Leica D-Lux 8 Marks Return of Compact Camera Line

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Leica D-Lux 8 Digital Camera

After a few years without a significant release in the compact camera market, Leica is making a strong return with the D-Lux 8. This is the eighth generation of the well-regarded camera and comes with premium image quality, a distinct Leica user experience, and an updated interface inspired by the Q series. Featuring a capable 17MP Four Thirds sensor and versatile 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 lens, the D-Lux 8 will be ideal for everyday carry. Add on modern conveniences, such as connectivity via the Leica FOTOS app and DNG raw imaging, and this new release will check many boxes for newcomers and experienced users of Leica cameras alike.

Leica D-Lux 8 Digital Camera
Leica D-Lux 8 Digital Camera

Lately there has been a big trend in powerful compact cameras, like the Fujifilm X100 series, and the Leica D-Lux 8 seems to be jumping right back into the arena. What Leica has done with this version that previous models haven't quite nailed is provide a Leica experience. Leica tuned the design and controls to look and feel like that of a Q series or even M camera. The controls have been refined and connectivity has been modernized with the Leica FOTOS app.

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Those familiar with the D-Lux series will find that image quality is still premium with a 17MP Four Thirds sensor and a 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 lens—much like that of the last generation. This imaging system provides a larger sensor than what is normally found on classic compact offerings and is much larger than current smartphones.

Alongside this release, Leica is developing a new slate of matching accessories. This includes a hand grip, straps, cases, and more.

We will be finding out more details about the Leica D-Lux 8 soon. What do you think about the D-Lux revival? Let us know in the Comments, below!

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I have been using the Panasonic LX100 since 2016 as a travel camera and traded up for the LX100M2 in 2020 at B&H. I am very happy with the photos I got out of these cameras. The Leica D-Lux 8 is the same camera with a hugh price premium. I look forward to seeing a LX100M3 from Panasonic. 

No. Germany. Right on the back it says Wetzlar Germany. My D-Lux 7 was made in Japan and it works fine after 8 years. Originally I bought a Panasonic Lumix Model LX 100. That one was made in China. Went back after a few crashes and freezes. Spent a few hundred bucks more and invested in the red dot. Worth it.

The country of origin for the D-Lux 8 is China. Leica branding is consistent for putting Wetzlar Germany somewhere on the camera body regardless of COO. I would call it similar to how Apple label's their iPhones as Designed in California even though they are also made in China.

I'll take a wild guess that this camera is made in China.  It is a Lumix with a Leica logo.  At $1600 I think we can do better.