Sunset, High-sensitivity, Starry sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, High-speed series, Flash series, Film grain, Pinhole camera
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Anti-red-eye, Long-time Synchro, Flash always, Flash off, 1st /2nd shutter curtain)
    Effective Flash Range 2.0' (0.6 m) - 13.5' (4.1 m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    External Flash Control Simple Synchro or TTL Flash Control with Leica CF 22 Electronic Flash
    Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Lag Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability 2.5fps up to 8 frames (Standard)
    Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp Yes
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory 50MB
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
    MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    Recording Capacity Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Battery Type BP-DC4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
    Power Adapter ACA-DC4 Power Adapter
    Computer Interface USB 2.0
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control No
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    HD out available with optional CV1 Component Cable
    Web-Cam Capable No
    System & Software Requirements Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista
    Apple Macintosh OS X (10.2.8 - 10.4.x)
    Viewfinder No
    LCD Display 3.0" TFT color LCD display (460,000 pixels) in 16:9 format
    Language Options English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
    Playback Options Single Image, Single Image with sound playback, Index (12 or 30 images), zoom, favorites, categories, slide show, calendar, picture rotation, alteration of resolution and cropping, double image, larger focus field, horizon correction, Video Playback, photo from video, Delete & Protect Functions, Print Order (DPOF) Settings, Image Adjust (Contrast, Color Saturation, Sharpness, Noise Suppression)
    Dimensions 4.28 x 2.34 x 1.7" (108.7 x 59.5 x 44mm)
    Weight 8.0 oz (228g)

    Leica D-LUX 4 Reviews

    D-LUX 4 Digital Camera (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 119.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Little Camera! Not since I purchased my first film M camera have I had so much fun taking photos. My big pro slr stays home a lot more and the Leica goes with me everywhere. You will need to sharpen a bit more and reduce the noise to come close to a full frame slr, but then this camera fits in your pocket. I use the external viewfinder which not only has the framelines for 24mm, but 35mm as well. I set the zoom to approximate the 35mm frame and this takes me back to the old days when my favorite set up was a black paint M4 with a 35mm summicron. Leica M camera users will understand this. Only now I have the added benefit and joy of digital capture.
    Date published: 2009-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday Pro Quality Back Up As a professional photographer I was looking for something with excellent quality, very small to have in my pocket every day for those unexpected, or beautiful moments that would allow quality large prints and be durable. Although a costly little camera it is everything one would want and expect from Leica, from the apeture or shutter priority to the black and white and special effects possibilities. Extremely well made, with more options than expected, good battery life and the most color accurate, and highest quality, of the three small cameras I have previously owned. Excellent!
    Date published: 2008-11-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great design, easy to use Beautiful design, with great Leica lens. Far superior image quality compared to compact/semi-compact cameras that I own or have owned. Functional, straightforward design looks great, however it's not as sure in my hands as others. Gripper surfaces in places would be a plus. One use so far on a trip to Dublin and Irish countryside. I'm still learning the camera, however photos compared favorably to my GFs Cannon digital SLR. Flexibility in settings may be a real plus in the future, however the pre-programmed options are extensive and will serve me well. So far it's very good to great, and may move to five stars as I learn the camera.
    Date published: 2010-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My most favorite camera! I bought this camera in November 2008 to carry with me through out my business travels; much easier than carrying my Nikon D3 arround after work hours. Best features; 16:9 aspect, RAW capability, construction/feel and of course, it's a Leica. I've always heard that Leica users love to take street photos and I tried that recently - Wonderful! No one seemed to realize that I was a Professional Photographer using a Leica and they just assumed it was a point & shoot. Once you do come across a person who knows what a Leica is, they want to try it out...they fall in love with it just as I did. This experience has made me start saving for an M8!
    Date published: 2009-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clearest pics I've seen in a P&S I am glad I spent the money on this camera. Its 2.0 aperture makes such a difference over its 2.8 counterparts for taking pics in low light. I've taken great pics in low-lit bars without a flash! I'm glad they went for less zoom and better optics with the D-LUX 4. I think you can take pics that rival most DSLRs out there with this small camera. Also, the colors and everything are a big step up from my Panasonic FX-30, which is a P&S with a slower Leica lens. The only drawbacks are those that come from the physical size of the camera. You can't take really narrow depth of field photos (except in macro) because the focal lengths just aren't that long. You need a physically bigger camera to do that.
    Date published: 2008-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I am a travel/street photographer and I bought this as a lightweight back-up for traveling with my (heavy) Nikon D700 + 24-70mm lens. This camera does it all...shoots RAW, f2.0, brilliant, sharp images....the Nikon may be staying home more often. I bought the grip which makes all the difference in the handling and I will need to get an extra battery... The menu is much easier to use and more intuitive than the Canon G11 and the photographs are superior on the Leica. I am delighted with it and it will go everywhere with me. The 24-60mm lens is perfect for the kind of work I do.
    Date published: 2010-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Upgrade I own a D-Lux 3 an bought this as an upgrade, wow what a far superior camera, no more Flash blow out with close shots. The ablity to shoot portrait and then macro without any settings change, amazing quality. Very good available light shots and Great HD video. The battery consumption is greater on this camera because it's doing more to create great shots. I carry a spare battery. Love this Camera. Wanted to upgrade my C-Lux 2 to get these features but Leica chose to get away from the standard Black matte metal finish and opted for a cheap glossy plastic looking finish. (Looks like any cheap camera now not a classy Leica) Waiting for a new finish to upgrade the C-Lux 2.
    Date published: 2009-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT. I have a degree in photography but haven't been shooting lately because I don't ever feel like lugging around my digital SLR. This is why I bought the Leica. So far I've been using the camera to shoot family and friends events. It takes beautiful photos and pretty good video as well. I like the different film options and use that function a LOT. Also works really well at night. I also like that the flash doesn't pop up when you try to take a photo in low light. The one complaint I have so far is that the flash is a bit bright but since there is a hot shoe there are options for different flashes, which I have yet to try. Over all I'm really happy with my purchase.
    Date published: 2009-12-13
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