Summary Leica D-LUX 5

Prices Price
Camera only
$883
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 25
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 27
Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 3.8x
Screen size
Help 3.0"
Aperture
Help f/2.0
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Wide angle
Help 24 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
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Pros

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The Leica D-LUX 5 vs other recent pro digicams

Macro focus Good macro Help
1 cm
Thickness Thin Help
1"
Weight Light Help
271 g
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Size Really small Help
Compact 110x65x25 mm
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting

Cons

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The Leica D-LUX 5 vs other recent pro digicams

High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
2.5 fps
Sensor type Sensor type Help
CCD
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
September, 2010
Lowest price Very expensive Help
$882.75
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
460k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None

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Discussion

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Mel the bell (1:46 AM, February 24, 2012)
I have had the D lux 5 for about a year. I own the nikon D 80 with several lenses and also the Canon G11. I am still discovering new things about the Leica and find it a magnificent piece of equipment. The lens is extremely sharp and the wide angle is superb. I agree that it is not for the person who would use it simply as a point and shoot, but for someone who is willing to put some time in learning the amount of resources built into this gem, the rewards would be enormous. 
 
Cphotog (3:15 AM, January 31, 2012)
I sold my LX5 to upgrade to the Red Dot— now to discover that the LX5 firmware has been upgraded to extend the ISO to 1600 [clean] in low light. If I knew for certain that the color rendering is better the the LX5 I'd still consider it, but the price is still off the charts and I already have the Lightroom software... this is tough call.
 
Avatar for go4java go4java (8:28 AM, May 09, 2011)
I like this small red dot and think many other buyers like this too. A Lightroom license is worth about EUR 260,- and the camera looks massively built. Pana ist not bad, for sure, but LEICA is LEICA.
 
maxima (1:14 AM, May 06, 2011)
Now the price point is the same between the Leica and the Panasonic
$300 difference and the lighroom at $299, add the Leica waranty, resale price, better jpeg, this becomes a no brainer
 
skellyrocker (4:47 PM, February 04, 2011)
Well this comment wrps it up for me. I'll be selling my Nikon D80 and 3 lenses and getting myself a Leica. I know that many people believe there is only a price differnce between the Pana LX5 and the D- Lux 5 but to be honest they are forgetting the emotional aspects imbued by that little red dot.
 
Wvuphipsi1970 (4:37 PM, February 03, 2011)
I can't seem to understand the ratings for the Leica D-Lux 5 on this site. I can say that the lowlight while not rated in this site, is exceptional for a P&S. I spent a hard 3 months on extensive research for a replacement for my Nikon DSLR, as I grew weary of lugging all of my equipment during travel. I purchased the Leica and have been extremely impressed with the phot quality, quality of build and all aspects of this camera. I am a retired serviceman and in no way wealthy and so I was price conscious. While the Pana LX5 is similar, I believed the photo (jpeg) quality to not be as good, plus the addition of LR leveled the playing field. This is a superb P&S, with outstanding quality.
 
Dilly (4:40 PM, January 24, 2011)
Do not forget the copy of Lightroom 3 that is included in the price. This decreases your "2x price" statistic considerably.
 
Dilly (0:34 PM, January 21, 2011)
Don't forget the aded value of Lightroom 3.3 you receive with the Leica for no additional cost.
 
Kevin (8:08 AM, December 19, 2010)
The size is incorrectly reported. Because the lens is not interchangeable, the true width of the d-lux5 is 42mm.

Also this is "arguably" the same camera as the Panasonic LX5. I don't see the logic in paying 2x the price. Even if the dLux5 software is better than the LX5, it is not $400 better. That's just poor value for money. If you must spend an additional $400, spend it on a better camera.